Two next-generation smartphones from LG and Samsung were revealed at CES yesterday during Verizon’s presentation on its 4G LTE network. Part of a 10-device lineup of 4G LTE-ready devices, the LG Revolution and the Samsung i500 were two of the four unveiled smartphones; the other two were the HTC ThunderBolt and the Motorola Droid Bionic.
The Revolution is equipped with a 4.3-inch touchscreen display and has video telephony support for its front-facing, 1.3 megapixel camera. It’s powered by a 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, and will run Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo); whether or not the Revolution will be upgradeable to 2.3 (Gingerbread) somewhere down the line remains to be seen.
LG’s smartphone can also become a mobile hotspot to share its 4G connection with up to eight other Wi-Fi enabled devices. The Revolution’s other features include a rear-facing, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 16 GB of internal memory (and a microSD card slot for expandable memory up to 32 GB), and an HDMI port.
The smartphone from Samsung, which is currently still unnamed but holds the product designation i500, will feature a 4.3-inch super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display and will run Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). Powered by a 1 GHz processor, the i500 has an HTML 5 Web browser and comes with a host of Google Mobile applications, including Google Search, Google Maps, and Gmail. Other features include a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities.
Pricing and availability details about either of the phones are not available at this time.