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AT&T's HTC Titan II produces LTE, 16-megapixel camera whopper

A 16-megapixel what? That's what we said when we first learned of the HTC Titan II Windows Phone, which also is one of the first in the U.S. to support 4G LTE.

HTC Titan II for AT&T
HTC's second pass at the Titan, a Windows Mobile phone. HTC

LAS VEGAS--Listen up, you LTE lovers across America. The HTC Titan is getting a faster brother.

The cleverly named HTC Titan II, announced this morning at AT&T's CES press conference, is almost identical to the Windows Phone handset we got in November, but with two major new features.

The first is support for AT&T's growing 4G LTE network. The second is a rear-facing camera capable of capturing a whopping 16 megapixels, double what we're seeing on most high-end camera phones out there right now.

Beyond that, there's still the same hulking build (5.2 inches by 2.7 inches by 0.4 inches), 4.7-inch WVGA Super-LCD screen, and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system.

There's also a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon 2 processor, and support for 720p HD video recording (you can also record video from the front-facing camera, a neat take on the theme).

Other specs for the detail-hungry include 16GB of internal flash memory and a 1,730mAh lithium ion battery.

Still thinking about that rear-facing camera spec? Me, too. LTE versions of HSPA+ phones is something we all expected, but doubling the camera size is, well, nuts. Hopefully in a good way.

Just keep in mind that 8 megapixels of a focused, color-balanced camera trumps the iffy quality of a camera that captures more detail. We'll still need to see how that baby performs in a variety of subject and lighting situations.

Keep reading CNET; we'll be able to get some hands-on time with the device after the press conference.