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HTC Vivid announced with LTE and HSPA+ for AT&T's network, records 1080p video with 60fps

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HTC Vivid announced with LTE and HSPA+ for AT&T's network, records 1080p video with 60fps
The HTC Vivid records 1080p HD video with 60fps

The HTC Vivid records 1080p HD video with 60fps

Look, Ma, it's the HTC Holiday, which lands with the official title HTC Vivid! Regardless of the name swap, AT&T just confirmed all the specs we've been hearing about the handset, which, along with the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, will be the first one to take advantage of the carrier's fresh 4G LTE network.

We have the ginormous 4.5" display with qHD 540x960 pixels that's been whispered down the halls of tech blogs, dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm chipset, 16GB of memory, and "enhanced" 28mm 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture, which records 1080p video with... hold on... 60 frames per second! We thought such frame rates are not coming until the quad-core chips, but here they are, according to the official press release.

HTC Vivid comes in white, too

HTC Vivid comes in white, too

Of course, we have the newest HTC Sense UI with the fancy lock screen, and the advantages of AT&T's LTE/HSPA+ 4G combo, which allows you to fall back on still decent speeds when you leave the carrier's still-narrow LTE coverage. The best part is that the handset will be available starting November 6 for your usual high-end $199.99 sticker price.

You can use it with DataPlus, which gives you 200MB a month for $15, or DataPro - 2GB for $25 a month. Each additional GB, however, is $10. If you go over the 200MB limit of Data Plus, you get slammed with $15 for each additional 200MB, too. 

AT&T managed to deliver an exciting first LTE handset at a decent price and with almost immediate availability. Now the only thing left is to wait for its LTE footprint to expand beyond the few gateway cities that currently sport it.

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posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:30 3

1. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


So much for AT&T's boast of thinner LTE phones than Verizon.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 13:29

17. Goldeneye (Posts: 353; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


I know right this not exactly a very slim phone looks as fat as a revolution

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 14:26 1

18. Nathan (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Its HTC were talking about here. Its thinner than a majority of their 3G phones even though its just .44"

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 14:27 1

19. Nathan (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Wait... are you saying the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket isn't thin?!

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:35 3

2. deadinside (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Now i dont know which one to get?!?!

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:50 3

5. deadinside (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


just saw some more screen shots, and they r showing it in white too

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:43 4

3. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


This is a winner for AT&T buyers. I really like the LTE to the (pretend) current 4G speeds fall back. But what if you only live in a current 3G area? Sure it will still have 3G support, right?

While I love the WP options, it is a great Android option. 4.5" is a good screen size for those that like large monsters.

Also- is the 1080p video really a big selling point? I am truly asking.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:47 4

4. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I work in an area where AT&T doesn't even have 3G coverage and they're already talking about LTE? How about finishing the job from 2007?

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:37

23. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


With ya- AT&T just went 3G in my area on October 1st. Small party.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:05 3

6. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ATTs "4g" is not 4g.. its 3g. it doesnt meet the current minimum standards of 14.4mbps. (their network caps at 12, no matter what the phones say)

Yes, its backwards compatible.. so if you dont have LTE u can still buy the phone.. just make sure u turn off the LTE radio so ur not burning battery.

1.2ghz snapdragon???
not worth my dime. Thats bare minimum standards on a dual core now. With the eyxnos enhanced SGS2 out and Nvidia Quad cores right around the corner the snapdragon just isnt cutting it. to the bargain bin with you!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:07 3

7. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Not that there's anything wrong with bargain bin LTE. Unless it's the LG Revolution.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:20 2

8. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol

the only good that will come out of this is that it will force VZW's hand at lowering their $300 pricepoint for new LTE sets if ATT does not match that pricepoint.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:26 6

9. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


I don't see VZW ever doing that until ATT's LTE network gets more widespread. VZW still has the largest coverage and phone lineup to live off of for quite a while. Considering how slow the ATT 3G rollout was (and still is going in some cases) I don't see any price wars with VZW taking place at least until maybe this time next year. My hats off to ATT if they surprise and have a fast, reliable rollout however.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:59

14. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your right. i wasnt trying to imply an immediate reduction in VZW pricing. However if they get to the point that they are releasing the same variant on both carriers more than once or twice, expect that price to drop on VZW to match ATT... or expect ATT to raise their price to VZW levels. either way, they will match eventually.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:29 1

22. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


You call this phone and the Galaxy S2: Skyrocket bargain bin phones? Either you're way to bias for your carrier, Tmo or Sprint right? both "bargain bin" carriers, or you like to sound like you know what you're saying. Those are both high-end phones, both just as good, if not better, than the Nexus. The Nexus doesn't even have an SD slot... talk about bare bones and "minimum standards" huh?

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:44 3

24. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Yes, I know AT&T doesn't have real 4G, buddy. That is why I threw the word "pretend" in there next to the 4G. As a matter of a fact, we all know that current LTE isn't true 4G, but LTE + may be. But the FCC allowed them to label it 4G, so it is for the current buyers fact.

I know you hate the snapdragons, Remixfa, but really that just moves this out of the elite status to the excellent status. There are several chipsets out there better, but not so much better that a Snapdragon device should be ignored completely. Most Snapdragon chips work well. But like all devices, they need the real life data to be honostly evaluated.

