The boys over at Engadget Mobile managed to get their hands on what appears to be a slide deck showcasing just about every smartphone headed to AT&T this year. Some of the slides may be a bit off as far as launch dates are concerned but wow, what a lineup AT&T has in store for its customers. We have a few obligatory Windows Mobile devices — the HTC Fortress (Touch Pro2), HTC Warhawk (Touch Diamond2) and the HP iPAQ K3 which will run Windows Mobile 6.5. The expected BlackBerry offerings will include the Onyx, the Magnum, the Gemini and the non-flip Pearl 3G. AT&T is also expected to get the rumored Palm EOS in the latter half of the year and last but not least is the HTC Lancaster, an Android-powered QWERTY slider that steals its styling from the Touch Pro2 and makes the G1 look like a kid’s toy. Hit the jump for the individual slides with all the juicy details.
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Well, what do we have here? Apparently the Symbian OS won’t be left out of the fray this year with AT&T as a previously unknown S60 handset has been revealed in the same deck we reported earlier. The Nokia Mako, pictured in the top left, is a Symbian S60 3.2-powered device unlike anything we’ve seen from Nokia thus far. This side slider will feature a 2.6-inch QVGA screen, four row QWERTY keyboard, quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), dual-band HSDPA (850/1900MHz), 2 megapixel camera, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0, 128MB of on-board memory, microSD expansion and a 2.5mm headset jack. That is apparently all the love S60 will be getting at AT&T this year but hit the jump for details on three mid and entry-level offerings from Nokia headed our way.
The remaining three handsets, the Thresher, Grouper and Snapper, share the same S40-based UI. They also share designs that were seemingly recycled from Motorolas of old. The Thresher is a standard slider with quad-band GSM, tri-band HSDPA, 3.2 megapixel camera, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, built-in compass, 140MB of on-board memory, microSD expansion and a 2.5mm headset jack. The Grouper is a flip phone that shares the tri-band HSDPA, aGPS and Bluetooth of the Thresher but drops the camera down to 2.0 megapixels, loses the compass, and lowers the on-board memory to 70MB. For those die hard PTTer’s out there, the Grouper also includes Kodiak PTT 5.2 support. Lastly, is Nokia’s more entry-level offering the Snapper. The Snapper is a flip phone with quad-band GSM, tri-band HSDPA, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1, AGPS, up to 70MB of on-board memory, microSD expansion, 2 megapixel camera and Kodiak PTT.
The AT&T leakfest wraps up with two Motorola offerings. Be ready for names and relationships that will befuddle even the most ardent genealogist. First up is the Android-based Heron which we scooped back in April as the IRONMAN. From the slide, it appears as if the handset was meant to be a Windows Mobile device that was switched over to Android. The specs, which are subject to change of course, give the phone quad-band GSM, dual-band HSDPA/HSUPA, 2.6 inch QVGA screen, 3 megapixel fixed focus camera with auto-flash and aGPS. So the IRONMAN is also known as the Heron — pretty straight forward there. Hit the jump for more.
Next up is the Motorola Sawgrass which apparently is the QA1 “Karma” and showed itself on the recent AT&T rebate form. The Sawgrass will sport quad-band GSM, dual-band HSDPA, 2 megapixel camera, A2DP Bluetooth, aGPS, microSD expansion up to 32GB and a full HTML browser. This handset bears a rather striking resemblance to the Motorola Somerset, which of course was formerly known as the Alexander. Even the little known specs from the Somerset/Alexander (3.5mm stereo jack, A2DP, MMC support, and a camera) line up nicely with what we know about the Sawgrass/QA1 Karma. The only piece of the puzzle that doesn’t quite fit is the camera — Alexander was supposed to sport a killer shooter but this little guy is only packing 2 megapixels. Hmm.
So there you have it folks, some messy names and a load of information on what Motorola is sending down the pike to AT&T.
