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Exclusive: 12 Photos of the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon

Take a look at that beauty.  Say hello to the HTC Thunderbolt, which will be the first 4G LTE device to land on Verizon after its unveiling next week at CES.  As you can see, it really just looks exactly like the Desire HD, but has Verizon branding and will be 4G capable which means it’ll be amazing.  We’re assuming it won’t have  a dual-core processor which most of you decided was critically important, but after seeing it, have you changed your mind?

We should point out that there is a surprise behind the kickstand and Google branding which we’re hoping means no Bing.  Hello Droid Thunderbolt?  Maybe.

11 more shots after the break.  

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  • Dan

    i just got the new Thunderbolt, i put phone twice on my home screen, how do i remove one? also is there an easy way to switch to 4G when i know i am in an area supporting then off when out?

  • Akhun04

    please tell me the price of this phone in Saudi Arabia Riyal.

  • tom

    Why would they build the thunder bolt with NO HDMI port. Could not wait for this phone to come out guss I have to wait. Samsung or Lg

  • yony

    when the phone its come in at the store

  • Ryanmcarthur

    is it possible to remove the kickstand?

    • tjhrulz

      yeah break it off other than that no

  • Donnydon

    So can someone please tell me what this can do that a another android phone cant? 4G aside because i aint payin for that!

    Still no apps. Im leaning towards the iphone on Verizon

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  • None

    Same as evo, just a higher bill.

  • None

    Same as evo, just a higher bill.

  • blake

    it seems that all these phone are the same. there is nothing spectacular about them. This seems no different than the phones out now except for the front facing camera. I want to see a nice looking phone for verizon like the iphone but better!

  • mmarob

    Looks alot like my HTC EVO 4G.

  • dual core or I’m not buying. Dual core is all i’m waiting for.

  • heroFAN

    I wonder if any other company will come out with some thing with lightning in its name because thunder follows lightning.

  • Anonymous

    What’s so wrong with Bing?

  • Thematatanpuro

    This is what I was waiting for. I already owned the HTC Eris and just was waiting for VZW 4G

  • NMMI89

    Bottom line….I WANT IT!!!!

  • DEEroid X

    OH MAN Verizon just answered my 2011 prayer! AMEN!

  • fkapple

    1) i’m sure as hell not paying for 4g if i buy an almost 600 dollar phone
    2) it better have Gingerbread or it’s useless, i might as well stick with my rooted/ rom’d up droid
    3.)i better not see a hint of lag when i preview this phone
    4.) it had BETTER have more than a 5 megapixel camera. that’d better be an 8 meg in the back of it.
    5) that had better be an hdmi output.

  • Anonymous

    Bing + Google = WIN

    • Anonymous

      huh

  • Dual-brain

    Droid 4G?:)

  • Dual-brain

    Droid 4G?:)

  • Jdeneri1

    will i be to preorder this phone when it comes out!

    • Keithsmnr

      Pre ordering would imply that you’re placing an order prior to the devices release so your comment doesn’t make a bit of sense.

  • AT$T

    you cant make everyone happy

  • Reverepats09

    alot of poeple are knocking on this device cause it replicates the EVo but i think it looks great and will do just as well at verizon as the EVo did at sprint. But I think this is gonna blow the EVO outta the water if those specs are correct LOL

  • Ihategoogle

    Why Android? This is sooo STUPID!

    Windows Mobile 7 is much better!

    • Anonymous

      on a droid website? hmmm

    • Keithsmnr

      Nice troll attempt.

  • Hkochii

    ” We’re assuming it won’t have a dual-core processor which most of you decided was critically important, but after seeing it, have you changed your mind?”

    Is the physical appearance of this device supposed to be so amazing that the performance of it by lacking a dual core processor is no longer important?

  • Shamoud

    I wish Verizon Droid can display Arabic. Waited too long for them to do so, should have left long ago to iPhone.
    Looks like I now have to go to iPhone for the Arabic text and Fonts.

  • Dcbelcher

    Where's the HDMI out?

  • Trs43

    better have dual core processor

  • Benjamin

    It looks very similar to the Sprint's 4G EVO phone.

  • JohnUSA

    I will wait for the newer model that will be released after this one. It will be a dual CPU and much faster model and it will be bug free after HTC and Verizon fix all the introductory bugs that this model will definitely have.
    Hopefully we won't wait that long, but it is the smart move not to jump in this hype.
    Maybe in the Spring?

  • Jake

    I love how its called Thunderbolt. There is no such thing as a Thunderbolt, they are thinking lightning bolt. EPIC FAIL

    • Yeah just like how Firebirds, Thunderbirds & Firefox’s are real. And how Pepsi’s and Marlboro’s came from real things also. Get a clue dumbass.

  • Banjo_Lips

    So much for using it in landscape with the kickstand AND the USB port.

  • Caleb785

    I cant wait for this phone to come out

  • Mikewantsadroid

    This is the Verizon Droid I've been waiting for!!!!

  • suchashorttime

    this phone looks great and all, but i could really do without the kickstand. it kinda makes a sleek phone look cheap.

  • mike

    is that a kick stand? hahahaah. Or is it just a speaker cover?

  • Jeff

    no 960×640=no interest

  • Nexpos

    What about battery life? It HAS to be better than the Incredible's.

