Verizon Wireless has announced the release of 2 new 4G LTE enabled mobile hotspots here at CES 2012. Both hotspots are going to be branded as the Jetpack, even though one is made by ZTE and the other by Novatel Wireless. The ZTE Jetpack EuFi890 will feature a OLED display with an interactive keypad, weighs 4.7 ounces, and support up to 10 WiFi enabled devices. The Novatel Wireless Jetpack MiFi 4620L will also have an OLED display that will display battery life, security setting, and keep you abreast of any connected devices. and support up to 10 WiFi connected devices. Though there is mention of some called "Advanced integrated antenna technology," that makes us wonder whether the antenna strength will be any better with the Novatel hotspot.
Sony breaks the LTE barrier today by announcing the Xperia ION at CES 2012 today. The ION will be available for AT&T in the U.S., and feature a front-facing camera with 720p HD video recording, a rear 12-Megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal memory, a 4.6-inch HD display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine technology (1280x720), HDMI output, BRAVIA Sync, DLNA support, and running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with an update to Ice Cream Sandwich slated for the future.
CES 2012, HTC has unveiled the HTC TITAN II for AT&T. The TITAN II will be the first 4G LTE equipped Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) device in the United States. The TITAN II will have a 4.7-inch Super LCD display, 16-Megapixel rear camera with a wide-angle lens and 720p HD video recording, auto-focus and dual LED flash, red-eye reduction, image stabilization and backside-illuminated sensor (BSI) for better low light performance, front-facing 1.3-Megapixel camera, a Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, and a 1730mAh battery.
Sprint has confirmed the upcoming launches of the first 3 new devices to their 4G LTE hardware lineup. Those devices include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the eco-friendly LG Viper, and a Tri-Network (3G, WiMax, 4G LTE) hotspot from Sierra Wireless. Sprint states that the Galaxy Nexus will be "boasting a pure Google experience," that we hope remains unbranded by the carrier with no included bloatware on the device unlike what we see with the Galaxy Nexus from Verizon Wireless. Sprint says that they will make pricing and availability known closer to each device's launch date. Sprint has a total of 15 4G LTE devices that include smartphones, tablets, and data cards that are set to be released throughout 2012.