The fall edition of the CTIA tradeshow will be held this week in San Diego. This annual event is a popular venue to unveil new smartphones, but the biggest announcement of this show has already been postponed.
The Samsung Mobile ‘Unpacked’ event, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, has been delayed. No specific reason was given, nor was a new date named. This was widely expected to be the coming out party for the Samsung Nexus Prime, which will be the first smartphone with Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
A number of other models are also supposed to have their debut at CTIA, but none of them will be as important as the now-postponed launch of the next version of Google’s mobile operating system would have been, as Android ICS has been re-designed to include features that previously were available only on tablets.
At this point, it appears that the handset on the docket are going to run Android or Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5, and be made by HTC or Samsung. The new iPhone was announced by Apple last week, RIM has already taken the wraps off all the new BlackBerrys, and HP’s webOS is now defunct.
T-Mobile has scheduled the launch of its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II for the second day of CTIA. This high-end Android model is already available from Sprint and, in a re-designed form, from AT&T.
According to information leaking out of Verizon, the Samsung Stratosphere will be introduced at this tradeshow. This will be the first model with this carrier’s 4G LTE service that also includes a sliding keyboard, plus it will have Google’s mobile OS.
AT&T recently began offering its own 4G LTE service, but so far there are no smartphones that support it. That could change at CTIA, if the carrier uses the venue to announce the HTC Holiday. This Android model will have a large, high-res display, dual-core processor, and other cutting-edge features.
Some handsets that have been formally announced, but don’t have release dates yet, might launch during this tradeshow. This includes several smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5: AT&T’s HTC Titan, the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash as well as T-Mobile’s HTC Radar 4G.
Whatever gets announced, Brighthand will be on the CTIA show floor this week, bringing news and hands-on previews of new smartphones.