Samsung Infuse 4G

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Samsung Infuse 4G (SGH-i997)
Manufacturer Samsung Electronics
Compatible networks GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS 850/1900/2100
UMTS 900/AWS/2100
HSDPA 21.1 Mbit/s
HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s
GPRS Class 10
First released 15 May 2011
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy S
Related Samsung Galaxy S II
Form factor Slate
Dimensions 132 mm (5.2 in) H
71 mm (2.8 in) W
9 mm (0.35 in) D
Weight 129 g (4.6 oz)
94 g (3.3 oz) without battery
Operating system Android 2.3.6 on AT&T,[1]
2.3.3 on Rogers Wireless
CPU Single-core ARM Cortex-A8 Samsung Hummingbird S5PC110, 1.2 GHz
GPU PowerVR SGX540
Memory 512 MB[2]RAM, actual RAM shown on device is 429 MB[3]
Storage 16 GB (Flash Nand memory)
+ microSD (up to 32 GB supported)
Battery 1750 mAh Internal Rechargeable Li-ion
Talk Time: 8 hours
Standby : 400 hours
Data inputs Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, proximity & light sensors, Swype
Display 4.5-inch 480 × 800 px WVGA super Super AMOLED Plus at 207 ppi
External display mini HDMI via micro USB slot
Rear camera 8 Megapixel with auto focus, 720p HD video,[4] self shot, action shot, panorama shot, stop motion, smile shot, add me
Front camera 1.3 MP
SAR Head: 0.2 W/kg 1 g
Body: 1.26 W/kg 1 g
Hotspot: 1.260 W/kg 1 g[5]

The Samsung Infuse 4G is an Android smartphone that was released by Samsung in May 2011. It has a 1.2 GHz "Hummingbird" processor with 8–16 GB internal Flash memory, a 4.5 inch 480×800 pixel Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.[6]

This is the third phone released in AT&T's HSDPA+ range. In 2011, the Samsung Infuse 4G passed FCC certification.[7] On 5 May, Samsung, at their conference in New York, announced that the phone would be available to market on 15 May.

Availability[edit]

In the United States[edit]

The Samsung Infuse 4G phone was released in the United States on 15 May 2011.

AT&T[edit]

A version of the Samsung Infuse with support for UMTS 850/1900/2100 MHz was first made available on 15 May 2011. These UMTS bands are used by AT&T in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada. This version remained SIM locked stock, it can be unlocked with third party tools.[8]

In Canada[edit]

Rogers[edit]

An updated Samsung Infuse 4G was announced for Canada. Coming shipped with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and capable of 720p video recording, the release date was 26 July 2011 and pricing was $0.01 with contract, and $549 without a contract.[9]

Hardware[edit]

The Samsung Infuse has a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with a resolution of 480x800 pixels and a capacitive touchscreen supports multi-touch gestures.

The phone has an 8.0-megapixel camera with a single LED flash on the rear and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front with digital zoom.

The phone allows for full 1080p video playback, with a built in hardware decoder for H.263, H.264 and MPEG-4 video; it can also play MP3, AAC+, AMR, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, MIDI, FLAC and WMA audio. It has a Micro-B USB port at the bottom which conforms to the GSMA Universal Charging Solution. HDMI output is available through the Micro-B USB port using an adapter. A 3.5mm stereo jack is also included on the top of the phone, adding control functionality as well to the stereo headphones.

The storage included is a built-in 16 GB NAND Flash chip, and an expandable Micro-SD card slot allowing up to an additional 32 GB card to be installed.

Cellular[edit]

There are three versions of the Samsung Infuse 4G. The first to be released is AT&T's Infuse which is sim locked. The second is with the Canadian Rogers network, and there is the China unbranded release "currently floating around on ebay". The Infuse can be unlocked in a matter of minutes with third party tools. It supports most H+ GSM and 3G providers in the US, Europe and Asia. The GSM radio frequencies covered are 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz. It supports UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, 2G (Edge), 3G and pseudo 4G (enhanced 3g) via HSDPA Category 14 supporting up to 21.1 megabits per second. This is the third HSDPA+ phone in AT&T's range, after the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire 4G, though this is the first one rated at the full 21Mbit/s bandwidth of its limited available backhauled (fiber) network.[10] the phone has one of the best 8 mega-pixel camera's when compared to sgs2 at the time of release and the phone supports quad-band frequencies.

