It looks like a good chunk of info surfaced regarding Verizon Wireless’ hardware plans for the end of 2010 and 2011. There are also some plans for 2012, too. Now, we’ve seen a small deal about Verizon’s LTE plans for the next few years, but info on hardware was pretty scant. Now it looks like a Verizon employee has dished some additional goods on what Verizon Wireless has in store.
- In addition to the Motorola DROID and Motorola DROID X, we’re told Motorola will launch a new DROID handset, the Motorola DROID Pro. It is supposed to have a 1.3GHz CPU, 4? screen and global roaming capabilities. Estimated launch of November 2010
- Motorola is working with Verizon on a “slab form-factor” device that sort of looks like an old Motorola Q but features a full touchscreen and global roaming. It will run Android 2.2. Maybe this will be a lower cost, MOTOBLUR handset?
- There are a lot more Android invasions happening before the end of the year, we’re told. This includes a global Android device from both Samsung and HTC.
- Samsung is working on a 7? screen Android tablet with front-facing camera. Motorola is also working on a tablet as well, except it will sport a 10? screen, either 1GHz or 1.3GHz CPU, front-facing camera, and Android 3.0. Don’t expect the Motorola so soon though, as we’re informed that while the launch was supposed to happen in December, Android 3.0 will probably hold up the release of that device and we should expect it around February 2011.
- Verizon Wireless is aiming and on track to have at least 75% of the country covered in LTE coverage by April 2012
- There will be a Novatel LTE MiFi device available in January or February that will apparently support up to 10 simultaneous Wi-Fi users.
- Lastly, we’re told LTE data pricing will stick at $59.99/month, though it’s unclear what the data allowance will be.
No mention of an upcoming BlackBerry Storm 3 for Verizon Wireless like we’d mentioned before, but can we blame them? Any excitement about what BlackBerry customers might have had for their precious brand was probably extinguished with the Torch, ironically.
On the bright side for those hungry for data and speeds, it appears Verizon Wireless is shooting to get 3/4 of the country covered with LTE by April 2012. Not too shabby considering its plans to completely overlay its current 3G network with LTE or 4G by the time 2013 rolls around.