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At its Developer Summit at CES today, AT&T has announced a whopping six new Android devices that will run on its 4G LTE network --

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, with a 4.65-inch HD SuperAMOLED screen, available in "coming months".
  • Sony Xperia Ion, with a 4.6-inch HD screen and 12MP camera. Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and exclusive to AT&T. Features Sony branding as opposed to Sony Ericsson.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note -- we've seen this one before, and reviewed the international version. It's a 5.3-inch phone/tablet hybrid with pen input, an HD SuperAMOLED 1280x800 display
  • Pantech Element -- An LTE tablet, available for $300 on-contract from Jan. 22. Runs Honeycomb (Android 3.2) on an 8-inch display.
  • Pantech Burst -- a budget LTE phone that'll retail for $50 on contract, available from Jan. 22.
  • Samsung Exhilarate -- a budget-oriented phone made from 80% recycled materials, with a 4-inch SuperAMOLED display.

Much more to come on these devices, folks, but in the meantime we've got pictures of all six from the event after the jump, along with official presser from AT&T.

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AT&T Unveils 4G LTE Android Smartphones and Tablet Planned for Early 2012

AT&T Goal is to Deliver AT&T Customers the Industry's Best Mobile Broadband Experience With Leading 4G LTE Device Portfolio, Along with Best-in-Class Apps and Network
Dallas, Texas, January 09, 2012

From the stage of the AT&T Developer Summit -- one day before the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph de la Vega unveiled five smartphones and one tablet powered by 4G LTE and the Android platform that are planned for availability from AT&T* in early 2012.
New LTE Samsung smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy Note™, a 5.3-inch device combining the benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability, exhibited on stage by Dr. W.P. Hong, Head of Global Product Strategy Team, Samsung Electronics.

Pantech Chief Marketing Officer S. Jay Yim also addressed summit attendees about the first LTE-connected Android tablet under $300, the Pantech Element™, planned for availability on Jan. 22.

De la Vega announced the first 4G LTE smartphone from Sony®1, the Xperia™ ion exclusively from AT&T, with availability planned for second quarter of 2012.

He also introduced the Pantech Burst™, a consumer-oriented device for under $50 that is designed to help make 4G LTE devices more affordable to customers.

For a limited time, customers may buy the Pantech Element and Burst together on contract and get the Element for $249.99 and the Burst at no cost.

Additional Samsung smartphones unveiled at the AT&T Developer Summit included the Samsung Galaxy S® II Skyrocket™ HD, a 9.27-millimeter sliver of a smartphone with an HD Super AMOLED™ screen (1280x720), and the Samsung Exhilarate™, the first 4G LTE smartphone built to meet many environmental and sustainability standards. The Samsung Exhilarate will also be introduced at an affordable price, below $50.

The AT&T Developer Summit is a two-day event for software developers to participate in a Hackathon, hear the latest news on AT&T 4G devices and network and get technical news and marketing insights from industry experts.  Over 2,000 developers are attending. AT&T remains focused on opening up its network to developers and creating opportunities for collaboration. The two-day AT&T Developer Summit underscores this commitment.

At the Developer Summit, AT&T also provided an update on its 4G LTE network build and outlined the benefits of its blended network technologies approach, which offers customers with compatible devices consistently fast 4G speeds in and out of 4G LTE areas.

All news release and related multimedia content are available in the AT&T online newsroom: Customers can learn more about the devices previewed today at
Samsung Galaxy Note™. A task master’s dream, the Galaxy Note combines the best features of a smartphone with the larger viewing screen of a tablet and the convenience of a notepad -- delivering all-in-one functionality to help users work more efficiently and maintain productivity while on-the-go.  Featuring the largest screen on a smartphone, the Galaxy Note boasts the world’s first 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED™ screen (1280x800) for sharp, clear colors and readability – both indoors and out.  Galaxy Note also features the S Pen™, the most advanced pen input technology, featuring an array of leading qualities including pressure sensitivity, preciseness, speed and more.  With the S Pen, users can easily sketch drawings, jot down notes, or write emails and texts quickly and easily in free-form handwriting. An easy screen-capture function also allows users to instantly save any screen, and these screens can also be personalized with the S Pen before being saved or shared.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is planned for availability in AT&T stores and online in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD.  Planned for availability in the coming months, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD is an elegantly designed and highly functional 4G LTE smartphone that features a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, as well as a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for ultra-smooth game play and video playback.

Samsung Exhilarate™.Also planned for availability in the coming months, the Samsung Exhilarate is constructed from 80 percent recycled post-consumer materials and features eco modes and tools such as an Eco calendar and calculator. The Exhilarate also boasts a four-inch touchscreen Super AMOLED display, front and rear facing cameras, voice recognition and access to AT&T U-verse® Live TV.  In addition, the Samsung Exhilarate was certified as Platinum by UL Environment – their highest level of sustainability certification.  This is AT&T’s second device to receive this certification.
Pantech Element™.This affordable tablet will be available exclusively in AT&T company-owned stores and online for $299.99 with a two-year contract, with planned availability on January 22. The Element is Pantech’s first LTE-connected Android tablet, and is waterproof2, greatly improving portability and usability (see the Pantech website for full details). The Element runs on Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and includes a crisp 8-inch display, front and rear-facing cameras, and a rich web experience with full HTML and PC-like tabbed browsing.

Pantech Burst™. Also planned for availability on January 22 in AT&T company-owned stores and online, the value-oriented Burst will be the first 4G LTE smartphone from Pantech in AT&T’s device portfolio. The Burst combines 4G LTE speeds, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and Android functionality in a slim, affordable package – just $49.99 with a two-year contract. It will be available in two color choices, titanium or ruby red.