  • okland272012

    So if that is a front facing camera where will the LED notification be?
    Where is the HDMI output?
    And will the kickstand get in the way? – I just don't want it to randomly come out all the time when i don't want it too…like my keyboard on my OG droid does in my pocket

  • Kdkinc1

    Will the Thunder-Bolt of today then become the Thunder-Butt tomorrow???

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  • jgabler5025

    I could possibly use my upgrade on this. I'm just hoping that if VZW does give it the DROID moniker, that they don't screw up the ad campaign. DROID Thunderbolt sounds too much like BB Storm, and we all know how that turned out.
    But enough of my ad rant, I, like others, hope that you don't get forced into a 4G contract because those are really pricy.

    • Perwilly

      Pricey eh? what have you heard about the price plan for 4G/LTE? I havent seen anything as yet…

      • jgabler5025

        I'm thinking to the 4G/LTE that they came out with for normal computers (the

        USB sticks). If those are any indication, it could be relatively pricy on

        cellphones too.

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  • jason

    Nothing really special… Boring design always by HTC. If you done your homework by going to look at all HTC smartphones – there are all the same design just that move the color up and down…

  • Jon Berry

    All I wanna know is if it has NFC 😀

  • Fudge Monster

    if it is announced at the sixth when will it come out?

  • i hope they knock it to sprint and dont charge the extra 10.00 rape charge. and launch their 450 for 70.00

  • Cranst4

    its gonna be like when the og droid came out, htc put out a phone that was on par for the current generation with the eris but let motorola take the high end (evolutionary) road. motorola hopefully will bring the gingerbread to little christmas. Droid 3 ftw!

  • Cranst4

    its gonna be like when the og droid came out, htc put out a phone that was on par for the current generation with the eris but let motorola take the high end (evolutionary) road. motorola hopefully will bring the gingerbread to little christmas. Droid 3 ftw!

  • jareth86

    And STILL no info about the Mecha?! I give up.

    • Mapekz

      This is the Mecha. Mecha was just a code name; Thunderbolt is the release name.

  • Rudybikerpunk

    Still a bummer no dual core. But such a nice phone

  • Marcel

    No dual-core!? So whats the sense of LTE then? Without a dual-core processor the phone cant use the speed at all.

  • Fyre

    I'm not a fan, will hold off on my upgrade till a better phone. A game changing phone. and my OGD is still in great shape. Will wait for something new. Not something that's a carbon copy of what's already out except a few added features, ie… front facing camera and kickstand. With out those, it just a refurbished piece of hardware

  • Jerryallenrose

    Minus 4G, my OG Droid will make due till a actual game changer comes along. Live with in your means folks. Don’t feed the beast, force big red to give you what you want. Common sense. Just hype.

    • Mikewantsadroid

      We need people to feed the beast, without them change comes too slowly. R&D isn’t cheap or free.

      So if everyone would up grade to every new phone release please, I would be able to get a phone of my liking that much sooner. Thank you. 🙂

    • Mikewantsadroid

      We need people to feed the beast, without them change comes too slowly. R&D isn’t cheap or free.

      So if everyone would up grade to every new phone release please, I would be able to get a phone of my liking that much sooner. Thank you. 🙂

  • Jth0lley

    Loving it. Definite acqusition.

  • yablahblah

    meh. it's just a verizon evo or a big nexus one. really nothing new..

  • So, it basically EVO LTE.

  • John

    thunderbolt eh…. creative.
    /s

  • MOTOX

    Droid thunderbolt? Yah im up for that…..better than the motorola droid etna or whatever, especially since there's 4 of a kind…remember 1 supposed to be on every major carrier…and no touchwiz for me, ewwww….i like sense 🙂

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  • Aj

    Beautiful phone. Any idea when it's gonna come out?

  • Killer4247

    guys if you look at the top of the 4th picture it looks like the charging port is on top so that should solve problems about watching movies and charging.

    • MOTOX

      thats the lid to take off the battery cover….the other is a power button and 3.5 mm headphone jackk…..the charging port is on the side…which is fine…just no hdmi 🙁

  • Jenny

    Awesome! Reminds me of the Push, but with the Heat's slimness, and the flair of the Awesome. Hope it has the interface of the Fire, with the speed of the Wow.

  • Mapekz

    It's definitely important that this device has some unique specs, i.e. dual core, Google experience (we haven't had one of those in a while), etc. We definitely deserve more than a Verizon 4G version of a phone from 2010.

  • Number1pain07

    My Biggest Pet peeve of these phones… STOP CHANGING THE SIDE THE LOCK BUTTON IS ON!!!!!!!!

  • Hogasswildmc

    I think it's a beautiful phone but I think my DX pretty much does everything this phone willdo sans the LTE. And I'm not completely sold I need LTE yet, besides Verizon doesn't have a start date in my area.

  • Jawshua

    Ooh does it have a live wallpaper we can get in apk?

  • dredaav

    Ok I'm sold thats my next phone!!

  • Dredaav

    Ok I'm sold thats my next phone!!

