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AT&T embraced the go big or go home motto like a boss today at CES -- it announced six new Android devices. Three premium phones, two budget phones, and a budget tablet. Not only that, but every single one of these new devices will run on its 4G LTE network. Let's take a look at what we know so far, and we'll update as more info shows up.

Update: I would like to note that just because all of the phones are shown running Gingerbread, that doesn't mean they won't ship with ICS. We may not see many of these devices until Q2, so don't get frustrated.

Sony Xperia Ion

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They didn't spend a lot of time talking about the Ion, so just know that it's coming. And it has LTE. It's coming with LTE.

Specs:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.6-inch 1280x720 display
  • 12MP Exmor-R rear shooter, 1.3MP front cam
  • 16GB built-in storage
  • NFC
  • Android 2.3.x
  • Available in Q2

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD

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This one is the sequel to Sammy's first LTE device on AT&T's network - the Skyrocket. It features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 4.65-inch HD display at 1,280x720, but don't get too exited just yet - it's not running ICS at the moment (read: it has capacitive buttons).

The Skyrocket HD is expected to be available "in the coming months."

Samsung Galaxy Note

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The big dog of the bunch! This is probably the most anticipated phone for AT&T since... well, a while. The Gingerbread-sporting 5.3-inch Galaxy Note packs a 1.5GHz dual-core processor (no word on model, but don't count on it being an Exynos), 1,280x800 resolution, 16GB on-board storage with microSD card slot, 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front-facing camera, and - probably the coolest feature of the monstrous device - the S-Pen. For those who like choices, the Note will come in two different colors: blue and white.

Update: We asked our AT&T rep about the processor in the Note, and this is what they had to say:

I don’t have specific processor information for the Galaxy Note.

So... nothing.

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Samsung Exhilarate

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This is the first of two budget-friendly LTE phones AT&T is bringing to the mix, alongside the Pantech Burst (more on that below). The Exhilarate is not only budget-friendly, but it's also eco-friendly, as it's made from 80 percent recycled materials. It's rocking a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, front and rear camera, and access to AT&T's U-Verse live TV.

The specs may seem a bit underwhelming on the Exhilarate, but the price should more than make up for it -- less than $50. No exact number was given, but we expect it to show up at $49.99.

Pantech Burst

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Moving right along with the sub-$50 phones, the Burst from Pantech enters the game. They didn't spend a lot of time focusing on this device, so just know that it has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and comes in two colors: black and red. More info to come.

More Specs:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Available on January 22, 2012

Pantech Element

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While the 8-inch Element was outed a few days ago, AT&T just took the cover off of this waterproof budget-friendly tablet. It packs a 1.5GHz processor, 16GB built-in storage, 5MP and 2MP rear and front shooters respectively, and Android 3.2.

The real story with both of the aforementioned Pantech devices is the bundle that AT&T will be offering upon availability -- you'll be able to score both the Burst and the Element for a mere $250 with a two-year agreement. Yes, an LTE phone and tablet, together, for 250 bones. That's one hell-of-a-deal.

As far as availability is concerned, no launch dates have been given for any of the devices across the board. Rest assured, though, as soon as we know - you'll know. We're updating accordingly as release information becomes available.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Rob

    Can't wait to get the Sony Xperia Ion's wallpaper!

  • Quryous

    When the Dell Streak came out I KNEW it was only a little while before something MUCH better would come out. That it is a bit larger is only a BONUS. The Streak to be about the perfect size, but the screen and OS version lacked a LOT. I can't believe it is finally coming. AND, in multiple colors. Dell could have had a real winner if they had actually promoted the Streak, but Samsung now has the ball and is obviously on a roll. Already over a million sold, and they aren't even in the best market yet (USA). I can only hope that they also are available on Sprint. I will really have heartburn if I have to switch to ATT just to get this ideal phone. Have you seen the lineup of available accessories? I guess having it come out a few months earlier (they sold a MILLION in only 2-3 months) in Europe only works to our (US) advantage, as there are several nice accessories available already with a nice list of more to come shortly. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!

  • http://www.teamrou.com Phil Oakley

    So this is the first Sony phone, as opposed to Sony Ericsson?

    Also, seems to be the first Sony with capacitive buttons.

    • flavioosh

      The Xperia Ray has two capacitive buttons on either side of the home button.
      But you are correct, it would be the first Sony (not Ericsson) with capacitive buttons :)

  • Nastybutler77

    Phones of the "future" and none with ICS? Fail. Try harder AT&T. Simply unacceptable.

    • J Rush

      "Update: I would like to note that just because all of the phones are shown running Gingerbread, that doesn't mean they won't ship with ICS. We may not see many of these devices until Q2, so don't get frustrated."

      Learn how to read bro.

      • J Rush

        I'm not trying to be an asshole, but it irks me when people either don't read it all or just comment before reading.

        • Cameron Summerson

          Actually, I added that update after reading the original comment.

        • J Rush

          Awww man. Totally my bad. What are the odds? Lol

  • http://www.thenolands.com chris Noland

    no Galaxy Nexus? Darn...

    • ebinrock

      NEXUS OR NOTHING!!

  • Majarvis

    Anyone else see a Nexus S when looking at the Exhilarate? Same shape and location of features, in a slightly modified skin.

  • Sky

    is the sony ION's hardware really gonna look like that?.. man,thats Kinda dissapointing .. ive ALWAYS wanted a sony branded phone (ericsson at the time) and apsolutely LOVE the features of this phone.. but hopefully this design is just an idea and not the actual final hardware Build.. and it MUST have ICS out the box.. C'mon sony,dont ruin it on your First try. :)-

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    I guess I'm gonna be the jerk to say it...Half of this isn't news worthy (not criticizing AP, actually picking on AT&T) and the other half of this is only worthy today and becomes a sleeper subject when it comes to release time.

    Nobody cares about the budget phones, so making a big show of them at CES is kind of a waste. It's clearly just because AT&T (like Verizon) wants to talk about their LTE expansion more than the actual phones.

    Besides the Galaxy Note, the other high-end devices aren't really news either. The Skyrocket update is barely an update and the Sony phone is more of an announcement for Sony since it's really their accomplishment.

    Again, sorry for being a jerk, but AT&T should have walked in the door ready to say "We're upping our Android offering for real and we have multiple ICS phones with impressive specs". This is a let-down and weirdly it's completely devoid of any mention of HTC or Motorola. This just doesn't feel like a good announcement.

  • John

    No Galaxy Nexus really bums me out. The sad and terrifying thing is that with the Skyrocket HD, AT&T might not want the Galaxy Nexus at all, since they're so similar and they're trying to push LTE onto their customers.

  • Oliver

    No LTE Nexus? Lame.

    I guess I need to start looking at Sprint plans...