Living up to their promise to deliver a 4G LTE handset this year, AT&T announced the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket today. The device will arrive in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online November 6 for $ 249.99 with a two-year commitment.
Just last month AT&T started selling their version of the Galaxy S II, and the new Skyrocket is very similar with a few improvements. In addition to support for 4G LTE, the Skyrocket also boasts a slightly larger display (4.5 in vs 4.3 in) and faster processor (1.5 GHz vs 1.2 GHz).
Highlights of the Skyrocket include:
- 4.5-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display (800×480 pixels)
- Android Gingerbread (2.3.5)
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (unspecified)
- 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, with 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- 1080p HD video recording
- 16 GB of on-board memory, microSD expandable to an additional 32 GB
AT&T only offers 4G LTE in limited markets, but they are currently expanding their footprint. Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio were launched in September. On November 6t AT&T will flip the LTE switch in Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Athens, GA. AT&T plans to cover 15 markets and 70 million Americans by year-end 2011, so be on the lookout for additional announcements.
AT&T’s LTE data plans feature the same tiers we’ve previously seen. For $ 15 customers can get 200 MB of data (which would be consumed in a few minutes of LTE video streaming) or they can choose the $ 25 plan that comes with 2 GB of data. Those who wish to tether can get the DataPro 4GB for $ 45.
Overall the Skyrocket looks like another solid Android phone, but it will likely disappoint those who were waiting on the Galaxy Nexus. Seeing that AT&T just launched two very similar Galaxy S II phones, we don’t expect they will be carrying Google’s first Android 4.0 phone this year.