Samsung Infuse 4G: What you need to know

The skinny smartphone goes on sale in the U.S. May 15.

Samsung's Android-based Infuse 4G with its 4.5-inch super AMOLED screen is coming to AT&T on May 15 for $200 with a new two-year contract.

The latest handset from Samsung claims to be the thinnest smartphone available in the U.S. at just 0.35 of an inch thick (the iPhone 4's profile is thicker at 0.37 of an inch). The Infuse weighs about 5 ounces.

Samsung and AT&T are pulling out all the stops for the new Android device offering free games, video downloads, a sweepstakes giveaway and a pretty sweet looking handset for Android fans.

If you're thinking about the Samsung Infuse 4G for your next smartphone, here's everything you need to know before you head over to an AT&T store on Sunday.

The Specs

The Infuse 4G features a 4.5-inch super AMOLED display with 480-by-800 resolution, a single-core ARM 1.2GHz processor, microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB, microUSB, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 720p video capture, and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.

The device runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) including Adobe Flash 10.1. Samsung claims the Infuse 4G's battery has eight hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby time.

Angry Goodies

Samsung's Infuse 4G on AT&T will come preloaded with Rovio's popular smartphone game Angry Birds, including a secret level just for Infuse owners. Samsung says the new level will be a special "Golden Egg" level and once you finish it you can register for a sweepstakes draw. The grand prize includes a 55-inch Samsung 3D HDTV and a Samsung 3D Blu-ray home theater system. You can find Samsung's Infuse sweepstakes regulations online; entry deadline is September 15, 2011.

If Angry Birds doesn't interest you, Samsung says the first 500,000 Samsung Infuse 4G owners will also get a $25 voucher to download movie content from Media Hub, Samsung's online video content store. The Infuse 4G will also come with a 2GB SD microSD card preloaded with summer movie trailers (don't worry, you can wipe it and put the card to good use).

There's also a rumor AT&T will allow sideloading on the Samsung Infuse 4G, meaning you can use apps that aren't offered on Android's Market. That's good news since it means you should be able to load the Infuse with Amazon's Appstore for Android if you wanted to.

Non-4G, 4G

It may be called a 4G phone, but Samsung's Infuse handset does not play nicely with fourth generation cellular standards such at Long Term Evolution (LTE). Instead, the device will use AT&T's HSPA+ network, which promises 4G speeds that are faster than typical 3G networks. AT&T says HSPA+ is delivering average network speeds of up to 6 megabits per second. During PCWorld's most recent 4G speed tests in 13 cities nationwide, AT&T's HSPA+ network reached average speeds of 2.48 Mbps. AT&T's 3G speeds in 2010 averaged 1.37 Mbps during PCWorld tests.

Connect with Ian Paul (@ianpaul) and Today@PCWorld on Twitter for the latest tech news and analysis.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Phonessamsungconsumer electronicsat&t

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?