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Video: HTC Thunderbolt Unboxing and Quick Walk-through

A brave soul took to YouTube over the weekend to release an unofficial unboxing and quick walk-through of the HTC Thunderbolt.  We’re calling this “unofficial” because it is definitely not coming out of retail packaging and could be from a tester or someone else deep in the pre-release phone ranks.  He even mentions the fact that the phone is running an older version of the final software we’ll see in the next couple of weeks, so let’s not get too crazy about it.

In the video though, you’ll basically just see a re-hash of what we did at CES, but he does touch on the fact that Skype video chatting will be built into Sense, which could be the reason it’s delayed.  The rest is stuff we’ve seen in our crystal clear hands-on video and gallery, so overall, this video should just help you realize how amazing it will be once it hits store shelves.  The guy makes reference to it crushing the DROID BIONIC in benchmarks, but again, we’ve heard rumors that the CES versions of that phone were not utilizing dual-cores, so take that as non-sense for now.  

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Cheers Brian!

  • dan

    Did the Thunderbolt you tried have Swype?

  • Anonymous

    Trying to find the answer to this question , can the extended Evo battery be used in the Tbolt?

  • Anonymous

    Im considering just getting this on a 1 year contract than picking up the next dual core turbo lighting giga lazer whatever phone at the end of the year

    • Anonymous

      but how much will it cost? that is the question. (for 1 year contract)

      • Anonymous

        I believe that it’s 100 dollars more on a year contract, and considering that I still get 100 dollars off (my last thanks to verizons new policy) I believe I’ll be paying $250 so basically the same price as getting it on a 2 year

        • Anonymous

          wait. shwut? how does it cost the same? i don’t understand how that relates to verizon’s new policy.

          Thanks
          Chris

      • Anonymous

        So basically $350 for new customers

        • Anonymous

          i don’t remember seeing that. Great! thanks

  • Anonymous

    yeah, the bionic is not slower than that

  • ChaGz

    I just jizzed my pants a lil haha

  • Anonymous

    That was awesome

  • Tay

    When do y’all think we’ll see Sense 2.0 for our current phones??

    • Anonymous

      never…. lol

    • Anonymous

      yeah. i read something that said incredible and evo will. don’t quote me though.

  • Anonymous

    i hope that they come out with an htc thunderbolt global edition or something where it is upgraded to dual core..this phone is just so damn pretty but i hate that it isnt dual core

  • CIFchamp24

    Can I just say that when I had an HTC imagio. It ran on 3G while on a call at the same time. So this is not the first….

    • Anonymous

      on Verizon? i doubt it

      • CIFchamp24

        Yes on Verizon. Its a windows mobile world phone. Bought off of verizon’s website. It had a Sim card in there. And I definitely tried more than once to call and surf the web. Back when I had it, I never understood why people kept saying you couldn’t do this on Verizon….

  • shr1k3r

    wow sense looks awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap that phone is fast. I don’t think I’ve every seen a phone cold boot that quick before. And the best part is that it’s stock. I had the bionic at the top of my list but I want to see these 2 duke it out first. I do like the resolution bump on the bionic and hdmi out (which I never used on the DX). Still giving the edge to the bionic in terms of potential. If this can overclock to 1.5ghz plus with that next gen snap dragon we might have a winner. And if it has a unlocked bootloader I might have to sale the DX early.

    • Anonymous

      im already sold. :)

    • Anonymous

      The phone is booting fast because it’s going into a sleep mode wherein it keeps the os in memory. If you remove the battery it takes much longer to start.

  • Alvinm 77

    I miss HTC Sense. Motoblur is so crappy on my Droid X that Im running a stock ROM and the new Blur on the Bionic doesn’t look to great either IMO. I really wanted a dual core device but I’ll have it in my XOOM so Thunderbolt, welcome to my life!!!!!!! 4G in my city this year as well!!!

  • Anonymous

    So with these 4G devices, will you have the option to switch between 4G and 3G? Example, you’re nearing your 5gb limit for 4G, so you switch it over to 3G.

    • Anonymous

      can’t you use the little toggle thing like the evo?

  • Anonymous

    HTC FTW. Sense is the ultimate!

  • Brendan

    i will wait, this thing is sweet and all but i will have to have a dual core. i will never buy a motorola phone again, Sorry but i just end up trying to copy htc’s sense so why not get the real thing

    • Anonymous

      i agree but im getting this phone, my droid x is blah.

    • Anonymous

      i agree but im getting this phone, my droid x is blah.

