Well, that was fast. Just days after ads for the Galaxy Nexus leaked on CNET, Sprint officially announced their 4G LTE network launch at CES 2012. Initially found in four locations: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, the 4G LTE network will be accompanied by 3 devices.
The biggest deal in terms of the devices being launched is the Galaxy Nexus. As we’ve reported before, it’ll be more powerful than other Galaxy Nexus handsets, while retaining the same curved glass screen, Android 4.0 and overall build. This device will also have Google Wallet, something that the Verizon branded handset doesn’t offer.
Next up is the LG Viper 4G LTE. While definetly looking a tad lower end than the Galaxy Nexus, it’s surprisngly well specced. Highlights include a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor, Sprint ID UI with Android 2.3, 5MP rear camera and a VGA front facing camera, and a 4 inch version of LG’s super bright “NOVA” display. Not bad specs for a upper mid-range handset. A bonus is NFC and Google Wallet support – I’m pretty sure it’s one of the first devices outside of the Nexus line that supports this emerging technology.
Last on tap is Sierra Wireless’ Tri-Network Hotspot. It allows for up to 8 devices to get data from Sprint’s 4G LTE, WiMAX, or 3G networks and also has a microSD slot for file sharing.
Device pricing has not been announced yet.