Motorola looks to preempt market ahead of iPhone 5 unveiling

Wall to wall.

Motorola’s next phone, set to be unveiled at a Verizon event this week, is said to have an edge-to-edge screen according to sources close to the matter. A conference is scheduled for Wednesday and the phone, powered by Android, is expected to be available for purchase later this year.

This is Motorola’s most high-profile debut since being acquired by Google and would be one of the first full screen phones launched in the U.S. Motorola is counting on these features to help battle the iPhone and other smartphones according to sources close to the matter. Additionally, the phone will run on Verizon’s LTE technology, which offers faster network speeds. Currently, Verizon has the largest LTE network in the U.S.

Wednesday will also mark the debut of Nokia’s (NOK) Oyj which run’s on Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 8. Amazon (AMZN) is also holding a press event this week where some speculate a phone could be introduced as well as a re-vamped Kindle tablet lineup.

The timing works well for smartphone manufacturers as Apple (AAPL) is not expected to debut the iPhone 5 until mid-September and Samsung may face a ban on some of its products in the U.S. because of a recent ruling against it in its patent battle with Apple.

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