Samsung tablets, Motorola Droids top Verizon LTE announcements

LAS VEGAS--Despite not scheduling its own press conference here at the Consumer Electronics Show (unlike many of its competitors), Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) sought to make news nonetheless with the release of a handful of new phones and tablets for its LTE network. Some of the highlights from the carrier include the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Android tablet, the LG Spectrum LTE smartphone and the Droid 4 from Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI).

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The Motorola Droid 4 is one of the many LTE phones introduced by Verizon.

Verizon's announcements are notable considering the noise on the LTE handset scene here at CES. Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) used CES to announce a trio of new LTE phones, while AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) announced more than a half dozen planned LTE gadgets. Even regional wireless carrier MetroPCS got into the action with the unveiling of two new LTE phones for its own LTE network.

Specifically, Verizon announced the:

--Spectrum by LG, which features a 4.5-inch True HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display and LTE capability. It will sell for $199 with a contract later this month.
--Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet, which features a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and support for LTE.
--Two new LTE mobile hotspots, dubbed "Jetpacks," from ZTE and Novatel.
--The LTE-capable Droid 4 by Motorola, which sports a Qwerty keyboard.
--The LTE Droid Razr Maxx from Motorola, which a battery that can support conversations up to 21 hours long.
--And the BlackBerry Curve 9370, a "Global Ready" smartphone from Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM). The device though does not support LTE.

    Taken together, the announcements indicate Verizon hopes to grow its lead in the LTE device space while AT&T and Sprint work on getting their respective LTE networks up and running.

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