Apparently someone at AT&T didn’t get the memo that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 was supposed to go on sale tomorrow because it’s now available for purchase on the AT&T website for $299.99 before a $100 MIR. Who are we kidding; it’s not like we could ever complain that a slick smartphone has gone on sale early. Actually, we sort of can because they are shipping with OS 4.6.1 and not OS 5.0 like some of the 8900’s we played with at WES. But we digress…
It was only two weeks ago that AT&T announced it would be dropping the Curve 8900 sometime this Summer, and one week ago that we told you it would run for $199.99 on a two-year after a $100 MIR. Well now AT&T has finally come out with an official launch date for both online and in retail stores: this Friday, the 22nd of May. All you have to do now is decide whether or not you want to drop an extra $100 to get the 3G-enabled Bold.
A picture of Best Buy’s inventory database just surfaced and it has us seriously scratching our heads. Three new devices, known only as Charlie 1, Charlie 2 and Charlie 3 are listed with nothing but a description that reads “Project Charlie”. While it would be very easy (and fun) to get ahead of ourselves and speculate that something ultra-secret is coming to AT&T and soon, the tipster that sent in the pics seems to think the Charlie’s are nothing more than a way to get the new iPhone into the system without tipping people off. It’s either that or Best Buy has given up on fighting inventory system leaks and is just having a bit of fun at the expense of us bloggers. But they wouldn’t, would they?
We all know that AT&T defended its decision to cripple limit the iPhone SlingPlayer application with claims that such an application “would use large amounts of wireless network capacity” and “could create congestion and potentially prevent other customers from using the network”. The company further elaborated upon its stance by claiming that “applications like this, which redirects a TV signal to a personal computer, are specifically prohibited under our terms of service”. A Gizmodo tipster claims however, that these publicly proclaimed reasons are only half of the story and a more nefarious reason for a WiFi-only SlingPlayer exists. According to the tipster, AT&T is hard at work with a version of its own Slingplayer-like software, codenamed i-Verse. The i-Verse mobile application will reportedly interact with AT&T’s U-Verse television service and allow U-Verse subscribers to stream recorded video from their DVRs to their mobile phones. The i-Verse application was supposedly well-received when demoed last year and AT&T has been working overtime to get it up and running. Yeah, we can understand AT&T being sore that Sling beat them to the punch with its SlingPlayer app for the iPhone, but deliberately crippling a competitor’s application to give preference to its own app? That is a bit over the top and we hope for AT&T’s sake that this tipster is less than accurate in his claims.
We have seen it breeze through the FCC and make a recent appearance on an AT&T rebate sheet; now it is time for the Samsung Jack to get official from Samsung and AT&T. This successor to the popular Samsung Blackjack and Blackjack II will feature quad-band GSM, dual-band UMTS / HSDPA, front-facing QWERTY keyboard, 256 MB RAM, 3.2 megapixel camera with video-capture, microSDHC support, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and aGPS with AT&T Navigator support. Also of note, the handset will launch with Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard but will be upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5 once it’s ready. Woo! The Jack will be available from AT&T starting May 19th and will debut for a mere $100 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2-year contract.
We just got our hands on the latest AT&T price sheet for the Southwestern region (don’t worry, these prices are national) and what did we find? The BlackBerry 8900 is going to run $99 $199 on a 2-year agreement after $100 MIR. We guess that sort of makes up for the 6 month delay in launching it… We’ll let you know if we find anything else on here, but come on, that’s an awesome price isn’t it?
Ahh the Samsung Impression. It’s arguably the sexiest feature phone AT&T carries right now, with its 3.2-inch WQVGA AMOLED touchscreen, slide out QWERTY, 3 megapixel camera, HTML Web browser and plenty more. Specs aside however, the Impression appears to be the next victim in a still-forming line of Samsung handsets from AT&T stricken with severe bugs. First was the Epix, which was plagued with freezes until a patch fixed the random error and brought on uncontrollable crashes. Next up, the Samsung Impression. If a user enables T9 and then types the letter “I” followed by a space, the handset will crash immediately. “I” of course, happens to be a pretty common letter to be followed by a space. Now, we all know that every phone has bugs. All of them. The issue here is the severity of the bugs plaguing Samsung handsets that available from AT&T. We’re talking about consistent freezing and crashing here, not a random blip or glitch that is easy to pass over. We love the direction Samsung is headed lately on the hardware side of things, but we sincerely hope the combination of Samsung and AT&T doesn’t turn out to spell continued problems where quality control is concerned.