Top 5 New And Upcoming AT&T Phones: Spring/Summer 2011

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So you’re on AT&T, you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what AT&T’s got coming out during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. While not all of these are confirmed to be coming to AT&T (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are 5 phones that are said to be on their way to AT&T and that any AT&T user with an upgrade should be really excited for.

Samsung Infuse 4G

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This was the 3rd of AT&T’s big CES 4G phone blitz, but unlike the Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G, info on this beast has been remarkably quiet. In fact when we were at CTIA a few weeks back Samsung wasn’t even allowing anyone to check out the Infuse, instead keeping it behind glass. The good news is that it shouldn’t be long for this to be released as AT&T and Samsung have said this should be out in the “second quarter of 2011” (which, seeing as that goes from April-June, we’re in now), and as the old saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” With specs like a massive 4.5 inch Super AMOLED screen (basically its awesome), 1.2 GHZ processor, Android 2.2 (though who knows, maybe we’ll see it with the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread by the time this actually hits shelves– let’s hope!), 8 megapixel back camera with HD video recording on the back and a second 1.3 megapixel one on the front for video chat, and a ridiculously thin design (just look at the pic above!) AT&T is looking to add yet another awesome phone to their 4G lineup.

LG Thrill 4G

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We played with this equally incredible Android beast at CTIA last month and to say we were impressed would be a crazy understatement. Fast, sleek and glasses-free 3D with a 3D camera (AND an easy way to get all kinds of 3D games and movies)!?! Yeah, between this and the Infuse 4G AT&T is definitely going all out with awesome Android 4G phones.

We still don’t have an exact launch date on this from AT&T or LG, but if we had to guess we should see this by the Summer at the latest (let’s hope it’s even sooner!).

BlackBerry Bold Touch

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Ah yes, the BlackBerry Bold Touch. If we had to guess where the first place this incredible new BlackBerry would land we’d put our money on AT&T. Not only was AT&T the first to launch the first two Bolds (the original Bold 9000 and then later the Bold 9700) and the Torch, but a quick look at AT&T’s current BlackBerry page shows that they’ve got to have something big planned for very soon (I mean seriously– the most recent Bold 9700 isn’t even listed as available anymore). Yeah, AT&T needs some awesome new BlackBerrys fast.

Thankfully with RIM’s big BlackBerry World event only a few weeks away (May 3rd is the big day for all you BlackBerry fans) this should all be fixed soon, and if the latest leaked specs are true then anyone looking for an amazing new BlackBerry will not be disappointed. It took RIM long enough but this new Bold Touch looks to finally bring 2011 (or at least close to 2011) specs to a BlackBerry with features like a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, 1.2 GHZ processor with 768 MB (like those found on other modern smartphones like the HTC ThunderBolt— this should make for excellent speed no matter what you’re doing), AT&T 3G (though technically it supports the 3G that AT&T calls “4G”– speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps or the same as what the Inspire 4G and Atrix 4G get– so this may actually be a “4G” BlackBerry), 8 GB of built-in storage (with support for an additional 32 GB through microSD), the latest BlackBerry 6.1 OS, and of course that 2.8 inch high-res (640×480 resolution or really nice and sharp for a screen of this size) touchscreen with a full BlackBerry keyboard underneath.

Yeah, if you’re looking for a new AT&T BlackBerry it’s definitely worth waiting for this– we know we can’t wait until BlackBerry World to see this hopefully finally become official!

BlackBerry Torch 2

blackberry torch 2 rumor

So this is for all those who want a BlackBerry but love the Torch’s design and much bigger screen. As we wrote in our review last year, we found the first Torch to be incredibly underpowered– something this new Torch, like the new Bold Touch, looks to fix in a big way. While design wise it looks to be pretty similar to the first Torch, under the hood this is a whole new animal. Specs wise it looks to be pretty much identical to the Bold Touch we mentioned above, though again, that’s a major compliment (particularly compared to that first Torch). We also expect more info on this as well at BlackBerry World next month, so stay tuned.

Apple iPhone 5

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We can’t be writing about new AT&T phones for the summer without any mention of a new iPhone right? Well, unfortunately the rumors on the iPhone 5 are right now all over the place. One “report” says it’ll be coming in June. Another says it’ll be in September. Another says Apple will wait until next year– if you can’t tell already these rumors (like all Apple rumors) are getting pretty ridiculous. And that’s just on what the launch month will be.

When it comes to what we can actually expect inside the iPhone 5 the rumors are equally crazy: some say it will have 4G LTE (AT&T plans to launch a 4G LTE network this summer just like the one Verizon has already launched late last year. We kinda think of this right now as wishful thinking but if you’re AT&T what better way to show off your new blazing fast 4G network than with a new iPhone); others say it will be 3G and look like the iPhone 4 just with a larger 4 inch screen while others say it will have a completely new design without a home button and with a metal back. Heck some say it will fly, teach you math, write your papers and improve your jump shot (ok, that last one we kinda made up but you get the point).

But seeing as for the past 4 years Apple has released a new iPhone in the summer we had to at least mention that a new one may or may not be coming this June (though again, based on everything being said we’d have to guess right now that it’ll probably come this fall).

Wrap Up

So there you have it– some very hot upcoming phones that should be coming to an AT&T store near you in the next few weeks and months. Of course we’re sure AT&T has a whole lot more planned up its sleeve (it is after all launching that all new powerful 4G LTE network this summer) and we’ll of course keep you updated on whatever awesome new news they announce. But we gotta ask: any of these new phones for you or do you just plan to wait until the iPhone 5 comes out whenever that is before you make a decision? Let us know in the comments.

