As anticipated, Verizon appears poised to announce its first 4G, LTE-capable smartphones at CES on January 6th, according to a pair of tweets from the company. In the first message, @VerizonWireless responds to a question by stating that “We expect #4G #LTE smarphones in the marketplace by mid-2011. We hold news conference at #CES Jan. 6 in Vegas. Hmm.” As if that wasn’t clear enough, the account later pushed out another note saying “Jan. 6 at #CES: #Android and #LTE – could it be like peanut butter and chocolate? YUM!”
VZW turned on its LTE network on December 5th, but so far the only announced compatible devices are a mobile hotspot and USB modems for PC use. America’s largest carrier is expected to offer both the LG Optimus 2X as well as the HTC Incredible HD at device launch, probably joined by something from Samsung; we’ve also heard that Verizon’s iPhone will sport an LTE modem, despite the fact that Apple has not yet been known to take the lead in wireless data technology. So far there are only two 4G handsets on the market, the EVO 4G and Epic 4G from Sprint, although T-Mobile will argue that both its G2 and myTouch 4G should be included, as they run at 4G-like speeds on its 3.5G HSPA+ network.