Rumor: AT&T's summer lineup to feature dual-core phones, 10-inch tablet from HTC
Three powerful Android devices from HTC should have consumers rethinking AT&T and their Android endeavors.
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After a rocky start with Android, AT&T has slowly started embracing the platform and its potential. Starting earlier this year with the Atrix 4G and continuing right up to the new Samsung Infuse 4G, the carrier is showing great momentum. Things look to get even better this summer as a trio of new HTC devices are expected to come to market, including a 10-inch tablet.
Over the last few days, preliminary details and pictures have emerged from two oft-reliable sources, Pocketnow and 911Sniper, both pointing at a solid Android horizon for AT&T and HTC.
The first handset to keep an eye on will be the HTC Lead, with its 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch display, 768MB RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera. Falling right in line with today's top Android phones, the Lead also looks to run Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and offers support for Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 3.0 when it arrives. As terrific as this one sounds, it's actually lacking when compared to its bigger brother, the HTC Holiday.
The Holiday is expected to have a slight edge in nearly every aspect, putting it at the top of the Android food chain when it debuts. Among the details anticipated for this handset are a larger, 4.5-inch qHD display (960x540), 1GB RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. Like the HTC Lead, the Holiday will also run Android 2.3.4, presumably with the latest version of HTC's Sense UI.
Finally, we have the HTC Puccini, a rumored 10-inch tablet, featuring Android 3.01 and powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor. As some of you may recall, the rumors of a larger tablet first surfaced earlier in the year when it was whispered that HTC was working on three devices.
Based on the images provided by 911Sniper, the Puccini will have HTC's custom Sense tablet experience and likely support the Scribe stylus. The tablet should also work on AT&T's 4G LTE network, the carrier's first device to do so.
According to Pocketnow, these three should be hitting the market this summer, possibly as early as June. Without fully knowing what the other carriers are up to, AT&T may have just taken a slight lead in the Android arms race. Your thoughts?