  • Ughwtf

    this phone blows not even dual core! and the bionic… UGH blows harder can’t even stand up to lg dual core phone out right now.

  • Silksmooth12

    And HDMI out? That’s what I really want? Otherwise I’m afraid of locked down bootloader Bionic. And I really prefer to not have an unrootable phone.

  • Silksmooth12

    And HDMI out? That’s what I really want? Otherwise I’m afraid of locked down bootloader Bionic. And I really prefer to not have an unrootable phone.

  • Silksmooth12

    Oh, and can we get some official specs for this? I heard 700 something mb for RAM? Verification? Thanks and gig em!

  • Silksmooth12

    Oh, and can we get some official specs for this? I heard 700 something mb for RAM? Verification? Thanks and gig em!

  • Silksmooth12

    Oh, and can we get some official specs for this? I heard 700 something mb for RAM? Verification? Thanks and gig em!

  • Silksmooth12

    If I can root the damn thing…count me in!

  • Silksmooth12

    If I can root the damn thing…count me in!

  • Silksmooth12

    If I can root the damn thing…count me in!

  • mxfox408

    Well my contract has about a year left till i can upgrade, but i do love htc, i went with an ozone, upgraded to the eris and then upgraded to the incredible im pretty happy with the incredible since its a 3g superphone. Ill wait to see what htc brings in the further future, thier tegra phones would definiatly kick ass.

  • dvst8

    So if you pull the battery and put it back in, does it boot just as fast?

    • Anonymous

      no, its hibernate….pull the battery out…..starts slow but no longer than the iphone

  • Anonymous

    Hey how can we purchase this phone without renewing the contract??? Do we have to change the data plan once we get this or whats the deal with Verizon???

  • Anonymous

    WANT

  • Anonymous

    WANT

  • Anonymous

    what phone is better the thunder bolt or the bionic?

    • Joker

      thunderbolt not a bad choice but the bionic will be better performance wise

      • Anonymous

        Thunderbolt with HTC software > Droid Bionic with MOTOBLUR

        • Anonymous

          It might be too early to tell. If both phones have unlocked bootloaders I give the edge to Bionic. I think dual core has a more lasting effect but if the thunder bolt can overclock like the G2 we will be in for some serious competition within the Verizon camp.

        • Anonymous

          Thunderbolt with 1.2ghz < Droid Bionic with Dual-Core 1ghz aka 2ghz

          • Fronc

            Unlocked bootloader > locked bootloader. Sayonara, Moto.

          • Anonymous

            i think i meant > :)

        • Anonymous

          Thunderbolt with 1.2ghz < Droid Bionic with Dual-Core 1ghz aka 2ghz

  • Anonymous

    And this is the power button hold it to turn the phone off and on now repeat 3 times and call it an unboxing…

  • ViggS

    The only thing that is holding me back is no HDMI out :-/

  • Anonymous

    I tipped this

    the animation it does when turning on is awesome.

  • Anonymous

    No qHD? ouch. On a 4.3″ screen the extra pixels would definitely be worth it. That’s just me though. I tend to be a bit of a big-screen junkie. Otherwise it looks really slick and faasst.

  • Beng8686

    The thunderbolt BLOWS. Waiting for Moto Bionic.

    • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut pstout

      expand….

      • Beng8686

        Hmm. lets see genius. DUAL-CORE, NO CRAP SENSE UI, HIGHER QUALITY MANUFACTURER, BIGGER SCREEN, BETTER CAMERA, OH, AND DID I SAY DUAL-CORE? AND FINALLY……..IT’S NOT HTC (+1)

        • Joker

          i also agree a lot of people like the sense ui but i think it is ugly

        • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut pstout

          hey beng, thanks. I knew all that stuff, just lookin for your reason. Seems like i got it… kinda

        • DBK

          Way to be a complete douche about it….

        • Anonymous

          I agree with your assessment of HTC. I prefer phones that aren’t crappy pieces of plastic. And the single-core processor? That was a great phone 6 months ago. Now it’s just behind the curve. The Thunderbolt will be outdated before summer begins.

          • Anonymous

            droid x….

          • Anonymous

            droid x….

        • Anonymous

          I agree with your assessment of HTC. I prefer phones that aren’t crappy pieces of plastic. And the single-core processor? That was a great phone 6 months ago. Now it’s just behind the curve. The Thunderbolt will be outdated before summer begins.