Posted on April 14, 2011, in AT&T, Cell Phones, Rumors and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. I have decided to upgrade with the Samsung Infuse. I am a fairly dedicated Samsung user. Unless it is not close to unconfirmed spec’s it will be in my pocket the day it is on the att shelves.

  2. Isn’t the Bold Touch, T-Mobile only?

    • Hey Laurad,

      Like all the recent Bolds we see this eventually coming to all the big carriers (there are rumors with the same specs but instead of supporting AT&T’s network it supports either T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint). The reason we say it’ll come to AT&T first is because AT&T usually gets the new Bolds first (exception being the Bold 9780 which went to T-Mobile and was a slight upgrade specs wise over the 9700) and their current BlackBerry lineup is so weak that it looks like their planning to introduce something really big, really soon. But again, that’s just our thinking and who knows, maybe RIM will release for all the carriers at BlackBerry World.

      Hope this helps.


  3. I am currently with AT&T and have the Palm Centro. Obviosly I am due for an upgrade. I am kind of partial to the palm phones….is their any chance of the HP PRE 3 coming to AT&T?

    • Hey James,

      No word on when the Pre 3 might come to AT&T (Verizon is rumored to be the first to get this as they carried both the Pre Plus and Pre 2). The miny Pre 3, the Veer (and when we say miny we mean really, really small– like Centro size small but in the Pre 3’s design with almost equal power) is though said to be coming to AT&T possibly even in a couple of weeks on May 2nd (according to the latest rumors).

      Hope this helps and we’ll make sure to let you know if we hear any news.


  4. i really want to get the samsung infuse but im afraid something else we’ll come out during the holidays that will totally trump it. so my question is should i get the infuse now or wait till the holidays(i really dont wanna wait).

    • Hey Ben,

      Unfortunately in this fast moving world of tech there is always something newer, faster, and better around the corner. We’re not sure of any new releases coming out over the holidays, but if there is something that comes out that you like you can always use AT&T’s 30 day return policy to exchange it for that instead (the 30 days start from when you buy the phone and there may be a $35 restocking fee. Check with wherever you buy your phone first).

      Hope this helps and let us know how you like the Infuse 🙂


  5. I think in all this phones SAMSUNG INFUSE 4G is greater than other phone and iPhone 5 also but there is no changes between iPhone5 and iphone 4 so i suggest to buy SAMSUNG INFUSE 4G

  6. Eli,

    Thanks for the post. I’m very excited for the BB Bold. I believe it is the PERFECT device for someone that is focused on SMS and Email, but wants the ability to touch the icon on the screen. Liquid graphics and AT&T network…I’m in.

    I really enjoy your posts/comments. Keep it coming.


  7. Eli,

    Do you know when previous models of the Blackberry Bold have been released? Could we expect the Bold Touch in June/July? I believe it will be before T-Mobile as AT&T always has the Bolds before anyone else, outside of the poor upgrade to the 9700.


  8. hope att releases an android phone with xenon flash in the upcoming months. my phones gotta have xenon flash lol. i know htc is capable…mozart. come on htc, gimme one like mozart but with android instead please:) ill be the first to buy it:) oh 3.5 headphone jack aswell please:) sony ericsson or motorola, you can pop one out for me instead please.

  9. okay so my friend just got the new HTC Inspire and i love everything about it! butt…. the battery, its so sad playing an app for longer than 30 minutes with wifi on or even without it on your already down to 20% battery, so i guess i’m wondering what phone is most like the Inspire but has the battery life i need?

  10. I would love to check out one of the new Blackberries….i have always loved them for texting.

  11. Go with samsung infuse greatest fastest most incredible phone you’ve never had the pleasure of owning. Switched from iphone never looking back…… This is DROID!!!!!

  12. Are you ‘tards forgetting that the iPhone moved to VERIZON? IT IS NO LONGER ON AT&T. Jesus, retards.

    • Hey douchebag, did the article state the iphone5 is exclusive to AT&T? No it didn’t. You missed the entire point of this article moron.

      This article is about new phones coming to AT&T regardless if it’s on multiple carriers.

  13. Hey koby,
    You must be the biggest imbecile EVER! oh yeah, AT&T doesnt have iphone anymore!?! no, they do, and always will. you’re so dumb, the writer (eli) probably threw up when he read that.

  14. I just wanna know when they are being released I wanna get a new phone before I go back to college. Anyone know when the torch two comes out? Or iPhone 5? Let me know

  15. I’m so excited about the applei5phone need it in by life

  16. Rose_browneyes

    so what phone can you customize ringtones and text messages?

  17. Powerplayer03

    It would be nice if att would jump on the boat with everybody else and have unlimited internet for all thier smart phones an not just the iphones.

  18. these phones are amazin 🙂 Can’t wait 4 the iphone5. what happened 2 motorola by the way 😕

  19. If only the iPhone had flash…I recently switched to the more open source Android from an iPhone 4 but I sure am missing my iPhone. I’ve been reading about some new HTC coming out that runs Android 3.0 (honeycomb I believe). I might hold out for that, but that LG thrill 4g is looking pretty sweet…

  20. I have a 3GS and the two year contract expired a few days ago. The next day, the headphone jack pops out and apple says it will cost $199 to replace. I want to upgrade, should I wait it out for Apple to release the new iPhone and go without music until then? Or switch to Android? Thoughts?

    • you phone breaks and teh company tells you its $199 to replace what it and you want to go back to the same company that is sticking it to you in the first place? Someone needs to figure out what drugs the iPhone is giving its users because no one should be this brand loyal.

  21. grr! i wish they would FOR SURE put out what phones came out each year! It wouldnt even need to be to the exact month, but then we wouldnt second guess getting a new phone because a new one maybe be launched a week later -__-

  22. any phone with xenon flash, camera shell, QWERTY keyboard and normal call buttons ?

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