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Nov 1 2011   8:08AM GMT

AT&T Unveils Its First 4G LTE Smartphones

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This fall, AT&T followed in Verizon’s footsteps  by launching LTE service. This 4G standard is significantly faster than this carrier’s previous HSPA+ network,  as much as three times faster in some situations.

Since the debut in late September, the only way to access AT&T’s LTE service has been through USB cards or a mobile hotspot. That changed yesterday, however, when the carrier finally took the wraps off a pair of smartphones that will be able to use this speedy wireless network: the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

Both will be Android devices with high-end feature sets. The Vivid is going to have a 4.5-inch qHD display and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The Skyrocket will have a display that’s the same size but lower resolution: WVGA. It is going to sport a faster 1.5GHz dual-core chip, though.

These devices are going to hit store shelves on Sunday, November 6. On that same day, AT&T is going to expand the reach of its LTE network. It’s currently available in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, and coverage is being added for Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Indianapolis and Athens, GA this weekend.

If you’d like to learn more about the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, or more about AT&T’s 4G offerings, head over to Brighthand‘s LTE page.

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