        • yourmother

          Wow. Sense is the fastest and smoothest UI out right now. Unless you can provide a source, “higher quality manufacturer” is a purely subjective statement. Bigger screen? really? theyre both 4.3″. Better camera? really? they both have 8mp cams on the back. the TBolt has a 1.3mp front facer where the Bionic has a .3mp cam. and besides gaming, why dont you tell me why a dual core processor is so necessary presently?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bert-Nawniger-Griffith/1120080180 Bert Nawniger Griffith

    Not to long ago the CEO of verizon joined the board of directors of the GSM comity. Doing so allowed him and Verizon access to everything GSM including the use of sim cards. That’s what’s helping it use both voice and data at the same time.

    • Mr Carteratl

      tru

    • Anonymous

      It needs a sim card because it’s 4G LTE, And the fact that it uses voice and data at the same time on 3G which is still CDMA is because it has a SVDO chip.

  • SouthernGuy

    Don’t know why Motorola is dragging its feet on releasing tha Bionic!!! They are gonna lose sales to the Thunderbolt

  • http://twitter.com/SL1Mike Michael Swaim

    Im liking this but i also want dual-core snap dragons.

  • Bigsike

    This will have moto shaking ha!

  • The350zWolf

    Quoting Gozer from Gostbusters: “The choice has been made!”
    Goodbye Moto, Hello HTC Thunderbolt!

  • Anonymous

    does it have the crappy noise at startup? i can’t turn up the volume in my situation…

  • Anonymous

    Any word on battery life for this beast yet?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

    Does anybody notice that the phone says “no sim card” Curious what that is all about.

    • Anonymous

      lte requires simcard therefore you have to have 4g service to buy this? hmmm

      • Mr Carteratl

        yup

    • Anonymous

      ya i was just going to ask the same thing… i thought only the ATT phones did that… I have never had a vz phone do that before even with world edition BB.

    • Mr Carteratl

      4g lte = sim cards

    • Mr Carteratl

      4g lte = sim cards

  • KleenDroid

    Man that phone starts up fast! From the looks of it HTC is MUCH sweeter than Motorola! Add the fact that the bootloader isn’t locked and it adds up to a knockout!

    • PSU_DI

      Just a heads up, the Power Off, is really a stand-by. If you take out the battery and then power on, it takes a little longer. This is a feature in the new sense

      • Kashtrey

        Seems like if that is true that it would be a huge drain on the battery, unless it’s similar to the hibernate state of a computer.

        • PSU_DI

          It is true, visit the Incredible forum on the XDA, if you don’t believe me. I’ve been running Desire HD roms since they were leaked and ported to the Inc. Its not a battery drain because it puts it in a deep sleep, and there is just a trickle of Battery juice to keep the RAM from loosing its memory. Its the equivalent of SLEEP on a PC. HIBERNATE on the PC actually actually writes the Memory state into a cache to a hard drive that way if the battery is pulled and the RAM is wiped you don’t loose your stored cached data.

          Sorry for the rant, I work in IT and it drives me nuts that people compare it to hibernate, all the devs refer to it that way but it’s really not correct.

      • Kashtrey

        Seems like if that is true that it would be a huge drain on the battery, unless it’s similar to the hibernate state of a computer.

  • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut pstout

    Just jumped on the thunderbolt band wagon!!!

    Sorry droid bionic, I just can’t keep waiting…

    Sorry OG droid, you have been great. It’s not you, it’s me. I desire faster browsing and processing. I just out grew you, you happens, one can never know that it will. BUT, I will use eBay and find someone else who will appreciate you as much as I did. Maybe they will even root you and free you like the genie in Aladdin.

    • Dave

      My thoughts exactly…

    • Anonymous

      same here. droid eris… liking the htc saga or dinc2 though…

    • http://twitter.com/orfyyn Thomas Orf

      I’m feeling the exact same way. My line of thought is to get a Thunderbolt with a one-year contract. Then, upgrade to the Tegra3 quad-core phones that should be coming out around Xmas 2011 (along with an Android operating system that supports them). I don’t feel like waiting for the Tegra2 phones to appear with Verizon just to play games. Would really like to do the Atrix but not gonna switch over to AT&T to do that either.

      • Anonymous

        So, we can do one year contracts now? Gosh did I miss something?

        • poopspank

          yeah, verizon has one year contract and monthly. obviously the prices aren’t as great going from a two year contract to no contract, but the option is there.

      • Anonymous

        think about it the droid thunderbolt is a good phone but what happens if someone does a honeycomb rom?? you may want to think about the dual core processor!!!

