CES: 4G LTE Smartphones Rule

By Branko Miletic

HTC has announced its first Windows-based phone to run on a 4G LTE network – the HTC Titan II, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch super LCD capacitive touchscreen, 720p HD video recording with the rear facing camera and a 1.3 mega-pixel front-facing camera.

The phone’s hardware features a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S2 processor and from all accounts, the Windows phone software seems to be winning over some converts.

Samsung showed off its the Galaxy Note which comes with a 5.3-inch WXGA Super AMOLED HD screen and even has a stylus (remember those?).

The Galaxy Note has 16GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card, is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and 8 megapixel rear-facing camera.

Then there is the Motorola 4G Droid Razr Maxx, which has a 4.3-inch 540×960 pixels Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive touch screen, measures 130.7 x 68.9 x 9 mm, weighs 145 g and has a dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, an 8 megapixel LED flash rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting.

For the record, 4G LTE technology is twice as fast as 3G technology and already a number of ISPs have either started rolling it out in Australia’s main cities, or will be doing so in the near future.

We have already spoken about the Nokia Lumia 900 earlier this week, but the other 4G phone worth a mention is Sony’s Xperia S, which runs a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor. It comes with 1GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch screen 720×1280 pixel LED-backlit LCD display with capacitive multi touch-screen and up to 32Gb storage.

Initially, the Xperia S will run on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but will be updated to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during the second quarter of 2012.