Upcoming Verizon 4G phones: release dates

Upcoming Verizon 4G phones: release dates
Well, the first LTE smartphone in the US is here. One of the most talked about handsets in the last few months - the HTC ThunderBolt - was finally launched on March 17, foreshadowing the beginning of a new, better and faster era in mobile data transfers.

However, if the HTC ThunderBolt is not your cup of tea, and you are waiting for the dual-core 4G Verizon beasts to break their rusty cages and land on Big Red's shelves, or you simply want another LTE phone, you don't have to worry, because we are about to remind you about the expected release dates of the upcoming LTE Verizon devices. And here they are...

The LG Revolution - catchy name, eh? This handset may very well live up to its name, as it's scheduled to be the first phone released in the US to support Voice over LTE (our little demonstration here).

The VoLTE feature aside, this phone is to offer a 4.3-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8655 processor, two cameras (obviously) and 16GB build-in memory among other goodies. The LG Revolution is rumored to appear in Q2 of this year, and truth is, we can't wait.

Motorola DROID BIONIC - quite a few people see the Motorola DROIDs as the rock stars of the Android brand, and the next member of this powerful family of phones is... err, quite powerful! The Motorola DROID BIONIC is expected to be the first dual-core LTE handset in the States, and it sports some impressive specs - like a 4.3-inch qHD display, two cameras, 512MB of the desktop-grade DDR2 RAM plus a huge 1930mAh battery. It's officially announced that this handset will appear in Q2 of 2011, and it's unofficially speculated it will arrive in the coming weeks.

Samsung 4G LTE smartphone - this handset, which is also known as the Inspiration, Stealth, Stealth V and Droid Charge, will pack a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz processor and two cameras. Sadly, it's yet unknown when the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone (or whatever it will be called when it's finally launched) will see the light of day.

Motorola Targa - this is the codename of a Moto phone that's said to resemble the mighty Motorola DROID X. Nothing is certain about this handset, except that it will be an LTE-enabled Verizon phone with two cameras. Wild rumors claim this device will have a quad-core processor plus a 13MP/ AF camera, but for now we will take these reports with a large pinch of salt. There is no info about when we might see this one hit the market, but it is expected after the DROID BIONIC, which means it'll probably be served sometime in the second half of 2011.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G LTE - we bet Samsung feels good when it puts some "4Gs" and "LTEs" in the names of its devices, so here comes the slightly modified version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (our review here). The only changes between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G LTE and the original Galaxy Tab are said to be this LTE thing and the fact its processor is upgraded from 1GHz to 1.2 GHz. Not a single word on Honeycomb, though, which is kind of disappointing. Unfortunately, it's yet unknown when we will see this device.

For your viewing pleasure, we prepared a chart showing these upcoming LTE devices plus their expected release dates. Also, in order to be up to date with all Verizon devices that are coming in the next weeks and months, we advise you to visit our Verizon upcoming phones page!

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1. Unknown unregistered

Instead of titling the article itself "release dates"... how about "release quarters" so a reader like myself wont coming here expecting to find and actual date

2. asdf unregistered

thanks for summarizing all the info that's already out there. what's the point of writing this article when there's nothing new?

3. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Phonearena fail.....

4. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

i got the thunderbolt... worth the wait.

5. Tottenham

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Holding out for the Bionic, now that the actual production version of the Thunderbolt has turned out to be somewhat less than revolutionary. Sure would have been nice if the release DATES were actually provided, instead of the lame timeframes that are stated in this article. Pretty much just a rehashing of info that's been out there for months.

6. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

The LG Revolution is not the first 4G to offer voice over LTE. The newly released HTC Thunderbolt has this capability. (At least mine does) with a 4G signal.

7. eric unregistered

nope, totally wrong there buddy. as i work for verizon let me explain it to you simply. The thunderbolt uses 4G LTE for the data transfer from the towers to your phone via fiber optics connected to the towers. Your phone still places calls using the 3G Antennae that is also built into your phone. 4G LTE calls are very very very clear in their reception and clarity. The LG Revolution is indeed the first VoLTE handset coming to our lineup.

27. big red employee unregistered

coming from an even more informed vzw employee, voice calls made on current vzw handsets are actually placed over the 1xRTT cdma network that has been around since before verizon was verizon, not over evdo 3G. Maybe by "3g antenna" he meant just "antenna" because the antenna itself handles both 3G and 1x duties, with different chips inside handling the separate functions. He is correct in saying that the Revolutions will be the first vzw VoLTE handset.

15. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

your dumb.

16. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

and that was to droidx0430.....

29. eLL34 unregistered

It's you're not your. Nice try.

8. too big unregistered

I have the eris and am waiting for a good phone that will fit in my pocket. Why do they all have 4.3" screens? Am I alone in wanting a phone as good as my wife's droid 2 global that is smaller than a brick?

11. asdf unregistered

yeah, Verizon should fire the idiot who's deciding what phones should and shouldn't go in the lineup. prior to the DROID releases, Verizon (in my mind) was always the worst carrier in terms of phone selection. it doesn't surprise me their current lineup is starting to lag behind again in comparison to the other carriers.

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

there is the indredible 2/s that shud come out soon... it is 4". also there is the samsung fascinate... it has the 4" display. Or you could get one of those pre 3s which will be coming out soon. Oh and i forgot, i think the only other one is the xperia play... but that didnt get the best reviews

21. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

you're not alone :) i have small hands and the eris is awesome size for me! i'm a small person and my boyfriend's Droid X would never fit in my pockets... small pants.... give me 1.2GHz processor 8GB internal memory, 32GB SD card and 3.4=3.7" screen... honestly the display i'm not picky about...

26. too big unregistered

That sounds perfect!

24. Monique27 unregistered

yeah, I totally agree. It seems like all of the LTE equipped phones will have 4.3 inch screens. I really hope that this is just a coincidence and not a requirement. Guess I will wait until next year for something smaller with LTE. Maybe the iPhone 6 will have LTE by then. I really doubt the iPhone 5 will be LTE equipped especially since at&t doesn't have their network up and running yet and I'm sure the t-mobile deal will probably delay the nationwide rollout a bit. In any case, I hope there will be smaller lte android phones available by next year with better battery life. Also, I'm a female, and these gigantic phones are not appealing to me and just seem way to masculine.

25. deezy

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 10, 2011

Hmm...better than the Eris...how about the Samsung Gem? lol I had the Droid 1, Droid X, and now have the Thunderbolt. With cases, the Droid 1 was the worst to pull out of my pocket. These new phones may be bigger overall, but the Droid 1 was only about an inch smaller and it was so much thicker (yeah I just set myself up for a "that's what she said" right there). I actually went with the Droid 1 instead of waiting for the X because I thought the size would be too big. IDK if the Incredible 2 will have LTE capabilities or a front facing camera, but if those 2 things don't appeal to you anyways then just get the Incredible 1.

9. VZWCustomer

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Lol!! Not really a "release date" article if there arent and release dates!!!!

10. etownone

Posts: 40; Member since: Jul 25, 2010

I've been hearing the the Bionic is coming out mid April. I hope this is true.

12. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

that was real misleading. release time frames would have been better. when you say dates, that means specific month, day, and year.

13. G-Reg unregistered

Your lossing credibility quick Mr. Arena. I can see why you need more editors...

14. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

the Motorola Bionic is the only one with Consumer wanted Features(Most wanted:Dual core) but it has Motoblur -__-, and the LG revo. And Samsung stealth look like same ol' 1Ghz phones. Verizon! wtf! are you doing? you had android on the palm of ur hand and ur loosing it to AT&T.

19. jayme

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2011

Hey dipshit, Verizon does'nt manufacture the phones. Is everybody this stupid now? Geeze if I could crawl back in I would!

22. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Hey Dumbass, Who Purchases and Orders the phone? The Verizon Network Dipshit! The Manufacture only Makes the Phone, its up To the Network to choose which one they want.

17. billdawg26 unregistered

obviously the fucking website dont know when they will be released, maybe phonearena shouldnt be in business anymore, shut this damn site down, if yal cant get shit right!!

18. DroidCLH unregistered

You obviously don't understand the purpose of websites like this.

23. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

waiting for a WP7 offering...


Posts: 7; Member since: May 02, 2009

Uggh......So disappointed with this line-up....where are the new Qwerty keyboard phones for the millions of customers who bought the Original Droid who are waiting for an upgrade? Everyone of these phones look alike (same specs, style, etc.) Why no mention of the Droid 3 when it was all over the websites last week?

30. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

All these specs are shite. Effin liars!

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