HTC Holiday Takes a Step Closer to AT&T, 4G LTE in Tow

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The HTC Holiday is shaping up to be one of the first, if not the first smartphone that can connect to AT&T’s new super-fast 4G LTE network. A device matching its description has recently been approved by the FCC.

HTC HolidayThis Android model apparently won’t be short in cutting-edge features. It’s expected to have a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen, for starters, and an 8MP rear-facing camera. It will have a dual-core processor that clocks in at 1.2 MHz, or it may sport a single-core 1.5 MHz chip. The Holiday is also allegedly going to sport Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

About the only feature that apparently won’t be included is the next version of Google’s operating system. This HTC model will reportedly debut with Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) not OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which is scheduled to launch this fall.

Support for AT&T’s LTE network will give it very fast data-transfer speeds. AT&T says that its 4G LTE network will allow users to download data at 5 to 12 megabits per second and upload it at 2-5Mbps in real-world conditions. Its current HSPA+ network, which the company also refers to as “4G”, tops out at around 6 Mbps on downloads.

While there is nothing to 100% confirm that the device that passed through the FCC this week is the Holiday, the resemblance is strong. This is a sign that the release may be getting closer. Excatly when that’s going to be is not yet known, but the CTIA tradeshow is coming up in mid-October, and that’s a strong possibility.

AT&T just launched its 4G LTE network a week or so ago, and currently it’s only available in a handful of cities. The carrier has big plans to extend it, however, offering service to over 70 million Americans by the end of the year. Until it can put a smartphone on the market, potential customers have only a laptop modem and mobile hotspot to choose from.

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