May 24 AT 1:43 PM Keivan Askari 16 Comments

First look at the Samsung Infuse 4G

Take a look at what we have in our hands today- well, my hands. It’s the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G. I was lucky enough to get a demo unit a couple of days ago and this phone is packing several great features, in both big and small ways.

It shows off in a big way with its brilliant, crystal-clear 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus display, making colors look insane (seriously, I can’t recall the last time I saw blacks this deep). And for the small? Samsung was able to wrap it all up in a super thin (8.99mm) pocketable package. Rounding out the awesome is the fact that it is one of the few released devices running on AT&T’s 4G network. Check out the video below to see how this phone looks and acts in all its 4.5 inches of glory.

While the Infuse is one of the few 4G devices, it isn’t AT&T’s first. Their 4G lineup includes the HTC Inspire, the Motorola ATRIX, and the HP Veer. The Infuse dropped on May 15th with a price tag of $199.99 on a two year contract with data plan. The best part? The $199 price tag comes without a pesky mail-in rebate.

This screen is amazing- it is big and bright! The 4.5″ inch Super AMOLED Plus display makes everything look just like it’s supposed to. When I compared it to the screen of my Vibrant, I was amazed at how different the two looked. The colors (especially the blacks) just looked much sharper and richer, making my Vibrant almost seem inadequate. Goodbye Super AMOLED, hello Super AMOLED Plus!!

The Infuse is also packing a snappy 1.2GHz processor that makes everything run pretty quickly. I did notice, though, even with the boost in processing power the phone still gets a bit laggy during times of heavy load (just like the previous Galaxy series). The phone seems to be running great, then all of a sudden you get hit with a stutter. The lag isn’t terrible, but it’s still lag and not too many people like it, so buyers be warned.

This phone is the first in AT&T’s 4G lineup that has the ability to make use of their HSPA+(21Mbps) network. Though I didn’t get anywhere near those speeds, I was impressed with consistency. I rarely did a speed test that rendered speeds below 3.5Mbps and the upload speeds were a stable .5 to 1Mbps. Consistency is an often overlooked aspect of a fast connection when speed testing so it was nice to see this thing hit multiple repeat performances.

To step back and look at what is in front of us, we see a phone that competes in almost every category. With its amazing 4.5″ screen and its 8.99mm body, the size is a win all around. It also holds its weight in the speed category, clocking in respectable performances from both the network and the processor. If you’d like to see more, check out the full gallery of photos below and make sure to check back soon for our full review!

Also, let us know if you’ve got any questions of specific things you’d like investigated while we’ve still got the phone in-hand. We love doing the dirty work on new devices for our readers!

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  • pechano

    Is this the GS2 with carrier branding? Sorry, but I find it difficult to when we always get the manufacturer name here in Europe.

    • http://Website Raveesh

      No, it’s an overclocked Galaxy S with the new screen and 4.5″ size, 4G radio and reduced width. The Galaxy S II is yet to come out in the States, probably the carriers are still figuring out what they want theirs to be like

    • http://Website Richard Yarrell

      Anyone who know’s me directly know’s I could care less about any stupid iphone so to post this using my name only makes you a total jerk…Do yourself a favor and next time USE YOUR REAL NAME OR SOME ELSE’S NAME AND LEAVE MINES ALONE…..

  • http://Website desiree

    looks awesome! cant wait to see how it compares to the sensation.

  • http://Website J Damon

    Fabulous fierce looking device!! I happen to have T-mobile as my mobile phone provider and hope that we get a device comparable in our smartphone lineup soon! Great gallery!!

  • http://Website ronabong

    I just got the Infuse, I absolutely love the screen just brilliant and big. A little lag at some tasks, but nothing serious for my needs. Can’t wait to get it rooted and a new ROM installed (pending XDA developers).

  • http://Website JayMonster

    Too bad it has TouchWiz, maybe then it wouldn’t lag.

    • http://Website tony

      If you even had a clue you’d know that touchwiz has nothing to do with the lag on the galaxy s devices.. its the proprietary file system format Samsung uses.

  • http://Website Jason DeLine

    I’m glad to ssee it can stack up to tortilla chips!

  • Jeffroid

    It’s SOOOOOO thin!

  • http://Website Boner

    “(seriously, I can’t recall the last time I saw blacks this deep)” Wait’ll they get a load uh me! Sorry heh. Seriously, that phone looks AWESOME. Would love for something like that to be available @Sprint.

  • http://Website Rollo Tomasi

    At first glance this phone got me thinking of jumping to AT&T. The form factor & size are exactly what I am looking for in my next device. Once i read the specs I was disappointed to see it’s only a single core and no mention of RAM. I know that right now and even for the first few months you have this device it won’t matter but within it year it will. There will be more and more applications & future Android OS’s that will take advantage of the multiprocessor wave that started with the Atrix. Why not try to best ‘future proof’ yourself by getting a device that has at least 1g RAM & a dual core processor?

    Hopefully in the fall there will be a device this size with the internal specs that won’t make it obsolete within a year.

  • http://Website Daniel

    I purchased this device last night it was $200 bucks cheaper than the Galaxy S2.I’d much rather pay a little less although it comes with a one-single cote ptocessor,512 mb ram and andtoid 2.2.

  • http://Website Marion834

    $hitphone

  • mavricxx

    First off, I think this thing lacks enough RAM and I think that’s why it stutters at times. One of the main probs with Samsung Galaxy Tab was that it was sluggish due to the RAM. When you say its AT&T few 4G phones, are you referring to HSPA+ or LTE 4G? Please clarify and what the top speed is. Like is it, 42Mbps HSPA+ like T-Mo’s or what? Also, I wish they started making HD front facing cams, I’m so tired of the grainy video chats. Its gonna be specially noticeable with this 4.5″ screen. Lastly, does it have HDMI out and expandable memory?

  • halo0

    When are you guys gonna post up a full review? Do you have any of the docks that you can comment on?