Dec 15 AT 2:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Peter Chou says HTC working on LTE devices for next year

HTC CEO Peter Chou has confirmed that his company is working on LTE devices for next year, which should appear on U.S. mobile operators first. No specific carriers or devices were named, but Verizon is announcing their first 4G LTE handsets in a couple of weeks at CES and some are expected to be in stores by February.

Two handsets that have already been leaked and rumored to support 4G LTE are the HTC Merge (Desire Z) and HTC Mecha (Desire HD). Both of these phones were initially expected to launch in time for the Christmas holiday, but rumors suggest they were pushed back after Verizon requested that HTC upgrade them to support LTE.

Several other Android sites have interpreted Peter Chou’s comments to suggest that LTE phones are not coming to the second-half of 2011, but if you go watch the interview (registration required) it sounds like he was referring to other markets. Mr. Chou said that he thinks U.S. mobile operators will take the lead in pushing 4G LTE and the rest of the world will follow later.

Verizon Wireless is holding their CES press conference on January 6th, so we won’t have to wait much longer to see what phones get announced. I think Motorola is most likely the first handset maker with a 4G LTE phone (Motorola Etna), but I wouldn’t be surprised to see something else from HTC, LG, or Samsung.

Which 4G LTE phones do you think Verizon will reveal next month?

We are working on an LTE device for next year 2011. We think the U.S. mobile operators will be taking some leading and pushing the LTE 4G in the U.S. market. However we are seeing the rest of the world deploying LTE network as well in 2011, could be second-half of 2011.Peter ChouHTC CEO

Source: Mobile Business Briefing

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  • jayzeroeee

    I thought you said the Merge was cancelled…!/androidandme/statuses/14798102993047552

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yeah the 3G version was scrapped.

      • jayzeroeee

        That would probably have been a good thing to mention…

      • http://Website darcy

        is this merge (desire z) same as the t-mobile g2, or desire z from bell canada?

        • http://Website J.

          From the hardware side there is no difference between the G2 and desire z.
          The merge is the same guts, straight slider (no z hinge) and an LTE radio.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    Off topic from the start but do you think in some point in time you could get a story on this Taylor

    It was rumored way back. I think they were saying it had Wimax and we all know who that goes to. But that story was old and now the name pops up again.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Not much to say. The codename scorpion keeps popping up. We all know HTC will make a dual-core phone and they are waiting on Qualcomm’s 3rd-gen Snapdragon processor.

  • http://Website darcy

    google should get HTC to make them a real dual core 4G phone (provided qualcomm’s 3rd gen snapdragon is done on time), let’s call it nexus 4g or something.

  • pechano

    Love it when HTC are working on something new. Being a Desire owner I don’t see myself buying an Android phone from another brand ever. Unless the google phones become widely available in mainland Europe…

  • http://Website Anthony

    That’s great news but unless it comes with the nexus named attached or stated as pure Google it’ll just take a number waiting for the latest update behind nexus s and nexus one. These carriers will add their assorted junk onto it and screw the pooch. I don’t care how fast ur car can go with bald tires it ain’t speeding

  • http://Website Cowvun

    What does he know about cell phones?

  • ลงประกาศฟรี

    This makes great sense