Verizon LTE-Capable MiFi 4510L
On December 5th, 2010 Verizon launched their 4G LTE service in 38 markets, featuring two 4G-capable devices: the LG VL600 and Pantech UML290. The network has been an overwhelming success with speeds comparable to higher end cable tiers; however, one complaint has been the lack of a 4G-capable portable hotspot like the popular 3G MiFi. At CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Verizon has unveiled their latest 3G/4G capable device called the MiFi 4510L. This device will be fully compatible with the latest 4G network and will also work in 3G areas where LTE might not be available yet. They haven't given a specific release date but said the MiFi 4510L will be shipping in the first half of 2011. If you've been waiting for an LTE-capable phone, don't feel left out as Verizon also announced a plethora of 4G devices. They have also announced their plans to add 4G service to over 140 new markets by the end of the year and promise to offer 4G service everywhere that they currently offer 3G service by 2013!
Verizon LTE devices annouced at CES:
- MiFi 4510L - 3G/4G hotspot with WiFi connectivity for up to 5 WiFi devices.
- HTC ThunderBolt Smartphone - exclusive to Verizon Wireless, HTC Sense 2.0, Skype mobile with video, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3″ WVGA display, 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording and wireless DLNA capability.
- LG Revolution smartphone - offering HD support for streaming, playing and recording video, a 4.3-inch touch screen, a front-facing camera and mobile hotspot capability to share a 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
- Motorola DROID Bionic 4G smartphone - includes a front-facing VGA camera, a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch HD quality screen, HDMI connectivity and a dual-core 1GHz processor.
- Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone - includes a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display, a 1GHz application processor, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities
- Motorola XOOM - 10.1-inch HD 4G LTE upgradable tablet that will run Android Honeycomb and offers 1080p HD video, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats and 5-megapixel camera to capture video in 720P HD. It also includes mobile hotspot capability to provide connections for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
- 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab - a 7-inch enhanced TFT display with 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution, a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird application processor, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.
- Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot - a dual-mode device that works as a wireless access point to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the 4G LTE or 3G networks.