Verizon shows off 4 new 4G phones

At the Verizon press conference today Verizon unleashed a slew of new 4G devices that are expected to land in the first half of 2011. The 4 devices from several manufactures are the LG Revolution, HTC Thunderbolt, a Samsung devices that was not named and of course the Bionic which was announced earlier today. All of the devices will run on Verizon's new LTE network but pricing and release dates were not announced.

The LG revolution is a 4.3 inch device running Android 2.2, front and rear facing cameras but nothing else was mentioned about the device other than being shown off. 

The Thunderbolt from HTC will be another 4.3 inch device that has Skype video calling, Super LCD display, 8 megapixel camera with the ability to record in HD, DLNA, Dolby Surround Sound and this device will be an exclusive to Verizon.

The final device unveiled today was the unnamed Samsung device. The device is currently called the "Samsung 4G LTE smart phone" that will come with a AMOLED Plus screen, 8MP camera out back, 1.3 MP camera on the front, runs Android 2.2 and has a 1Ghz processor running it all. 

 

The Droid Bionic 4G is made by Motorola Mobility and packs a dual core processor with each core running at 1GHz, 512 MB RAM, front-facing VGA camera, 8 megapixel camera out back, 4.3-inch qHD quality screen, HDMI connectivity, and a LTE radio to round out the package. 

Unfortunately, all the specs were hard to find. Verizon is keeping quiet about the final details, especially the release dates, but for now you can view the pretty pictures as that's about as much as we know; for now.

 

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Victor V. said,

With the 1gb RAM Atrix just around the corner?

I thought the Atrix was the AT&T version of the BIONIC, no? WHY they can't put 1gb in the BIONIC when they are practically identical phones other than the network they run on I don't quite understand. But my understanding was Atrix = AT&T and BIONIC = Verizon unless I'm mistaken.

Python96 said,
Damn, in the UK we cant have 4G

No need to get emo - the LTE launch in the US is only for a limited number of cities so don't expect wide spread coverage even if it were in the UK.

Python96 said,
Damn, in the UK we cant have 4G

Don't complain, at least we have good 3G. Number of times I see complaints all over the Web about bad US Mobile Networks like AT&T whatever. And they are all bad in their own ways. I think US has around three (Verizon,AT&T and Sprint) I think... But we have Orange/O2/Vodafone/T-Mobile/Asda/Tesco/Talk Talk/3 and others too and most of them are great on 3G. So if we get 4G it will just cause problems for us.

Plus I see it only being in places like London at first.

jimmyfal said,
Still no WinPH7 front facing camera, 4g phone in site from ANY carriers? I love WP7, but that is pathetic.

They ONLY showed android based phones. I suspect they'll display their WP7 phones at some other point. I'm personally sticking with Droid. I can definitely see the appeal of WP7, though.

jimmyfal said,
Still no WinPH7 front facing camera, 4g phone in site from ANY carriers? I love WP7, but that is pathetic.

Google announced in the summer they were outselling Apple. Today they announced they now have more Android handsets over Apple in the hands of U.S. residents. Meanwhile Windows continues to look bad with a decrease in usage. http://goo.gl/Q0kP4

I gotta say, WP7 will never be a flagship phone on any carrier. Carriers are smart and know that Google will be there flagship phone. In my opinion, there is nothing appealing with WP7.

It appears all of these are oversized Droid X type devices and that none of them have physical keyboards. Too bad something like the EVO Shift isn't coming to Verizon. Until there's a physical keybaord phone with 4G I will be sticking with my trusty D1!

MiniVegeta04 said,
It appears all of these are oversized Droid X type devices and that none of them have physical keyboards. Too bad something like the EVO Shift isn't coming to Verizon. Until there's a physical keybaord phone with 4G I will be sticking with my trusty D1!

I was the same way until I learned how to Swype.. Ill never go back to a physical keyboard.. Droid X ftw

jerzdawg said,

I was the same way until I learned how to Swype.. Ill never go back to a physical keyboard.. Droid X ftw

Same here, I never use the qwerty keyboard on my Droid 1 anymore. I got into the Swype beta very early on and never really used the keyboard at all because of it... I got the Droid 1 because of the keyboard, it's nice to know that I can move away from that thanks to Swype.

jerzdawg said,

I was the same way until I learned how to Swype.. Ill never go back to a physical keyboard.. Droid X ftw

Yeah everyone is different in that regard. It does seem physical keyboars are phasing out though. I know I'm in the minority, but that will push me back to blackberry or maybe out of the smartphone realm altogether.

medium_pimpin said,
Dear Baby Jesus - Please let Verizon get iPhone 4 and WP7 this week. Your Pal, medium pimpin.

This won't be announced this week. Maybe later on and the iPhone is a long-shot. If Verizon is smart they will hold out on the iPhone until Apple agrees to put the Verizon crap on there phones. Right now Verizon has all the power thanks to Android.

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm rather shocked that none of their announcements involved WP7...

Gotta leave something for Mobile World Congress in February.

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm rather shocked that none of their announcements involved WP7...

Android is a money maker right now. No company is going to waste there time in a big event like CES announcing WP7. They want to highlight there best, greatest AKA flagship phones. WP7 for the foreseeable future will never be a flagship phone. WP7 will be announced later on without a huge hype of an event by Verizon. Of that I am certain.

Personally, I'll wait for the next HTC 4G Phone that comes out. So many reasons but the main points are:

1) It's a first generation 4G Phone.
- Let Verizon work out it's 4G pricing plan. I have a feeling the pricing will change twice this year.
- Let HTC work out any software glitches with the new Sense and the LTE software/hardware on the phone.
2) It doesn't have HDMI
3) It's not dual core
4) Android doesn't support dual core yet

UndergroundWire said,
Personally, I'll wait for the next HTC 4G Phone that comes out. So many reasons but the main points are:

1) It's a first generation 4G Phone.
- Let Verizon work out it's 4G pricing plan. I have a feeling the pricing will change twice this year.
- Let HTC work out any software glitches with the new Sense and the LTE software/hardware on the phone.
2) It doesn't have HDMI
3) It's not dual core
4) Android doesn't support dual core yet

Android hasn't needed to support dual-core, as it's far from porky. Also, there are dual-core devices that run Android (two of which were shown at CES).

I'm surprised at the resolution of the Motorola Droid Bionic 4G megaphone: 960x480 for 4.3 inches. The current (read: "old") iPhone 4 is at 960x640 for only 3.5 inches with its 326 ppi Retina display. If Apple follows the trend for the iPhone 5 by releasing a phone with a 4.3 inch screen, it'll practically hit 720p HD resolution (1280x720) even re-using the same Retina display technology.

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