Jan. 6, 2011 at 6:30 PM ET
Today at CES in Las Vegas, Verizon Wireless did exactly what we thought they'd do: Introduce a boatload of devices that run on its fast 4G wireless network. There were 10 gadgets total, among them smart phones from HTC, Samsung, LG and Motorola, a couple of laptops and wireless hotspots, plus an update of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and of course, the Motorola Xoom.
What they did not announce was any kind of pricing or exact timing. Nor did they mention any phone starting with a little "i."
We've covered the Xoom in detail, and the basics of the Galaxy Tab. The smart phones, however, were a little bit more of a mystery. Here are the basics from the press release, along with excellent pictures by msnbc.com's own John Brecher:
HTC ThunderBolt (exclusive to Verizon Wireless) – HTC Sense 2.0, Skype mobile with video, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch WVGA display, Dolby surround sound, 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording, wireless DLNA capability.
LG Revolution – HD support for streaming, playing and recording video, large 4.3-inch touch screen, Android 2.2, video telephony support with front-facing camera and mobile hotspot capability to share a 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Motorola Droid Bionic 4G – Android with Adobe Flash and HTML5, front-facing VGA camera and See What I See video feature, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch HD quality screen, HDMI connectivity, dual-core 1GHz processor, 512 DDR2 RAM.
Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone – Android 2.2, Google Mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail, YouTube, brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display, powerful 1GHz application processor, HTML5 Web browser, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities, Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub.
There will also be two Windows laptops from HP:
Compaq CQ10-688nr – 10.1-inch diagonal anti-glare widescreen LED display, Intel Atom N455 processor, up to 8.5 hours of battery life, multi-format digital media card reader, webcam and multiple connectivity options.
HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr – 11.6-inches, HP CoolSense Technology, HD 1080p, VISION Technology from AMD, up to 10.75 hours of battery life, 320 GB of storage, full-size, island-style keyboard, multi-format digital media card reader, HDMI port, Dolby Advanced Audio and GPS for mapping and navigation.
And finally, my favorite, the mobile hotspots:
Novatel MiFi 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot – Small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, share Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE and 3G networks with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – Dual-mode device works as a wireless access point to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE or 3G networks.
There's not a lot to say at this point, other than the fact that we're quite excited to see these hit. Almost as excited as hearing about that, um, Apple product that everyone's taking their sweet time in announcing.