The CES 2011, with announcements of smartphones for Verizon LTE, was able to believe in their imminent arrival. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which is held annually in January, is often the occasion of a show of strength for societies, giving an overview of electronic products to be launched later this year.
The 2011 edition was marked by two highlights for mobile themes: the proliferation of touch pads and the arrival of the first smartphones LTE (Long Term Evolution) at Verizon Wireless. Most major smartphone manufacturers have unveiled models like Droid Bionic Motorola, LG Revolution, HTC Thunderbolt.
This gave the impression that the LTE smartphones, capable of receiving flow data from May to December Mbps (average promised by Verizon), were on hand and would be launched early in the year.
Problems to deal with first:
As often, after the glitter of the show, we must return to reality, what has not failed to remind Verizon Wireles at a conference, indicating that the first smartphone will not be distributed until mid-2011, HTC Thunderbolt is the first in the list.
Verizon promised a launch for the first half of 2011, and the operator should hold promise even if this will be at the very end of the second quarter.
In addition, Tony Melone, director of operations for Verizon, said he first had to resolve a number of teething problems, the LTE is very recent and just mature for commercial use.
He nevertheless assured by saying that this phase of fine tuning had been anticipated since the launch of the network in the United States. He did not say what was the nature of problems.
As for the autonomy of future LTE terminals, it should be comparable to existing 3G handsets. It will probably not expect miracles on this point.