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It might have snowed in Las Vegas earlier this week, but manufacturers of smartphones are now at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and turning up the heat in just about every possible way.
Just yesterday, HTC and Sprint made a widely publicised announcement unveiling the HTC EVO Shift for Sprint’s 4G WiMax network.
HTC Inspire 4G – Today, HTC joined AT&T in announcing the HTC Inspire 4G, which uses AT&T’s HSPA+ network to achieve data speeds similar to Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Highly reminiscent of HTC’s EVO 4G for Sprint, the Inspire 4G features a 4.3-inch LCD screen, 1GHz processor, the Android 2.2 operating system, an 8-megapixel camera, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD memory card slot.
Motorola Atrix 4G – AT&T also announced the Motorola Atrix 4G, which will also use AT&T’s HSPA+ network. Details about the Atrix 4G will really pique the interest of wireless fans – in addition to having a 1GHz dual-core processor and the Android operating system, the Atrix 4G will have a docking station with a full keyboard. When docked with the keyboard, the Atrix 4G gets much longer battery life and uses Mozilla Firefox for Web browsing.
Samsung Infuse 4G – AT&T wasn’t finished, as it announced the Samsung Infuse 4G, a new phone in Samsung’s popular Galaxy S series, with a 1.2GHz processor, Android 2.2, HSPA+ 4G connectivity and … wait for it … a 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED screen. When 2011 clocks out in December, AT&T said that it will deliver at least 20 4G devices, both HSPA+ and LTE.
LG Optimus Black – Bigger must be better, because LG announced the Optimus Black, a smartphone with a 4-inch screen that uses a new display technology called NOVA. The company claims that NOVA is more energy efficient than either LCD or AMOLED screens, and further states that NOVA makes “whiter” whites and “blacker” blacks than other display technologies. In addition to the new display, the Optimus Black will run Android 2.2 and will be easily upgradable to Android 2.3. LG also said that the Optimus Black will be the thinnest smartphone on the market, with a thickness starting at 0.36 inches and tapering down to 0.24 inches. The screens get bigger, while the phones get slimmer.
Vizio Via Phone – Vizio, best known for its popular line of flat-screen TVs and computer monitors, announced at CES that it will release both a smartphone and a tablet. Called the VIA Phone and the VIA Tablet, both feature interoperability with Vizio’s televisions and Blu-Ray players. The VIA Phone’s specs include a 1 GHz processor, 4-inch display, a microSD card slot and HDMI output with HD video playback. It also features a front-facing camera as well as a 5-megapixel rear camera for photos and HD video. The VIA Tablet will have an 8-inch screen and three speakers that provide stereo sound in either landscape or portrait mode. Both VIA devides feature Android 2.2 and can be used to control both Vizio and other brands of entertainment products, such as TVs, DVD players, set-top boxes and surround sound systems. Vizio has not yet announced a carrier that will provide service for the two VIA products.
These are just some of today’s announcements from the CES. The show actually opens tomorrow and there are certain to be more revelations for smartphone fans in the next few days.