Jan 25 AT 3:13 PM Taylor Wimberly 30 Comments

AT&T’s rumored Q1 roadmap includes Galaxy Note, Skyrocket II HD, Sony Ion, more

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AT&T announced six new Android devices earlier this month at their developers conference during CES, and now we are learning more details about specific release dates. Jonathan Geller of BGR is reporting that AT&T will launch at least seven Android devices in Q1 including the Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Rugby Smart, AT&T Fusion, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, Samsung Exhilarate, Sony Xperia Ion and Sony Crystal.

At the top of our wishlist is the Samsung Galaxy Note, which should launch February 18 for $299.99. This device has already sold over 1 million units overseas, and it’s one of the most anticipated releases for the first half of this year. Its 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display and unique S-Pen make it a compelling device for those who want some of the functionality of a tablet, but in a smaller package that can still fit in a pocket.

For those who think a 5.3-inch display might be too large, we have the Sony Xperia Ion. This high-end smartphone features a 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Reality display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 12MP Exmor-R and support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network. We originally thought the Ion would arrive in Q2, but Geller now says we can expect it in the latter half of Q1.

On the low-end smartphone side we have the Samsung Rugby Smart and the AT&T Fusion. Not many details are available about these phones, but both will launch on February 18 for  $99.99 and $124.99, respectively. The Samsung Exhilarate will also launch in Q1, a $49 LTE phone with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display.

Also from Samsung, we have the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD. This is AT&T’s 3rd Galaxy S II phone with only a minor tweak from the original Skyrocket – a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display.

Finally we have the Sony Crystal. Not much is known about this tablet, but BGR claims it will support AT&T’s HSPA+ network and retail for $409.99.

Overall, it looks like a solid lineup for AT&T customers to choose from in the next couple months. My top pick would likely be the Samsung Galaxy Note, but I believe the Sony Ion will also be an excellent choice.

If you are an AT&T customer, which device are you looking forward to the most?

Source: BGR

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  • spazby

    Galaxy Note looks awesome

    • Vick

      I have seen the galaxy note in person while I was travelling overseas. It is humongous and looks ridiculous when being used as a phone.

      • bman17

        That’s my exact thought. The beast looks like a beauty but when held to your ear it’ll feel like your holding a picture frame to your face!

      • Aye aye

        If you care that much about what people think you have issues

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket HD – that’s a mouthful!

    • James

      I’m definitely looking forward to the Skyrocket II HD!!!

      The Samsung Galaxy Note is just a tad bit too big for me.

      Coming from an Iphone 4, a pixel density enthusiast like myself will appreciate a 1280×720 screen packed into a smaller form factor than the galaxy note!

      Pixels density FTW!

      (Also have a EEE Pad Transformer, which i bought because of the high quality screen and MicroSD capabilities. And while the distance between the display and the glass isnt optimal, it’s something that you naturally compensate for without fuss within the first few days.)

      I like the fact that more manufacturers are focusing on display quality. Now if we could only get them to improve laptop displays!

      I’m also interested in the Galaxy Note and Skyrocket’s SoC.

  • Trevor

    I would love to see them get a Galaxy Nexus. I’d hate to have to buy it off contract.

    • Don

      Are you sure you prefer Galaxy Nexus to Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD? Nexus does not have an SD slot, nor Gorilla glass; it does, however, have Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). Samsung plans to roll out ICS for other members of the Galaxy series, although there is no guarantee that it will for every variant.

  • Jeff Pan

    Are the carries trying to make $299 a standard for high end phones? That is a bad precedent.

    • Jeff Pan

      Carriers*

  • BlkSquad

    I was really looking forward to the Note buy $299 is such a bullsh*t price for a phone at a subsidized price. If I’m gonna spend that much I might as well get a GNex off contract and have the option to change carriers in a few more months.

  • Hue Three of Five

    No HTC devices?

    • nateysmith

      I agree. I am wanting to see something from HTC as well. Some of these phones are already going to be outdated specs wise after the announcements at MWC if the rumors are to be believed.

      • Hue Three of Five

        Yea hopefully the rumors are true and we see some nice HTC devices there.

        • Christopher Oladipo Sopeju

          The HTC Titan II is coming out in March and there is also the HTC Radiant that is the first Dual cored windows phone

  • redman618

    I have to agree with blksquad. $299 price point is ridiculous. I paid $150 for my skyrocket a few months ago. That price needs to be lowered $100. Even at that though that is still not a guarantee. I bought the Dell Streak at $50, and we all know what happened to it. On a side note anyone want to trade me Note for a skyrocket? Less than three months old!! Will put $$$ on my end! Damn Samsung and there quick refresh cycles!!!

  • TxTigah

    I can’t wait to get a hold of the Note. It will be a nice step up from my Captivate. Any of these phones would…but I gotta do it big. Its how we do it in Texas. I sure wish Samsung would release a phone in the US early for a change instead of having to wait for the rest of the planet to have it for months! Hey Sammy, start getting the next gen hardware to the carriers for testing! We want some early release love for a change!! It will be next Fall before the SGIII makes its way here. Stinks!

  • BiGMERF

    tmobile road map shows….. no Gnote :(

  • Gabe

    Come on T-Mobile!! Step up yo game!!!!

  • Nathan D.

    I would like to see a road map on every carrier but at&t looking good if this road map is true but I’m with T-Mobile and they need to step up their game more.

  • AndreaCristiano

    The galaxy s2 skyrocket HD is also LTE while the other sgs2 varients on att are not

    • JxWayne89

      Actually the original skyrocket is also LTE…

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Have the Note on ATT (via Amazon), it is already my favorite phone. Check it out before buying any large screen device.

  • Richard Yarrell

    The Samsung Galaxy Note looks great no doubt…

  • Voliam

    I’ll just keep my Captivate, thanks. Tired of being handcuffed to a carrier on a contract! Carriers should concentrate more on network quality and reliability than racing to release so many devices.
    But, handcuffing customers is their bread and butter…

  • yankeesusa

    Its too bad att still sucks when it comes to pricing and customer service. Although verizon lately has been getting there in terms of customer service. All these companies keep getting people to pay an exorbitant amount of money by introducing great phones. They do a great job at marketing.

  • heyYu

    Sony ION is the one I am waiting for. No price mentioned above. Anyone knows?
    Had bad experience with Samsung’s Galaxy, will never get another Samsung’s.

  • Ben

    I am curious about the Samsung Note it looks interesting. But the Ion is real tempting as well. Hopefully HTC will have a new device or two by the time my contract is up in July

  • http://www.brokemanstech.com Juan

    I work for AT&T and I can’t wait for the Note and dare I say the Lumia 900 come to our stores. I do wish they were getting the Galaxy Nexus but sadly AT&T doesn’t have much love for the Nexus line of phones.

  • Aye aye

    Cant wait for the note so I can break up with my iPhone, we have an abusive relationship.