Engadget reveals AT&T's 2009 smartphone lineup; Android, WebOS, & WM

Engadget reveals AT&T's 2009 smartphone lineup; Android, WebOS, & WM

Summary: Usually holiday weekends are slow times for news, but Engadget Mobile was sent some AT&T slides that show just about every smartphone coming to the carrier for the rest of the year. These include devices running the Windows Mobile, Palm WebOS, and Android operating systems. I didn't see any BlackBerry, S60 or iPhone products, but still this information is quite valuable in helping you plan out possible future purchases.

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Usually holiday weekends are slow times for news, but Engadget Mobile was sent some AT&T slides that show just about every smartphone coming to the carrier for the rest of the year. These include devices running the Windows Mobile, Palm WebOS, and Android operating systems. I didn't see any BlackBerry, S60 or iPhone products, but still this information is quite valuable in helping you plan out possible future purchases.

The HTC Warhawk and Fortress (pretty bold names there) are the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 variants for HTC. They keyboard does not looks as good as the one on the unbranded HTC Touch Pro2 I played with at CTIA since the keys are flatter and tighter together. The Warhawk is scheduled for a late Summer launch with Windows Mobile 6.5. It looks like these launch dates are pretty aggressive though.

Another Windows Mobile device that does not seem that exciting, but takes us back to the good old days is the HP iPAQ K3 "Obsidian". HP's iPAQs set the bar for Windows Mobile in the past, but there haven't been many of their devices in the last few years (the HP iPAQ 910 was a nice device though). The iPAQ K3 runs WM 6.5 on a BlackBerry front-facing QWERTY form factor with all of the standard wireless features you would expect from a smartphone today. It looks more business focused with 2 megapixel camera and cameraless versions available.

The Palm Eos rumor was posted a while ago, but the new AT&T slide deck shows it coming to AT&T in the second half of 2009. The Eos has a 2.63 inch, 320x400 touchscreen and front-facing QWERTY keyboard (best of both worlds, huh?), and all the rest of the typical wireless capabilities. The 2 megapixel fixed focus camera is lame though and with only 4GB of available storage (and no removable storage) this seems more like a beginner's WebOS device that may be targeted to the Centro customer.

I am personally most interested in the HTC Lancaster Google Android device since I really do enjoy my G1 and just wish the hardware was more refined. The HTC Lancaster has all the wireless functions, some new HTC Social Messaging UI, 2.8 inch 240x320 display, and 3 megapixel fixed focus camera. It also shows a 6 month exclusivity on AT&T.

Which of these possible AT&T smartphones interests you the most?

Topics: Operating Systems, Wi-Fi, AT&T, Software, Smartphones, Hardware, Networking, Mobility, Mobile OS, HTC, Windows

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  • iph...

    "Which of these possible AT&T smartphones interests you the most?"

    are you kidding? it begins with an "i" and comes in its third iteration in
    june/july.
    bannedfromzdnetagain
    • I hear you guys are getting copy and paste?

      Congrats, we've really enjoyed that feature for... um... 7 years now? :)

      Oh, and fingerpainting, we mustn't forget that the biggest iPhone zealots have just declared that the iPhone is the best mobile fingerpainting platform!

      And how could I forget that the iPhone is the best farting platform?!?! If one fart application just won't do, accept no substitutes, only the iPhone can offer you 53 different farting applications!!!11!1one11!!

      :)
      NonZealot
  • Just waiting for Palm Pre

    I can stand that iPhone doesn't have a real keyboard with its single tasking. I am just waiting for Palm Pre. Got attracted by its demo in YouTube.
    Gladiatorcn
  • My Recommendation...

    I've had my iPhone for almost two years. Without a doubt, it has been the most innovative, most elegant and coolest product I have ever used. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to switch to a Smart Phone. The AppStore is truly amazing.
    gregory.dworak@...
    • I'm looking forward to an NVidia Tegra based phone (reply to story)

      I think it will really shake up the smartphone market. Think about Android + Tegra + 800*480 screen! Yummy!

      Edit: Sorry, this was meant to be a reply to the story, not a reply to your post.
      NonZealot
  • New Android looks intresting

    I had AT&T for an iPhone, then switched to T-Mobile when the G1 came out, didn't care for it (too unrefined) and went back to AT&T for another iPhone. Despite the fact I love my iPhone, I like the open-ness of the Android platform and think that will be a HUGE thing in the coming years.
    wayne62682