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AT&T and Samsung made a hefty joint announcement this morning which includes the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Express, and Galaxy Rugby Pro. They don't say anything about pricing or availability for any of these, other than that they'll be landing "in the coming months". That's not particularly helpful, but them's the breaks. At least we're pretty sure that we'll see the Galaxy Note 2 in November.

We're already plenty familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2, but let's take a closer look at these other two LTE devices, starting from the left. 

Samsung Galaxy Express

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 5 megapxiel rear camera

Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro

  • Mil-spec 810g rugged and waterproof
  • 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with 720p video

That's some decent mid-range stuff all around. Sure, it's not quite as flashy as the upper-end Galaxy Note 2 and Tab 2 10.1, but it's always nice to have a rugged phone that doesn't entirely suck. Anyone biting on these two, or are you going to hold out for the upper-end devices? 

AT&T continues to build 4g lte android portfolio with the addition of three smartphones and one tablet from Samsung

DALLAS, SEPT. 28, 2012 – AT&T*  and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile)1 announced three new 4G LTE Android™ smartphones– Galaxy Express™, Galaxy Rugby Pro™ and the Galaxy Note® II – and one new 4G LTE Android tablet, Galaxy Tab® 2 (10.1), available in the coming months.

Samsung Galaxy Express

First-time smartphone users will find their perfect match with the Samsung Galaxy Express, a 4G LTE smartphone that combines high performance features at a great price.  Galaxy Express runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and sports a clear and bright 4.5-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus screen.  The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2000 mAh battery helps users stay productive throughout the day; while the 5-megapixel rear facing camera lets you capture and share images easily through text messages, email and social networks.

Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro

An ideal mix of brains and brawn, the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro gives customers with active lifestyles access to a 4G LTE smartphone that can handle whatever life throws at it.  The Rugby Pro is built to military specifications (810g specifications) and is waterproof**, shock resistant and dust proof.  It features a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display and a 5-megapixel rear facing camera that lets you record HD video in 720p.  Business customers can rest assured that in addition to being protected from every day wear and tear, Rugby Pro also comes with full device encryption and EAS corporate email support.  The device will have access to Enhanced Push-to-Talk functionality upon launch of the service.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Announced earlier this month, Samsung Galaxy Note II continues to expand the popular category created by the Galaxy Note with improved battery life, a thinner and narrower design and enhancements to the S Pen™.  Arriving later this year running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), Galaxy Note II with 4G LTE combines the productivity of a tablet with the convenience of a smartphone and the S Pen features you need to unleash your creativity in a single device.  With a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display and 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos™ processor with integrated graphics processing unit (GPU), the Galaxy Note II provides PC-like processing power and advanced features like Popup Video, new Gallery views and great gaming performance in a truly pocketable device.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1”

This 4G LTE Android 4.0 tablet delivers entertainment and productivity to fit your whole life.  Galaxy Tab 2 10.1” offers a 10.1-inch display and premium entertainment options including Media Hub, Smart Remote and AllShare® Play.  Features like on-device encryption and VPN access ensure your tablet is secure for business use.  The 7000 mAh battery allows you to stay connected throughout the day.

AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network***, covering 275 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.

All of these devices will be available from AT&T in the coming months.

Samsung, Express, Note, Rugby Pro, Super AMOLED, Exynos, S Pen, and AllShare are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.   

1 Samsung Mobile is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States, based upon reported shipments, according to Strategy Analytics, North America Handset Vendor Marketshare, Q2 2012. Samsung Electronics Company is the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide, based upon reported shipments, according to Strategy Analytics Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share by Region: Q2 2012.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**Waterproof against incidental exposure to water when all ports (incl. USB and earphone ports) are tightly closed. NOT designed or intended for in water use. Submersible up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Waterproof based on IP57 rating.

***4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.

 

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Samsung and AT&T announce Galaxy Note 2, Tab 2 10.1, two mid-range LTE devices

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So do 50 million+ people.

20 million Galaxy SII's

20 million Galaxy SIII's, and counting

10 million Galaxy Note's

My question is why Samsung thinks they need physical home buttons? No other android handsets that I know of have this.

Are they trying to get sued again by Apple, or am I missing something?

I don't see that much of a market need for these mid-range phones. If someone is ready to upgrade to a smartphone anyways, and most of the high-end phones end up being about $199-$250 with a 2 year contract, the extra maybe $100 you could save on the mid range is pretty negligible. Buying a phone at the end of 2012 with a 5MP camera that shoots 720p video is just idiotic, IMO.

Actually, while it won't be much of a sales booster, these devices allow recycling of the Galaxy S2 variant hardware that is already in production. As such, the Rugby Pro would be on the top of my list for a phone for a teenager.

You think a teenager is going to be satisfied with a mediocre phone just because they are young? I'm 21 and I'd say 75% of the teenagers I know have an iPhone and the other 25% have high-end Androids. They all stuff them inside of thick Otterbox cases and call it a day, it's as much of a status symbol as it is a functional tool. If anything, I could see the older folks who are wanting to enter the smartphone generation take a look at the mid-range price point, but even then I think most of them are content with their flip-phone with large, easy-to-press buttons.

You really think the note 2 won't be until November? That sucks. I really want it. By then I'll be hearing about some newer phone though. But I don't think anything can pull me away from the gn2 besides a new nexus. . It's so unique. nd iI could really use that stylus!

Really surprised they are going with the Tab 2 instead of the Note 10.1, it just seems the Note branding has some people excited. Maybe it's just me.

I don't mind seeing the military shock proof phone as anyone who works outdoors probably would appreciate a phone that if you drop it hopefully won't break.

All these other mid-range phones though, why not just do an Apple and keep the Galaxy S2 as the mid-range phone? We really need less throw away Android phones. Samsung has a name behind their Galaxy S line, stick with it. The Galaxy Express seems like a waste unless it's offered free.

Which phones do they not support? It's been my experience that if you register your device then the support is there.

Can you elaborate?

It's mostly my opinion. The more phone models they make, the less likely they are to update them.

Just my anecdotal experience since buying the Samsung Frustrate (Fascinate). :) LOL