Motorola To Introduce a 4G Smartphone in Early 2011

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Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha, speaking at a technology conference, said that his company is going to release its first smartphone with support for 4G cellular-wireless networks in the near future. He also laid out some of Motorola’s other plans for 2011.

Motorola Olympus with Google Android OSIn his speech at the Credit Suisse 2010 Technology Conference, Jha said its first 4G model would be introduced in the first quarter of next year. He did not say if it will use WiMAX or LTE, however.

Unconfirmed reports have given the world an early look at the Motorola Olympus, which will supposedly be one of the first to support Verizon’s nascent 4G network, which uses the LTE standard. This device is expected to have a 4.1-inch touchscreen and run Google’s Android OS on a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor.

Sprint also has a 4G network using the WiMAX standard, and Motorola has not yet released a model for this service. It’s possible the Olympus or similar devices could be headed for this carrier, as well.

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In his speech, Motorola’s co-CEO warned that he expects to sell fewer high-end smartphones through Verizon next quarter.

Many of this carrier’s subscribers have purchased Android OS-based models like the Motorola Droid X and Motorola Droid Pro, but Jha said there will be a new “competitive dynamic” in Q1.

He didn’t go into exactly what he meant, but this is almost certainly a reference to persistent rumors that Verizon is going to start offer the Apple iPhone 4 next quarter.

Jha said that Motorola’s response is going to be getting AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to offer its high-end smartphones.

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