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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2
A variant of this Galaxy Note 2 will show up at AT&T. Steven Shankland/CNET
AT&T has unveiled its latest lineup of Samsung devices, including two smartphones, a tablet, and a tweener smartphone/tablet hybrid.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2 were already unveiled at earlier Samsung events.

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 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 , which also comes with a stylus.

Newly announced today are the Samsung Galaxy Express and Galaxy Rugby Pro. The 4G LTE Galaxy Express, which Samsung is aiming at first-timers, reintroduces the Super AMOLED Plus display technology on a large, 4.5-inch screen. There's also a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a large 2,000 mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The phone will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

AT&T and Samsung introduced the Samsung Rugby Pro (L) and Samsung Galaxy Express (R). Samsung

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.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Bottom Line: Samsung delivers a powerful, boundary-pushing device that gets a lot right. Yet its complicated features and high price raise questions about its purpose. / Read full review

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Samsung Rugby Pro (AT&T)

The Bottom Line: Samsung's Rugby Pro makes a good, affordable choice for people seeking a more rugged smartphone, but it won't satisfy those who need an ultradurable frame. / Read full review

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Samsung Galaxy Express (AT&T)

The Bottom Line: With its reasonable $100 price tag, AT&T's Galaxy Express' solid performance and respectable specs are a good deal -- but pass it up if you want a more powerful camera. / Read full review

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Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. He's a devoted Trojan alum and Los Angeles Lakers fan.

 

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