Verizon Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone Hands-On at CES 2011

When I watched the Verizon CES press conference and the Samsung LTE smartphone was announced, I strained my ears to hear exactly what it was called. All I got was “Samsung LTE *mumble mumble*”. I couldn’t understand what was being said, and as it turns out, whatever was said isn’t the actual name of this smartphone anyways. While it’s weird that there is no name currently attached to it, it’s still a swell device to ogle at. So in all its glory, here is the hands-on for the Samsung LTE TBA phone.

Here’s what we know so far about the new LTE handset. It has a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, uses Android 2.2, and packs a Hummingbird processor at 1 GHz as well as a 8 MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front camera. Not too shabby. And unlike the Samsung Galaxy S devices, the keys at the bottom are physical rather than touch-sensitive. This seems to be an interesting choice of design considering Samsung typically chooses the sleek and sexy look for their phones. It doesn’t mean it’s bad, but it is a movement away from their usual design routine. It’s a decent thickness; thicker than the Fascinate, but thinner than the Epic 4G.

This smartphone will come with Skype video chatting included, as well as the ability to use it as a 4G mobile hotspot. How well the Skype video calling will work remains to be seen, but we hope that the inclusion of LTE makes a significant difference in the video quality compared to standard 3G devices.

So here is a quick video and photo gallery of the mysteriously unnamed LTE smartphone by Samsung. The video doesn’t have any dialogue, but it is a nice overview of the device itself.

Author: Brad Molen

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