Thought Verizon’s 4G network was just for cellphones? Think again. On the final day of the international CES conference in Las Vegas, Verizon and HP jointly unveiled the first laptop devices for Verizon’s LTE network. The Compaq CQ10-688nr (we’ll call it 688 for short) and HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr (3010) will both provide users with arguably the fastest mobile connection available, allowing for instant streaming, downloads, gaming, and more.
According to the press release on HP‘s website, “The HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr allows customers to stream high-definition (HD) content, play games, video chat, and download music, photos and videos all within seconds rather than minutes.” Sporting an 11.6 inch screen, the 3010 is long, yet thin, less than an inch thick. HP hopes to hybridize the mobility of mini netbooks with the performance of their larger models. The laptop will carry a 9.5 hour battery and 320 GB of storage space. It will also have a digital card reader, an HDMI port, and GPS capabilities.
“Small, slim and stylish, the Compaq CQ10-688nr allows users to stay connected and access their music, photos and files on the go,” HP said in their latest announcement. Slightly smaller with a 10.1 inch screen (although identically thin), the 688 carries an 8.5 hour battery, digital card reader, and webcam. Both computers may act as portable WiFi hotspots, sharing its internet connection with multiple WiFi-enabled devices.
Verizon’s 4G LTE network is currently available to only about one-third of US residents, although the company hopes to expand access to the entirety of its current 3G network. According to the company, the 4G network provides speeds 10 times faster than 3G.