Samsung launches LTE handset

Samsung has launched what it says is the world's first commercially available LTE-enabled multimode CDMA handset.


The Samsung Craft will be available on the MetroPCS network, which has launched it first LTE service in Las Vegas using Samsung equipment.

“It is extremely gratifying to introduce the Samsung Craft as the world’s first commercially available LTE-enabled handset operating on infrastructure by Samsung as part of the first LTE commercial network and services to be offered in the US,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. “The Craft combines 4G speed and a multimedia device packed with full Web, entertainment and productivity features.”

Samsung Mobile's LTE equipment should enable real-time streaming video, music downloads, faster Web browsing capabilities and access downloadable applications. The company says it is based on years of experience of building  orthogonal frequency division multiple access equipment, in this case with flexible bandwidth support of 1.4 to 20MHz. Samsung Mobile’s Enhanced Node B product offering includes rack types, remote radio heads, picocells, femtocells and distributed antenna system hosts.

The Samsung Craft has a 3.3in AMOLED touchscreen display and sliding QWERTY keyboard, as well as a 3.2Mpixel camera with flash and camcorder. It also includes a 2Gbyte microSD card loaded with the latest Star Trek film, a music player, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microSD memory storage of up to 32Gbyte.

It will be available at MetroPCS stores and online in the Las Vegas area for $299, after a $50 rebate, plus tax.

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