LAS VEGAS — The first gadgets with built-in access to Verizon Wireless’ new, high-speed wireless data network are a smart phone and a tablet from Motorola Mobility Inc., both designed to take advantage of the network’s speed for videoconferencing.
More devices for Verizon’s “4G” network, which went live for laptop modems in last month, are expected to be announced Thursday by the CEO of Verizon Communications Inc. at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The new wireless network is the fastest in the country, and Verizon is hoping to cash in on that advantage by selling tablets and smart phones that devour data. There are unconfirmed reports that Verizon will also get to sell a version of the iPhone, breaking AT&T Inc.’s exclusive hold, but analysts don’t expect Verizon to reveal one at the show.
Motorola’s Xoom tablet will come with a 10.1 inch (26-centimeter) screen and two cameras, one for video chatting and one for high-definition videos. The Xoom will begin selling in the first quarter. Initially it will work with Verizon’s 3G network and will be upgradeable so it can work on the speedier 4G network in the second quarter.
The Droid Bionic smart phone will also have two cameras, to help with videoconferencing. It will be one of the first phones with a so-called “dual-core processor” that will roughly double its computing capacity, which should help with video processing. The phone’s market debut hasn’t been set.
Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC of Britain. Motorola Mobility Inc. was formed this week as Motorola Inc. split into two parts. The Mobility consists of the cell phone business.