The size of the screens in smartphones has been on the rise in recent years, and there are several models with 4.3-inch ones. The Infuse 4G can top these, but it isn’t quite as big as the 5-inch display in the Dell Streak 5. These large screens decrease the portability of devices, but make watching video, surfing the Web, and many other tasks easier.
In addition, the Infuse 4G display is a Super AMOLED Plus, a new type that offers 50% more sub-pixels for better contrast and outdoor readability. This will have a WVGA (800 x 480) resolution, not as good as some of its more recent competitors with qHD (960 x 540) screens.
Beyond the Screen
The Infuse 4G runs Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) on a 1.2 GHz Hummingbird processor made by Samsung itself. It comes with an array of bundled software for communication, productivity, and entertainment, including the Quickoffice suite.
It is able to connect to AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A microSD card slot and bundled 2 GB card add storage capacity for files of all types.
It includes an 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, as well as a front-facing 1.3 MP camera for video-conferencing. It does not come with a video-conferencing app, however.
Despite all these features, this Samsung model still manages to be the thinnest 4G-capable phone available in the U.S., with a thickness around 9mm.
Price and Availability
At launch, the Samsung Infuse 4G is available exclusively from AT&T, who is offering it now on its website. The device is also in this carrier’s brick-and-mortar stores.
The carrier is charging $200 for it. A two-year new or renewed contract is required to get this price, but no mail-in rebate is necessary. Without a contract, the cost is $550.