AT&T has just announced their first LTE smartphones, the HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and these are both impressive smartphones to be the first devices to pack in 4G LTE. LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the next generation of mobile broadband, and it’s capable of data speeds up to 10x faster than 3G.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket packs in a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and a massive 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus display with a 800 x 480 pixel display. It’s also running Android Gingerbread 2.3.5, and packs in an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash and 1080p HD video recording, as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The device also comes with 16GB of on-board memory and a microSD slot.
The HTC Vivid on the other hand, is sporting a 4.5 inch display, but it’s a qHD display with a 540 x 960 resolution. Under the hood it’s packing in an also impressive 1.2GHz processor, along with an enhanced 8-megapixel camera with a f2.2 28mm wide angle lens for low light photos. This camera is capable of 1080p HD video recording at 60 frames per second, with slow motion playback and the camera comes with an on-device trimmer to optimize social media uploads and memory space. The HTC Vivid will also come with 16GB of built-in memory and a microSD slot.
The HTC Vivid will retail for $199 with a two-year contract, while the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket will retail for $249.99 with a two year contract.
Along side with the phones, AT&T is launching 4G LTE service in Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore and Athens, Georgia on November 6th. 4G LTE is already available in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and they plan to roll out 4G LTE to 15 markets by the end of 2011. Data pricing will be the same as it is for 3G, with 200MB costing $15 a month, and 2GB costing $25 a month. Check out the video below which does a great job of explaining what 4G LTE means for AT&T.
Update 11/5/2011: Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Update 11/9/2011: We’re giving away the Samsung Galaxy S II, click here for more!
Update 11/17/2011: Check out our review of the HTC Vivid