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The first day of CES 2012 was a mobile one: dozens of new smartphones and tablets were announced as traditional PC companies and rising smartphone powers showed off some of their best ideas for the first half of 2012. The Windows Phone crowd probably stole the show with Nokia’s Lumia 900 and HTC’s Titan II, but Android vendors were out in force over the course of a long day for mobile announcements. Here are a few highlights, and this is not an exclusive list:
Nokia: An early candidate for the most prominent phone introduced at CES, Nokia’s Lumia 900 represents its best attempt to date at cracking the U.S. market. Some key details have still not been released, but this sleek LTE phone running Windows Phone 7 will probably turn a few heads.
HTC: The struggling Android vendor introduced the Titan II, a Windows Phone device for AT&T’s LTE network that also comes with a 16-megapixel camera.
Motorola: Verizon will carry the Droid 4, another LTE phone with a hardware keyboard which was surprisingly launched with the Gingerbread flavor of Android, although the partners promised to upgrade it to Android 4.0. Motorola (NYSE: MMI) also introduced the Razr Maxx, which is a much bigger version of the Razr smartphone that appears to have a much larger battery.
Samsung: As leaked last week, Sprint (NYSE: S) will carry the Galaxy Nexus as one of its first LTE phones later this year. Samsung’s Galaxy Note will arrive in the U.S. this year, when we’ll find out if people really want a device that’s not quite a smartphone and not quite a tablet. And Samsung remains committed to the Galaxy Tab, launching a 7.7-inch version of the Android tablet for Verizon’s LTE network.
LG: Sprint also plans to carry the LG (SEO: 066570) Viper, an “eco-friendly” phone which is apparently “eco-friendly” because it uses an extremely efficient charger and is made from 35 percent recycled plastics.
Huawei: It launched what the company called “the thinnest smartphone.” It’s an Android 4.0 device that measures just under 7 millimeters thick.
Pantech: Pantech’s Burst is an Android phone for the budget-conscious, it will launch on AT&T’s network for under $50 with a contract.
Apple: There were no iPhones announced at CES (there never have been and likely never will be) but Monday’s phone frenzy coincided with the five-year anniversary of the Macworld presentation where Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. That milestone was on many people’s minds during the show and has had as much to do with the shift toward mobile computing so evident in Las Vegas as anything unveiled at CES over the same period of time.