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Live from the Verizon 4G LTE Event…

Yep, the moment most of you have been waiting for, the 4G LTE event for Verizon at CES.  We’re expecting up to 5 devices to all be unveiled/announced in the next hour.  The HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution, DROID BIONIC, Motorola XOOM, and possibly something from Samsung could all make appearances, so keep it right here… 

12:50:PM – 10 minutes and counting…

1:10PM – And we’re live, quickly through intro video on how awesome LTE16: is.  They just ran through a list of partners including HTC which means its Thunderbolt time.

1:16PM:  Announced partners through video including NVIDIA, Motorola, HTC, LG and Samsung.  We should be seeing those 5 devices I mentioned any minute now.

1:20PM:  Tony Mallone, VZW CTO claims that 2/3 of the U.S. will be covered by 4G LTE, the same as their 3G network in 2012.  140 more markets by the end of 2011, including my city, Portland!

1:27PM: 4 smartphones, 2 tablets, 2 mobile hotspots, 2 netbooks will be out within the first half of 2011.  All 4G LTE baby.

1:29PM:  LG CEO on stage, about to drop the LG Revolution which is a Optimus 2X made specifically for Verizon 4G LTE.  And he’s done it.  No other news, but we’re pretty sure it’s their Tegra 2 device.

1:30PM: Skype CEO is up, video chatting is go.  News came out this afternoon that they are buying Qik, so that’s the technology we’re getting.  Funny thing is, they just showed it demoing on a Thunderbolt which hasn’t been announced yet.  Will be on all 4G LTE smartphones.

1:33PM: Peter Chou from HTC is up.  Thunderbolt!  It’ll be the first 4G LTE device just as their ads have been hinting at. 4.3″ Super LCD screen, mobile hotspot, Skype chat, all included.  Thanked Qualcomm, so yeah, single-core.

1:38PM: EA (Electronic Arts) VP Travis Boatman up now.  Rock Band mobile coming, will be a VCAST App.

1:41PM: Samsung takes the stage to announce 4G LTE smartphone and 4G LTE Galaxy Tab.  Phone will have a Super AMOLED Plus screen and apparently no name.  SCH-I520 is what he’s showing, but they won’t say a name.  Galaxy Tab will have 1.2GHz processor, doesn’t look like anything else has changed.  New color scheme though, possibly white or silver backing.

1:45PM: They are wrapping up now with the DROID BIONIC and XOOM, but no real love as it has been everywhere over the last 24 hours.  Hotness.  Everything should be out in the first half of the year, but possibly not anything until March?

1:46PM:  Q&A time. First legit question is about battery life and Verizon assures us that performance will not be an issue.  Second question is about pricing…and they aren’t commenting on it.  No pricing for devices or plans.  Asked about tethering, would not answer.

1:56PM:  And we’re done.  Hopefully it’s demo time.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I have one foot inside of ATT’s door.

    • DBK

      How about you put the other foot in there and get out of our way?

  • Godfrey2009

    Well…the Thunderbolt was really disappointing. Looks like I’m going with Motorola!

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Freddy

    That samsung phone is all kinds of ugly!

  • Gg101

    Wow, thunderbolt is rather disappointing. No better than any current HTC hardware, just with an LTE radio and wont come out until march. The LG and Moto LTE phones will be Tegra2.

    • Bigrob60

      That LG is not Tegra 2 from what I heard this afternoon from the interweb

  • Raven

    All I want is a dual core phone with a physical keyboard on Verizon. Is that so much to ask?

    • DBK

      HTC Merge?

  • Niemeyer_18

    So……………. Thunderbolt demo time? :P

  • Tren8622

    Haha you removed my comment because I said engadget killed your coverage?? Truth hurts, sorry!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      We don’t remove posts like that. Must of got flagged. If you like their coverage better, troll off! ;)

      -Tato

      • Anonymous

        Actually, I remember seeing that comment. If it got flagged, it was a retroactive flag or someone reported it. It definitely got published and then was removed somehow. Not necessarily by you guys, Tato, but by someone.

      • Bigrob60

        Nice!!

  • Anonymous

    Ya know, I love my Dinc to death, and was so looking forward to the Tbolt being such a better phone. No upgrade on the processor, no upgrade on the internal memory, LCD…? So… bigger screen, ffc, a kickstand and 4g (not in Toledo yet) are the only upsides? I’ll wait. Disappointed…

  • LarryTJ

    AndroidCentral also had a pretty good live feed, I followed their coverage for the most part.

  • LarryTJ

    Too bad they didn’t talk at all about the Droid Bionic or whether it will be similarly spec’ed to the Atrix on AT&T and have that sweet laptop dock. I think I died a little when i heard it was going to AT&T. :(

  • Tren8622

    Sorry, have to say that engadget KILLED you guys on coverage of this. Full page, pics and comment with almost every question and answer given. Set it up, Droid Life!

    • cavillis

      Both websites gave me the same information — which was nothing.

      what a worthless event, verizon announced nothing new.

    • Anonymous

      am I missing something here? I watched this live on the VZW facebook page. why would you bother reading someone else’s opinion and limited still shots from a seat “SOMEWHERE” in a massive auditorium over seeing it close up on the official live stream? Stop complaining about how Engadget killed their coverage blah blah blah crap. GTFO of here then! the live stream killed being there in the back row…

  • suchashorttime

    that was nothing short of entirely underwhelming.

