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AT&T unveils early-2012 tablet and smartphone lineup: Xperia ion, Galaxy Note, Skyrocket HD and more

Carrier AT&T announced today at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show six new Android devices, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Ion, and more. In all, five Android smartphones and one 4G LTE tablet were announced for early 2012.

The new Sony Ericsson Xperia ion —the handset maker’s first 4G LTE smartphone seen above— is an AT&T network-exclusive boasting a 12-megapixel camera and a large 4.6-inch display. The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note largely resembles its European counterpart, sans the added support for 4G LTE radio technology.

Per The Verge’s hands-on, the United States version has “a more traditional four-button capacitive arrangement below the display instead of the single button found on the European model.”  Samsung is advertising this device like crazy in Europe, so it should gain traction in the U.S. if AT&T follows suit.

More information on other devices in AT&T’s lineup are available below the fold.


The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD features a removable battery, 9.27-millimeter body and a 1280-by-720-pixel resolution Super AMOLED display. The Exhilarate is another Samsung device that will be hosted on AT&T’s network. This 4-inch smartphone should appeal to those in the market for a “green” Android device as it is made from recycled materials and is the first 4G LTE device “built to meet environmental and sustainability standards.” If you are looking for a budget LTE phone, look no further than the Burst from Pantech that is said to cost under $50— an insanely great price for an LTE phone. AT&T will also carry the Element Tab slate, another device from Pantech. The carrier said that for a limited time, customers might buy the Pantech Element and Burst together on contract and get the Element for $249.99 and the Burst at no cost.

AT&T’s press release:

Samsung Galaxy Note™. A task master’s dream, the Galaxy Note combines the best features of a smartphone with the larger viewing screen of a tablet and the convenience of a notepad — delivering all-in-one functionality to help users work more efficiently and maintain productivity while on-the-go. Featuring the largest screen on a smartphone, the Galaxy Note boasts the world’s first 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED™ screen (1280×800) for sharp, clear colors and readability – both indoors and out. Galaxy Note also features the S Pen™, the most advanced pen input technology, featuring an array of leading qualities including pressure sensitivity, preciseness, speed and more. With the S Pen, users can easily sketch drawings, jot down notes, or write emails and texts quickly and easily in free-form handwriting. An easy screen-capture function also allows users to instantly save any screen, and these screens can also be personalized with the S Pen before being saved or shared. The Samsung Galaxy Note is planned for availability in AT&T stores and online in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD. Planned for availability in the coming months, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD is an elegantly designed and highly functional 4G LTE smartphone that features a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, as well as a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for ultra-smooth game play and video playback.

Samsung Exhilarate™.Also planned for availability in the coming months, the Samsung Exhilarate is constructed from 80 percent recycled post-consumer materials and features eco modes and tools such as an Eco calendar and calculator. The Exhilarate also boasts a four-inch touchscreen Super AMOLED display, front and rear facing cameras, voice recognition and access to AT&T U-verse® Live TV. In addition, the Samsung Exhilarate was certified as Platinum by UL Environment – their highest level of sustainability certification. This is AT&T’s second device to receive this certification.

Pantech Element™.This affordable tablet will be available exclusively in AT&T company-owned stores and online for $299.99 with a two-year contract, with planned availability on January 22. The Element is Pantech’s first LTE-connected Android tablet, and is waterproof2, greatly improving portability and usability (see the Pantech website for full details). The Element runs on Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and includes a crisp 8-inch display, front and rear-facing cameras, and a rich web experience with full HTML and PC-like tabbed browsing.

Pantech Burst™. Also planned for availability on January 22 in AT&T company-owned stores and online, the value-oriented Burst will be the first 4G LTE smartphone from Pantech in AT&T’s device portfolio. The Burst combines 4G LTE speeds, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and Android functionality in a slim, affordable package – just $49.99 with a two-year contract. It will be available in two color choices, titanium or ruby red.

AT&T will be the first carrier to offer Sony’s first-ever 4G LTE smartphone and first smartphone to be sold under the Sony brand in the U.S. Slated to launch in the second quarter, the Xperia ion from Sony is ideal for those looking for the ultimate smartphone viewing and listening experience.

Samsung Note™, Galaxy S II Skyrocket™ HD and Exhilarate™ Pantech Element™ and Burst™ Xperia ion from Sony

Xperia ion will support access to the richest entertainment experiences from Sony Entertainment Network. Music Unlimited offers a global catalog of more than 12 million unique songs, while Video Unlimited has the latest Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows from all major studios. Xperia ion is also PlayStation® Certified, delivering a high quality smartphone gaming experience. Consumers will be able to access this content across Sony devices, including televisions, computers and tablets. Other features include Android 2.3, a 4.6-inch3 HD display, a 12-megapixel camera with Sony Exmor R™ for mobile, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing.

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