Verizon 4G Phones from Samsung, Motorola, HTC Revealed
Following on the heels of a Verizon tweet cryptically promising the combination of Android and Verizon's 4G LTE network, three new Android phones have popped up in leaked product shots showing Android mixed with LTE.
The first was from HTC, who pulled an interesting marketing stunt by sending pictures of only parts of the phone to various news sites so that they had to compare shots to get an idea of the whole phone. BGR later showed images of the full phone, which appears to be similar to the HTC Evo 4G phone on the sprint network.
Next up is a phone from Motorola mentioned by a Motorola executive in the Wall Street Journal. He gave no specifics about which model it would be, but did assert that Motorola would be on Verizon's LTE network soon. Many experts speculate that the Android Honeycomb tablet being teased by Motorola (possible called the Xoom tablet) will also run on 4G.
And finally we have the latest leak, a 4G phone from Samsung clearly shown running on Verizon's 4G network. Gizmodo discovered the unnamed phone runs Android Froyo (version 2.2) with the standard Samsung TouchWiz interface. It also has a front-facing camera for video chats, which would presumably be pretty smooth on 4G.
It's no coincidence that these three phones all started showing up at the same time. Verizon is expected to make some big announcements about Android devices on its 4G network at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, including the Motorola Android tablet. These three phones are all likely to be announced at that time as part of Verizon's 4G initiative.