This will come with little surprise to our regular readers, but Verizon COO John Stratton told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that Motorola 4G LTE phones are on the horizon. No product details were revealed, but we know the Motorola Etna is likely to be one of the first 4G LTE phones on Verizon.
Etna is the codename for the Motorola Tegra 2 phone we started calling Terminator back in October. The same device is also headed to AT&T with the codename Olympus. 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.
Motorola has already finalized the hardware, but is still working on the software. Test units are running Android 2.2 with Motoblur, but we have heard Motorola is already working on Android 2.3.
Given that the target release date for these phones is late January to February, I suspect Motorola will launch them with Android 2.2 and then update them over the air to Android 2.3 at a later date.
We shouldn’t have to wait much longer, because Verizon already said LTE devices will be showcased at CES next month. Our team will be at both the Motorola and Verizon media events, so check back soon for further details.