  • JohnPA2006

    Personally dont care about dual core, I have a Motorola DROID, its only 550mhz stock ROM.
    considering how well its done in almost the year I have had it, I feel 1ghz would be just fine.
    I would be nerdy enough to know to delete the billion widgets they like to have running when this phone is fresh out of the box. 1ghz, and a Front facing camera and LTE AND powered by Google branding, with a Kickstand that hides a big azz speaker bar behind it, well that sounds like a winner to me.
    Who gives a crap that the iPhone is coming to Verizon, when phones like this are coming out.
    The HTC Thunderbolt is my next phone. I'll leave the iPhones for the non technical people and
    for my technical self its Android all the way.

    Dual core to me just sounds like a phone that would have a dead battery 5 hours after its charged to 100%
    I would think a single core a 1ghz would at least last the better part of a full work day, with moderate use.

    • Anonymous

      Also with how fast 1ghz phones already are the dual core isn’t going to have a huge change like going from 550mhz to 1ghz would.
      After the speed is already this fast we are going to notice smaller and smaller changes with how fast it runs.

    • Anonymous

      Also with how fast 1ghz phones already are the dual core isn’t going to have a huge change like going from 550mhz to 1ghz would.
      After the speed is already this fast we are going to notice smaller and smaller changes with how fast it runs.

  • vinnyj

    I really like that entire look. Looks like a one piece solid aluminum base with a hard plastic type material for the battery cover. Only downside, Verizon is going to hit the customers big time with 4G costs. You think Verizon is expensive now??? Just wait till after 4G lights up???????? YIKES YIKES YIKES.

    • True, VZW is gonna soak every dime they can!

  • Balticzar

    HDMI-out port? (Mandatory for me)
    Dual Core? (Would be nice)
    Gingerbread? (Would be nice but I'll root it on when it's available on the forums)
    4G pricing? (Will 4G be a mandatory package? If so, how much more do I have to kick up to “The Man?”)

    Depending on those answers, I'll make my decision. As of now, I'm definitely leaning toward it. Have the Droid X now and am itching for a front facing camera. Have a few buddies with the EVO and I get jealous when they do video chat with their wives and kids when we're at work.

    Either way, I'm so happy this Google/Android OS has emerged and is flourishing. To hell with the lemmings and their i*hones!!

  • Doofy

    it looks the exact same as every droid

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  • 1bad69z28

    This is a good start but I will wait for the line up of phones at CES. Don't believe the hype This is a good teaser but my bet is the best of the best with all of the trimmings is coming out in CES.

  • Cer

    Speaker-under-kickstand-fail.

  • XxXDROIDXxX

    Ok forgive my ignorance, is switching from 3G network to LTE on Vz going to allow simultaneous data and talk?

    • MOTOX

      Yes if you are on the 4g….which is actually a big coverage area and will be almost all 3g areas by the end of 2011…

      • XxXDROIDXxX

        Thanks for answering its appreciate it, I was pretty sure id read that

  • Etreyry
  • If someones selling this on Ebay, I'll buy it. Otherwise I'm not gonna waste my upgrade on this lol. I need dual-core before I use my upgrade.

  • dardeez

    hdmi output?

  • BeeJay

    Just one question. Will this bad boy have a front facing camera???

  • Silly Evo! What is he doing on Verizon?

  • 855turbo

    Whoop dee do, its a verizon evo…. No amoled, no dual core.

  • Love the look but I'm going to wait unti la new Motorola phone comes out

    • MOTOX

      moto=locked bootloader, no help if ur on a leaked rom, crappy blur…i have a droid x…i know….

      • cdmoore74

        I'm on Rubix 1.9.5 with official .340 OTA. It may not be a full blown custom rom but this is as close to perfection and is only getting better. I can even overclock to 1.35ghz but the custom rom is super fast as it is. Plus you can always go back to the official rom with the SBF file or use it if you mess up.

  • MOTOX

    WAIT i see….no hdmi port???? 🙁 🙁 :9 🙁 :9 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 waaaaaa…does anyone see one?

  • MOTOX

    GIVE ME THIS PHONE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! DROID X——CYA…..

  • Noelanthony54

    is that a front facing camera ?

    • Anonymous

      yup

  • joe

    I like the design of this but not sure if I would want this as my next phone.

  • If the thunderbolt has a dual-core processor, this definitely going to be my next phone

  • The design wins right off the bat with a kick-stand and the charging / usb port on the correct side of the phone.

  • Phil

    Wish it had an optical trackpad. Makes browsing web pages much easier. No need to zoom in to click some tiny link between other links. It also activates mouse over elements that your finger can't activate.

  • ajbattaglia83

    I decided im gonna let the devs decide my next phone lol im pretty happy with all the different rom options I have with the X right now when I first got it there was wasn't much out there and at this point I could never go back to stock anything

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  • Rocktoonz

    Very nice to see that they got rid of that annoyingly useless optical trackball in favor of a larger screen and front-facing cam. However, my DInc is still new to me, so I likely won't be upgrading any time soon, and by then I'm confident that there will be MUCH better devices available. I'm curious why they dropped the “Incredible” moniker though, and whether it will be a “Droid” phone, simply because it'd be nice for my DInc to have a little brother 😀

  • Guy's need to ask you'll a question, I have a Motorola Droid X and a Droid 2 Global, which one do I give up to make the money to buy this HTC Thunderbolt?

