Smartphone maker HTC has decided to jump on the WiMax bandwagon and is going to introduce its first products running this 4G wireless networking standard next year.
WiMax is a high-speed wireless networking standard that is expected to offer data-transfer speeds comparable to Wi-Fi, but at much longer range. Companies around the world, including Sprint in the U.S., are in the process of rolling out this service.
There’s little doubt that WiMax support will appear first on laptops, but the announcement last week from HTC’s CEO Peter Chou shows that it will also be coming soon to smartphones, as these make up the vast majority of this company’s products.
Chou gave no details on what other features its future WiMax-enabled devices will offer.
So far, the only other smartphone maker that has committed to WiMax is Nokia. It is developing a version of the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet with this long-range wireless networking standard that will be released sometime in 2008.
UMPC makers are also expected to embrace WiMax.