  • LarryTJ

    Sad that they did not say anything about the Bionic and that sweet laptop dock Jha showed yesterday for AT&T and the ATRIX. I think I just died a little. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    Not worried about performance what about BATTERY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bigrob60

      They did say it would not be an issue

  • Alan

    So, the two most important questions, plan price, and tethering they dodge. Argh.

  • Anonymous

    DAMMIT HTC AND QUALCOMM!

  • Ttezt

    Where is the HTC Merge?????

    • Derek

      Seriously, what happened to that phone!?

  • http://twitter.com/mnkyhead mnkyhead

    I am all about that LG phone! Sorry Droid, you have been great, but it’s time to move on.

    • DBK

      The Revolution does look interesting, but until we see some specs, I’m inclined to believe that the Bionic is the best phone offered thus far.

    • Bigrob60

      Ya. past two phones are LG. Wish it was Tegra 2 though. I would have got in no questions asked.

  • Bennem2

    I knew it was going to be a single-core, just didn’t want to believe it. Thunder-letdown. BIONIC TIME

  • Anonymous

    Rock Band actually looked pretty cool.

    • DBK

      Lol it would be funny to see someone sing into their phone, though. :)

      • Anonymous

        It’s almost strange to see people TALK into their phones anymore! LOL

        • DBK

          lol Can’t argue there. :)

  • Buckgrad

    Curious to see if a gingerbread update is even mentioned. So little said about it lately I wonder if it actually will happen. Seems like it’s everything honeycomb and tablets.

  • Jalenredfearn
  • Adam

    Ha…never been glued to a post like this, waiting for updates… =)

  • Bigrob60

    If my phone could, I’d just pull up the live stream on the phone(B/C Droid does flash) and listen to it via bluetooth while I work.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

    “5 devices are go.”

    I want release dates and pricing, dang it!! :)

    • DBK

      Why do I suddenly want a Droid Voltron? :P

  • ScottieByNature

    Ugh, too slow. Hate to say it, but Engadget FTW.

  • Steve Hallmark

    patiently waiting on the live broadcast………..

  • Bobby

    Just read verizon is running 10 minutes late. Those bastards!

  • Brutalsnowman
    • Anonymous

      Thanks!

  • atlbob

    give something to read! its 2 mins past the hour…

  • Bennem2

    OMG, LTE, HTC AND LG AND ITS 4G! That rhymed lol

  • Bigrob60

    Quoting the Wwe South Park episode-OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    wooohooo…4G time!

    please tell tim not to streak across the stage…

  • Anonymous

    I hope you guys brought your vuvuzelas… :P

    • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

      ==============<() "vrvrrrrrrvrrrrrrvrrrr"

    • Bigrob60

      Now how are we supposed to hear. :]

    • The350zWolf

      Speaking of vuvuzelas, did anyone mentioned to the EA VP that FIFA10 just refuses to download the extra files onto the Droid2, DroidX, Samsumg Galaxy, and others? It just downloads up to 5%… EA needs to clean their act!

  • Anonymous

    hopefully they’ll tell us their previously announced prices were a bad joke and then announce lower 4G prices…

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

    I sooooooo want a XOOM the minute, second, millisecond they release it — but — who’s concerned about the 3G, then mail your XOOM back to MOT for 4G support shenanigans?

    Want that thing so bad I can just taste it, but dude — it’s a little concerning. Am I silly to worry about it?

    • DBK

      If you are worried about it, then bring it to a service center instead. they will do it there and you can watch. :)

      • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

        nice… and where are these service centers?

        • DBK

          Not sure. Go to the Verizon wireless website and search store locations (making sure you check service center).

          • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

            oh geez. So it’s VZ who I have to trust to open the gullet of my XOOM, and not Motorola? Less comfortable with that… nothing against VZ folks… but… c’mon.

            Probably doesn’t matter much — for any reasonable price, I’ll probably end up getting one anyway. And why do I care? I have no intention of paying for wireless service. This’ll be a wifi tablet for me.

          • DBK

            Well, I figured you would be more comfortable with them doing it right there in ffont of you. Plus, if they screw it up, then that means free Xoom for you. :)

            Also, I get the feeling, as with the Galaxy Tab, that you may be forced to purchase a data plan when you buy the Xoom. That’s the reason I will wait to see if (read: probably will never happen) they release a WiFi only Xoom.

  • storm34x

    Seventh!!

  • Jeremyan207

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeremyan207

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DBK

    LG Revolution? Why haven’t I heard about this mysterious phone until now? Your slacking Kellex. :P

    Disclaimer: That was meant as a joke. I have much love for all the Droid-Life gods. Please don’t kill me.

  • DBK

    LG Revolution? Why haven’t I heard about this mysterious phone until now? Your slacking Kellex. :P

    Disclaimer: That was meant as a joke. I have much love for all the Droid-Life gods. Please don’t kill me.

  • http://twitter.com/AndroidMatt Matt Robinson

    F5 F5 F5…

    • Bigrob60

      ….F5 F5 F5 F5 F5….

    • Anonymous

      come on droid life auto reload pleaseeeeeee

      • PyroHoltz

        yes please.

  • http://twitter.com/AndroidMatt Matt Robinson

    F5 F5 F5…

  • Anonymous

    I hope the LG Revolution blows me away. I want it to be my companion device with my future Motorola XOOM. :)

  • Anonymous

    I hope the LG Revolution blows me away. I want it to be my companion device with my future Motorola XOOM. :)

  • Anonymous

    Bring it on!

  • Anonymous

    Bring it on!

  • Carl

    Can’t wait to see what big red has to offer :)

  • Carl

    Can’t wait to see what big red has to offer :)