Verizon unveils Motorola LTE smartphone, makes plethora of LTE announcements

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) made a mind-numbing number of announcements, including its highly anticipated LTE partners, during this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

As expected, Verizon and Motorola (NYSE:MOT) introduced an LTE smartphone. The Droid Bionic features a dual-core processor with each core running at 1GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power and 512 MB RAM. As such, Motorola said the device could take advantage of Adobe Flash Player and HTML5, rendering graphics faster than previous generation single-core devices.

The smartphone also features a a 4.3-inch qHD screen, front-facing VGA camera along with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. HDMI connectivity also enables consumers to connect the device to their HD televisions to experience their favorite games, as well as purchased HD content, in 1080p. The Droid Bionic 4G's Mirror Mode function enables simultaneous streaming of video to the TV and on the device. It's unclear when the device will become available on Verizon's LTE network, but the operator has promised LTE smartphones by mid-2011.

Verizon last month hinted at unveiling LTE devices running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform at CES, and it is likely the operator will announce more vendors today during a keynote address from Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg.

Here's a rundown of some of the LTE- and Verizon-related news announced so far:

  • Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Verizon announced that Qualcomm's Snapdragon MSM8655processor as well as Qualcomm's MDM9600LTE modem chipset will be used in a variety of new connectivity devices that take advantage of Verizon's LTE network.
  • Antenna solution provider SkyCross announced its antenna technologies are enabling wireless connectivity for multiple devices operating on Verizon's LTE network.
  • Verizon and LG Mobile Phones announced the LG WM300 LTE module and LG L2000 modem chip.
  • Novatel Wireless announced work with six OEMs for embedded LTE modules that take advantage of the Verizon's LTE network.
  • Sierra Wireless announced the availability of the AirPrime MC7750 embedded wireless module, which is designed to connect to the Verizon network and can be integrated into a variety of devices, including routers, netbooks, notebooks and tablet computers.
  • ST-Ericsson teamed with Verizon on LTE modems
  • Ionics EMS said it has enhanced its 4G LTE service gateway device for home monitoring and control solutions to take advantage of Verizon's network.
  • Verizon and Marvell introduced a control point for smart home applications. 
  • Netgear announced the MBR1000 mobile broadband router that will support Verizon's LTE network.
  • Gemalto announced the successful deployment of its newly integrated over-the-air platform and Universal Integrated Circuit Card for Verizon's network.  

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