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?