For Speed On
Display At CES
By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 17 2011 - 6:01am
LAS VEGAS —
In the cellular exhibits and meeting
rooms of International CES, it was all about speed:
4G network speeds to quickly access the Internet and
microprocessor speeds for quickly accessing apps.
Among at least 14 new cellphones unveiled at CES,
eight were 4G phones for the AT&T, Verizon Wireless,
T-Mobile and Sprint networks. Two 4G phones and
one 3G phone became the first U.S.-market models
to be announced with 1GHz dual-core processor to
accelerate processing speeds to 2GHz.
Eight of those 14 3G and 4G phones sported dualfacing
video cameras to enable live video chats of Wi-Fi
or cellular networks or both. All 14 were Android-based.
On the carrier side of the business, AT&T announced
plans to accelerate its 4G LTE (long-term evolution)
rollout, planning to launch LTE commercial service in
select markets beginning in mid-2011 and targeted
year-end 2013 for the rollout to be largely complete.
The carrier also announced that has deployed 4G HSPA+ to almost all of its footprint and that its first two
HSPA+ phones — the Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire
4G — will arrive in the first quarter.
Likewise, T-Mobile announced that about 140 million
people in 25 metro areas will get access to an HSPA+
upgrade called multicarrier HSPA, doubling peak data
speeds to 42Mbps from 21Mbps.
For its part, Verizon Wireless said it would roll out 10
more 4G LTE devices in the first half to join the two USB
modems it launched in December.
Here’s what various handset suppliers unveiled:
The company’s latest Android smartphone,
the Dell Venue, was announced, but the company
won’t reveal pricing or availability for a few
The Android 2.2-based device will be
available in versions for the T-Mobile
and AT&T 3G networks and uses
the 7.2Mbps HSPA 3G standard,
the company’s website shows.
They also operate in overseas
2.1GHz HSPA markets.
The new Venue features 1GHz
processor, Adobe Flash 10.1 and 4.1-inch
WVGA AMOLED capacitive-multitouch display
with curved Corning Gorilla Glass. It will be
available on the Dell website along with other
Dell phones and non-Dell phones.
The 4G Thunderbolt smartphone for
Verizon’s LTE network will feature 4.3-inch
screen, 4G hot spot to connect up to eight Wi-
Fi devices to Verizon’s network, Android 2.2, 1GHz processor,
DLNA, 720p video capture and kickstand.
The HTC Inspire HSPA+ smartphone for AT&T features Android
2.2, 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, mobile hot spot to
connect up to five Wi-Fi devices to Verizon’s network, DLNA
certification, 8-megapixel camera and 720p video capture.
The company will bring the Optimus 2X, one of the
world’s first smartphones with dual-core processor, to the
U.S. around March as a 3G HSPA device, LG Electronics
president/CTO Skott Ahn told TWICE.
Ahn declined to say whether the phone would operate on
the T-Mobile or AT&T network.
The Optimus 2X Android-based touchscreen smartphone
will also be the world’s first phone to capture, store
and play back video in full 1080p resolution, Ahn claimed.
If it becomes available in March, it will ship with Android
2.2 OS, and if it ships later, it will come out of the box with
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), he said.
The Optimus 2X features 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor,
4-inch 400 by 800 capacitive touchscreen, 8-megapixel
camera/camcorder, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera
for video chat and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n.
Another Android 3G smartphone is promoted as offering
the world’s brightest smartphone display. The Optimus
Black HSPA phone features 700-nit brightness for outdoor
visibility in strong sunlight, yet it’s more power efficient than
conventional LCDs and AMOLED displays, the company
contended. The display also delivers pure white tones to
make text reading easier, LG said.
The Optimus Black is only 0.36 inches thick at its thickest
point and tapers down to 0.24 inches at its thinnest point,
making it the world’s slimmest cellphone, LG claimed.
It’s also the world’s first smartphone with Wi-Fi Direct capability
for direct transfer of phone content to other mobile
devices and PCs, and it features the world’s first front-facing
2-magapixel camera for video chats, the company said.
Ahn said it’s not certain yet when the phone will be available
in the U.S.
Two 4G Android phones, one each for AT&T
and Verizon, plus a new 3G phone for T-Mobile, debuted.
The two 4G phones are the Atrix 4G for AT&T’s HSPA+ network and the Droid Bionic for Verizon’s LTE network,
both with dual-core 1GHz processors with a total of
2GHz processing power.
The Droid Bionic will be available in the early second
quarter with Android 2.2 OS, 4.3-inch qHD (quarter-HD
960 by 540) display, 4G and Wi-Fi video chat via VGA
front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera,
16GB embedded memory, 32GB MicroSD Card slot,
DLNA certification, mobile hot spot, Adobe Flash 10.1
and enterprise-friendly data security.
The Atrix 4G for AT&T’s 4G
HSPA+ network comes with
4-inch qHD display, Android 2.2
(upgradable to 2.3 later in the
year), fingerprint reader to unlock
the device, 16GB of embedded
memory, 32MB MicroSD slot, 2.1GHzband
HSPA operation in overseas markets,
AT&T U-verse app to stream U-verse
TV content to the phone, 720p video capture,
1080p video storage and playback, 10.9mmthick
form factor and multiple accessory docks.
One Atrix 4G dock connects to a TV, keyboard
and mouse to deliver a PC-like experience, and the
other dock takes the shape of a laptoplooking
clamshell into which the Atrix 4G is
placed. The laptop-like dock features 11.6-
The Atrix 4G is due in AT&T stores and enterprise
channels “in the coming weeks,” said
Jeff Bradley, AT&T’s devices senior VP. He
promised more than 20 4G devices in 2011.
For T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, Motorola unveiled
the Cliq 2 with 1GHz processor, slide-from-the-side
QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.2, 3.7-inch screen, 3G
HSPA technology, hot spot capability, Adobe Flash
10.1, Blockbuster On Demand app, Kindle app, Motoblur
service, 5-megapixel camera and IT-friendly security
features. It will be available Jan. 19.
The Infuse 4G HSPA+ phone for AT&T
will become available “in the near future” with 4.5-inch
touchscreen using proprietary Super AMOLED Plus
display technology, the company said. It also features
Samsung 1.2GHz processor, Android 2.2, 8-megapixel HD camera/camcorder, and front-facing
Samsung’s 4G LTE phone for Verizon, as yet
unnamed, features Android 2.2, 4.3-inch Super
AMOLED Plus display for improved viewing in
sunlight, HD video recording, 8-megapixel rear
camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and
access to Samsung’s Media Hub movie- and TVshow-
The TV supplier unveiled its first
cellphone and expects to offer multiple models
in the U.S. this year to go with its tablets.
The first phone is the Android 2.2-based View-
Pad 4 with Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor,
4.1-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen,
720p HD video camcorder, mini HDMI output,
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, assisted GPS, Bluetooth 2.1
and FM tuner. It supports video chat over cellular
data via a font-facing camera.
The TV maker’s first cellphone will feature
4-inch 480 by 854 capacitive touchscreen,
front-facing camera, HDMI output and 802.11n
Wi-Fi. It’s due in the U.S. in the summer, with 3G
technology to be announced. The Via Phone will
also double as an IR remote and access Vizio’s
Via Plus Internet service.