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January 06, 2011

Verizon Displays First '4G' Tablet and Phone at CES

The biggest U.S. carrier in a keynote address at CES (News - Alert) announced its first '4G' portable devices. A smart phone and a tablet from Motorola, both designed to take advantage of the network's speed with cameras for videoconferencing.

Motorola’s smartphone device revealed, Droid Bionic, was described by Motorola Mobility CEO, Sanjay Jha (News - Alert), calling it “The end of waiting.” With the Bionic’s new cutting edge 1 Ghz dual-processor, Jha believes browsing, loading, uploading, and multi-tasking should prove to be a breeze. Verizon’s Droid Bionic is set to launch in the second quarter.

The mobile company also revealed its tablet, Xoom. The Xoom tablet offered is powered by Google’s new tablet-based software called Honeycomb 3.0. With this software, consumers will be able to have multi-tasking cards displayed on their home screens, making it a seamless transition from task to task.

Sanjay Jha stated the Verizon Xoom tablet will launch in February and will be upgraded to 4G in the second quarter and when it comes to phones all Verizon phones made by Motorola (News - Alert) will be upgradeable to 4G so people won’t miss out.

Although, many viewers expected to see a slew of 4G phones in the keynote address, Tom Krazit from CNET, in the company’s live blog section said, “he expected to see a bunch of LTE (News - Alert) phones by the end of the day one way or another.”

Verizon also mentioned how its FIOS product Flex View, plays an intricate role in how it’s used in its new portable products. A TV everywhere in a multi-screen environment is what they foresee in the future.

Charles West is a Web Editor for TMCnet. A self described music snob, realist and wreck-loose, Charles enjoys great Mexican food and even better technology. Prior to joining TMC (News - Alert) Charles worked with many gadget oriented sites that included running his own blog (TheTrendaholic.com) and Smartphone column for examiner.com. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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