    • Number1pain07

      Give up the X my sister has the X and My Nephew has the R2D2 the D2 is much better than the X and its global which helps alot! plus if your like me and like to switch between a all touch phone and one with a keyboard every once in a while drop the X 😉

      • Number1pain07

        P.S. I switch between my Dinc. and D1 all the time 😀

    • MOTOX

      Hmm…hard but droid x….why….its not global otherwise i would say the droid 2….but then u have no hdmi but im sure u can find a cord that does it…..

  • Mdeamicis

    not likely to be dual core? what happened to those qualcom dual core scorpion processors that shipped some time before june of last year? i mean tegra 2 is all the rage, but there are multiple companies out there making processors. it would not shock me to hear of this phone featuring a dual core processor with speeds over 1ghz. if not i would not even consider it, lte or not.

  • Deshoncoleman

    Don't like the HTC side plug in for charging.

  • E2icnathan

    look at the bright side though HTC finally did not make the camera pop out 😀 so now oyu dont have to worry as much about scratching the lens 😀

  • Aaron Vail

    WOW! this might be my next phone 🙂
    I've got the original Droid1

  • mgavina23

    wouldn't the stand muffle the noise since it covers the speaker???

    • E2icnathan

      i knowww right! do they expect us to open the kickstand whenever we want to listen to something?!?!

      • X20bucksx

        Yes but they will call it a bonus or special speaker guarding kickstand

  • 11knives

    Thank God for the return of Droid -Life mobile view!!

  • Aingle1

    Call me a droid fanboy but I'm going to have to wait and see what my boys at Motorola have for me next year. Please please please be a Stormtrooper edition Droid X!! This is a pretty phone and all…but it wasn't dropped out of a bomber.

  • FireFoxMcCloud

    I'll wait for Motorola Droid LTE

  • Italianangel8131

    what the camera pixel count on this?

  • Gclint4

    Will it compete with, two camera's that would be awesome.

  • The last line brings a bit of hope. No BING is a beautiful thing.

    Keep your BING on your WinPhone7. I'll take Google, please.

    I could hope for Gingerbread, but something tells me that while HTC will fight to get it on this, VZW will keep that from happening until they've perfected their bloatware for 2.3.

    Sooner or later, VZW will learn that some people really want a true Google Experience phone. I can say for sure, I'm one of them. Love Sense UI, but give me Sense over Google Experience only, no bloatware, no BS. That would make me the happiest customer (which is what it's all about anyways, right? Ok, I have delusions of grandeur, but they're my delusions).

  • Cchorner1975

    Just a thought, I love this phone and will buy regardless of dual core or not as long as at least 1.5 snapdragon on board, have had no problem with 1 g Droid incredible so no matter what this will be upgrade. But smartest thing HTC did is put Kick stand over speaker, my last 2 phones have constantly blown speakers due to medal shavings at work so this alone huge upgrade in my book, I CAN”T WAIT and have been holding my upgrade since august for this thing and can't wait any longer.

  • is that the speaker under the kickstand? or is that the speaker on the bottom of the phone on the front?

  • Droid-ice

    For get about the rest I'll wait for the Droid 3.

  • Timbabwe

    I already said this somewhere else: This phone should take the name of Merge and be called the Droid Merge. It's merging everyone on Verizon into 4G!! Its prefect!

    • TotalEclipseOfTheDROID

      Hahaha i actually see the logic in that. I like that!

    • TotalEclipseOfTheDROID

      Hahaha i actually see the logic in that. I like that!

  • Wbdrummer

    But can it run Crysis?

    • Wbdrummer

      Or Dungeon Defenders.

  • Kartiel

    Nah Im buying mine retail price so i want Dual Core LTE front facing camera

  • JB

    ok wow, this is much nicer then I was expecting. Could be my next phone. just gotta see what the etna looks like.

  • Cranst4

    no sense anywhere on the back, are we talking about stock (may i pray gingerbread) android

  • cdmoore74

    Must have dual core for me to pull the trigger. But if it comes with a 1.5ghz or higher single core I might think about it. I already have a dx so I'm use to 1ghz. It's like motorcycles. Start out on a 250cc and after a month it's slow. You upgrade to a 600cc and then you start looking a 1000cc bikes. It never stops!!!

    • Cameron

      Exactly

    • E2icnathan

      i like your comparison 😀 because its very true 😀

  • Wavy Crockett

    Sorry guys but I still think the EVO looks much more sleek and sexier than this thing. Only 7 months late, but better late than never I guess lol

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  • TheDrizzle

    Are there any leaked specs for this? If this ends up being dual core I will most definitely get it.

  • Carl

    what a beautiful phone! any info on the screen size or camera resolution?

  • DroidServin

    OMG!!!!!

  • Ruddy

    knowledge rules supreme over nearly every1

    • Chumly

      You mean “reigns”

    • Chumly

      You mean “reigns”

  • Kiriuskris

    I think the biggest thing people want to know right now:

    Tegra 2?
    Will it come preloaded with Gingerbread 2.3?
    Droid Branded?
    4G pricing?
    New HTC Sense?

    HDMI, forward facing cam, 4.3″ screen, dual flash, kickstand, 1Ghz are so last year! Yawn!

    • i really dont think people are that interested in if it will be called “droid” or not. its just a name it doesnt change anything at all, if someone decides they dont want this phone just because it is called the HTC Thunderbolt and not the DROID Thunderbolt they would be really dumb.

