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AT&T Rolling Out Three LTE Samsung Devices in Coming Months

Fall is typically a busy season for cellphone announcements as companies and carriers prep for the upcoming holiday season, and this year is no different.

Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro

AT&T today revealed a cornucopia of new 4G LTE devices — all from Samsung — that will be available in the coming months, including two new smartphones and a tablet. Details are still scant on all of the features, but here’s a quick overview of each device:

First up is the Samsung Galaxy Express. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-toting handset is aimed at first-time smartphone users and has a 4.5-inch touchscreen and rear-facing five-megapixel camera. It’s also equipped with a 2,000 mAh battery and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor.

For adventurous types and those who are rough on their gadgets, the Galaxy Rugby Pro offers a rugged design that’s waterproof in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes; it’s also shock-resistant and dust-proof. It will support AT&T’s enhanced push-to-talk service, which is scheduled to launch in November.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Other features of the Rugby Pro include a four-inch touchscreen with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, a five-megapixel camera on back, and full device encryption for business users.

Finally, there is the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Sporting a 10.1-inch touchscreen, the tablet comes preloaded with several Samsung services, including Media Hub for access to entertainment content, and Smart Remote, a remote-control app.

It comes with a 7,000 mAh battery and also supports on-device encryption VPN access.

The three devices join the previously announced Samsung Galaxy Note II, which should arrive by mid-November. AT&T did not announce exact availability dates or pricing for these new devices at this time.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik