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Last Updated: December 23rd, 2011

AT&T has just given customers a handful of devices to look forward to, announcing earlier this evening the addition of five new Android devices to their fall lineup. The new line is largely populated by Android devices aimed at budget-conscious users, but those looking for higher-end devices will have plenty of options as well.

Motorola Atrix 2

First up is the Motorola Atrix 2. Following up on the original Atrix, it's compatible with a special 'Lapdock' to increase productivity. In keeping with the Atrix name, the phone is packing some rather nice specs under its sleek frame:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 4G HSPA+ 21 Mbps (Category 14)
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Internal memory: 8 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM, 2 GB microSD™ card (expandable to 32GB)
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4.3-inch qHD screen 960x540TFT, with more than  500,000 pixels for sharper, clearer display
  • 8 MP camera and LED flash
  • Front-facing camera
  • 1080p HD video capture, 30 frames per second playback
  • On Device Encryption (ODE) and Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS)
  • IPsec VPN
  • Lapdock 100 Accessory

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Samsung DoubleTime

Samsung's DoubleTime is no doubt a lower-end Android phone, putting an emphasis on its compact, portable design and full flip keyboard, and running Android 2.2 (which seems a bit odd considering the impending release of Ice Cream Sandwich, which will make Froyo 2 steps behind current technology). Its other specs aren't much to write home about, but it could make a very capable entry-level device for those on a budget. Here's what it's got:

  • Qualcomm 600MHz Processor
  • 260MB Onboard Memory
  • MicroSD slot for expansion up to 32GB
  • 3.2" 320x480 display
  • 3.2MP rear shooter with video capability

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Samsung Captivate Glide

The Captivate Glide bumps things up considerably, brining a bit more power to the table. The Captivate Glide - like the DoubleTime - has a hard keyboard, but still manages to maintain a portable design. It shares a streamlined profile common to Samsung's recent devices, and the keyboard has handy keys representing the familiar soft buttons present on the front of the device. Here's what to expect under the hood:

  • 4G HSPA+
  • 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1GB Onboard memory
  • MicroSD slot expandable to 32GB
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 4" 480x800 Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP rear shooter with 1080p recording capability
  • 1.3MP front camera

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Pantech Pocket

Pantech's Pocket appears to be a mid-range Android device focused around social networking, entertainment and messaging. It seems to have a rugged, compact chassis and its display holds a slightly different aspect ratio than we're used to. Here are the specs AT&T's presser have given us for the Pocket:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Internal Memory:  ~600MB plus 2GB microSD™ included.
  • User Memory: 2.5 GB included (Includes a 2 GB microSD Card)
  • Support for up to 32GB microSD
  • Android  2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Full touch 4" SVGA display
  • Screen size & resolution: 4" (600x800) 16M TFT
  • 5 MP camera with flash and HD video recording
  • 114.7mm x 78mm x 11.3mm
  • Weight is 4.66 oz
  • Bluetooth: v. 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi and access to AT&T hotspots

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AT&T Avail

Finally we have the AT&T Avail, manufactured by ZTE. This device is headed for GoPhone, AT&T's prepaid service, and is another budget Android. Still, it's a good option for users who prefer a prepaid plan but crave a taste of Android. Its specs, like the other budget devices', may not be hugely innovative, but they will serve their purpose:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Internal memory: 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB microSD™ card
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen
  • 5 MP autofocus camera and video recorder
  • Seven customizable homescreens
  • Wi-Fi capable

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Taking these devices into consideration, it looks like Samsung and AT&T will be catering to customers in all budget ranges this fall, and while, overall, some of these device's specs may fall short of current standards, devices like the Atrix 2 and Captivate Glide can at least contend with currently available devices. No exact dates have been given regarding release dates, but given that these devices are slated for a fall release, customers can't have long to wait.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    This is a pathetic lineup...

    The DoubleTime was outdated at the start of 2011. I realize that AT&T hasn't been the best stocked for keyboard-equipped phones, but excluding that detail, why would anybody get this phone when they could get the original Captivate or a few other devices that are a whole generation better...all of which have seen prices drop to free or $50?!?!?!

    The Captivate Glide isn't so bad as long as it comes out in the next couple of weeks for a fairly low price. It stands to get a few customers in the right markets and budgets (totally picturing high school students here). It isn't a top of the line device; the Atrix was pretty similar in specs several months ago. But these aren't remotely interesting announcements and probably won't get much attention.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

      Hrm, AP...it sucks when you substantially edit articles after posting them and then I can't edit my own comments...Just saying...

      Fortunately, what I said stands pretty well for the other devices that were added. The two best devices in the list are only good enough to compete with the current line-up of the other carriers, all of which have phones coming out within weeks or a couple of months that blow away the best of this list. When it comes to service, despite the louder segment of the populous, I find AT&T to easily be the best everywhere I've been...but Android still feels like a second class citizen to iPhone and Windows Phones.

      Based on this, unless there is a surprise announcement regarding the Nexus Prime, it looks like the SGS II is going to be the only true high-end device on Big Blue until winter or even spring.

  • iSlackerz

    Putting aside the 3 lower end phones these announcements are kind of disappointing.

    The Atrix 2 looks to be a very marginal update to the original Atrix. Most of the specs are eerily similar. The 1080p video, a promised update to the original Atrix, is a nice little stab in the heart to owners of the original.

    The Captivate Glide seems decent. It seems like it's aligned, fairly well, with the Droid 3 on Verizon. Having twice the RAM is nice, but only giving people 1 GB of on-board storage is a crime. Someone needs a good flogging. 1 GB is understandable for a low end device, but this is definitely in the lower echelon of high-end. 1GB of storage is inexcusable.

    • Peter

      1GB is plenty of room for apps. What more do you really need? It has an SD slot, put a 16GB (~$20) card in there and stop complaining.

      How can people say this isn't a high end device? Its specs nearly match all of the SGS2. I really hope the screen is not PenTile though, but they aren't saying Super AMOLED Plus which means it very well might be.

  • BlackOmega

    The only relevant change is that the atrix 2 uses a TFT screen instead of a pentile crap as the original did.

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