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CES 2011: AT&T Announces A Slew Of New Smartphones

We’ve all heard the rumors of course that AT&T is losing it’s iPhone exclusivity in the near future, and judging by the number of new smartphones the company announced this morning, plus the addition of it’s own LTE network, it appears that the company is gearing up for a big ole street fight with Verizon.

After our own Jon Rettinger attended the AT&T event this morning, it appears there are some definite hints that Apple is going to be launching an LTE version of the iPhone in the not too distant future.  While announcing that its own LTE network would go live by the middle of this year, and that it would have a full rollout in 2013, Ralph de La Vega of AT&T said that the company would be rolling out 20 LTE-capable phones in the coming year, and he mentioned that this included Apple.  Well, if true, it makes sense.  If Apple has to make an LTE phone for one carrier (Verizon), why not do it for two?  Of course none of this is confirmed as happening as of yet, but why else would he have brought up Apple?

The big news that was a little from the land of fantasy was the announcement of the Motorola ATRIX 4G 2.2 Android smartphone. This is the second phone we have heard of thus far this morning featuring a dual-core 1 GHz processor (the other being the LG Optimus 2X). It will also sport a high-res qHD display and new accessories such as a super-thin laptop dock for which ATRIX 4G is the “engine.” The most interesting things, however, is the HTML5 support, 1 GB of RAM and will have a dual-core chip that is presumed to be the NVIDIA Tegra chip. In other words, this things sounds like it’s going to have horsepower to spare.

Other notable announcements included the HTC Inspire 4G which will be running Android 2.2, have a 1GHz processor and a 4.3-inch super LCD display. You’ll also be able to enjoy some cloud services while using generous 8-megapixel camera and HD video recorder. If HTC isn’t your bag, the Samsung Infuse 4G is the thinnest AT&T 2.2 Android device yet with a 1.2 GHz Hummingbird processor and a crazy 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. When will stop calling these phones and just go with “Netbook that kinda fits in your pocket”?

The fight between AT&T and Verizon is about to get a whole lot speedier.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...