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Large-screen Samsung Infuse smartphone to launch on May 15

samsung infuse frontAt a press event in New York on Thursday, AT&T and Samsung unveiled the Infuse 4G. With a thickness of just .35 inches, it claims to be “the nation’s thinnest 4G smartphone.”

We first ran into this eye-catching piece of kit at CES 2011 and were immediately impressed by its specs. And it’s the huge 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen that really grabs your attention. It’s the biggest of any Samsung phone – any bigger and you’re in tablet territory. Indeed, this might just be big enough for some consumers to leave off buying a tablet (and having yet another device to lug around).

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Samsung‘s Infuse smartphone sports an auto-focus 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for chat. As you’d expect, you can also shoot HD video (at 720p). The phone packs a single-core ARM 1.2-GHz processor and runs Android 2.2, though hopefully a more recent version of the OS will be offered before long.

It weighs 4.9 oz, features up to 400 hours standby time and up to 8 hours talk time. The Korean company also says the phone will have “super fast 4G data connection speeds with HSPA+ (Download speed up to 16+ Mbps in selective locations).”

AT&T is offering the device, and it’ll be available to consumers from May 15 priced at $199 with a two-year contract. The decent spec sheet tells us that this phone will be turning more than a few heads of those on the hunt for a new phone. And fans of Angry Birds will be pleased to know that the Infuse comes pre-loaded with a special version of the game, created for it by makers Rovio. Bet you can’t wait…