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Is Motorola Etna the Motorola Terminator? First LTE Smart Phone on Verizon

Since CTIA in October this year, Taylor Wimberly over at androidandme.com has been working on bringing as much information on Motorola’s first dual core phone, which he dubbed the “Terminator”.

When Wimberly arrived in San Francisco for the CTIA conference he immediately began digging by speaking with Motorola Mobile CO-CEO, Sanjay Jah. He then shifted his focus to his friends at Nvidia and through a series of hush hush meetings he was able to get the background information on this Tegra 2 dual core Android device now being dubbed the “Etna”

Infosyncworld is reporting that the Motorola Etna could be Verizon’s first smartphone on their new LTE network.  Verizon has been vigourosly working on building out their LTE network in some 30 “NFL” markets before the end of the year. It is widely known that the LTE rollout will only involve a USB stick and Mifi device at launch with phones/handsets coming out in the first part of 2011.

The Motorola Etna will feature Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset.  LG offered this description of the chipset when describing their new LG Star phone: “The NVIDIA Tegra 2 offers the only ultra-low power NVIDIA GeForce GPU, 1080p HD mobile video processor and a dual-core CPU. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, users are promised up to 2x faster Web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over the first-generation.”

Verizon has announced that they will launch their first LTE smartphone in February of 2011. The Motorola Droid X has been rumored to have an EOL (end of life) in March of 2011 so that points even more to the fact that the Motorola Etna will be the first LTE smartphone.  There is speculation that the HTC Incredible HD will be available in April of 2011.

The Motorola Etna will also ship with the newest version of Android, Gingerbread which is widely rumored to make it’s debut with Samsung’s developer phone being dubbed “Nexus S”

Source: Infosyncworld