We have known for quite some time that Motorola was working on new superphones featuring NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor (which we lovingly nicknamed Terminator) and now more details are beginning to leak out. At first we thought it was a Verizon exclusive, but later we learned it was coming to multiple carriers and would land on AT&T first.
AT&T’s version has the codename Olympus and Verizon’s version is being called Etna. Motorola must like naming their Tegra 2 devices after mountains because their Verizon tablet has the codename Everest.
None of these products have been officially announced, but Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha told us they were working on Tegra 2 products and he expected them to ship in early 2011.
To recap, here are the Motorola Tegra devices that we know of:
- Olympus: AT&T smartphone, rumored for last week of January
- Etna: Verizon smartphone, rumored for February-March
- Everest: Verizon tablet, rumored for February-March
We just reported that test units for the Olympus were running Android 2.2 with Motoblur, but these phones are not launching for several more months so hopefully Motorola can update them to Android 2.3 by the time they hit stores. The Everest tablet we expect will launch with Honeycomb.
It is believed that both versions of the “Terminator” will be quite similar and that is the reason why people were referring to the leaked pics as both Olympus and Etna. However, Verizon’s version is launching later and that might be because they requested some tweaks from Motorola.
Jonathan Geller, Mr. Boy Genius, is reporting that one of his Motorola sources told him the Verizon version will be “100% LTE-compatible”. We have speculated in the past that the “Terminator” would be a 4G device and given that Verizon said their first 4G LTE handset would arrive in February, this is starting to sound believable.
We still don’t know the actual product names, but the Verizon version will almost certainly be marketed under the DROID brand. To date AT&T does not really have a flagship brand for their high-end Android phones, so we are still waiting to find out what name they pick.
Verizon 4G LTE is expected to launch in 38 markets next month, so if you live in one of those lucky cities then keep an eye on the Motorola Etna. Some have also speculated that the HTC Mecha (Incredible HD) might be Verizon’s first 4G handset, but the Motorola offering looks more exciting thanks to its dual-core processor.
If you are on Verizon, which upcoming 4G phone are you most excited about? Is it the Motorola Etna with Motoblur UI or the HTC Mecha with Sense UI?
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