Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Infuse 4G 'Froyo' Smartphone for ATandT Boasts 4.5-Inch Screen
With Google's Android 2.2 operating system nearly a year old and the arrival of several Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" smartphones this time of year (including Nexus S 4G and HTC Evo 3D), it's kind of hard to get too excited about the Samsung Infuse 4G that AT&T began selling May 15 for $199.99 with a two-year deal. Fortunately for Samsung and AT&T, the Infuse 4G offers a few key highlights other Android handsets lack. It's the first Android phone with a 4.5-inch, Super AMOLED Plus (super active-matrix organic LED plus) touch-screen and a virtual QWERTY keyboard for input. This size strikes the happy medium between the now-common 4.3-inch handsets such as the Samsung Droid Charge, Motorola Droid X and Evo 3D, and novelty gadgets like the Kyocera Echo, whose dual screens pop out to cover 4.7 inches. Second, the handset is powered by a 1.2GHz processor, making application performance noticeably faster than on this tester's personal Droid X phone. Third, the Infuse 4G is super thin, measuring 8.99 millimeters, or 0.35 inches. Finally, it's the first phone to come preinstalled with everybody's favorite mobile game: Angry Birds. One thing we found curious is that it's billed as another 4G smartphone. But it's not 4G in the same terms as the HTC ThunderBolt and the Samsung Droid Charge, which were built for the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network. That's because AT&T's 4G network is not ready yet. For now, some Infuse 4G buyers may get 4G speeds powered by HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access) with enhanced backhaul. See us unpacking and testing the Infuse 4G in this eWEEK slide show.