Top New and Upcoming AT&T Phones: Fall 2012
So we’ve covered Verizon, but a lot of you are curious to know what are the big new phones AT&T has in store for the next few weeks. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. At an event last week AT&T showed off a lot of the new phones that will be coming to their network over the next couple of weeks and months, and if you’ve got an upgrade coming up you’ll be glad to know that there are a lot of awesome choices waiting for you.
So what are you waiting for? Read on.
1. Nokia Lumia 920
One of the most interesting new phones for AT&T is the Nokia Lumia 920. The Lumia 920 runs Microsoft’s latest and greatest Windows Phone 8 OS. And while Microsoft has been pretty quiet with all the new features of Windows Phone 8 (something that will hopefully change at the end of the month), we do know that it will have customizable Live Tiles on the homescreen, a better Maps app, as well as support for faster processors and HD screens.
The Lumia 920 charging wirelessly on a Nokia/JBL speaker
The Lumia 920 though takes things further and is absolutely loaded with a lot of great new features not seen on other phones. Wireless Charging? Check. A new camera with optical image stabilization (so your pictures and videos look great even if your hand isn’t perfectly still while you take the shot)? Check. The ability to use your phone even with gloves on– something that isn’t really possible on phones like the Galaxy S III and iPhone? Yup.
And that’s not all. The Lumia 920 also has all the goodies you’d expect in a top of the line of phone– 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display (which Nokia says will look great both inside and outside), a 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM (for speed), 8.7 megapixel back camera with that optical image stabilization, HD front camera for HD video chat, NFC, and of course 4G LTE support.
Nokia is also throwing in some of their own software exclusives like Nokia Music, which lets you stream unlimited amounts of music to your phone without ads (like a free ad-less Pandora).
Nokia and AT&T haven’t announced pricing, but we can expect it be released next month.
2. HTC One X+
The One X has been one of the best Android phones out there over the last few months, arguably just as good as the Samsung Galaxy S III. But with the HTC One X+ AT&T and HTC plan to make it even better.
As you’d expect from a top phone like this, the One X+ is loaded. This beast packs the same very thin unibody design, 1.7 GHZ quad-core processor (up from the 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor on the One X. This will make things even faster which is crazy seeing as the first one was no slouch) with 1 GB of RAM, 4.7 inch HD screen, the latest and greatest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, Beats Audio, NFC, and an 8 megapixel back camera with HD front camera for video chat. The One X+ will also be shipping with 64 GB of storage included, or double what was on the One X. Oh, and HTC says the One X+ will also get even better battery life than the One X.
Like with the other phones on this list, we had a chance to check the One X+ out last week at AT&T’s holiday event and we gotta say, it’s one heck of a phone. We only spent a few minutes but wow, were we impressed. The unibody design felt great in our hands and everything looked great on that HD screen. All in all, it looks like HTC has another winner on its hands here.
We don’t yet know a price or release date, but HTC and AT&T will hopefully have this out soon.
3. HTC 8X
HTC didn’t just have the One X+ to show off, they also announced that their upcoming Windows Phone 8 superphone, the 8X, is coming to AT&T as well.
Like the Lumia 920, the 8X takes full use of Windows Phone 8′s new specs. It’s got a 4.3 inch HD screen, a 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, 8 megapixel back camera and 2.1 megapixel front camera with a wide angle lens (so you can capture more in your HD video chats), and 4G LTE and NFC support. And while it doesn’t do wireless charging like the Lumia 920, the 8X does have built-in Beats Audio.
Like with the Lumia 920, we didn’t really have a chance to check out the Windows Phone 8 software in detail, but we did have a chance to play with the hardware and like the One X+ the screen looks great and it felt great in our hands.
HTC hasn’t announced a price for this yet (though rumors have it at $200), but we can expect to arrive in November.
4. Galaxy Note 2
If the screens of the Galaxy S III, One X+ and iPhone 5 are too small for you, then maybe this will be better. The next version of the giant screened Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note 2, is coming to AT&T (in addition to Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile) later this year. And if you thought the first Galaxy Note was big, well the screen on this guy is even bigger.
The Galaxy Note 2 packs a 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED screen (up from 5.3 inches on the original Note), a 1.6 GHZ quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM for awesome power, 8 megapixel back camera with 1.9 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, NFC and 4G LTE support, and 16 GB of built-in storage (with room for another 64 GB through microSD). Oh, and the Note 2 will also launch with the latest and greatest version of Android, version 4.1 Jelly Bean.
No word on price or release date, but we’ll let you know that once we learn more. For more info on the Galaxy Note 2, check out our first look here.
5. LG Optimus G
The One X+ and Galaxy Note 2 aren’t the only top of the line Android phones on their way to AT&T, LG is bringing their own beast of a phone to AT&T in the next couple of months with the Optimus G. If you were making an Android phone and wanted every top spec out there this is probably what you’d get.
The Optimus G is absolutely a specs monster: 1.5 GHZ quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM (for ridiculous speed), 4.7 inch HD screen, 8 megapixel back camera with a front camera for HD video chat, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with an upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean expected), 32 GB of built-in storage, and of course NFC and 4G LTE support.
The Optimus G also has some special LG software installed like Quick Memo (which let’s you write, draw, or jot a memo directly on any screen shot for sharing as an attachment or a URL), and QSlide (which let’s you text or browse the web without going away from the video you are watching). We saw both of these in action last week and they worked just as you’d expect.
Like pretty much all of AT&T’s new phones here, we don’t have a price or release date but it should hopefully be out within the next few weeks.
6. Sony Xperia TL
The Xperia TL is Sony’s latest Android phone for AT&T, and while it isn’t as powerful specs wise as some of the other phones on this list, it still is pretty solid.
The Xperia TL has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.6” HD screen (so everything looks great on here), 13 megapixel back camera (that’s right, 13 megapixels. And it goes from sleep mode to taking a picture in just over a second) with an HD front camera for HD video chat, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with a promised upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean), NFC and 4G LTE support. And like all top Sony phones this also has PlayStation Mobile pre-loaded for gaming.
Again, no word on price or release date but like everything else here it hopefully will be out sometime over the next couple of weeks.
7. Apple iPhone 5
This wouldn’t be a top phones list without it. As good as the iPhone 4 and 4S were, the iPhone 5 looks to be even better. With features like a larger 4 inch Retina Display, an even thinner unibody design, iOS 6 with an improved Siri, better front camera, longer battery life and of course, 4G LTE support, it’s got everything we were hoping the iPhone 5 would have. Now it doesn’t have as big a screen or features like NFC as the Android and Windows phones above have, but if you’re looking for an iPhone this looks to be the one to get.
If you need a new phone right away and can’t wait for one of the phones above, you can’t go wrong with the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is available now for $200 for 16 GB, $300 for 32 GB and $400 for 64 GB, all with a new 2 year contract.
So there it is, a list of some of the best new and upcoming AT&T phones. As always, AT&T’s got some very impressive phones on the way in the next few weeks, and if you’re looking for a new superphone we really recommend you try to wait for them. Of course, we’re sure AT&T has a whole lot more planned up its sleeve– and as always we’ll keep you updated on whatever new news they announce.
But we gotta ask– do you want any of these phones as your next phone or is there another phone you’re eyeing? Sound off in the comments.