Recent Cellular Launch Roundup
By Joseph Palenchar On May 23 2011 - 4:01am
NEW YORK —
To keep the smartphone momentum
going, the following suppliers unveiled new products
in recent weeks:
AT&T is positioning the Samsung Infuse
4G as a “supermodel of superphones,” thanks
to a large 4.5-inch display, shallow depth of 8.99mm,
1.2GHz processor, and a bright Super AMOLED
Plus display viewable outdoors.
The Android 2.2 device, available exclusively on
the AT&T network, went on sale May 15 at $199.
The phone is promoted as
the thinnest 4G phone in the
U.S. and the 4G phone with
the largest display at 4.5 inches.
The only smartphone with a
larger screen in the U.S. is the
3G HSDPA Dell Streak with
The Infuse is also the first 4G
phone in AT&T’s portfolio to incorporate
the fastest versions
(category 14) of 4G HSPA+
technology to deliver maximum
theoretical data rates of
its selection of phones
based on Palm’s WebOS operating
system with the launch of the diminutive Veer
4G, the industry’s first 4G WebOS phone.
The touchscreen slider, available May 15 at
$99.99, is the smallest WebOS phone to date. The
3.63-ounce phone features credit-card length and
width when closed and the depth of a pack of cards,
The Veer 4G, available exclusively on AT&T’s network,
is AT&T’s first WebOS phone with WebOS
version 2.1. The phone uses 4G HSPA+ technology
in AT&T’s 850/1900MHz bands and the foreign
Research In Motion:
RIM plans worldwide summertime
shipments of its latest two touchscreen
smartphones, both promoted as the company’s fastest
and thinnest smartphones to date.
The smartphones feature RIM’s new BlackBerry
7 OS and 1.2GHz processor, and both are the
company’s first 4G phones. Both also combine
hard QWERTY keyboard with 2.8-inch touchscreen.
The 0.41-inch BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930
smartphones features 1.2GHz processor and 4G
HSPA+ technology. The 9930 operates on 3G
CDMA Rev. A networks in the U.S. 850/1900MHz
bands but in 4G HSPA+ mode in two foreign bands,
The 9900 operates on 4G HSPA+ networks in
U.S. and international 4G bands. One version will
operate on T-Mobile’s 1700/2100MHz 4G network
with international 4G roaming on the 900MHz and
2.1GHz bands. T-Mobile said it would offer the device
later this year as its first 4G BlackBerry.
A second 9900 version will operate in 4G HSPA+
mode on AT&T’s 850/1900MHz bands and the foreign
The company is upgrading its
Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro smartphones to offer
the latest Android OS (Gingerbread 2.3), faster
processor at 1GHz, larger multitouch screen at 3
inches, and other improvements.
One model, the touchscreen-only Xperia mini, is
promoted as the world’s smallest smartphone with
HD (720p) video recording.
The Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro will be available
globally in select markets in the third quarter.
U.S. availability wasn’t specified, but versions were
announced with 850/1900MHz 3G HSPA technology,
optimizing them for the AT&T network. Those
versions also incorporate 2.1GHz HSPA for global
Compared to the mini, the mini pro adds slide-out
keyboard, handwriting recognition,
front-facing VGA videocamera
for videochats, and
preloaded Office Suite.
The Droid X2 for
Verizon and two new businessoriented
3G Android smartphones
for Sprint are hitting
The Droid X2, a secondgeneration
version of Verizon’s
Droid X, has been upgraded
to include include dualcore
1GHz processor, qHD
960x540 display, and HDMI
Mirror Mode, enabling consumers
to display games, web pages,
videos and other content on an HDMI-equipped TV.
The Android 2.2-based 3G smartphone, which is
Verizon’s first phone with dual-core 1GHz processor,
became available to consumers on May 19 at
Verizon’s online store and will be available May 26
through Verizon-owned stores and other channels at
$199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
It’s upgradable to Android 2.3.
The phone’s predecessor, the Droid X, featured
1GHz single-core processor, WVGA touchscreen,
and HDMI output that permitted smartphone videos
lacking digital rights management restrictions to be
displayed on a TV.
Like its predecessor, the Droid X2 features 4.3-
inch touchscreen with virtual QWERTY keyboard,
Swype quick-typing technology, 850/1900MHz
operation, Adobe Flash Player, 720p HD video
capture, 8-megapixel camera, mobile hot spot to
connect five Wi-Fi devices simultaneously to the Internet,
and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)
For Sprint, one of two new business-oriented
3G Android smartphones is Sprint’s first Android
phone with enterprise-grade security, and the other
is the carrier’s latest Nextel-network Android phone,
which delivers Nextel’s sub-second push-to-talk
Both are bar-style phones with touchscreen and
physical QWERTY keyboard.
The enterprise-grade phone is the Motorola
XPRT, which is also the carrier’s first Android
phone with international roaming, thanks to the
inclusion of 2G GSM/EDGE and 3G W-CDMA/
The Nextel phone is the ruggedized Motorola
Titanium, which is the first Nextel Direct Connect
smartphone built on Android 2.1. It replaces the Motorola
i1 launched last year by Sprint with an earlier
The XPRT will be available June 5 at $129.99.
Pricing and availability for the Titanium wasn’t announced.