Verizon’s coo John Stratton mentioned that “4G LTE smartphones are on the horizon.” That alone isn’t new, but what is new is the mention of Moto in the same breath: “Motorola will be right there.” This adds credibility that Verizon will be launching the Droid Terminator in early 2011.
He wouldn’t go into specifics about models, specs, release dates, or prices, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the offering looked a little like the Tegra 2-powered device codenamed Olympus (pictured) allegedly for AT&T. Several leaks have shown us the phone looks like a mix between the Droid X and the Defy, but this phone packs a dual-core processor which Motorola has been teasing as skipping a generation.
For what it’s worth, we’re also aware of models from HTC and LG in the pipe, so by all accounts, Big Red is planning on coming out with guns blazing when it rolls out 4G handsets next year.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the final launch name will be “Etna.”
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