Jan 06 AT 6:53 PM Nick Gray 14 Comments

HTC and Verizon announce the LTE 4G enabled HTC Thunderbolt

At Verizon’s press event today at CES, HTC’s Peter Chou took the stage to unveil the new HTC Thunderbolt. As expected, the new 4G enabled HTC handset features a 1GHz second generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.3 WVGA Super LCD display, 8MP camera with led flash and 720p HD video recording, front-facing 1.3mp camera for video calling over Skype, Android 2.2, and HTC Sense 2.0 (with integration with htcsense.com).

Neither HTC nor Verizon were very forthcoming about pricing or availability of the HTC Thunderbolt. We were simply told that all of Verizon’s LTE 4G products will be available during the first half of 2011. During the Q&A portion of the press event, Verizon clumsily dodged a question about 4G pricing. From the looks of things, Verizon may be planning on rolling out a different pricing structure for handsets running on LTE.

After the event we were able to get some hands-on time with the new HTC Thunderbolt. The phone feels pretty much identical to the HTC Desire HD which launched a few months back in Europe. We were not able to get it on video, but a speedtest.net test showed that the HTC Thunderbolt was able to pull down data at 14 Mbps with upload speeds of 4MBps.

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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 mobileâ„¢ 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 mobileâ„¢ 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.

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

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Padraig

    The dual core rumor debunked. Kind of sad though, I was really hoping that this would get a dual core. Still a beautiful phone though!

    • http://Website keith

      No dual core is a dealbreaker at this point…too bad, I like htc, I guess I will be waiting for the droid bionic!

      • Padraig

        I completely agree. If the lack of half a gig of ram isn’t too noticeable I’ll get the Bionic. Such a strange name for a phone..

    • http://Website Frederik sverige

      just another betrayal by the android gangsters, you shouldnt trust Google and their manufacturers anymore. Dont bite the bait – its all lies!!!!

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    sweet phone but i want dual core. don’t get me wrong this is a nice phone though. c’mon sprint tell us your secret. what are you guys up to. i can wait but i want to have a peak at least.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    i think these 4g phones can’t help but be a little thick. just a little. cause of the radios they have to put into it.

  • http://www.flickr.com/littledebbie11 LittleDebbie11

    Wow that looks SO much like the Evo… like the camera, headphone jack, the buttons are exactly the same. It’s a little annoying, I wish HTC would switch up their designs a little more.

  • http://Website Android Sensei

    Here are some more specs for the HTC Thunderbolt: http://exm.nr/gEGEcc

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    These phones that are coming out are pretty sweet. I also hope these manufactures don’t think dual core alone will be it. Still need a smooth fluid OS and quality things to keep it together. Tegra is power. Doesn’t make the OS better. For the most part these phones look sweet though.

  • http://Website Ponyboy

    @UniqueNate..you better believe Sprint/HTC is upto something extremely special. EVO 2 will be the design switch you’re looking for LittleDebbie. I can almost taste it!

  • http://yobif.com yobif

    Fantastic video… I hope verizon and HTC will give more product.. :-)

  • http://Website Travis

    How is this “not your dream phone. It’s the one after that.”?? There are other phones on the market that are on par or better. I think the Atrix stole the show this year.

  • http://Website CJ

    The name actually makes no sense when you think about it; thunder doesn’t have bolts, lightning does. And lightning (light) is faster than sound (thunder). Verizon should call it the Lightning Bolt!

  • http://Website sansenoy

    Come on people, give the dualcore thing a rest, this is a product READY to go on sale, with highly refined software (the new Sense is brilliant), bionic, atrix and others are still miles away… You can force feed a dual-core cpu into 2.2, that doesn’t mean it’s close to working properly, why doesn’t Nexus S pack a Tegra2 anyway?