Is the Samsung Infuse 4G a MID?

Infuse-4g I had the opportunity to check the Samsung Infuse 4G at CES 2011 and now that it's been officially announced to be coming to AT&T on May 15th for $200, it's the perfect time to talk about it.

Among other great specs, the Infuse has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, which raises the question you see in the title. Would you consider the Infuse to be a MID?

It seems that smartphones have gone from screen sizes with an average of about 3.5 inches to 4.3 inches and higher. The Infuse's 4.5-inch screen comes much closer to the days when Intel MIDs had 4.8-inch screens. I know you can't really compare the Infuse to the older MID devices, since current mobile models are much thinner and arguably more portable, but the comparison is worth making based on screen size alone.

Having a bigger screen, especially a beautiful one like this, is obviously very nice for people who plan to use the Infuse as a media device. These days, most poeple already use their phones for music, videos, games, and photos, so the extra screen space has a lot of appeal.

The Infuse will be shipping with Android 2.2.1 and will have a special edition of Angry Birds preloaded. It also has an 8-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, and microSD card slot.

Samsung Infuse 4G

For power, Samsung strangely decided to go with the tried-and-true Hummingbird processor, which is a single-core CPU running at 1.2GHz. The single core should help the device get great battery life, but it is a little disappointing since many other phones will have dual-core processors.

Samsung Infuse 4G

So what do you think?

Is the Infuse a phone or a MID? Does it belong in a group with the Dell Streak or the HTC EVO 4G? And even more important than classification, would you rather carry a smaller mobile phone that you can tether to a 7” tablet or the Infuse 4G?

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Hector Gomez

Hector Gomez is a former contributing editor at Pocketables.

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