      • Kiriuskris

        I don't think people will not buy this phone because it's not a Droid, but people like the Droid brand. It's something they've come to acknowledge and come to love. If it wasn't for the Droid brand, we wouldn't have droid-life. Plus everyone loves the Droid eye and the “DRROOIDDD” sound when they power on the phone.

        • Mr. X

          This is HTC brand on verizon. It has nothing to do with Droid or Motorola. The Droiiiid sound and eye are trademarks of Motorola.

        • Mr. X

          This is HTC brand on verizon. It has nothing to do with Droid or Motorola. The Droiiiid sound and eye are trademarks of Motorola.

          • Wrong. I have an HTC droid incredible and it has a red eye and “DRRRROOIDDD” sound on startup/new text message notification sounds.

            Verizon owns the droid line, moto and HTC make phones for them.

          • Anonymous

            verizon licenses the dorid name from lucas

          • Anonymous

            verizon licenses the dorid name from lucas

          • Donthaveone

            true, droid is a trademark of lucasfilm. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2354819,00.asp

          • Anonymous

            *The word droid, is a trademark of Lucasfilms.

          • It doesn’t mean George Lucas can buy back a line of phones, though.

          • Wrong. I have an HTC droid incredible and it has a red eye and “DRRRROOIDDD” sound on startup/new text message notification sounds.

            Verizon owns the droid line, moto and HTC make phones for them.

          • Kiriuskris

            Lucasfilm has the Droid name trademarked so no one else can trademark anything about it.

          • Kiriuskris

            Lucasfilm has the Droid name trademarked so no one else can trademark anything about it.

          • Mdeamicis

            um droid branding is not exclusive to motorola. anyone heard of the incredible? by htc.

          • Anonymous

            or the eris by htc also. haha

          • Anonymous

            that wasnt a droid brand phone. had no “drooooiiiiiiidddd” sounds nor did it have a booting eye. It DID have a skateboarding andy though.

          • Anonymous

            it was called the DROID Eris. its the same situation when the incredible came out, it didn’t have any of that until its 2.2 update.

          • Anonymous

            The eris never got 2.2?

          • Anonymous

            it was called the DROID Eris. its the same situation when the incredible came out, it didn’t have any of that until its 2.2 update.

          • Anonymous

            that wasnt a droid brand phone. had no “drooooiiiiiiidddd” sounds nor did it have a booting eye. It DID have a skateboarding andy though.

          • Mdeamicis

            um droid branding is not exclusive to motorola. anyone heard of the incredible? by htc.

          • You’re an idiot.

          • You’re an idiot.

          • Not true…the Droid Incredible boots up with the eye and the “Droiiid” sound and it is made by HTC!

          • Anonymous

            owned!

          • if thats the case then why is the the HTC incredible named Droid?

          • Fred Guerr

            because all android OS based phones are called droids

          • if thats the case then why is the the HTC incredible named Droid?

          • what about the droid increbible. Its HTC, its Droid, Its Verizon, and its the smoothest android phone to date.
            Droid name and sound are trademarks of Lucas films. and are licensed to verizon not motorola.

          • what about the droid increbible. Its HTC, its Droid, Its Verizon, and its the smoothest android phone to date.
            Droid name and sound are trademarks of Lucas films. and are licensed to verizon not motorola.

          • Psychlore

            So.. the ‘Droid Incredible’ is a Moto phone?? Huh… who knew??

          • Psychlore

            And before anyone decides to try to ‘correct’ me on that. I suggest heading to ‘droiddoes.com’

            ‘Droid’ is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd, NOT Motorola.

          • Psychlore

            And before anyone decides to try to ‘correct’ me on that. I suggest heading to ‘droiddoes.com’

            ‘Droid’ is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd, NOT Motorola.

          • Psychlore

            So.. the ‘Droid Incredible’ is a Moto phone?? Huh… who knew??

          • SaintV

            I believe they are trademarks of Vzw because the HTC Incredible also had the eye and the “Droid” sound in Vzw commercials when it came out. Droid the name is actually a trademark of Lucas Arts. So for the phone to even make the “Droid” sound a royalty has to be paid to Ole George himself. lol. Droid as a phone brand is used, licensed for use, by Vzw from Lucas Arts and is not Moto specific. remember the DROID Eris and DROID Incredible, both HTC phones. This is why you don’t see DROID phones on any other carrier, if it was a Moto trademark then Moto could have DROID phones for Att or sprint, but they can’t do that.

          • SaintV

            I believe they are trademarks of Vzw because the HTC Incredible also had the eye and the “Droid” sound in Vzw commercials when it came out. Droid the name is actually a trademark of Lucas Arts. So for the phone to even make the “Droid” sound a royalty has to be paid to Ole George himself. lol. Droid as a phone brand is used, licensed for use, by Vzw from Lucas Arts and is not Moto specific. remember the DROID Eris and DROID Incredible, both HTC phones. This is why you don’t see DROID phones on any other carrier, if it was a Moto trademark then Moto could have DROID phones for Att or sprint, but they can’t do that.

          • JagerMonster

            Not true sir. My Incredible has both…….

          • JagerMonster

            Not true sir. My Incredible has both…….

