HTC Prepping a 4G Smartphone for CES

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HTC has posted a “teaser” site about an upcoming 4G smartphone. However, this gives virtually no details, leaving open the question of which carrier will be offering this device.

The site points out that HTC made the first model running on Sprint’s WiMAX service, the HTC EVO 4G. It also made the first device that supports T-Mobile’s 4G service, the T-Mobile G2. And it goes on to say it’s next smartphone will be “The first to 4G, again.”

HTC Teaser PageAll that the teaser site shows of this product is a rectangular outline covered in a black cloth, along with a promise to announce it on January 6, the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Could It Be Verizon?
The most obvious answer to the riddle posed by HTC is that this company is going to make the first smartphone with support for Verizon’s nascent LTE network. This carrier said earlier this week that it’s going to announce an Android OS-based phone that uses its new 4G network on January 6.

But there’s a problem with this theory. HTC CEO Peter Chou said during an interview earlier this month that his company won’t have an LTE-based model until summer at the earliest.

How about Sprint?
Information on the HTC Shift 4G has been leaking out for some time now, but it’s hard to see this device as being much of a “first”, as it’s supposedly going to be Sprint’s third model with support for its WiMAX service.

Still, it’s possible there will be something new about this device that HTC can use to justify saying it is the “first”.

Other Options?
AT&T has said that it’s not going to have its 4G network up and running until next summer, so CES is much too early for this carrier to be announcing any devices using it.

While T-Mobile is a possibility, HTC already makes two 4G smartphones for this carrier that debuted this fall, the aforementioned T-Mobile G2 and the T-Mobile myTouch 4G.

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