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Jan 5 2011   12:19AM GMT

Expect Verizon To Dominate the Smartphone News from CES 2011

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The Consumer Electronics Show is going on this week in Las Vegas, and the biggest smartphone-related news is going to come from Verizon.

Still, Sprint has an important announcement too. AT&T and T-Mobile, on the other hand, are almost certainly going to be overshadowed by their rivals.

I’m attending CES, as I always do, and will be bringing you first-hand reports on any smartphones announced here.

Verizon
Big Red has promised to take the wraps off its first phones with support for 4G. This carrier’s LTE service debuted last month, and currently only laptop and PC users can access it. But this is going to change soon.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that 4G devices from HTC, Motorola, and Samsung could all be unveiled at CES.

These Android OS-based smartphones are detailed in this news article on Brighthand:

Verizon Could Be Prepping Three 4G Smartphones for a CES Debut

The official announcement is scheduled for Thursday. I will be at the unveiling, so stay tuned for more details.

Verizon’s biggest announcement of the year — that it’s going to start offering the iPhone 4 — isn’t expected until after the end of CES.

Sprint
HTC EVO Shift 4GThe HTC EVO Shift 4G was officially announced yesterday, adding another smartphone to Sprint’s line-up of WiMAX-enabled smartphones.

This model is a new option device for people who like HTC’s EVO 4G but prefer a physical keyboard. It will have a smaller screen than the current model, though.

More details are available in this a Brighthand news article:

Sprint Announces the HTC EVO Shift 4G

The device isn’t exactly being announced at CES, but it’s going to be on display here.

A review unit of this smartphone is already on its way to me, so keep your eyes peeled for a review.

T-Mobile
It’s not clear what T-Mobile is going to unveil at the Consumer Electronics Show this year.

One possibility is the Motorola Cliq 2, a follow-up to a consumer-oriented Android OS smartphone that was unveiled at last year’s CES.

A dark-horse candidate is the LT Optimus 2X, an upcoming high-end smartphone that’s rumored to be heading for T-Mobile this spring. This will be one of the first phones powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.

AT&T
AT this point, no information has leaked out about AT&T’s plans to announce any new handsets at CES. This doesn’t automatically mean the carrier doesn’t have something up its sleeve, but there’s a good chance it’s giving this tradeshow a bye.

In a way, that’s actually a good thing for AT&T. CES is held just a couple weeks after Christmas, and any products that are announced here have missed the very important holiday shopping season

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