In my humble, unimportant opinion.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 19:26

29. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, snowgator, i love your opinons. no need to be humble and your definitely not unimportant. :) Dont mistake my banter with you for anything negative. If i thought u were less than important, I would treat you like Taco. :)


Forsaken,
I dont have a carrier bias, i have an electronics bias. Snapdragons to me are bargain compared to the other dual cores.. they are the weakest of the big 4 android dual core chips. So yea, to me, they are bargain bin. But I am an electronics geek/chip nerd. What I find important you might not.
And specifically, a galaxyS2 with not only a non samsung chip aka the Exynos, but with the crappiest dual core availible, is blasphemy to me. I WORK for Tmobile and I openly blast the Hercules for the exact same thing.

If you read my comment on the skyrocket, you would have read where I said skip the crapdragon filled skyrocket and just get the regular SUPERIOR SGS2.. which is ALSO available on ATT. So with that in mind, i have no idea where you get carrier bias from anyways...

Trading off 25%+ real world performance for the teeny tiny ATT LTE network.. and at a price premium to boot... is not worth it.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 17:04

27. IEatApples (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


The thing about at&t is you can't turn lte off like you can Verizon, since at&t doesn't use 2 separate radios. I think it would be dumb to buy one of these devices if you don't have lte in your area because even if your on hspa+ the phone is still using the same lte radio for hspa+. If you don't have lte I would wait for the verdict on battery life running on just hspa+ .

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:32

10. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


HTC is on the verge of falling woefully behind. What is bad about HTC sense is that it now is holding back HTC. Honeycomb and ICS already incorporate many of the nice features that sense innovated. Now having that complex Sense UI layered on top of base android and tied into the supporting framework cost HTC months of delay in bringing out Android OS updates. They are woefully behind at this point with some of their flagship phones running Froyo and HTC seemingly unable to get updates out at all, much less in a timely fashion. Sense was once a marketing advantage, now its become an albatross hanging around HTC's neck.
Samsung and Motorola have both announced innovative new phones and tablets running ICS 4.0 HTC is still stuck on Froyo and Gingerbread, with no new product anouincements and on the verge of being left in the dust

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:46 3

11. BuckeyeCadet86 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


While they have had some problems recently with updates, HTC does have quite a few product announcements in the pipeline, aside from the Vivid for AT&T they also have the Rezound on Verizon. While both of these are launching with 2.3 only the Galaxy Nexus will have ICS until at least the beginning of 2012. Our Motorola rep also told us they have been told the Droid Razr will be the first Motorola phone with 4.0 on any carrier and it wouldn't be until January 2012. HTC did take a while to get their phones to 2.3 but I would still worry more about Samsung than HTC, they haven't upgraded many of their phones to 2.3 either, the Galaxy S2 just happened to launch with it or it would still be on 2.2 as well. The Droid Charge is still sitting on 2.2

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:49 1

12. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


honestly the 4.5 inch qHD display is beauitful (ive played with this device 4 days ago) but the 1.2ghz snapdragon chipset holds this phone back in intense apps. its will be no problem for the average user but for power users like me HTC's decision to use qualcomm chipsets ruins the experience little by little. now i know their are technical considerations for using qualcomm (like support for LTE) but if they dont do something about this they will fall behind in the superphone race in the near future (some already consider them out of the game)

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:50

13. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


Yeah, ask the HTC Thunderbolt and Flyer owners about HTC upgrades.
Of course none of this is really going to matter unless the cell carriers stop ripping off the consumers and offer a reasonable, affordable data plan. What good is LTE if it just burns a hole in your wallet faster. Your shiny new phone becomes a shiny new paperweight. Load it up with old ripped movies because you won't be able to afford to download them.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 11:55 1

15. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Where in the hell is Sprint? Are they just going to sit back and watch all their competition release all the high end phones? I hope they are not gonna rest on the 4S, SGII, and Evo Design, I'm do for an upgrade 11/1 and I want a new top notch high end phone. Sprint just kills me! Dan H needs to pull his head out. I may be leaving them this month!

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 13:26 2

16. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


It would be a winner, except it's from HTC. I take every product they release with a grain of salt.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:01 1

20. Nathan (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket or HTC Vivid. :P

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 19:35

30. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


neither.. get the regular SGS2 or get the nexus.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:07

21. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Wow took the words out my mouth, smallest and thinner phone wtf, at&t full of lies, Verizon all day,

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 16:37

25. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Kinda disappointed with the HTC Vivid's screen resolution, I was looking forward to a 720p display.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 16:46

26. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6369; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Love to trade my Atrix for the sexy white Vivid. Been wating for a good HTC phone for a long time. Kinda sucks LTE is only in Texas

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 18:49

28. baztah (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Will it have NFC???

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 21:46 1

31. gaby1451 (Posts: 113; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Wow this is great! I'm glad AT&T isn't pricing their LTE phones at $299 like Verizon. Great buys for either one! Question is, which one do I want? :D

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 21:48

32. Nikonmorous (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Wow! HTC has stepped away from their traditional styling cues. But not so sure they're successful with their choice of angles and proportions.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 17:44

33. deadinside (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I think I will get the htc vivid in white!!!

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:48

34. mozahsuf (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


@remixfa

I respect your input on the chips and their differences. In your opinion what phone out there, outside of the galaxy nexus, is best equipped to handle the ICS? If the skyrocket or vivid cannot run ICS flawlessly because of impotent chips, then what phone out there is able to handle the ICS based on its hardware?

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