Just in time for this week’s CTIA wireless conference, AT&T (s t) is announcing two new phones, the LG Thrill 4G with glasses- free 3D visual, an AT&T exclusive, and the HTC HD7S. The latter looks like a rebadge of the HD7 currently available for T-Mobile’s network, which will likely become AT&T’s network anyway. Since the HTC device with Windows Phone 7 is similar to an existing handset with a slightly improved display, it’s due out sooner than the LG model: AT&T quotes availability of the HD7S as coming in weeks while the Thrill 4G is expected in the coming months.
As the name suggests, the Thrill is the more exciting of the two even if we’ve seen it before in the LG Optimus 3D. The LG Thrill will support AT&T’s HSPA+ mobile broadband network and also adds 3D support. A 4.3-inch stereoscopic 3D display means no glasses are needed for immersive graphics and the 5-megapixel rear dual-camera shoots high-definition (720p) video and stills in 3D.
Folks who forgo the 3D feature can record high-definition video in 1080p. LG seems to be relying heavily on 3D as a differentiating feature: the company’s upcoming Android tablet will also offer a 3D camera and display. And AT&T says that the “LG 3D Space,” will deliver 3D games, video clips and images. The Thrill 4G also includes an HDMI port for sharing video and photos to a high-definition television set.As far as the remaining specifications, the Thrill 4G will run Google Android (s goog) 2.2 on a dual-core, 1GHz processor and includes 8 GB of internal memory, plus an 8 GB microSD card. The phone uses a 4.3-inch touchscreen, just like the HD7S.
One only needs to look at the specifications of the HD7 to see those of AT&’s version: a 1GHz processor, 16 GB of non-expandable storage, 5 megapixel camera with dual flash and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system. It’s good to see another Windows Phone 7 choice available from a carrier, but it’s not an inspiring design when compared to the new LG Thrill 4G or any other recent handset that is currently launching.
When the HD7S arrives, it will already have the latest update to Microsoft’s (s msft) mobile operating system, which includes copy/paste features, improved application launch speeds and better filtering in the Windows Phone Marketplace. AT&T hopes customers will make good use of the large 4.3-inch display, which gains the upgrade to a Super LCD screen: qualifying AT&T U-verse customers can use the pre-loaded U-Verse Mobile app to download and watch television shows on the device. And non-U-verse customers can subscribe to the mobile service for $10 per month. Sorry, no 3D television shows on this phone.