Verizon shipping 10 LTE devices by mid-year

List of devices from multiple manfacturers include two tablets and four smartphones

LAS VEGAS -- Verizon Wireless today announced plans to start selling 10 LTE-capable devices, including two tablets and four smartphones, by mid-2011.

Several phone and tablet manufacturers joined Verizon officials at a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show to briefly describe devices that will support LTE download speeds, which are generally 5 Mbit/sec to 12 Mbit/sec.

The four smartphones -- HTC ThunderBolt, the LG Revolution, the Droid Bionic 4g (announced yesterday by Motorola) and the Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone -- all have 4.3-inch screens and run Android, officials said.

The tablets described at the press conference include the 10.1-inch Motorola Xoom, which runs Android Honeycomb, and the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab, which uses the same body as the existing 7-inch 3G-ready Galaxy Tab.

Officials also showed off the Novatel MiFi 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot tohatsupport up to five Wi-Fi-ready devices from either 4G LTE or 3G services.

Two laptops supporting LTE were also announced -- the Compaq CQ10-668nr, a 10.1 inch machine with an Intel Atom N455 processor, and the HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr, an 11.6-inch laptop.

All four of the smartphones will be equipped with Skype Mobile video calling cabailities, according to Skype and Verizon officials.

The HTC Thunderbolt will come with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and an 8-megapixel camera.

The LG Revolution will run Android 2.2 and will support up to eight Wi-Fi devices.

The Samsung LTE Smartphone also supports Android 2.2, and has both a rear-facing 8- megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat.

Other details about the LTE-capable devices were not available.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen , or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is .

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