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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.

  • Anonymous

    I think Verizon is milking the LTE thing. It’s unacceptable for this thing to not have a dual core processor or a >1GHz processor.

    Otherwise, the Bionic beats it handily (aside from LTE). And the Droid X has good battery life, so I expect the Bionic to follow accordingly.

    • Anonymous

      but it has sense, a kickstand, metal, front cam, a possible 1.2 ghz processor…its running at 1 ghz…but that only needs a software update by htc or hacking….more ram and a good battery…and hackable…

  • Sep

    Snapdragon, huh? Seems the BIONIC stole this device’s thunder.

  • Beng8686

    Bionic for sure over this HTC POS. Ugly phone indeed.

  • Tggf

    How is this phone revolutionary? Seems like a shadow of last seasons tech rather than a new tech. I will sure ignore this phone like it never existed.

  • Uncle paul

    I agree with some of the other comments here, it seems as though the best offering Verizon is carrying is getting the least hype/coverage. the LG revolution, if its the 4g opty 2x, its tegra 2, 1080 video in and out with hdmi mirroring, etc..

  • Trombone Dixie

    htc.com specs:

    Networks: LTE 700, CDMA EvDO revA
    Operating system: Android™ 2.2 + HTC Sense
    Display: 4.3” WVGA TFT capacitive touch screen
    Camera: 8MP with autofocus, LED Flash (2x LED), 1.3MP front facing camera
    Memory: 8GB emmc + 768 RAM Memory card, preinstalled 32 GB microSD™
    WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth: 2.1 with EDR (3.0 when available)
    GPS: GPS/AGPS
    Battery: 1400 mAh
    Special features: Dual mics with noise cancellation, Surround sound, Compass sensor, G-Sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroUSB, FM radio, LTE SIM slot , TI audio DSP
    Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM8655, 1GHz, Qualcomm MDM9600

    Only 1400 mAh for the battery = SUPER LAME!

  • blake

    Is it just me or do all of these phone seem to look the same. There is nothing New and Spectacular about any of these phones for verizon. I wanna see something Nice like the Iphone but better!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Morris/551355755 William Morris

    I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed with this phone.

    I know it will be coming out as the first 4G phone for Big Red, but I can’t help but feel like the technology on this phone is already dated.

    I own an Incredible and by all means it IS Incredible, but I cannot see myself spending the money to upgrade to this when the major differences are 4G (not available in my area until the end of next year), a 4.3″ screen (though not a higher resolution), 32 gb on board memory (no offense, but big whoop), and sense 2.0.

    The Droid Bionic is definitely going to be the new flagship for Verizon with the higher res screen and dual core processor.

    Didn’t think HTC would disappoint considering the N1 and DInc (as well as EVO on Sprint). But this is not going to be a buy for me.

  • Anonymous
  • Afinchum24

    BTW — I was ripped in another thread about complaining about Verizon bias on this site, and the response was this is a DROID site —— well this is not a DROID (it is the HTC Thunderbolt – at this point no DROID in the name) —— so why is this being discussed here — because it is on Verizon!!!! This is basically the same phone as HTC announced to AT&T (theirs may actually be a bit better), but you talk about this non-Droid phone — at least be consistent.

    • DBK

      First, quit your bitchin’.

      Second, the Thunderbolt is the only non-Droid phone worthy enough to get a mention here. Besides, the A*&T version sucks in comparison.

      Oh and they are not biased toward Verizon, they are just anti-A*&T.

      • Afinchum24

        I was distinctly told this was a DROID only site — this phone is not a Droid, so worthy or not it should not be included on this site — there is a non-Droid site (as I was informed) ad.droid-life.com, and this phone is not there regardless of the stated objective of the site monitors. Also, I noticed a Samsung phone being shown on here and not on the other site — WTH?!? I also stated earlier that I am a Sprint customer (Evo), I would just like to see consistency if the monitor is going to rip on a comment — I do think this site should be renamed Verizon-Life.com.

        • Afinchum24

          Ooops — an.droid-life.com —- gotta get it right.

          • Anonymous

            first of all, this phones beats att’s…first of all it has lte not shpa negative….get it…i inversed hspa plus….anyways…it has a front cam…MORE ONBOARD Memory, a kickstand, better battery, more features, and its just better.

          • Afinchum24

            I will give on the front camera (can not find that listed on the AT&T phone, but the Inspire has 4GB ON BOARD and an SD Slot — the Thunderbolt has only the SD Slot — both can hold 32gb in the slot, but Verizon does throw the 32gb card in the deal. BTW – screens are identical, as are processors, etc. Other than network they are ALMOST (not quite) the same (which is what I said, and I never said which was better). My only complaint is being ripped for complaining about lack of coverage of the Inspire (which I am not getting BTW) and being told this is a DROID only site — this phone and the LG and Samsung ones discussed here ARE NOT DROID branded phones!!! Therefore the site should be Verizon-Life — that is my only issue.

          • DBK

            1) Why the f*** do you care?

