Verizon arrived all guns blazing at a CES press conference to reveal an arsenal of 4G LTE gadgets coming your way in the first half of 2011. On display were fancy smartphones, powerful tablets, notebooks and more. Verizon Wireless, like any other carrier in this country, insists on portraying itself as the leader in nationwide 4G deployment and network quality. To show it means business, the red hot carrier organized a news conference at the CES 2011 show earlier today to officially unveil its lineup of devices designed to take advantage of their fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.
Some will be available in March, but the vast majority should hit the market by mid-2011, Verizon said. The company also pledged to expand its 4G LTE network to an additional 140 markets by the end of this year. The lineup includes a few devices leaked over the past few days, like the HTC ThunderBolt hailed as Verizon's inaugural 4G smartphone and Samsung's juicy 4G handset regarded as the carrier's flagship 4G smartphone.
A total of four smartphones, two tablets, two MiFi and mobile hotspots and two notebooks are on the list - that's an impressive ten 4G-enabled gadgets and that's only for the first six months of this year. Not bad
HTC ThunderBolt – 4.3-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, eight-megapixel camera with HD video recording, HTC Sense 2.0, Skype mobile with video, Dolby surround sound, wireless DLNA capability
LG Revolution – 4.3-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2, video calling with front-facing camera, HD support for streaming, playing and recording video, mobile hotspot capability to share a 4G connection with up to eight WiFi devices
Droid Bionic 4G – 4.3-inch HD quality screen, Android with Adobe Flash and HTML5 support, dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB DDR2 RAM, eight-megapixel back camera, front-facing VGA camera with See What I See video feature, HDMI video output
Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone – 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, Android 2.2, 1GHz processor, Google services (Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, etc.), HTML5 web browser, eight-megapixel back camera with LED flash, 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera for video calling, Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub
HTC ThunderBolt with standclip (left) and Droid Bionic (right)
Motorola Xoom – 10.1-inch touchscreen, Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Adobe Flash Player, 1080p HD video, two-megapixel front camera for video calling, five-megapixel back camera with 720p video recording, mobile hotspot for up to five WiFi devices, 4G LTE-upgradable
Samsung Galaxy Tab – seven-inch 1024x600 WSVGA TFT display, 1.2GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, Android 2.2 Froyo with Adobe Flash 10.1, five-megapixel back camera with video recording, 1.3-megapixel front camera for video calling
Motorola Xoom tablet
MiFi and mobile hotspots
Novatel MiFi 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot – small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the device shares Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE and 3G networks with up to five WiFi devices
Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – Dual-mode device works as a wireless access point to connect up to five WiFi devices to Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE or 3G networks.
Compaq CQ10-688nr – 10.1-inch anti-glare widescreen LED display, Intel Atom N455 processor, up to 8.5 hours of battery life, multi-format card reader, webcam and multiple connectivity options
HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr – 11.6-inches display, HP CoolSense technology, 1080p video output via HDMI port, AMD Vision technology, up to 10.75 hours of battery life, 320GB of storage, full-size, island-style keyboard, multi-format card reader, Dolby Advanced Audio and GPS for mapping and navigation
Compaq CQ10-688nr (left) and HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr (right)
A list of initial 4G LTE markets to be launched in 2011 includes Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery in Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Gainesville, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Pensacola, Sarasota-Bradenton and Tallahassee in Florida; Augusta, Georgia; Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and Lahaina in Hawaii; Boise-Nampa, Idaho; Carbondale-Marion, Illinois; Wichita, Kansas; Baton Rouge and Hammond in Louisiana; Detroit and Flint in Michigan; Fayetteville-Lumberton, Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, Raleigh-Durham and Wilmington in North Carolina; Dayton-Springfield, Ohio; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Erie and State College in Pennsylvania; Charleston, Columbia, Greenville-Spartanburg and Hilton Head in South Carolina; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Chattanooga, Clarksville, Cleveland, Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol, Memphis and Knoxville in Tennessee; Virginia/Tennessee; Beaumont-Port Arthur and Bryan-College Station in Texas; Provo-Orem and Salt Lake City-Ogden in Utah; Centralia and Olympia in Washington; Charleston, West Virginia; Madison and Milwaukee in Wisconsin.
Source: Verizon Wireless