Following the announcement yesterday that they'd be acquiring T-Mobile, AT&T this morning proclaimed that they'll be offering two new high-profile smartphones in the near future. First up is the HTC HD7S, which will basically be the HD7 that has only been available on T-Mobile up until now, but with compatibility with AT&T's network. Additionally, ATT's model will come packed with both a Super LCD display and Windows Phone 7's NoDo update preinstalled, giving users the ability to cut and paste out of the box. Expect the HD7S to launch "in the coming weeks" at an undisclosed price.
Next is the LG Thrill 4G, which most of you know as the LG Optimus 3D. Launching sometime "in the coming months," the Thrill 4G will feature a 4.3-inch glasses-free 3D display, dual-core 1GHz CPU, dual 5 megapixel stereoscopic 3D cameras that can record 720p 3D video or 1080p 2D video, 8GB of storage, an 8GB microSD card preinstalled, support for ATT's 4G network, and Android 2.2.
While I think most of us would rather AT&T launch a brand-new Windows Phone 7 device, the HD7S is still a pretty nice handset and could entice some folks to pick up WP7 thanks to its big 4.3-inch Super LCD display. As for the Thrill 4G, it's nice to see the Optimus 3D coming to the U.S., even if it doesn't seem like everyone is on-board with the idea of a 3D-capable phone just yet. Plus, with the HTC EVO 3D likely coming from Sprint today or tomorrow, folks that do want a 3D phone will have a couple of choices when the time comes to actually buy a new handset.
AT&T TAKES SMARTPHONE CUSTOMERS INTO A NEW DIMENSION
Pair of 4.3-inch Smartphones For Best-in-Class Portfolio Include the LG Thrill 4G With Glasses-free 3D Experience, in Addition to the HTC HD7S, an Exciting Addition to the Windows Phone Portfolio
DALLAS, March 21, 2011 —
· AT&T* announced two new leading-edge smartphones, the LG Thrill 4G and the HTC HD7S, will be added to the industry’s best portfolio of mobile phones.
· The LG Thrill 4G is the first U.S. smartphone that will feature a ”glasses-free” 4.3-inch stereoscopic 3D display plus 4G speed capability on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network.
· Beyond its 3D screen, the LG Thrill 4G features a dual-core, 1 GHz processor, and a 5-megapixel dual-camera that allows you to shoot and share high definition videos and images in 3D.
· The HTC HD7S adds to the best portfolio of Windows Phones with its 4.3-inch, WVGA, super LCD display, 1 GHz processor and 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash.
LG Thrill 4G
The LG Thrill 4G will be exclusive to AT&T customers and reach AT&T stores in the coming months. Running the first dual-core, dual-channel 1 GHz processor in the U.S. and based on the Android 2.2 platform, LG Thrill 4G will be among the first to deliver a glasses-free 3D experience to U.S. customers and will allow users to shoot 3D video and 3D stills with the dual 5-megapixel stereoscopic camera. In addition to apps and games from Android Market, LG Thrill 4G will offer 3D content via the “LG 3D Space,” which houses 3D games, video clips and images for quick, convenient access.
Preloaded with 16 GB of memory (8 GB onboard plus an 8 GB MicroSD card), the LG Thrill 4G will record 3D video at 720p resolution and 2D at 1080p quality. The smartphone will be able to play video back in high definition through the HDMI-out port on the device or stream content wirelessly through DLNA technology.
The HTC HD7S will be the largest screen on a Windows Phone from AT&T and will include the latest version of Windows Phone software that offers many new benefits including the ability to copy and paste text. A powerful 1 GHz processor will power the unique Windows Phone experience and any of the more than 10,000 applications available for download or purchase from Windows Marketplace. In addition, with the preloaded U-verse® Mobile application, qualifying AT&T U-verse customers can download and watch hit TV shows on their Windows Phone. Non-U-verse customers can subscribe to U-verse Mobile for $9.99 a month and choose from a broad selection of programming to watch on their Windows Phone. This new AT&T smartphone will be the first HD7 model from HTC in the U.S. with an improved super LCD high resolution display. The HTC HD7S will be available in company-owned AT&T retail locations and online at www.wireless.att.com in the coming weeks.
“AT&T customers know that we offer the best lineup of cutting-edge smartphones in the country. Our first 3D phone plus a new, leading Windows Phone underscore our commitment to continue to offer the best,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “2011 is going to be another landmark year for us with more best-in-class devices.”
AT&T Smartphone Portfolio
AT&T is the leader in smartphones and expects to widen that lead in 2011. The LG Thrill 4G is the latest proof point in AT&T’s commitment to an industry-leading Android portfolio in the U.S., including 12 new Android smartphones in 2011. For further details please visit www.att.com/thrill4g. AT&T is the leader in Windows Phones, offering the only portfolio of Windows Phone 7 devices, now including the HTC HD7S with its 4.3-inch screen. For further details visit www.att.com/htchd7s.
The LG Thrill 4G is one of more than 20 4G devices AT&T plans to deliver in 2011. AT&T has completed the deployment of HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with Ethernet or fiber backhaul.