AT&T joined partners Motorola, Samsung, Pantech and ZTE to announce 5 new Android handsets due out this Fall. They were introduced at the CTIA show in San Diego this week.
- Motorola’s Atrix 2 sports HSDPA+ at 21.1 Mbps, but not LTE. It’s powered by TI’s OMAP 4430, backed by 1 GB of RAM and uses the PowerVR SGX 540 clocked at 304 MHz. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It’s $99 on-contract and available October 16th.
- Samsung Captivate Glide and DoubleTime. Samsung Captivate Glide uses a Tegra 2 and features a slide out keyboard. Has a 4″ display with WVGA SuperAMOLED, 8 MP rear-facing and VGA front-facing cameras. Availability and pricing are TBA. Samsung DoubleTime has flip keyboard, two screens, one touchscreen, and another non-touchscreen only visible when the clamshell is opened to reveal the ful QWERTY keyboard. Each screen is 3.2″ HVGA (320×480). Has 600 MHz Qualcomm chipset, Froyo, and 3.2 MP camera. Availability and pricing are TBA.
- Pantech Pocket sports a very wide 4-inch display with 800 X 600 resolution, powered by a 1GHz single-core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. LED flash enabled 5 megapixel camera with HD recording, around 600MB internal memory, 2GB microSD card.
- AT&T Avail, AT&T’s second Android prepaid handset, and their first ZTE handset. A 3.5″ capacitive touch screen, a 5 MP shooter, 512 MB of onboard storage and a 2 GB microSD card preinstalled. Will be offered via GoPhone, AT&T’s pre-paid offering. Pricing and availability is not known yet.
In January, AT&T committed to launching 12 Android devices this year, but its latest announcements will take the total to 19.
AT&T’s LTE phones, like Apple’s expected iPhone5, may be waiting for the Qualcomm S-4 family of chips that will be more power efficient and frequency agile.