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Which LTE Android Devices Will Verizon Unveil at CES?

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Rumors have been circulating. Expectations have been voiced. Pipe dreams have been established. And now, suspicions have been answered. With a Tweet:

Starting the new year off with a bang, Verizon will be unveiling LTE Android devices on January 6 at CES. Already on the schedule is Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg's keynote address, but aside from that, few details are known or confirmed. Just what could Verizon be showing off in just a few weeks?

We already know not to expect any of these devices on shelves until the middle of the year, as detailed during the LTE network launch. But leaked photos and anonymous sources could clue us in as to what will be making some face time at CES.

The HTC Merge was rumored to be Verizon's first LTE Android device, but according to Unwired View, this may have been a misnomer. Its appearance in Entrepreneur Magazine mentioned nothing about LTE. However, HTC CEO Peter Chou confirmed that the manufacturer will begin rolling out LTE devices in the coming year. And that could mean the Droid Incredible HD.

An update to the eponimously accurate device, the Droid Incredible HD is rumored to feature a 4.3-inch touch screen, an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, and a front-facing camera. CNet's Scott Webster takes the stats a few steps further and predicts a possible "768MB of RAM, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual surround sound, and a kickstand" -- as well as a new version of HTC Sense.

Also on the table is a sleek LG smartphone boasting the first dual-core Tegra 2 processor for such a device. The LG Optimus 2x, codenamed LG Star, was covered by a company announcement last week and appears to be quite capable of handling multimedia. Debuting next month in Korea, the LG Star sports a "4-inch WVGA screen, 8GB of internal memory (up to 32GB with microSD), HDMI mirroring, DLNA support, an accelerometer, a gyro sensor, and 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording" -- according to CNet's Nicole Lee. Not only that, an 8-megapixel camera in back and a 1.3-megapixel on in front ought to give the iPhone 4 a run for its FaceTime money.

Although it's strictly an overseas model for now, the LG Star could be making its way stateside, starting with a triumphant debut at CES.

But why should Verizon limit LTE to smartphones? Why not an Android tablet?

At the All Things D conference earlier this month, Google's VP of Engineering Andy Rubin showed off the Motorola tablet computer which runs the forthcoming OS version Honeycomb. And leaked photos of the device shows a Verizon logo. As for specs, a forum tipster reported:

32GB internal storage
NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 dual-core processor
1280 x 800 resolution display
5MP camera on the back, 2MP on the front.
microSD up to 32GB
1.0 GHz Processor
512 MB RAM
10 inch multi-touch screen
Android 3.0 Honeycomb Operating System
3G and LTE only.

But again, nothing's been confirmed.

With CES growing ever closer, hopefully more details may emerge in the coming weeks. It's going to be hard to wait all that time with no new information on what we'll be spending our money on in the new year.
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