Verizon users– AT&T’s 4G announcement get you down? Can’t wait any longer to find out about YOUR 4G phones, on the speedy Verizon 4G network (which offers incredible speeds of 5-12 Mbps! Like the speed of the internet in your house just everywhere!)? Don’t worry, Verizon’s got you covered, today announcing 4 new true 4G LTE phone. What you waiting for? Read on!
We told 4G phones would be huge here at CES 2011, and boy does that look to be true. Today at AT&T’s Developer Summit they announced their first “4G” phones (well explain why we put the “4G” here in a minute). The three phones are the Motorola Atrix 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G, and HTC Inspire 4G. All run Android. All have that “4G” speed. And all look to be absolutely amazing. Hit the break for all the info– and if you’re on AT&T, you’re gonna want to read on. Read the rest of this entry
Happy belated New Years! After a crazy 2010 (particularly for gadgets– see iPad, Kinect and EVO if you want some proof!) 2011 is finally here. Along with the new year comes the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which showcases a lot of the new tech we’ll see this year.
So what can we expect? A whole lot of tablets and phones to start, including a ton of 4G phones (as we’re already starting to see BEFORE the show even officially kicks off) and we’re sure some other awesome stuff as well such as new PCs, and hopefully some TVs that finally ditch the 3D glasses.
So stay tuned— CES kicks off tomorrow, January 6th (officially tonight with the big Microsoft keynote at around 9:30 PM EST) and runs through the 9th. And while we unfortunately couldn’t make it down to Vegas this year in person, we’ll be following from afar and making sure to keep you updated with all the awesome things you’re going to want and need to know.
(Oh, and for all those wondering about Apple– like pretty much every year Apple won’t be at CES, but don’t worry, word is that they got an announcement of their own planned for later this month/early next month with rumors strongly pointing to an iPad 2 with cameras for video chat and a Verizon iPhone…).
Yes, 2011 is shaping up to be an awesome year in tech, and we can’t wait.
It’s been awhile since Sprint last released a 4G phone– almost 5 months since their last one, the Samsung Epic 4G. Obviously with 4G getting even more popular (and competitive) thanks to Verizon and T-Mobile’s new 4G networks, we expect 2011 to be a huge year for 4G phones– and Sprint of course looks to continue its lead in 4G phones, announcing their 3rd 4G phone, the HTC EVO Shift 4G.
This phone is pretty much a mix of the wildly popular EVO 4G and Epic 4G, taking pieces from both and putting it in a nice, simple design. Specs include:
- A full slide out QWERTY keyboard (like the Epic)
- Android 2.2 with HTC Sense— Like the EVO, with all the usual assortment of standard Android apps like the Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube as well as Sprint apps like Sprint Mobile TV all pre-loaded.
- 3.6 inch touchscreen— A step down in size from the EVO’s massive 4.3 inch and Epic’s 4 inch screen, but this does keep the same resolution of 800 x 480 so everything will still look just as sharp, clear and amazing as on those beasts.
- 800 MHZ processor– To keep things running smoothly. Again, not as fast as the EVO and Epic’s respective 1 GHZ processors, but should be more than enough for browsing the web, watching some YouTube, texting and playing Angry Birds.
- 5 megapixel camera with flash and HD video recording– Like on the Epic, though for some reason there’s no front camera for video chat. You’d think (and expect) that since it’s a 4G phone and takes so much from the EVO and Epic that it would have this too…
- microSD card slot— With a 2 GB card included in the box (upgradeable to 32 GB).
- And of course, 3G, 4G, WiFi and GPS
At $149.99 it’s the cheapest 4G phone at launch yet, though that $50 here does seem to be a big difference in what you’re getting when compared to the $200 EVO or even the $249 Epic– with both offering much more bang for the buck in their bigger screens, front cameras and faster processors. And with places like Amazon offering both of those phones for only $99.99 on 2 new year contract (see here for Epic and here for EVO. UPDATE: as commenter kweenb points out, when upgrading from a current Sprint contract, Amazon charges $179.99 for the EVO and $199.99 for the Epic— why we don’t know. The $99.99 price we saw is when buying either of the phones as a new Sprint customer. And if you are looking for an EVO, you may also want to check out Radio Shack, whose offering on upgrade an EVO for the same $149.99 as the EVO Shift 4G), we’d recommend you look there before going for this (that, or wait a couple of weeks to see if Sprint drops the price on this closer to that level).
The HTC EVO Shift 4G launches this Sunday, January 9th, for $149.99 on a new 2 year contract with Sprint data plan and additional $1o a month 4G “premium data” add-on (still required for all 4G Sprint phones). Full specs and more info can be found at Sprint’s site here.
Is this the amazing HTC Thunderbolt 4G for Verizon?
HTC was the first to 4G phones for Sprint and T-Mobile (first two for T-Mobile actually with the myTouch 4G and G2), and by all accounts they look to be the first to jump on the Verizon 4G train. They’ve already gotten preview pages up on their site and ads beginning to appear across the internet (which is where the name Thunderbolt 4G was found. You can see the link for yourself here, with the proof being in the URL for page). And boy, like the EVO 4G for Sprint, HTC is rumored to have gone all out here on the specs. Not only is there that amazing Verizon 4G LTE awesomeness, but the Thunderbolt (also known as Incredible HD) is rumored to pack an 8 megapixel camera with dual flash (which seems to be confirmed from ads we’ve seen on the web featuring this “masked” phone from HTC’s 4G page in one of their classic “YOU” ads. See a pic of what we mean after the break), kickstand, 4.3 inch screen, Android 2.3 (which we’re pulling for. Some rumors say that it will launch with the older 2.2, but with 2.3 out since the Nexus S, we gotta hope HTC puts it on this beast from the start), and a front camera for video chat (all just like the EVO– just with this front camera RUMORed to possibly be an insane 5 megapixels! If this 5 megapixel piece is true and not just some dream rumor, then were talking about HD video chat!).
Throw in additional rumors of an even more powerful dual core 1.2 GHZ Snapdragon processor (meaning the most amazing mobile processor to date– think full computer power brought down into your phone. Not only will things be running incredibly fast, but games and graphics will also look ridiculous!), and we’re looking at possibly one of the greatest phones in 2011, no matter what else comes out!
The HTC preview site lists January 6th (which just so happens to be the first day of CES– 4 days away!) as the day all will be revealed– and you can bet that whatever happens, we’ll be all over it.
A couple more pix of the Thunderbolt 4G (via Droid-Life) and the pics of the ads for video chat and the 8 megapixel camera after the break.