            2) STFU

            3) GTFO

      • Afinchum24

        Also, I would suggest you look at the AT&T phone specs and this one — they are VERY similar — the AT&T has more onboard storage and a 4 inch screen (vs 4.3″) this sounds like a very similar phone other than network. If you do not like AT&T so be it, but do not say the phones are not similar.

  • joker

    I ll buy one to wipe my @ss with… What junk looks bad screen looks dull HTC=FAIL

  • Trombone Dixie

    The biggest problem I have with this phone is the fact that in 4-5 months time HTC will release this same phone with a dual core processor. I know that technology advances, blah blah blah. I just feel like they are basically cheating anyone that buys this device. Especially with the new contract format that Verizon is rolling out.

    No stock GINGERBREAD… WTF HTC??? It’s going to take until June for them the bring out their Sense infested UI.

    TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY LET DOWN WITH THIS PHONE! :(

  • Anonymous

    It isn’t exactly an Evo, it does have the 2nd Gen Snapdragon which is a good bit better than the one in the Evo. But overall it is exactly what everyone thought it would be.

    • Anonymous

      except for the dual core part.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a great phone, but considering it’s coming out almost a year after my DInc I’m really surprised that HTC released it with only a 1Ghz Snapdragon! I’ve got that in my DInc. I like that sound of the other features, but I think my DInc will suffice until something substantially better arrives.

  • One_ina_milli

    Who’s the dumbass that said the thunderbolt is better than the bionic? Haha wvga? 1ghz snapdragon ?? the thunderbolt sucks and its ugly !!! it’s a fuking evo

    • joker

      Agree with that it is ugly as hell the screen looks bad too

    • Beng8686

      Agreed. Bionic all the way. I dont like sense UI anyway. The new moto blur doesnt look to bad.

  • Anonymous

    I certainly called this letdown over a week ago when everyone here was falling all over this phone. The irony is the best phone shown at CES may be the least covered….the LG Revolution. The Samsung is ugly, the Droid Bionic I’m sure will be solid but with more Blur crap and locked bootloaders and a bulky shell, it feels like a step backward from the X. The Revolution keeps at least the better physical elements of the X, appears to be the least skinned and has all the 2011 requirements (Tegra 2, dual cameras and LTE)

    • Lakerzz

      Ehhhhh…Bionic= dual core processor and front facing camera hd 1080p. Last time I looked, the DX didn’t have any of that. A step backwards?? Oookay…

      • Anonymous

        In case it wasn’t clear I meant the overall look/bulky shell was a step backwards from the X. Obviously the specs make it the next step forward.

  • Johnny

    Waiting for htc to come out with dual core, hdmi out, physical keyboard, better battery etc etc. I’m actually really content with my dinc until the end of this year, lets see what kind of craziness they have for next holiday season

    • Anonymous

      Im gona get this and the bionic….sell my dx and use my upgrade…..

  • Eric Anspach

    Snapdragon, are you serious? It’s a Terga.

    • Anonymous

      ?

  • nameless

    all im asking for is the bionic with sense 2.0. is that too much to ask?

    • tjhrulz

      no its too much to ask for an unlocked bootloader

  • Rachel

    Forget this phone I want the Droid Bionic!!! Verizon needs to release it NOW!!! :o)

    • Anonymous

      i like your smilie with a double chin :P

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/JIRK7MAD1YkUIiBjArm64351#e168a [email protected]

    Maybe it’s going to be their entry level phone. Not every phone is going to have top specs for the month it’s released.

  • Ckochinsky125

    what a waste of time no release date and no pricing for 4g plans. This phone is already outdated not to mention once it comes in a few months it will be a low end phone. Hoping for $49.99 with upgrade smh

  • techy2011

    Can some one please tell these manufacturers that it is 2011 not 2010.

  • Trt
    • Anonymous

      get a life spammer

  • Mth2134

    This phone will be hot with average end users. To us? Eh. But others will go gaga over this first LTE device.

  • Dsim91

    What a freaking joke I would have expected this last year not this year get it in gear HTC or be left behind lol I still can’t believe this only the know nothing idiots will buy this

    • Anonymous

      Did you know everything before this site came along?..

  • Jeremyan207

    Honestly, this probably should’ve been available when LTE went live in December. Not whining or complaining, just seems like the timing was way off considering the EVO has been out for Sprint for such a long time already. VZW customers are still gonna line up for this thing, but one can’t help but feel sleighted by the fact that a similar handset with similar set of features (and few advancements) on another carrier for months. I may end up getting one, but if I had the patience, I’d wait for a Bionic.

    • Anonymous

      and that is why htc didn’t put a dual core in it. to put it on the market for people first to get the sales.

  • Brendan

    defiantly ganna wait for dual core and 1gb of ram like the atrix but i still dont understand why motorola made such a cooler phone for att then verizon , life wtf? moto

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Freddy

    I feel sorry for someone clueless about phones picking this one out compared to all the other ones available now.
    I’m actually disappointed with the lineup.. :(

  • Appleanche

    Wow verizon is seriously falling behind, the Bionic doesn’t hold a candle to the Atrix, this phone sucks, and that Samsung one about the same.

