Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012: AT&T smartphones and devices roadmap.

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

AT&T’s planned portfolio stands out somewhat due to the prominence of Windows Phone, with the operator stating that with this platform it is “outselling all other carriers.” In addition to the Nokia device, the operator’s range will include HTC’s Titan II, a Windows Phone-powered device which includes the operator’s “largest-ever 16 megapixel camera.” Featuring a 4.7-inch screen, it will be exclusive to AT&T and available “in the coming months.”

AT&T is also set to offer the first LTE smartphone from vendor Sony Ericsson, with scheduled exclusive availability in the second quarter of 2012. Called Xperia ion , it is also set to be the first to feature Sony-only branding, although this is still “subject to regulatory approval.” The device will use the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform, rather than the more recent Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

Also on the AT&T roadmap is "the first LTE-connected Android tablet under US$300," the Pantech-made Element, and the consumer-oriented Burst 4G handset from the same vendor, which is "designed to help make 4G LTE devices more affordable to customers," priced under US$50.  The operator will also offer a bundle of both devices for US$249.99 with service contract.

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