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HTC Thunderbolt Coming to Verizon 4G LTE First Half 2011 with Google and 1GHZ Snapdragon Processor

The press release for the HTC Thunderbolt is out and the specs are in.  We’re looking at a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3″ Super LCD screen, new Sense 2.0, 32GB pre-installed SD card, kickstand and 720p video recording.  In even better news, it’s definitely a Google device which you’ll see from the Google branding on that fancy little kickstand.  This is the same device we released 12 pictures of over a week ago.  It’s a fantastic device and we should have some longer hands-on time with it soon.

Gallery and press release after the break. 

HTC THUNDERBOLT delivers style and speed on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network

LTE-Capable HTC ThunderBolt Enables Sharing at 4G Speeds with Features Including Integrated Skype mobile and DLNA Wireless Media Connectivity

LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – At the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon Wireless and HTC today unveiled its newest 4G smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt, one of the world’s first 4G LTE Android smartphones, coming soon exclusively to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

Taking advantage of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network and the intuitiveness of the HTC Sense user experience, HTC ThunderBolt is one of the first smartphones to integrate Skype mobile with video calling. Rather than relying on a standalone application, a Skype mobile with video call can be made as easily as a standard voice call – with features like presence icons that indicate the availability status of friends built into the standard contacts list. A front-facing camera enables simple video calling, and the 4.3-inch display brings friends and family into clear focus.

HTC ThunderBolt features exceptional speed and power with the newest generation of the blazing-fast 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Verizon Wireless customers will also enjoy the premium HTC Sense user experience, running on the Android 2.2 platform.  Creating and consuming mobile multimedia content is made possible with a stunning 4.3-inch WVGA display, Dolby surround sound, 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording. With wireless DLNA capability, the HTC ThunderBolt can easily stream and share content directly with compatible home theater components, including HDTVs and stereo receivers that feature built-in DLNA support.

“We are proud to not only be bringing one of the first 4G LTE Android smartphones to the Verizon Wireless network, but to offer people the unprecedented speed and ease of use that the HTC ThunderBolt provides to them,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas. “What makes 4G so compelling is not just technology, but what the technology allows people to do. With HTC ThunderBolt and the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, 4G is brought to life as people stay connected with friends, family and content faster than ever before possible.”

“Our 4G LTE network and the HTC Sense user experience combine to enable our customers to connect with friends, family and information on a whole new level,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.  “Customers will see the difference of 4G speeds when accessing content via the Web, Android applications or other Verizon Wireless applications.”

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network.  Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company’s entire 3G coverage area over the next three years.

The HTC ThunderBolt will be on display at CES in Verizon Wireless’ booth (#35216 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center). For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte and for more information about Verizon Wireless at CES, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/ces or follow the company on Twitter at http://twitter.com/verizonwireless.  For more information about the HTC ThunderBolt, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/thunderbolt.

Key Features:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of  5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • 4.3-inch WVGA display
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to 8 Wi-Fi devices
  • Android 2.2 platform
  • 32GB microSD card included
  • HTC Sense 2.0 with new features, including Fast Boot
  • Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing
  • Dolby and SRS surround sound
  • Fully integrated Skype mobile experience
  • 720p HD video recording
  • DLNA streaming multimedia support

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About HTC

HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

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  • Michael

    Verizon iPhone being announced tomorrow! woohoo!

  • JohnPA2006

    Thunder….. THUNder….. .THUNDERCATS…. oh wait
    THUNDERBOLT !!! Hooooo !!!

    comes with 32gmb memory card, and KICKSTAND.
    This phone is going to be awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Now that is a phone I want. Perfect to hold in my hand plus its HTC, Sense 2.0, unlocked bootloader. This will probably be my next phone.

  • Napoleon

    Would it have killed HTC to include HDMI along with DLNA on the Thunderbolt?!? I mean sheesh not everyone has a DLNA TV or DLNA router to use this feature!!!! I’m sooooooo PASSING on this phone…Now I have to decide on waiting out for the BIONIC or just jumping ship all together and seeing what the 2nd generation of the EVO brings!!! All I know is that Verizon dropped the ball on this one seriously!!!

  • Antoine Dodson

    Not all that much better than the Droid X

    • Anonymous

      but i hate blur and my x….i think i messed it up anyways im gona get this.