    • DBK

      Why do people not understand that the Bionic and the Atrix are the same phone. The only difference is the Atrix’s extra memory and laptop function (which is not that big a difference)…. SMH

  • DROIDMANX

    THE MOTOROLA ETNA IT IS …..Id Rather Wait 6months For A Tegra 2 Processor Than By Thr Bionic Or Thunderbolt…. & Since 4G Isnt In NJ Yet Im Not Missing Out On Anything Right Now.

  • Anonymous

    How does the snapdragon compare to the tegra 2?

    • Anonymous

      crap.

      • DBK

        On a steeeeeek!

      • DBK

        On a steeeeeek!

      • DBK

        On a steeeeeek!

  • Billy Swagger

    Nice if its your first smartphone. Otherwise not a worthwhile upgrade if your stuck for 2 years on contract. Why would they waste their time even showing this phone at CES?

  • Garrett

    (/insert Unreal Tournament voice) EPIC FAIL!

  • czm2000

    1 GHz Snapdragon…Booooooo.

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    you have some pretty hands kellex

    • Anonymous

      copy cat… :/

  • Anonymous

    kellex, you got your nails done. i like them! :)

    • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

      ha, didn’t see your comment…my bad

      • Anonymous

        it’s cool. :D

  • Kiriuskris

    I feel let down by HTC and Verizon because of all the hype that led up to this. My heart sank into my stomach when I saw the specs. It’s an EVO with a LTE radio instead of a WiMaxx radio. I am glad it didn’t get the Droid brand because of this. It does give me some hope that HTC will come out with another Droid branded phone soon that’s beefier. Let’s all cross our fingers!

  • Bob Jope

    720p HD recording, single core processor. Comon, this is a Droid X with the sense UI and 4g.

    Gonna hold out for some actual hardware upgrades.

    /HTC

  • DBK

    Compared to what’s coming out, this feels like it’s on the low end of the spectrum and probably won’t be a big seller to all of the upgraders. Compared to what’s out right now, it is a decent device and a viable option for those just getting into the Droid/Android game.

    For me, the Bionic, Revolution, and mysterious Merge (if ti ever sees the light of day) are what I am looking forward to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

    def let down by the specs of the proc but i will still take this any damn day over a locked down device running homoblur

    • jason w.s.

      What is this locked down, homoblur device that you speak of? Lol, ive got an X and it isnt by any means locked down…..and as far as blur goes, i dont know much about it, because ive never really used it. I dont know if you knew this, but you can use Launcher Pro or one of the other many launchers and homes from the market…its pretty nifty really ;P

  • http://twitter.com/rusty_richards Rusty Richards

    Waste of time…. and money.

  • Skilcher

    I was hoping for better, 1.2 Ghz processor and Ginferbread… Guess I’ll wait and keep my HTC Inc for now…

    • palomosan

      I know right, at lease bump the processor to 1.2ghz, what a shame.

  • Buckgrad

    No thanks. Will stick with my Droid X til end of contract, then see what’s out there comparable to the Atrix, which disappointingly is going to AT&T.

    • QuincyA

      I’m in the same boat. My heart sank when I heard the Atrix was headed to AT&T, and that the Bionic was going to play second Fiddle. Too bad, I was planning on upgrading to a 4G device this year. Unless something comparable to the Atrix comes out on Verizon, I may have to jump ship to Ma Bell.

      • Buckgrad

        My feeling exactly. I don’t like AT&T, but if that is where the better phone is, I might make the switch. Very disappointing.

        • Appleanche

          I don’t even have the option of switching, they still have freaking Edge here.

    • DBK

      With the exception of the laptop function and the extra memory, they are the same phone. It’s like going from the Droid 2 to the Droid 2 Global. Right now the Bionic seems to be the device to get.

  • HolyGrail

    Looks great to me.

  • viewthis66

    no dual core processor??? next :/

  • Andrew Hewitt

    So it’s an HTC Droid X

    • http://twitter.com/GratefulRoast Grateful Roast

      That’s exactly what I was thinking .. only with the Dinc’s extended battery case. Still an awesome looking phone tho.

    • Balla39

      ….with htc sense a front facing camera 4g and an unlocked bootloader

  • Anonymous

    Cool! Now VZW customers can have an EVO… /sarcasm

    • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

      are you mad bro?…… please don’t whine

      • JT

        I’ll whine. This is just a nicer version of Sprint’s EVO. I want a Dual-core CPU!! WHHHAAAAAAAAAA!!! ;-)

        • DBK

          The Bionic wants a word with you.

      • Petas

        Not mad, my Droid X lasts all day without a charge.

    • palomosan

      Show me the LG revolution, HTC is getting old, bringing this phones to Verizon a little too late I say.

      • http://zombine.com Dr. Zombine

        Would have been nice if this was released in November as rumored, but oh well. It’s a great phone and I would be more than pleased to own it.

    • Anonymous

      No longer care. After CES, this is now crap…

  • yte13

    Its a year late. :(

  • http://twitter.com/hijackerjack Rohil Thopu

    not interested. kthxbai