One day after HTC and Sprint unveiled the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung and MetroPCS have announced the upcoming availability of Samsung SCH-r900 – one of the first (if not the first) CDMA / LTE phones in North America.
The Samsung r900 will be available starting the second half of 2010, when MetroPCS (helped by Samsung) plans to launch its commercial LTE / 4G network in some metropolitan areas in the US, including Las Vegas.
According to Samsung, its “commercial LTE network products leverage years of 4G orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) commercial network experience and have flexible bandwidth support of 1.4 to 20 MHz standards.”
Samsung didn’t unveil the features of the r900 LTE phone, but we have some of them (via Bluetooth SIG): full touchscreen display, 3MP camera, full HTML browser, Music player, Bluetooth 2.1 and a Qualcomm chipset. The handset seems to be a mid-end one, which means MetroPCS will probably sell it for an attractive price.
The bottom line: both Sprint and MetroPCS will have 4G phones this year, while Verizon’s first 4G handset should be launched in 2011. AT&T and T-Mobile will probably be the last important US carriers to launch phones with 4G support.
Via Press release
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