The LG Lucid is a 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon Wireless that comes from the same family of phones as the Connect 4G for MetroPCS and the Viper 4G LTE for Sprint. It sports a 4-inch, WVGA NOVA display and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The Lucid runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG's custom user interface. Verizon Wireless is offering the Lucid for $79.99 with a new two-year contract now.
The LG Viper 4G LTE is one of the first LTE smartphones for Sprint. Similar to the Connect 4G for MetroPCS, the Viper sports a 4-inch WVGA resolution NOVA display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. It has a 5 megapixel camera and silver color scheme.
Samsung announced its new Galaxy S III smartphone to great fanfare last week, though some observers weren't terribly happy with one particular feature: the 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display uses a PenTile subpixel layout instead of the generally more favorable RGB layout. At CTIA 2012, we spoke to Samsung about its choice to use PenTile layouts in a large number of its displays, and the answer really comes down to durability and longevity.
A Samsung representative has said that his company has killed its plans for the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD for AT&T. The HD was an updated version of the Skyrocket Android smartphone that was to feature a 720p HD resolution touchscreen.
At the 2012 CTIA Wireless show in New Orleans, a T-Mobile executive has hinted that T-Mobile might start to offer new video services that would be paid for by sponsors and would not count against a user's data plan.
Today Sprint launced the Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot, the first mobile hotspot to suport both WiMAX and LTE 4G standards as well as standard 3G data connections.
Here at CTIA 2012, Kyocera is debuting a new technology that it plans to bring to its smartphones in the near future. Called tissue conduction, the new tech provides clear audio for phone calls even in extremely noisy situations.
The Kyocera Hydro, announced here at CTIA 2012, is a new water resistant Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone headed to the U.S. later this year. It has certification for both IPx5 and IPx7 water resistant ratings, so it can withstand splashing water and rainfall, as well as submersion in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes at a time. Other than that, it's a pretty standard fare entry-level smartphone, with a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 1GHz processor, and 3.2 megapixel camera. Kyocera has not said when the Hydro will exactly launch or what carrier it will be on, but if we were to place bets, our chips would be on the yellow one.
The Kyocera Rise is the second of the two new smartphones announced by the manufacturer at CTIA 2012. The Rise sports a four-row QWERTY keyboard and 3.5-inch HVGA display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor. Kyocera plans to launch the phone in the U.S. later this year, but a carrier has not yet been announced.
T-Mobile USA has announced the availability of the new T-Mobile Refill app that will allow its pre-paid customers to recharge their pre-paid service directly from their smartphones.