          • Hammer44

            Before you get bent out of shape, I am not insulting you, just asking a question. If the “Droid” name is a Moto trademark (which it isn’t it is George Lucas’ trademark) why does my Droid Incredible made by HTC make the same noise and show the same eye as a Moto phone? I believe the Droid branding is a Google thing, not a handset maker thing.

          • Snyper

            Let me go ahead and clear this up because it annoys me with the misconception that people have on this. The “DROID” Branding IS TRADEMARKED by Lucas Films LTD.; It is a title that VZW reserves for the phones that it deems on the high end spectrum of their Android Devices. Google has nothing to do with the “Droid” Title. That is a Verizon bought title. NOTHING MORE. True there are Bing’d phones that are available (Search engine sucks in comparison) that have the ANDROID OS. Basically consider it like Sharpie not every permanent marker is a sharpie but we reference them all as sharpies because it is a good quality popular brand. Hope this clears things up for you guys. SMH

          • Smellybottum

            Then can you explain why it makes the noise on Verizon’s (HTC) DROID Incredible ?

          • Tshuman

            wrong the incredible also has those and its HTC

          • Breathtakingevil

            Bull… HTC has a Droid Eye, but then again I guess my Incredible doesn’t count since it looks more Incredible and less like a Droid… (pun intended?)

          • Tsbsmarter17

            Not true. If I recall the Droid sound and Eye were used for the HTC Droid Incredible too. The Droid TM belongs to Verizon, not the manufacturers.

          • Jess

            not necessarily, the droid incredible has the droid sound and the eye and it is an HTC phone 🙂

          • Daymonn03_74

            I think you have your wires crossed. If the droid eyes, and sound are Moto trademarks, why would Verizon use them for non Moto phones, and why would Moto allow that? It seems I read somewhere Droid is actually trademark of Lucas Films, not Moto, who would have to have some sort of relationship with Lucas Films just to use the eye, and the sound in conjunction with the Droid branding. Sources please.

      • anon

        not to mention only “droid” branded phones have google apps installed on them. Non-Droid phones are loaded up with Bing, which is a big reason why many people want this to be a droid phone.

        • Mdeamicis

          um, all android phones can download google labs applications from the android market.

          • DBK

            But Bing will still be there, which was the point he was making.

          • DBK

            But Bing will still be there, which was the point he was making.

          • JohnPA2006

            Partly true, from what I understand the Samsung Facsinate is BING’d and the Bing maps is your main mapping app. If you try to look for Google maps in the marketplace on that phone, its intentionally hidden.
            Basically they are hiding an app that you should be able to install at will, but Verizon is telling you otherwise.

          • Nagmier

            actually the statement issued by either sammy or vzw (cant remember who) was that once the devices get 2.2 they will be able to download “google” apps from the mkt of course with Samsung’s terrific update track record and the fact that there have been several delays and promise after promise of a date has been broken and their current self imposed deadline of in 2010 is about to be blasted out of the water!

        • Mdeamicis

          um, all android phones can download google labs applications from the android market.

    • giatros

      Forward facing cam: I don’t know of any forward facing cam phones on Verizon “last year”…., agree that the other carriers have this feature.

      Few other questions: How about 1080p video capability? How about a better resolution screen?

    • Wireless Tech

      Only the Motorola phones have the DROID branding. It’s just a name that differentiates them from other phones.

  • Kiteless

    This is my next phone… Can't wait…

  • linkedit

    vzw's evo. will it have the same crap, non hd screen as the evo?

  • ckeegan

    Slap on the keyboard from the TouchPro2 and I'll pay full retail.

    • Anonymous

      Wait for the Merge, although it won’t have a 4.3″ screen.

    • skltr21

      me too! i need my keyboard! =)

      • ckeegan

        those of us who do more than just updating facebook status tend to like them

  • Elchulo17268

    It wont be better than my EVO4G plus its a wanna be 🙂

    • DBK

      You’re right, your diarrhEVO IS a wanna be… 🙂

  • androidlove!

    release date wanna buy NOW!

  • dannydarko

    Dual-core or not, I want it and I will have it.

  • TONY

    ILL WAIT FOR THE MOTO PHONES

  • PositiveNegative

    My kingdom for a Thunderbolt without that damned kickstand…

  • Mam 3686

    Anyone have the wallpaper from the photo up there?

  • It kind of makes sense that this will be the name of the first 4G phone because in their 4G ads their is always Thunderbolt. Hint hint.

    • kimir

      i am pretty sure that we already knew that from an older post….

  • That's sexy.

  • richlost

    They switched the home and menu buttons again…….
    Damn Android fragmentation

    • TheRealKingOfAllMedia

      same layout as Incredible. Hump

    • TheRealKingOfAllMedia

      same layout as the Incredible. think then speak.

      • DBK

        Words of wisdom 🙂

      • DBK

        Words of wisdom 🙂

    • J_McClane

      The buttons are the same as on all of HTCs phones.

      So…no.

  • kimir

    do you have to pay for the 4g service? or can you stick with 3g?

    • Justin2380

      I am wondering the same thing.

    • genjii931

      Verizon hasn't released any pricing for LTE handset plans, only for the data plans for LTE 'modems'.

  • kimir

    so. is it droid thunderbolt?

