Samsung has officially announced three new LTE smartphones, all of them headed to AT&T. The Galaxy Note, Exhilirate and Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD will all appeal to different consumers with varying needs.
We're all very familiar with the Galaxy Note, but we were never sure if it was going to hit the U.S. market. At 5.3 inches, it's a beast of a device. It boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 16GB onboard memory, 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera and a stylus, dubbed the S Pen, which is ideal for notetaking.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD is very similar to its predecessors, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket. It has a slightly larger and better screen at 4.65 inches and boasting HD Super AMOLED. It contains the same 1.5GHz dual-core processor of the Skyrocket.
The Samsung Exhilirate is aimed at the low-end and environmentally friendly market. It's made out of 80% recycled post consumer material. It has a 4-inch touchscreen, Super AMOLED display and rear and front-facing cameras.
More LTE devices are always welcomed and one of these is sure to fit your needs. No dates or pricing yet, but stay tuned as we'll hopefully find out soon. Please find the official press release after the break.
The full press release on the Galaxy Note is below. 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.
o 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.
o 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.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE™ LANDS IN U.S. WITH AT&T
Galaxy Note combines HD Super AMOLED display, supreme portability and advanced S Pen™, creating a new type of smartphone
LAS VEGAS - January 9, 2012 - Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. 1, today announced the Samsung Galaxy Note™ will be available in the United States with AT&T in carbon blue and ceramic white.
Bringing a new category of smartphone to the U.S. market, the Galaxy Note has a larger screen, and new user input technology, while retaining a pocketable design. The Galaxy Note combines the core mobile benefits of various devices and utilizes AT&T’s 4G LTE* network, to create a premium user experience.
The Galaxy Note is designed with a 5.3” display with HD Super AMOLED™ technology, a high-resolution screen that provides a bright, rich, colorful viewing experience. The Note includes a creative tool called the S Pen™, which delivers fast, responsive and precise control to create fine lines and detail on the device display, much like an ink pen and pad of paper.
“We welcome the Galaxy Note to the U.S. and are pleased to expand on our popular Galaxy™ family of premium products,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The innovation in this product including the capabilities of the S Pen continue to show Samsung’s leadership in bringing cutting edge design and features to our customers.”
The Galaxy Note’s 5.3” HD Super AMOLED display provides vivid clarity for the best viewing experience for videos, photos, documents and Web sites. The superior screen also offers a 180 degree viewing angle, allowing videos and images to be seen .
Full Screen Utilization
The high resolution display ensures that documents, presentations, web-pages, news apps and e-books can be viewed comfortably with minimal scrolling or zooming. Samsung has also included a smart professional planning tool that makes full use of the device’s large screen. The calendar integrates the phone’s to-do list and schedule; control and navigation is intuitive, helping users to comprehensively organize their lives.
Capture, Create & Share
The Galaxy Note features S Memo™, a multimedia application designed to capture all forms of user-created content captured by the S Pen. Pictures, voice recordings, typed text, handwritten notes or drawings can all be combined via a single application, converted to a ‘memo’, and shared as desired.
An easy screen-capture function also allows users to instantly save any screen, then these screens can also be personalized with the S Pen before being saved or shared.
Superior Usability, Powerful Performance
The 1.5GHz dual-core processor ensures the device is incredibly fast and a smooth user interface ensures seamless usability. Lightning fast network speeds on AT&T’s 4G LTE allows for the device’s super-fast connection, ensuring a quick and seamless browsing experience.
The Galaxy Note has met extra rigorous security criteria to be categorized as a “Samsung Approved for Enterprise” or SAFE™ device. The addition of SAFE certifications ensures that any organization’s mobile work force can be remotely managed and securely connected to corporate applications and data while away from their desks.
The SAFE program is comprised of multiple components that outline Samsung’s business-to-business foundations for its mobile devices. These “pillars” of SAFE are designed to offer customers essential enterprise functionality and security and include: Mobile Device Management, On-Device Virtual Private Network (VPN) and secure access to Corporate Email/Calendar/Contacts.
The Galaxy Note is outfitted with a premium accessories portfolio designed to highlight the product features and device functionality. Docking solutions include a Desktop Dock to get the most out of your Galaxy Note at home, while the Spare Battery Charging System allows for a convenient backup charging solution. Galaxy Note owners can also customize the Galaxy Note to fit their personal style with a protective Flip Cover Case, available in multiple colors.
Additionally, the Galaxy Note S Pen Holder Kit offers a solution for users in need of a more traditional writing instrument. With a spare S Pen included, the S Pen Holder secures the navigation tool inside and offers a comfortable grip and allows for more detailed use.
The Galaxy Note is also compatible with the following universal accessories: Micro USB Adapter, HDTV Smart Adapter, Car Power Charger W/ Detachable Data Cable (Micro USB), Micro USB Data Cable, Travel Charger (Detachable W/ USB to Micro USB Cable), and the premium Refined Sound wired headset.
Key Product Information:
5.3” HD Super AMOLED touchscreen (1280x800)
Integrated S Pen
Enabled for 4G LTE
1.5GHz dual core processor
Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread
16GB onboard memory
Expandable memory up to 32GB with optional microSD™ card
2500 mAh battery
8MP rear facing camera
2MP front facing camera
Mobile HotSpot capable
SAFE – Samsung Approved for Enterprise
Visit www.samsung.com for more information on the Galaxy Note.
 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q3 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.
*Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ (with enhanced backhaul) and LTE, where available. Compatible data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.