As soon as we heard that AT&T and Samsung were holding an event today in New York, speculations started flying around. Since it was linked to a carrier, we could assume that it was most likely a phone announcement, which meant that it could be either the Samsung Infuse 4G or the Samsung Galaxy S II (though the chances of the Galaxy S II coming so soon are small). Samsung has taken care of the event, and now we have an official price and release date for the Samsung Infuse 4G, which we have been waiting for since last January at CES. The Samsung Infuse 4G will be launching on May 15 for the price of $199.99 after a two-year contract.
While being the thinnest 4G smartphone (8.99mm) in the U.S. at the moment, the Samsung Infuse 4G also features some good specs. The device will be sporting a 1.2 GHz processor, and will run on Android 2.2 Froyo, which should make the performance a very pleasant one for the average consumer. We know that Samsung always goes above and beyond when it comes to displays, and they have definitely done a great job with this one. The Infuse 4G will be carrying a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, not only making it one of smartphones with the largest displays available, but also providing high quality image and richness in colors.
The device looks great, but its stunning screen and incredible thinness most likely will end up meaning that battery life will be an issue. That is something many of us are already used to though, and it is a price that we have to pay if we want certain features. Aside from possible battery life issues, the only problem one could find on this device is the lack of a dual-core processor, but that is also something the average consumer could live perfectly with.
Anyone rushing to get this device in the middle of the month? If you need a little incentive, it will also come packed with an exclusive version of Angry Birds. For more details and specs on this device, just check out the press release after the break, and please tell us what you think of this phone. Will you be purchasing it?Show Press Release
Exclusive Angry Birds Version to be Featured on the Nation’s Thinnest 4G Smartphone with Largest AT&T Display
DALLAS, May 5, 2011 – AT&T* and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Infuseâ„¢ 4G.
· Exclusive to AT&T customers, the Samsung Infuse 4G will be the nation’s thinnest 4G smartphone at 8.99mm at its thinnest.
· Delivers the largest display in AT&T’s smartphone portfolio with a brilliant 4.5-inch screen featuring next-generation Super AMOLEDâ„¢ Plus technology.
· Powered by a 1.2 GHz processor and the Androidâ„¢ 2.2 platform, the Samsung Infuse 4G also boasts an 8-megapixel camera, and a $25 credit to download movie content from Samsung Media Hub.
· Pre-loaded version of Angry Birds features an exclusive hidden level for Infuse 4G customers.
· Samsung Infuse 4G will be available in AT&T company-owned stores and online at www.wireless.att.com on May 15 and will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract and no mail-in rebate. (Minimum $15 data plan required)
The Samsung Infuse 4G will be the thinnest 4G smartphone available in the U.S. and will feature the largest screen — at 4.5 inches — in AT&T’s smartphone lineup, and the largest touch screen on any Samsung phone. Powered by a 1.2 GHz application processor and running the Android 2.2 platform, the device delivers a brilliant display using Samsung’s next-generation Super AMOLEDâ„¢ Plus technology which features 50 percent more sub-pixels for better contrast. The display also offers unmatched outdoor viewing quality, even in the brightest sunlight.
With the Infuse 4G, Samsung and AT&T are raising the stakes on pre-loaded content that is not available on any other device. In collaboration with Rovio, the Infuse 4G will feature a special edition of Angry Birds pre-loaded on the smartphone. Players can unlock a special “Golden Egg” level of the game, and once the special level is completed, users can register to win Samsung prizes exclusive to Infuse 4G users.**
The smartphone also includes an 8-megapixel camera/camcorder with auto-focus and flash that shoots HD video with incredible detail. A front facing camera is perfect for self portraits or video chat. Customers can also watch hit movies and TV shows from preloaded apps like Samsung Media Hub, U-verse Mobile and U-verse Live TV.
The first 500,000 Infuse 4G units sold will include a $25 voucher for consumers to get started on downloading content from Media Hub. With Media Hub’s progressive downloading feature, users can start watching their content almost immediately as the rest of the file downloads to the Infuse 4G. Plus, all Media Hub content can be shared among five Media Hub-enabled devices on the same account. The Infuse 4G also comes with a 2GB microSD card with preloaded trailers for upcoming summer movies.
Compatible with the Infuse 4G and other devices on the Android 2.2 platform or better, AT&T has also launched a new, fun app called JustUs. The app combines both social media and text activity from five favorite contacts into an animated wallpaper, keeping users better connected with those that matter most. Customers can download the app for free in Android Market today.
“The 4.5-inch screen on Infuse 4G is enhanced further with Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus technology. Colors are rich and bright, even while outdoors in sunlight,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “When you juxtapose that with the fact that it’s the thinnest 4G smartphone out there today, it’s an incredibly compelling choice for our customers.”
“When you combine the powerful 1.2 GHz application processor with AT&T’s advanced 4G network, this device will truly be the fastest smartphone Samsung has ever created with AT&T,” said Omar Khan, chief technology officer & chief product officer for Samsung Mobile. “The Infuse 4G is our latest example of Samsung’s global leadership in Android platform smartphones. With every Android smartphone that we launch, we’re bringing something new and exciting to the market.”
AT&T is a pioneer in smartphones and devices and expects to widen its portfolio in 2011. In January, AT&T committed to introducing 20 4G devices and 12 additional Android devices by the end of the year. Samsung Infuse 4G will be one of several new 4G devices that have been offered to AT&T customers in the first half of 2011.
Samsung Infuse 4G Accessories
To prepare for the arrival of the Samsung Infuse 4G in AT&T stores, the company has prepared a robust lineup of 14 fashionable and functional accessories including multiple case options, a vehicle mount and desk mount. All accessories are available in AT&T company-owned stores and online at www.wireless.att.com. For more details on the lineup visit www.att.com/mobilephones-news.
âˆ™ Androidâ„¢ 2.2 platform
âˆ™ 4G: HSDPA CAT 14 and HSUPA CAT 6
âˆ™ 8.9 mm to 9.24mm thin
âˆ™ UMTS 850/1900/2100
âˆ™ GSM 850/900/1800/1900
âˆ™ 1.2 GHz processor
âˆ™ 4.5-inch Super AMOLEDâ„¢ Plus screen
âˆ™ 8-megapixel camera with HD 720p video camera and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
âˆ™ Virtual QWERTY keyboard
âˆ™ Expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD card
âˆ™ Text/Picture and Video Messaging support
âˆ™ Samsung Media Hub, U-verse Mobile, U-verse Live TV, and Angry Birds
To learn more about the Samsung Infuseâ„¢ 4G, visit www.att.com/mobilephones-news, www.att.com/infuse4G or www.samsung.com/mobile.