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January 9, 2012

CES: The HTC Titan II, one of the first LTE Windows Phones, comes to AT&T

It’s big. It’s fast. It’s got a killer camera. The first major Windows Phone announcement to emerge from the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today was positively drool-worthy: The HTC Titan II, a new 4G LTE-equipped phone, is coming to AT&T.

The Titan II, expected to hit stores in the coming months, definitely lives up to its name. It sports the biggest touchscreen of any Windows Phone (4.7-inch WVGA). It also—and this one frankly blows me away—comes with a whopping 16-megapixel rear camera. For perspective, that’s double what you find on most smartphones, and it makes the Titan II one of the most potent pocket-size cameras, period.

This beast is also blazing fast: Packing a 1.5 gigahertz Snapdragon processor, it’s the first Windows Phone from HTC to take advantage of AT&T’s speedy  4G LTE network.

But back to those cameras for second. Yes, cameras. The Titan II has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. Its big rear camera, meanwhile, features a fast wide-angle lens (f2.6, 28mm), autofocus, and dual LED flash. Shutterbugs will appreciate extras like red eye reduction, image stabilization, a panorama mode for landscapes, and a burst shot mode for sports or kids. Want to make movies? The rear camera records 720p HD video.

It’s going to be an exciting day for Windows Phone and Microsoft, with more surprises to come—including a hands-on video later in the day from my colleague Ben Rudolph that you definitely won’t want to miss.

So make sure to check back here or our Facebook page throughout the day for more Windows Phone news from CES.  To see what other cool stuff Microsoft is unwrapping at the world’s biggest gadget fest, or to watch CEO Steve Ballmer’s keynote live at 6:30 pm Pacific time today, head over to the official Microsoft Facebook page or the Microsoft News Center.

The LTE-compatible HTC Titan II is coming to AT&T.The phone weighs 5.2 ounces and measures 5.2” (L) x 2.7” (W) x .4” (H).