U.S. Cellular customers are in for a treat as the carrier plans to launch seven Android smartphones by 2012, including its first 4G LTE device. Additionally, the carrier will launch two tablets and a Windows Phone 7 device. U.S. Cellular is definitely looking forward to a healthy portfolio of devices this year, which is great for its customers.
While the carrier hasn’t announced specific devices or pricing options yet, it’s good to have a rough idea of what’s coming. However, Android Central takes a pretty decent stab at it:
- HTC will have three Android devices on USCC — two smartphones, and a 7-inch tablet, presumably, the Flyer.
- Motorola’s bringing a 4.3-inch device with a dual-core 1GHz processor and world phone capabilities.
- And LG is said to be bringing “one of the slimmest and lightest smartphones,” with a 1GHz processor, 4-inch touchscreen and “ultra-bright LCD display that is easy to view in sunlight.” Sounds like the Optimus Black to us.
- In addition, there will be entry-level phones from Samsung and Huawei.
Moreover, U.S. Cellular says that its first wave of 4G LTE devices will begin rolling out in November. While most of the major carriers have their 4G networks set, or are at least getting there and branding their current 3G networks as “4G,” it’s good to see the smaller, regional carriers getting on board with next-generation broadband technology.
For more details, see the press release on the next page.