  • Colemanjj616

    Any word on if this phone will have the new Sense UI like the Incredible HD.

    • Colemanjj616

      I meant the Desire HD

      • kimir

        of course! it is htc

    • J_McClane

      Most likely.

  • Droid1294

    there is a HDMI port it's on the TOP guys

    • Ala

      There doesn’t appear to be an hdmi port on the top. Only the power button, headset jack, and a pry slot for the battery color similar to the evo.

  • Am I missing something here, where is the physical camera button?

  • SeattleJeremy

    That just might be the phone I've been waiting for.

  • miauczak

    Hmmn, if the battery life is anything like the evo than I'll wait for a Moto device. It is sexy tho.

  • oh wow this looks awesome

  • Emeraldjun

    Will this be my next smartphone? Probably not, I'll wait for dual-core smartphones to drop.

  • Calumnium

    definitely waiting for something from motorola… just sayin, i think the kickstand is pointless and if my phone doesn't go DROID, then i would feel like a piece of me is gone. so for now DX ftw!!!

    • Rampancy

      My Incredible goes DROIIDD on bootup now.

      Non rooted.

  • shamu11

    does anybody know if I will have to pay extra for LTE or is the monthly bill still the same as if I had a DroidX

    • Kiriuskris

      You will most likely have to pay a 4G fee to use their LTE.

    • Viper76269

      prices will be the same.

      • Anonymous

        really, thank the lord

      • J_McClane

        I seriously doubt that. They haven't announced prices yet.

        • Viper76269

          i know someone on the inside. believe me

  • How phones should be designed. This should have been the Nexus S

    You see Sammy, you build premium phones with Aluminum or metal, not cheap plastic

    • Considering I’ve gotten a lot more compliments on my Nexus S than my N1 or the iP4 I use for dev’ing, I think they did something right there.

    • Viper76269

      and you need an SD card

    • J_McClane

      You must be thinking of Motorola, HTC most definitely uses a lot of cheap plastic and this is no exception. The kickstand and speaker grill are the only aluminum pieces.

      • BobbyPhoenix

        I have an HTC Nexus One, and the frame is made of metal. I also have an HTC Desire HD, and the entire body is one complete piece of machined aluminium. This phone is also mostly aluminium. Only the back cover is plastic (ala N1).

        • Anonymous

          That is the exception, not the rule. The frame and back of this look very plastic to me.

  • AAA

    no, it's a deal breaker

  • EC8CH

    So if this is supposed to be the first 4G phone on VZ and it WON'T carry the DROID branding???

    Doesn't it seem weird that VZ wouldn't use its Flagship DROID brand to unveil it's 4G network???

  • Looks badass.

  • Skyskioc

    OMG ! I just dropped a load…………

    • palomosan

      Well, this phone looks too familiar, at least they should put a dual core inside, I’m not sold yet.

      I still want to see what MOTO, Samsung and LG will bring to the table at CES.

    • palomosan

      Well, this phone looks too familiar, at least they should put a dual core inside, I’m not sold yet.

      I still want to see what MOTO, Samsung and LG will bring to the table at CES.

    • Ckochinsky125

      im with you on this this phone looks awesome and pretty sure it will be my next phone

  • Kiriuskris

    I didn't notice a HDMI port. If this is a 4G phone, streaming movies and videos should be a big plus. You would think they would incorporate it. I do wish they would've branded it the Droid Lightning, but I'm happy to see it. Looks like a good base 4G model for Verizon. Can't wait to see what else they are cooking at HTC, Motorola, and Samsung!

    • Myk

      It will probably get a Droid name before launch, unless its going to be the Droid Thunderbolt. HTC always has name for their devices before launch. My question is, is it a good spec upgrade from my Incredible (outside of LTE)?

      • Kiriuskris

        I have an Incredible too, but am going to wait. I live in a city that probably won’t get LTE for a year or two and even if it did, I can’t see forking out extra money just for limited data right now. I’m not ready to jump on this for a phone with similar specs as our Incredible, just with a bigger screen and LTE. But if your contract is up and this is what you’re looking for, then by all means! Good luck!

      • Droid1294

        htc put the droid branding at the last second on the htc incredible.

  • poor design – cant use kickstand and charge at the same time.

    • Ckochinsky125

      actually you can look at the charging port on the side you can use the stand and charge

      • ct

        If you have it vertically. But I have an evo and watch movies with it sideways using the kickstand. On the evo the charger is on the bottom so no problem. But with this, you can not have it on its side and charge it at the same time. This makes NO sense. Video drains the battery. You need to have it charging.

        Not to mention not being able to use a normal dock or the mount I have in my car. It is just a poor decision.

        • Joemama

          I thought the same thing at first, but does the port on the side look like HDMI out to anyone? I think so, and that would solve the problem of charging while watching a movie. You would never need the HDMI out to be plugged in while watching a movie cause it would be on a different screen.

        • Joemama

          I thought the same thing at first, but does the port on the side look like HDMI out to anyone? I think so, and that would solve the problem of charging while watching a movie. You would never need the HDMI out to be plugged in while watching a movie cause it would be on a different screen.

    • Good point.

