Two next-generation smartphones from LG and Samsung were revealed at CES yesterday during Verizon’s presentation on its 4G network. Part of a 10-device lineup of LTE-ready devices, the LG Revolution and a Samsung model that will likely have the designation i500 were two of the four unveiled smartphones; the other two were the HTC ThunderBolt and the Motorola Droid Bionic.
It will be powered by a 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, and run Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo); whether or not the Revolution will be upgradeable to 2.3 (Gingerbread) somewhere down the line remains to be seen.
LG’s smartphone will also include software to allow it to become a mobile hotspot to share its 4G connection with up to eight other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
The Revolution’s other features are going to include a rear-facing, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 16 GB of internal memory (and a microSD card slot for expandable memory up to 32 GB), and an HDMI port.
The upcoming 4G smartphone from Samsung is currently still unnamed but will apparently hold the product designation i500, will feature a 4.3-inch super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display and will run Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo).
Powered by a 1 GHz processor, this model is going to have an HTML 5 Web browser and come with a host of Google Mobile applications, including Google Search, Google Maps, and Gmail.
Other features will include a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities.
Coming in H1
Pricing and exact availability details about either of the phones are not available at this time. All that Verizon has said is that its new lineup of 4G-enabled mobile devices are going to start appearing in March, but won’t all be on the market untiil June.