Software[edit]

As of September 27, 2011, the Infuse was supplied with Android 2.2 Froyo customized with Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 UI, with an updated Home Screen Launcher application.

Samsung applications included are a special version of Angry Birds, Allshare, MediaHub, Memo, Mini Diary, My Files, Quick Office and Write and Go.

Bloatware on the AT&T supplied phone, which may not be removed in stock form includes, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T Family Map, My AT&T, Live TV and YPmobile.

Software bundled from Google: Android Market, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Latitude, Facebook, Email and YouTube.

Android 2.3.6 "Gingerbread" update[edit]

Anyone who purchased a 2011-released Android phone, which included the Samsung Infuse 4G, was eligible to receive an update to Android 2.3.x ("Gingerbread").[11]

On 14 September 2011, AT&T rolled out a 14.5 MB maintenance update that, according to Samsung, improves the auto-brightness setting on the phone, enables warnings to display when in Download Mode and enhances GPS functionality and call quality. Google Books was also added.[12] Firmware 2.2.1, Baseband I997UCKH1, Kernel 2.6.32.9, Build FROYO.UCKH1.

Kies Mini for the Infuse was released on 18 January 2012. It was available to download on the main downloads page for the phone on Samsung's website.[13]

On 1 February 2012, AT&T announced that Gingerbread version 2.3.6 had been released for the phone and posted a change log of the new features. The update required connecting the phone to a Windows computer with Kies Mini (not Kies) installed; Apple computers and OTA were not supported. On 3 February 2012, the update went live on Kies Mini, but in the following days, many users reported having difficulty downloading the update.[14] Since then, Samsung has released a working version of Kies Mini.[15]

Legal battle[edit]

  • Samsung and Apple have filed at least 30 lawsuits against each other in ten countries. The San Jose, California, court, refused Apple's lawsuit request to block sales of Samsung's Infuse 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Samsung Infuse 4G™ (i997) - Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Software Update 
  2. ^ "Samsung Infuse 4G Specs – Phone Arena", Phone Arena, 5 January 2011 
  3. ^ "$1,000,000 question - how much RAM does it have??", xda-developers, 20 May 2011 
  4. ^ "Features and Specifications - Samsung Infuse 4G Smartphone", Samsung Mobile 
  5. ^ https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/ViewExhibitReport.cfm?mode=Exhibits&RequestTimeout=500&calledFromFrame=N&application_id=705382&fcc_id='A3LSGHI997', ID=1430706
  6. ^ "Samsung Infuse 4G – Video", Phone Arena, 5 January 2011 
    - "Samsung Infuse 4G announced for AT&T: 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, crazy thin", Engadget, 5 January 2011 
  7. ^ Dustin Earley, Samsung Infuse 4G passes through the FCC, DroidDog, 14 March 2011.
  8. ^ "[ HowTo ] Samsung Infuse 4g Free Unlock and Root on all O/S's". 
  9. ^ "Best Buy Canada - Samsung Infuse". 
  10. ^ Samsung Infuse 4G is AT&T's first 21Mbps smartphone 
  11. ^ "Google Delivers Android 2.3 Gingerbread to AT&T Devices", Social Barrel, 27 July 2011 
  12. ^ "AT&T : When & How Can I Receive The Latest Official Android OS Updates For My AT&T SGH-I997 (Infuse 4G) Phone?". Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Software & Firmware Downloads – Samsung Product Support & Service Center". Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  14. ^ Samsung Infuse 4G™ (i997) - Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Software Update 
  15. ^ AT&T Cell Phones: How Do I Update My Infuse 4G (SGH-i997) Mobile Device to Android 2.3 (Gingˈerbread) Operating System? 
  16. ^ "Apple's Move to Stop Samsung Quashed". 5 December 2011. 

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