ATTs first LTE smartphones set to launch Nov 6

first_imgIt looks like Verizon’s solo moment in the LTE spotlight is about to end. AT&T, who has had several LTE tethering devices on the market since this summer, is set to launch their first smartphones on the speedy 4G network. The HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket are lined up to kick things off on November 6.The Galaxy S II Skyrocket is a variation of Galaxy S II that has been rolling out on various worldwide networks since May. In addition to running on the LTE network, the Skyrocket differs from AT&T’s standard Galaxy S II in that it has a larger 4.5 inch display and a faster 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. It will run on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (with TouchWiz UI), and sports an 8MP rear camera that shoots 1080p video.The HTC Vivid also has a 4.5 inch qHD (960 x 540) display, along with a 1.2GHz dual-core chip. It too has an 8MP rear shooter, but with an f/2.2 28mm wide angle lens that should let in ample light. Its camera also shoot 1080p at 60 frames per second. It will run Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, with HTC Sense pasted on top.AT&T is keeping their standard (3G and HSPA+) data plans intact for these first LTE phones. That means you can pay $15 for a light 200MB of data, $25 for 2GB, or crank it up to $45 for 4GB including tethering. Though many of us long for the days when data was unlimited, at least we aren’t seeing the prices continue to skyrocket while the caps get lower. Aside from power users who are constantly streaming Netflix or trying to replace their home internet, these plans should offer plenty for most.If you’ve managed to miss Verizon’s promotional blitz over the last eight months, LTE is the fastest of the current technologies described as 4G. It is set to become the standard, based on its data speeds that can rival (or trump) many home DSL and cable connections. Verizon’s first LTE smartphone, the HTC Thunderbolt, launched in March, and was followed with a quickly-expanding line of other devices, including the Droid Bionic, Droid Charge, and the upcoming Droid Razr.AT&T’s LTE is currently only available in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. However, when these two phones go on sale, that will have expanded to include Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Athens, GA. AT&T says that their LTE network will reach at least six more markets by the end of the year. If you don’t live in any of these areas, it might be wise to hold off on snatching one of these up.Both handsets will be available this Sunday, Nov. 6. The Skyrocket will ring up at $250, with the Vivid costing $200. Both prices, as always, are with a new two-year contract for new or upgrading customers.More at AT&Tlast_img read more

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