HTC ranks among the favorite handset makers of Android fans and the Thunderbolt 4G is quickly becoming their next buzz worthy phone. We have already seen HTC teasing this phone over the last couple of days and now someone leaked a dozen new pictures of the device to our friends at Droid Life.
Based on what we know about the Thunderbolt, it will likely not sport a fancy new dual-core processor that most hardcore Android fans have been waiting for, but it should be the first 4G LTE handset available on Verizon. The lack of a dual-core CPU might turn some people off, but HTC has packed plenty of other high-end features into this device like a 4.3 inch display, 8 megapixel camera, front-facing camera, kickstand, and possibly Dolby Mobile SRS virtual surround sound.
Originally we expected the first 4G LTE handset to arrive in stores around February, but I would bet we could see that date moved up. Verizon has been testing the Thunderbolt for quite some time and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go on sale in January.
I’m strongly considering switching to Verizon just to try out their new 4G LTE network, but if the Thunderbolt turns out to be single-core like we expect then I think I’m passing on this device and waiting to see what LG, Motorola, and Samsung cook up.
If you are in the market for a new Verizon phone, which upcoming handset looks the most appealing to you?