    • Narley

      you’re a moron…. your brain was poorly designed

    • E2icnathan

      its also bad cuz if you notice the speakers are under the kickstand so if you wanna look at a vid or listen to music you have to open the kickstand for nice sound

    • E2icnathan

      its also bad cuz if you notice the speakers are under the kickstand so if you wanna look at a vid or listen to music you have to open the kickstand for nice sound

    • Cartoyz

      Stand it Horizontally like the HTC EVO….. figured that was obvious.

      • Also a good point.

      • Guest Account

        It looks like it has it's charge port on the Side where the Kickstand would be pulled from. Although it looks like an HDMI port it quite possibly is multifunction for charging.

        The pics that show the Bottom Angle of the phone only show a Mic. So I believe Chris is correct in the thought that you can't charge and Kickstand at the same time.

        • Droid1294

          hey i noticed it too, its in the top and hate the speaker under the kickstand

        • Cartoyz

          I stand corrected…. I just quickly looked at the pics and mistaken the power button as a charge port.

  • Drudometkin

    Waiting to see motos 4g devices.

  • Sure is sexay. My upgrade is here in February!! I love my DX, but would drop it in a heartbeat for this beauty with 4G.

    Where's the HDMI port?

  • EC8CH

    Looks good, but…

    I'd rather have a Nexus phone on Verizon.

    • this kills the nexus

      • EC8CH

        I’ll wait to form an opinion on that until I see how bloated and locked down VZ decides to make this impressive looking hardware.

        VZ phones have gotten more and more locked down since the OGD, and my comment was meant to voice my opinion that VZ customers should have an option for a more open phone.

      • EC8CH

        I’ll wait to form an opinion on that until I see how bloated and locked down VZ decides to make this impressive looking hardware.

        VZ phones have gotten more and more locked down since the OGD, and my comment was meant to voice my opinion that VZ customers should have an option for a more open phone.

    • Look at it. It looks like a giant, squared off Nexus with a kickstand. After maybe a day or so, root and flash Gingy/Honeycomb. There. Nexus 2.

      • Still it’s missing the PowerVR SGX540 lol.

      • Still it’s missing the PowerVR SGX540 lol.

    • Look at it. It looks like a giant, squared off Nexus with a kickstand. After maybe a day or so, root and flash Gingy/Honeycomb. There. Nexus 2.

    • Spinwizard

      trust me EC8CH, it’s a Samsung phone and you reallt don’t want ANY Samsung phone!

      • EC8CH

        Biggest issue with Sammy phones is their reluctance to update the OS to the latest versions of Android.

        With the Nexus S that won’t be a problem. So in my mind if you like Sammy hardware, but haven’t been a fan of their software or support, the Nexus S is the phone you’ve been waiting for.

      • EC8CH

        Biggest issue with Sammy phones is their reluctance to update the OS to the latest versions of Android.

        With the Nexus S that won’t be a problem. So in my mind if you like Sammy hardware, but haven’t been a fan of their software or support, the Nexus S is the phone you’ve been waiting for.

    • Spinwizard

      trust me EC8CH, it’s a Samsung phone and you reallt don’t want ANY Samsung phone!

  • JW

    Looks like a great phone. High on my list for sure. Now if only we could see a 4G Droid 🙂

    • Anonymous

      This is a 4G Droid. The other two htc phones are Droids (Eris, Incredible) This being the first VZW 4G phone, you can bet on it being a Droid-branded phone.

  • So if you have the kickstand in does that block the speakers or is it removable?

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Kickstand = win

  • Seanfranchise6

    Great looking phone, I just hope it's not been binged. My upgrade is this month and I'm gonna save it for this.

    • shamu11

      look at the kickstand and READ!

  • EC8CH

    I like the kickstand, but I still need a charging dock.

  • Sure is sexay. My upgrade is here in February!! I love my DX, but would drop it in a heartbeat for this beauty with 4G.

  • andrewcweaver

    SEXY!

  • belsonc

    Definitely, definitely a good looking phone… might be FIRST on my list if I decide to upgrade this year… 😉

  • Tex

    first! and great looking phone

  • BeeJay

    gtfo hater

  • BeeJay

    gtfo hater

  • Come on, man. The design is like a giant Nexus One, it has a faster version of the newest Snapdragon, it uses LTE, and IT’S ON VERIZON.

  • Come on, man. The design is like a giant Nexus One, it has a faster version of the newest Snapdragon, it uses LTE, and IT’S ON VERIZON.

    • Anonymous

      I thought it had the scorpion processor…

    • Anonymous

      I thought it had the scorpion processor…

    • Awesomniac

      Come on, man. Did u see Nexus at all? Nothing similar! This is a SUPER SMARTPHONE, also two different processors- 1-core Snapdragon and Dual-core one in this phone can’t have the same name!

    • Awesomniac

      Come on, man. Did u see Nexus at all? Nothing similar! This is a SUPER SMARTPHONE, also two different processors- 1-core Snapdragon and Dual-core one in this phone can’t have the same name!

  • Chrisghughes

    Dude. I know what you’re getting at, but don’t come to a phone website for people interested in talking about phones and then mock them for it.

    Talk about not having a life. Troll

  • Chrisghughes

    Dude. I know what you’re getting at, but don’t come to a phone website for people interested in talking about phones and then mock them for it.

    Talk about not having a life. Troll