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AT&T Samsung Impulse might be 4G ... but which kind of 4G?

Now here's a conundrum. This Samsung Droid Charge lookalike apparently will be known as the Samsung Impulse 4G on AT&T. And BGR's opining that it could be AT&T's first LTE smartphone. And that could be. AT&T's first LTE modems just went on sale this week, and smartphones are next -- but we don't yet have a date.

AT&T's going to find itself in a pickle with this naming convention, though. You've got the likes of the Samsung Infuse 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G -- all of which use that special little brand of "4G" that requires mentioning "HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul" whenever it's uttered. So what are we going to call AT&T's 4G phones when LTE devices finally do hit? How about 4G+? Or we could revert some to 4G-, we suppose. It makes the brain hurt.

Source: BGR

  • Why don't they revert all non-LTE "4G" phones to 3.5G since HSPA+ was never a TRUE 4G technology anyway. Of course, when compared to what 4G is supposed to be, LTE isn't there yet either so that should even be 3.5G (or 3.9G).
  • Cool they get an almost year old droid charge lol.
  • A) The Charge is only a few months old.
    B) How do you know this will be single core with only 512MB of ram like the charge? Even the Infuse on AT&T has slightly beefier specs than the Charge... 200 Mhz higher clocked processor and 128MB more ram.
    C) Apparently that isn't even a Samsung phone lmao.
  • That's definetly not a samsung product, google huawei ideos x5 u8800, even my friend has one and that is the exact same product.
  • Sounds like AT&T wants to be the first to try "5G" as a descriptor. Wouldn't surprise me in the least.
  • The nations First 5GLTE!!!!!
  • This doesn't look like a Samsung product, different capacitive keys, no Samsung or at t branding and it just doesn't look like a Samsung product.
  • AC FAIL. Stop running with bgr's crap. That is a Huawei X5.