AT&T To Expand Android Selection

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Dallas - AT&T will add five new Android smartphones in the fourth quarter to exceed its early-year commitment to launch a dozen Android devices in calendar 2011.

With the five new Android smartphones, AT&T will offer a total of 19 Android devices, including two tablets already available.


The new smartphones include the Motorola Atrix 2 and Samsung Captivate Glide, both joining AT&T's premium Android smartphone lineup. Both feature the 21Mbps version of AT&T's 4G HSPA+ wireless technology, as does the Pantech Pocket. The two 3G phones are the Samsung DoubleTime and the ZTE-made AT&T Avail, which will be the second Android phone for AT&T's GoPhone prepaid service.

For now, AT&T has disclosed the price and availability date only of the Atrix 2, which will be available in direct and indirect channels Oct. 16 at $99.99 without rebate.

The Atrix 2, like the original Atrix launched earlier this year at $199, features a dual-core 1GHz processor, 4G HSPA+, and 2.1GHz-band HSPA+ operation in foreign markets, but the new model adds 1080p video capture versus 720p, slightly larger qHD screen at 4.3 inches vs. 4 inches, and Android 2.3 OS compared to the 2.2 OS featured in the original Atrix at its launch.

Other Atrix 2 features include mobile Wi-Fi hot spot, 8-megapixel rear camera, front-facing camera, HDMI output with HDMI mirror mode, 8GB embedded memory, 2GB MicroSD card, expandable 32GB MicroSD slot, and such enterprise-ready features as device and memory-card encryption, enterprise-grade VPN, enhanced Exchange options and remote wipe.

 Like the original Atrix, the Atrix 2 connects to an optional Lap Dock 100, which takes the shape of a laptop PC and enables full web browsing through a Firefox browser and ability to use the dock's keyboard and mouse to control phone apps and enter data.

Another new 4G Android phone, the Samsung Captivate Glide, features a thin slide-from-the-side QWERTY keyboard, Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3, 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen, 8-megapixel flash camera with 1080p video capture, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat, 2.1GHz-band HSPA+ operation in foreign markets, 1GB embedded memory, included 8GB MicroSD card, expandable 32GB MicroSD slot, and Exchange ActiveSync support for IT policies, task synchronization and global address lookup. Other enterprise features include device and SD card encryption, VPN support and mobile device management.

Another Samsung phone is the Samsung DoubleTime, which features 3G operation, full flip-open QWERTY keyboard, dual 3.2-inch touchscreen with 320 by 480 and 480 by 320 (HVGA) resolutions. Other features include Android 2.2, 600MHz Qualcomm processor, white and pink color scheme, 3.2-megapixel camera, voice recognition, dedicated function key for shortcuts, drag-and-drop widgets, five scrolling home screens and an expandable menu with scrolling panels.

From Pantech, AT&T will offer the 4G Pantech Pocket, a slim Android 2.3 device focused on social entertainment and messaging. It features 4-inch SVGA touchscreen, wide-profile virtual keyboard, 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture,  international 2.1GHz-band operation, 600MB embedded memory, included 2GB MicroSD, support for 32GB MicroSD cards, and Wi-Fi.

The ZTE-made Avail will feature a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, Android 2.3 OS, HSPA+ operation in the foreign 2.1GHz band, seven customizable home screens and Wi-Fi.



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