CES 2012: Sprint Announces First 3 LTE Devices, Confirms Additional Information

Sprint logoSprint is using CES this week to confirm the first details on its forthcoming LTE network launch later this year starting with the first three devices and confirming additional details on what bands the devices will run on this year.

Staring with the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint, the phone will launch with Google Wallet support and will launch in the 32GB version first announced last year.

Sprint has also confirmed that LTE on the Galaxy Nexus will run on 1900MHz, along with the LG Viper 4G LTE, which features a 1.2GHz dual core processor and two cameras in a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera for video calls, a 4-inch WVGA resolution NOVA display, mobile hotspot support and a microSD slot with DLNA support for streaming with NFC support compatible with Google Wallet.

Lastly, Sprint will also launch its first LTE capable hotspot in the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot. It will be the first tri-mode (3G, 4G WiMax and 4G LTE) mobile hotspot with support for to up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices with a microSD slot.

Sprint has also confirmed during CES that it will not continue to manufacture tri-mode devices outside of the initial Sierra Wireless mobile hotspot due to the expense with the focus on new 4G devices shifting to dual-mode CDMA/LTE and CDMA/WiMax for smartphones and other devices during the rollout until 2013, when the rollout is expected to be completed. Aside from confirming LTE on the 1900MHz band for the initial launch, the carrier also confirmed that it wanted to launch the Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper at the same time, but would not offer a specific date.

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