AT&T has just announced their first two LTE-equipped smartphones. The HTC Vivid is its adaptation of theRaider and merges a 4.5-inch, 540×960 screen with a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon. An eight-megapixel camera with a very wide-aperture f2.2, 28mm equivalent lens helps it in low light and with shallow depth of field. The design is mostly untouched and runs on Android 2.3 with Sense on top. It carries 16GB of built-in space along with a microSDHC card slot for 32GB more. In a rare choice on AT&T, the phone will arrive in both black and white and will cost $200 on a contract, making it one of the least expensive LTE phones in the US.
AT&T’s other phone, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, is a one-for-one adaptation of the Galaxy S II LTE to its network. Like the version already on sale at Rogers in Canada, its 4.5-inch, 480×800 screen isn’t as big or as high-resolution as the Galaxy Nexus, but it uses a more visually pleasing Super AMOLED Plus screen. It uses a 1.5GHz Exynos chip and has the same eight-megapixel rear camera, two-megapixel front camera, and 16GB of storage plus microSDHC as it does elsewhere. The Android 2.3-running Skyrocket will carry a premium at $250 on a contract.
Both phones will be available November 6 and will be part of AT&T’s first expansion of its fledgling LTE network.