CTIA 2011: Pre-Conference Overview

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The 2011 CTIA Wireless expo doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, but today’s Pre-Conference has still been an exciting way to ramp up for the event. We’ve learned a lot today about upcoming smartphones, but more than anything we’ve seen indications about what’s still on the menu for the rest of CTIA. Take a look at what we’ve come across so far, and what we’re still waiting to see:

Sprint announced its WiMAX-enabled Nexus S this morning, already up for pre-orders with its retail partner Best Buy. Besides the 4G support, there’s nothing changed from its 3G T-Mobile cousin, but why mess with a good thing?

Sprint also had some specs to show for its EVO View 4G tablet and the EVO 3D Android phone. The EVO 3D looks like a downright beast, with 1.2GHz dual core CPU, qHD graphics, and a no-glasses-needed 3D screen. We’re anxiously awaiting to hear more from Sprint about these models, and will be reporting back after its press event tomorrow.

T-Mobile’s been getting ready to show off the dual-core LG Optimus 2X, now going as the T-Mobile G2x. Despite the name change, it should still have the same Tegra 2 powering it that we’ve been excited to see since hearing about the phone last year.

We’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the HTC Pyramid, which may also sport a qHD resolution screen for some really crisp graphics. We’ve been wondering if its 1.2GHz processor is a dual or single core, and this may be our chance to find out.

AT&T’s got the LG Optimus 3D renamed to the LG Thrill 4G, which, like the EVO 3D, empowers its users to create their own 3D videos. Windows Phone 7 fans will be interested in the HTC HD7S, the carrier’s take on T-Mobile’s HD7, now with NoDo pre-installed.

Nokia was preparing to start showing off the once-C7-now-Astound, which it’s since confirmed will be available with T-Mobile for $80, starting on April 6.

We’ll be scrambling to keep you up-to-date on all CTIA smartphone revelations as we learn about them. Are there any models in particular you’d like us looking out for?

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!