Although not mentioning it by name, its clear that Motorola execs are gearing up for what could be the biggest fight since Ali-Frazier their companys Droid line of smartphones vs. the Verizon iPhone.
Speaking at a technology conference in Phoenix this week, Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha said his company will have 4G devices ready for sale in the first quarter of 2011. Just about everyone expects Apple to unveil a CDMA iPhone for Verizon Wireless in the next couple of months, so that will make for some very interesting competition not only in the wireless market overall, but at Verizon specifically. Jha alluded to the face-off, saying there would be a new competitive dynamic” developing at the telco.
The big question out there is if the new Verizon iPhone will be 4G-capable. Thats where Motorola could have an edge if the company does indeed unveil 4G phones; despite solid sales of its Android-based devices, the phone-maker will certainly take a hit when the iPhone becomes available from a second carrier. Verizon begins rolling out its LTE network this weekend, but its currently without any 4G smartphone offerings.
Jha also discussed a pair of new tablet computers Moto will be offering soon. Although not giving any release dates, he said a new 7-inch and a new 10-inch tablet will hit the market soon, and the releases will be quite meaningful.”