LTE Smartphones to Account for 5% of This Year’s Shipments

Handsets will come from HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Nokia and others

LTE smartphones are picking up pace. The first handsets to offer support for this 4G technology have landed on shelves roughly a year ago, and they have become increasingly popular since.

During 2012, smartphones that offer support for 4G LTE connectivity are expected to account for around 5 percent of the total smartphone shipments.

Most of these devices will run under Android, and will come from Samsung, LG, Pantech, Motorola Mobility and HTC. Windows Phones will also be there, coming from HTC and Nokia.

In the second half of the ongoing year, Apple and Research In Motion will launch their own LTE-capable devices, a recent article on DigiTimes notes, citing sources from U.S., Korean and Japanese phone manufacturers.

Apple is rumored to pack LTE inside both iPhone 5 and iPad 3 devices, due later this year.

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