There are many mobile infrastructure types touted as “4G” but the fastest by far is LTE. Thus far, the only carrier in the US to have a nationwide LTE network is Verizon. All of that is about to change, however, as this morning AT&T announced a major rollout of LTE around the US and with it two shiny new LTE enabled Android phones.
The first of the two new Android phones announced is the Vivid by HTC. The Vivid (or holiday as it was leaked) features an enormous 4.5-inch qHD LCD display, and like Apple’s baby will be offered both black and white at launch. Under the hood is the 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon that has become common in HTC devices. The phone also has an “amazing” 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video and is said to have a faster shutter speed than the IPhone 4S. The Vivid is the cheaper of the two devices, at $200 on contract.
Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket:
The Galaxy SII: Skyrocket seems to be more or less the Galaxy SII LTE for the US. This phone will also feature an enormous 4.5-inch display, but unlike the Vivid, the Skyrocket’s screen is Super AMOLED. That means it’ll have the same stellar color quality as its Galaxy SII brethren. The Skyrocket runs on a 1.5GHz Samsung made dual-core processor and features the same 8-megapiexl rear, 2-megapiexl front combo as the other Galaxy SII devices. The Skyrocket will run you $250 on contract.
Things To Note:
While both devices will support LTE, they will also support AT&T’s HSPA+ network while the roll out occurs. There are no prices yet unlocked, but expect them to be around $500 and I wouldn’t think of importing. LTE is still a new technology and different regions are toying with different frequencies. As such, there is no guarantee these devices will support the LTE of your region.