HTC and Verizon announce the 4G LTE Thunderbolt

HTC Thunderbolt

HTC Thunderbolt

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, took the stage during Verizon Wireless’ CES press event and unveiled the new Android-powered Thunderbolt. The Thuderbolt will be HTC’s first LTE handset and will feature a beautiful 4.3-inch Super LCD touchscreen display. While on stage, Chou confessed to using the Thunderbolt as his primary device and claimed it was “blazing fast’. Rounding out the specs for this HTC Android handset is the following:

  • 4.3-inch super LCD display
  • 768MB RAM
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 720P HD recording
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • microSD card slot (32 GB card included)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP Stereo
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • dynamic noise cancellation
  • 3.5mm  headset jack
  • Skype Mobile with video calling over LTE
  • Digital compass, G-Sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, GPS
  • Mobile hotspot functionality
  • HTC Sense 2.0 with htcsense. com integration
  • Android 2.2

HTC would not confirm the pricing or the availability but Verizon repeatedly stated that all the 4G handsets announced at CES will arrive in the first half of 2011. The Thunderbolt will be a nice replacement for the HTC DROID Incredible and an excellent competitor to the recently announced DROID BIONIC. Though the BIONIC has a leg up on the Thunderbolt with its dual-core Tegra 2 processor. Given the choice would you pick a dual-core handset with Motoblur over a single-core with Sense UI?

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