AT&T's Samsung lineup: Note 2, Rugby Pro, Express, Tab 10.1 2
America's second-largest carrier is already gearing up for the holiday season with two smartphones and two tablets from Samsung.
In addition, AT&T will sell the lower-end Samsung Galaxy Express, which AT&T said will target first-time smartphone users, and the rugged Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro. Prices and availability details are still forthcoming, although the carrier said they would available "in the coming months."
The Galaxy Note 2 is the next jumbo phone from Samsung, which has pushed to expand the smartphone category into a hybrid category many refer to as "phablet."
The Note 2's screen is slightly larger than the original Galaxy Note, 5.5 inches over the 5.3 debut. It will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the U.S.'s first 1.6 GHz quad-core processor (from Samsung's Exynos line,) and most of the whistles and bells from the Samsung Galaxy S3 flagship smartphone, plus a capacitive stylus for productivity, writing, and drawing.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 2 marks another attempt by Samsung to establish a foothold in the tablet business. While the business is dominated by Apple and iPad, Samsung has been aggressive in offering different variations of the tablet. The Tab line is seen as a lower-cost alternative to the higher-end , which also comes with a stylus.
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Meanwhile, the Rugby Pro is a rugged smartphone built to military specifications, allowing it to withstand water, shock, and dust. It has a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording capability. The phone will also include corporate e-mail support and access to a walkie-talkie-like push-to-talk feature.