        • Anonymous

          honeycomb doesn’t require dual core…. google ceo said…

    • Anonymous

      i was thinking the same thing

    • Anonymous

      Double like.

    • Big Red

      I’m thinking either phone you choose between the Bionic and the TBolt you will be happy with. waiting for the DroidX and not buying the Htc Incredible was definatley worth the wait. That being said I wouldnt be suprised if that was the case with these 2 new phones…

  • Maansova

    I just hope that i can get one of this 4g phones and be able to use it on 3g cuz i dont have 4g service where i leave!…… and if i can i would definitely buy one.
    Droid bionic or thunderbolt?

    • Anonymous

      Might just want to wait for the DX2 or the Dinc2 or even the Droid 3 all are supposed to be really nice phones on the 3g network… meaning not paying an arm and a leg for a bit more speed only in select areas.

      • Maansova

        Good idea, i just hope that they are great phones man, i also hear that maybe u can use 4g phone on 3g areas with out pay for the 4g lol…. i dont think so tho.!

        • Kashtrey

          It would be great if they could figure out a way to only charge you for 3G if you don’t have 4G in your area. I’m in Hawaii so it will be a while for us. I’m not sure how SIM cards work, have been on Verizon since my first phone, but couldn’t they just not give you a SIM card and therefore not give you access to or charge for 4G and then you could just go in and upgrade your plan and get a SIM once you’re ready for 4G?

          • Joker

            That is only in a perfect way. Verizon sees this as a chance to make money by being scums once again why differentiate between the 3g and 4g when they could make it simpler and just charge more for 4g and scam customers. But here is to wishing that they will allow you to only pay for 3g cheers

          • Anonymous

            just like what sprint did with the evo 4g. $10 4g tariff, regardless if you live in a 4g area. oh, and now an extra $10 to have unlimited data on a smartphone on sprint, even if its only 3g!

          • IzzyDLizzy

            Won’t work the way the system is setup from what I’m told. To activate the device it must have an LTE sim card in the device so it can be activated/registered on the network. However there is no reason VZW couldn’t just allow you to only purchase the unlimited 3g data even if the device is 4g. They know exactly at all times what part of the network you are on and using so I don’t see why they couldn’t but liek we all know all these carriers are out to just rob us blind on a daily basis .

        • Kashtrey

          It would be great if they could figure out a way to only charge you for 3G if you don’t have 4G in your area. I’m in Hawaii so it will be a while for us. I’m not sure how SIM cards work, have been on Verizon since my first phone, but couldn’t they just not give you a SIM card and therefore not give you access to or charge for 4G and then you could just go in and upgrade your plan and get a SIM once you’re ready for 4G?

        • Kashtrey

          It would be great if they could figure out a way to only charge you for 3G if you don’t have 4G in your area. I’m in Hawaii so it will be a while for us. I’m not sure how SIM cards work, have been on Verizon since my first phone, but couldn’t they just not give you a SIM card and therefore not give you access to or charge for 4G and then you could just go in and upgrade your plan and get a SIM once you’re ready for 4G?

  • Anonymous

    Why couldn’t this thing have a tegra 2!?

  • Anonymous

    Why couldn’t this thing have a tegra 2!?

    • Anonymous

      He just said it was as fast if not faster than the bionic, I don’t know if that will remain true when the bionic is actually released though.

      • Anonymous

        Tegra 2 is still better for gaming with its superior gpu and once android is
        able to take advantage of two cores properly, the thunderbolt will be old
        news.

        • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut pstout

          think this is coming with Ice Cream Sandwich??

          • Anonymous

            eventually…. launches with froyo 2.2.1 I believe

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know if it’s just me but I like to keep my gaming separate from my mobile device. I’ll stick with my PSP2 for gaming and my Android phone for Social Networking. THUNDERBOLT HERE I COME!

          • Anonymous

            you mean the NGP? ;)

      • Anonymous

        When the BIONIC is released, it will be tough to beat.

        • Anonymous

          Single core perform processes great one at a time but a dual core can do two things great at a time right? So two things at a time at 1Ghz each process is better than one thing at a time at 1GHz or two things at 500MHz each…..

      • Joker

        are you serious obv the bionic is going to destroy this phone once it comes out

    • Anonymous

      Once Android starts to utilise dual core processors in the OS, handsets like this, however nice right now, will become second rate. Too bad, as it looks like a nice device otherwise.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah true as with any tech. I will pull the trigger now on this phone and sign a 1 yr contract. So i can get the latest dual core phones in 1 year from now when they are crazy good!