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.
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.
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