AT&T Launches 5 New Android Phones, Including Motorola Atrix 2
AT&T (NYS: T) Mobility launched five new smartphones using Google's (NAS: GOOG) Android platform, including the Motorola Mobility (NYS: MMI) Atrix 2, a sequel to the Motorola Matrix that AT&T unveiled earlier this year.
The carrier, which has the largest reported smartphone penetration of all four Tier 1 carriers, said with the new additions it now has 19 Android smartphones in its lineup, surpassing its goal of launching 12 Android smartphones in 2011. AT&T unwrapped the new devices at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications conference in San Diego, but with the exception of the Atrix 2, did not provide specific pricing or availability information for the devices.
The Atrix 2 will sport a dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera and support for HSPA+ 21. The device will be available for $99 with a two-year contract Oct. 16, a full $100 lower than the original Atrix, which AT&T launched in March.
AT&T also launched the HSPA+ 21 Samsung Captivate Glide, which has a full Qwerty keyboard, a dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, Exchange ActiveSync support, an 8-megapixel camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
In addition, AT&T debuted the Samsung DoubleTime, which has dual touchscreen with a full flip keyboard, 3.2-inch screen and 600 MHz core Qualcomm (NAS: QCOM) processor. The company also announced the Pantech Pocket, a slim entertainment and messaging device with a 4-inch SVGA screen and 5-megapixel camera.
Finally, AT&T unveiled the ZTE-made Avail, its second Android phone for its GoPhone prepaid offering. The Avail has a 3.5-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera and Wi-Fi.
In July AT&T said it will update all of its postpaid smartphones introduced this year running Android to Android 2.3, or Gingerbread, the latest version of the operating system currently available for smartphones. AT&T also said in July that Android, Microsoft's (NAS: MSFT) Windows Phone 7 and Research In Motion's (NAS: RIMM) BlackBerry accounted for 40 percent of its smartphone sales. The carrier also said at the time that 50 percent of the company's postpaid subscriber base are smartphone users.
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