Verizon has promised to unveil the first smartphones with support for its LTE network this week. Despite this carrier’s best attempts at keeping these devices under wraps, quite a few details have slipped out already.
A press release from Verizon says that an event on Thursday will offer “a sneak peek at consumer-focused, Android-based LTE devices.” This will take place at the CES tradeshow.
Details on three phones that supposedly match this description have leaked out in recent weeks.
One of the prime candidates is the Motorola Olympus, a cutting-edge smartphone that unconfirmed reports say is going to run Google’s Android OS on a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.
This model will supposedly be built around a 4.1-inch display, and have front- and rear-facing cameras, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, in addition to LTE.
HTC Droid Incredible HD HTC ThunderBolt
HTC has been dropping hints about offering a 4G first at CES, and the device many believe is on the way is named the HTC Droid Incredible HD.
UPDATE: HTC has accidentally revealed that the official name for this device is going to be the HTC ThunderBolt. More information is available in this article:
It will supposedly feature a 4.3-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) touchscreen, and run the Android OS on a dual-core 1.2 MHz processor from Qualcomm. Other features are going to include an 8 megapixel camera and support for video chatting.
A few details on a Samsung model with support for Verizon’s LTE network have leaked out as well, though the information is a bit sketchy.
At this point, all that is known is the product designation, SCH-I520, and that this model will run Android OS 2.2. It will include a front-facing camera for video conferencing.
This device also appears in Verizon’s internal product database, indicating that it will likely be on store shelves soon.
More about LTE
Verizon introduced its 4G network only last month. It uses the LTE (Long term Evolution) standard, which offers average data rates of 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.
The carrier offers two 4G service plans. One option gives users a 5 GB monthly allowance for $50. For $80, subscribers can get 10 GB of data transfers. There is an additional $10 fee per gigabyte of overage.