CES 2011 Brought a Wave of 4G Android OS Smartphones

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The 2011 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show has finished up, and this year, no less than eleven smartphones were unveiled.

HTC ThunderBolt from VerizonWhile these will have a range of features and designs, all are going to be high-end models running Google’s Android OS, and each will offer some version of 4G.

Only one of the new smartphones was actually released during this giant technology tradeshow. The rest are going to trickle out over the first half of the year.

One of the biggest stories from this year’s CES was Verizon unveiling the first round of smartphones that will be able to access its new 4G network.

There will be four of these: the Motorola Droid Bionic, HTC ThunderBolt, LG Revolution, and a Samsung device which will get an official name later on.

HTC ThunderBolt from VerizonAll will have 4.3-inch screens, most of which will be WVGA (800 x 480), though the Motorola model’s will have a higher resolution: qHD (960 x 540).

The Droid Bionic is also going to have a faster processor — it will use a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, while HTC’s, LG’s, and Samsung’s are gong to 1 GHz processors.

All will have an 8 megapixel camera except the LG device, and storage capacities will vary from device to device.  

Most of the devices announced at CES are upgraded versions of models already on the market, but there is a big exception, the Motorola Atrix 4G. This isn’t going to be like anything available today.

Motorola ATRIX 4G from AT&TAt first glance it won’t look that different, though. It’s going to sport a 4-inch qHD display and run the Android OS. Under the hood, it will sport a dual-core Tegra 2 processor.

What is going to set the Atrix apart from its competitors is a pair of docks that will enable it to convert into either a netbook or even a simple desktop PC.

The other two models AT&T unveiled at CES are going to put more emphasis on screen size. The HTC Inspire 4G will have a 4.3-inch WVGA display, while the Samsung Infuse 4G will break new ground with a 4.5-inch WVGA screen.

All of these models are going support AT&T’s HSPA+ service, which this carrier has decided to call 4G after its rival T-Mobile started calling its similar service 4G.

Sprint did not have a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show, but it nevertheless took the opportunity to announce the HTC EVO Shift 4G, and this model is already available.

HTC ThunderBolt from VerizonThis Android OS device has a sliding keyboard, 3.6-inch display, and 5 megapixel camera.

T-Mobile used CES 2011 to unveil the Motorola Cliq 2, which will be a significant upgrade from its predecessor. When it debuts later this month, it’s going to have a 3.7-inch, FWVGA display and a sliding landscape-oriented keyboard.

Although this has not yet been confirmed, T-Mobile is also likely to offer the Dell Venue, an Android OS-based model that joined the crowd at CES. It will have a 4.1-inch, WVGA, curved, AMOLED display.

Another device that was unveiled without mentioning a wireless carier was the LG Optimus Black. This will be the first smartphone with a NOVA display, as well as the first with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.

Android’s Domination of CES
Every single smartphone announced at the Consumer Electronics Show this year is going to run Google’s operating system, which is a sign of the ever-growing power of the Android OS.

The domination wasn’t total, though. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer used part of his keynote address to talk about Windows Phone 7, and many of the attendees spent time discussing the rumors of a Verizon version of the iPhone.




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