Anyone holding out hope that an HTC-made 4G handset for LTE networks like the rumored Mecha wasn’t too far off might want to stop reading this article now. According to the handset manufacturer’s Peter Chou, HTC won’t have any 4G LTE handsets to offer until sometime during the second half of 2011. Given the quality of leaks surrounding the HTC Mecha — the LTE handset spied several times — we had hoped a release would come much sooner.
There is stil a chance that HTC is just watching their words. Better to deliver earlier that initially quoted rather than promise a date that can’t be met, right? Oh, and Chou also mentions these handsets will feature NFC technology, in case there was any doubt that Google (and others) are firm in making the near-field technology the next big thing in mobile.