AT&T will begin selling the Samsung Infuse 4G for $199.99 May 15 with a two-year contract and a special offer to play Angry Birds to win additional prices.
AT&T said it will begin
selling the Android 2.2-based Samsung
May 15 for $199.99 on contract, marking the carrier's second
exclusive 4G smartphone since it launched the Motorola
At 8.99 millimeters (0.35
inches) thick, the Infuse 4G will be the thinnest 4G smartphone, albeit with a
larger, 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus (super active-matrix organic LED plus) touch-screen
and a virtual QWERTY keyboard for input.
Samsung's latest smartphone
display technology, which eWEEK viewed on the Samsung Droid Charge, offers 50
percent more sub-pixels for crisp colors in light and dark environments.
While the Droid Charge is
powered by a modest 1GHz processor, the Infuse 4G sports a 1.2 GHz processor
for speedier application performance.
This extra processing power
will come in handy for graphics-intensive applications such as Angry Birds. The
smartphone also comes pre-loaded with a special version of Angry Birds,
featuring an exclusive hidden level for Infuse 4G owners.
Angry Birds players will be
able to unlock a special Golden Egg level of the game. Should players complete
this level, they will be able to register to win Samsung prizes.
As some added incentive for
buying the Infuse 4G, the first 500,000 Infuse 4G units sold will include a $25
voucher for consumers to use for downloading TV and movie content from
Samsung's Media Hub.
These features, also offered
on the Droid Charge and HTC
from Verizon Wireless, have become table stakes for high-end
smartphones today. However, selling 500,000 units of any one Android phone is
no mean feat; the ThunderBolt shipped 260,000 units through April.
The Infuse 4G also features
an 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash that shoots high-definition
720p video, as well as a 1.3MP front-facing camera enables video chat.
The Hub applications
leverage progressive downloading, which allows users to watch content almost
immediately while the rest of the file downloads to the smartphone. The Infuse
4G also comes with a 2GB microSD card, expandable up to 32GB, preloaded with
trailers for movies that will premier this summer.
The Infuse 4G appears
to be a promising handset for AT&T, which at CES promised
to offer 20 4G devices and 12 Android handsets and tablets over the course of
The product should help
AT&T compete with Verizon's Droid Charge and ThunderBolt, as well as the
Sprint Samsung Nexus S 4G and T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Android handsets.
Samsung Infuse 4G will be
available from AT&T's stores and Website. A minimum $15 data plan is