For a limited time, customers may buy the Pantech Element and Burst together on contract and get the Element for $249.99 and the Burst for free.

AT&T will be the first carrier to offer Sony’s first-ever 4G LTE smartphone and first smartphone to be sold under the Sony brand in the U.S. Slated to launch in the second quarter, the Xperia ion from Sony is ideal for those looking for the ultimate smartphone viewing and listening experience.
Samsung Note™, Galaxy S II Skyrocket™ HD and Exhilarate™ Pantech Element™ and Burst™

Xperia ion from Sony

Xperia ion will support access to the richest entertainment experiences from Sony Entertainment Network. Music Unlimited offers a global catalog of more than 12 million unique songs, while Video Unlimited has the latest Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows from all major studios.  Xperia ion is also PlayStation® Certified, delivering a high quality smartphone gaming experience.  Consumers will be able to access this content across Sony devices, including televisions, computers and tablets. Other features include Android 2.3, a 4.6-inch3 HD display, a 12-megapixel camera with Sony Exmor R™ for mobile, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing.


Reader comments

AT&T announces six new Android devices with LTE


The skyrocket is already out. This is the HD version. Skyrocket is just a larger screen for the galacy ii

It depends on if they come out before March. If they do, then no. People really are impatient and unrealistic. No phone with a manufacturer framework is going to come with ICS out of the box until at least March.

Really AT&T and Samsung?? First the SGSII, then a month later the SGSII Skyrocket with LTE, and now, another month later, the SGSII Skyocket HD?? I'd be pissed if I were on AT&T and had just picked up one of the slightly older SGSII models.

Your not really behind.. the Skyrocket is just a GS2 with a keyboard.. the Skyrocket HD is just a bigger and better screen.. and the Galaxy Note is still a GS2 device just with a bigger screen and more CPU

I'm glad I jumped on the deal on the Galaxy Nexus. None of the phones are really that exciting compared to the GN. I'm fine with not having LTE; HSPA+ is good enough for me and won't drain the battery as much.

Samsung Galaxy S Line is waaay better than what they did with the Galaxy Nexus.. ICS on that device is just a fail.. phone hasn't even been out that long and already received three updates.. Not to mention the Exynos processor has a far better GPU then the galaxy nexus... aka zero lag factor not saying its not a good phone because it is.. but at the same time its just overrated

Glad to have some final confirmation on the Xperia Ion. I am definitely curious about this phone, but I am hoping that Sony will fix their one major flaw in every "flagship" phone they have made recently: Internal Storage

Sounds like you guys do not follow the industry much do you?

The Nexus was not announced because was is released already and it is not the same as the Skyrocket.

All recent leases of Samsung phones w/CPUs of 1Ghz DCore or more will get ICS by the end of 1st quarter. You can already get it now if you root your phone.

The Galaxy Note is clearly Superior to the Galaxy Nexus. The Note has a faster CPU at 1.5 Dcore for the US version compared to 1.2; the Note also has gorilla glass, removable SD, DLNA, better cameras front and rear,pen capability,and a much bigger battery (2500 vs 1750). The nexus has the worst (non-removable BTW) battery life of ANY android with its 4.3"(usable) screen and LTE.

Size is the dividing issue here. Only a moron would choose the Nexus over the Note for a reason other than size.

nexus non removable battery? huh? i dont know about the WORSE battery life LTE 4.3 android phone, nah not true. go look around the reviews. i agree though, the galaxy note has a faster cpu and gpu. But even with the 2500 maH battery, we dont know how the note will fair with an LTE radio, that screen size, and that hardware. Galaxy note and Gnex GSM both do pretty well on battery though.

Moron? A little rough, no? How about we might want the Nexus for a vanilla Android phone, not touchwiz. And who cares about a pen?

Moron? A little rough, no? How about we might want the Nexus for a vanilla Android phone, not touchwiz. And who cares about a pen?

Seriously, just get an unlocked GS2 or GSM nexus and be happy. The differences in performance on a 1.2ghz to 1.5 ghz processor is not going to be noticeable and if it is noticeable in day to day use then its clearly a software issue with that particular phone. Stop chasing specs, avoid the LTE bandwagon until the power hogging issues have been resolved and just go with an hspa+ device. unless 3-12 mbs down speed is not good enough for you? BTW HSPA+ covers way more locations than any LTE network in the US at this moment. Sure LTE is faster but seriously are you downloading torrents or surfing the webs?

I agree, I prefer HPSA+ over LTE. I could care less about LTE especially since it won't be in most areas for a long time. If I can shut it off I will.

It is all the other features of the note I want. Gorilla glass , removable SD and battery, cameras, pen, etc. These are deal breakers, not trivialities.

Check the internet and forums for Nexux battery life. Nexux SUCKS - literally. It's worse than the Thunderbolt. My wife's Droid Razer is LTE and HD and better than the over hyped Nexus.

The GS2 and the Skyrocket are great. I would buy them any day over the Nexus, and I did, for my son.

Be assured, if size is a factor for some, and it will be, the coming Skyrocket HD is a much better choice than the Nexus. I waited for the Nexus, but it cuts too many corners, and all the delays ticked me off. Now I am so glad I did not get it.

I plan on being at ATT when the doors open for the Note.

Yawn. Where's Motorola? Where's my hope of getting an LTE model that will work with my Atrix laptop dock?

Though by the time AT&T gets their LTE network to where I live, LTE+/5G will be the next big thing. Oh how I loathe you, technology.

That last line is very funny. I actually laughed out loud, the real one not LOL. "Oh how I loathe you, technology." I think I need a tee-shirt with that on it.

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