The next Consumer Electronics Show is coming in early January, and a number of new Android OS smartphones are expected to be unveiled at this gigantic tradeshow, and maybe a new version of the iPhone, too.
Verizon is apparently going to be the star of the show, as it has promised to announce its first 4G smart phones on the first day of the show. The carrier did so in a tweet sent out today, “Jan. 6 at #CES: #Android and #LTE – could it be like peanut butter and chocolate? YUM!”
The device most likely on the docket is the Motorola Olympus, a cutting-edge device that unconfirmed reports say is going to run Google’s Android OS on a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and be built around a 4.1-inch display.
Whatever Verizon’s first 4G model turns out to be, it won’t be produced by HTC, as this company’s CES announced recently that HTC isn’t going to have an LTE-based device on the market until the middle of next year.
A Dual-Core Smartphone for T-Mobile
The wraps came off the LG Optimus 2X last week, another model that’s going to use a Tegra 2 dual-core processor to run Google’s operating system.
An unconfirmed report indicates that this high-end model is headed for T-Mobile in the spring, and this carrier might be planning to make an official announcement of this at CES.
An iPhone for Verizon, too?
A long-shot for an appearance at CES 2011 is Verizon’s version of the Apple iPhone 4. There have been persistent, albeit unconfirmed, reports that this device is in development and headed for release early next year, but whether the big event will be at this tradeshow is an open question.
Verizon likes to use CES to show off products, while Apple prefers to host its own events. At this point, there’s no way to know which company will get its way.
In any case, numerous reports from industry insiders say that the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 is gong to be on the market before springtime.
A Windows Phone 7 Update Likely
Microsoft has committed to offering an updated version of its Windows Phone 7 operating system with one of the most requested missing features from the current version added in: support for cut-and-paste.
The introduction of this update is scheduled for “early 2011” and a launch at CES would draw significant press attention.
Speaking of Windows Phone 7, AT&T may be getting a fourth model running this operating system at CES. The Dell Venue Pro is already offered with T-Mobile service, and an AT&T version was recently approved by the FCC. An early January launch of this version would give Dell something smartphone-related to talk about at CES.
As for the Rest, Please Stand By
CES is not generally a tradeshow that sees loads of smartphones announced. These are consumer products, and companies only unveil them immediately after the Holiday Shopping Season under special circumstances.
Still, some devices that were delayed might make their debut, such as Verizon’s version of the Palm Pre 2.
Still, it’s likely there will be a smattering of other smartphones announced at this show in early January. As details of them become available, Brighthand will be ready to report on them. Reporters from this site will also be on the CES floor with on-the-spot coverage.