HTC thunderbolt

Peter Chou from HTC takes the stage and unveils the HTC Thunderbolt, HTC's first LTE phone.  Mr Chou says he has been using it as his personal device for a while, and "it's blazing fast".  We're looking for full specs, for now we have the basics we did before -- 4G LTE, 4.3 inch screen, HTC Sense, and coming soon.  More as we ferret it out. [Android Central LiveBlog]

Update: You want specs?  Here ya go!:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • 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

Full press release follows 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., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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, and for more information about Verizon Wireless at CES, please or follow the company on Twitter at  For more information about the HTC ThunderBolt, please visit
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

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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, To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library
About HTC
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Reader comments

HTC and Verizon announce the HTC Thunderbolt [update: specs]


Wow, 32GB sd card? I would almost prefer the phone to be cheaper and include an 8Gb card. Of course I can see why people will be happy with it.

Having a larger card appeals to average consumers, most people I know with Android phones don't even know there is a memory card is removable in their phone. They just think the memory is somewhere in there.

Looks sweet, but 1ghz Snapdragon and 720P recording is already out of date lol. The Droid Bionic is better, albeit with only 512mb ram. The leaked specs (who knows how close they are) of the LG look to be the top dog here. Thunderbolt is nice for Sense die-hards, but it's out of date from the box.

I gotta ask, how exactly is the Bionic better just because it has a dual core in it? The dual core doesn't make any difference at this moment in time because Android isn't designed to handle and take advantage of a dual core in Froyo or Gingerbread? Not until Honeycomb are you gonna start to see the advantage of it and not to mention, by time HC comes out, the dual core in the Bionic will probably be slightly outdated with something better on the market. Hell, the EVO Shift 4G had better FPS and benchmarks with a 800Mhz Snapdragon than the Incredible with a 1Ghz!!

Absolutely agree. Everyone is getting crazy over dual-core but there are other factors. In the end this is a mini-computer and without the proper RAM the high end processor is not properly utilized. I'd rather have a 1Ghz w/ 1GB of ram than a dual-core w/ 512mb.

I also think people forget that dual-core 1Ghz != 2Ghz processor.

Exactly! Why buy something that you can't utilize because the OS wasn't designed for it and the RAM isn't there to support it and by the time the OS and RAM is there to support it, better and faster processors will be out and your Terga 2 dual core will be outdated. Technology will always outpace the people trying to keep up with it.

In my opinion it is in line with other high end phone out today. If it is released this month and the LG or others aren't released until Summer or whenever that is a long time that this phone would be on top.

Fail...this would have been my choice phone if it had a Tegra 2...I don't really feel I would be upgrading much going from the Incredible to this =\

Agreed that the LG and Moto Atrix rule. This is just an EVO with LTE, Dolby, Sense 2.0 and a 32GB card. Not impressed. If it had 16GB onboard memory and dual core to go with that 32gb card, then maybe. Otherwise, Yawn. I already have an EVO.

Agreed that the LG and Moto Atrix rule. This is just an EVO with LTE, Dolby, Sense 2.0 and a 32GB card. Not impressed. If it had 16GB onboard memory and dual core to go with that 32gb card, then maybe. Otherwise, Yawn. I already have an EVO.

The android news today is AWESOME! This phone looks like a beast and I wish I could upgrade to it, but oh well there will be even better phones next year.


is it the same 1ghz processor as the dinc or is it the newer upgraded chip a la g2,shift,etc.

It's the new 1Ghz Snapdragon a la the G2 and the Shift, except those are the new 800Mhz. Benchmark and FPS test Phil did this morning on the Shift blew the DInc out the water, straight stock mind you, with 200Mhz less processor. Honestly, the Thunderbolt is gonna be a great device I think and with a 1Ghz processor being used properly on Froyo and Gingerbread, where a dual core just isn't being utilized right now on either of those until Honeycomb comes out, the Dolt looks pretty good right now.

yeah but my problem its not dual core and verizon is redoing thier contract to 20 months instead you know whats down the road in 20 months???

No, and nobody does. But keep this in mind, the Droid Incredible was released in April of 2010. Then, 1Ghz processor was the cream of the crop. Now, 9 months later, everyone seems to believe that 1Ghz single core isn't shit and dual core is the way to go. This technology difference in 9 MONTHS. Either way, by time you upgrade in 20 months, either one is gonna be outdated. Dual core isn't an advantage in the current OS's of Android so why pay the extra money for something that you can't utilize and will be outdated before you can utilize it?

Agreed. Not that I was going to upgrade so quickly anyway. But still, I was expecting the Droid Incredible sequel to have superior specs to the competition just as the Droid Incredible did. But instead, it just falls in line with the rest of them.

THE Only thing about this phone i want is the 32Gb MicroSD card. Other than that you can keep it.

Wow Verizon really shot itself in the foot here. I was expecting something better from them albeit the Bionic is great and LG looks legit this Thunderbolt just fazed out. This is todays technology but with the bionic and Atrix struting its stuff with tomorrows technology this is just not what i was expecting although the 32gb card included is great but for those who know its not really what we were waiting for.

Uh...I'm a little disappointed. With the Droid Bionic just getting announced, this phone doesn't look as awesome as I thought it would be. Sure, it'll be fast, but no dual core? :(

Well, I'll probably upgrade to this from my DInc's an HTC phone, after all...

You're better off with the Thunderbolt IMO. Current Android just isn't capable of taking advantage of a dual core until Honeycomb. Nothing against the Bionic, it's a damn nice piece of hardware and software! If we were on Honeycomb, I'd go with that one. But we're not, we're on Froyo and Gingerbread coming up. Single cores are gonna be just as good as anything else until Honeycomb.

So, evo on sprint. Thunderbolt on verizon, and inspire on att. I see the pattern. It just seems that there is the newer sense on the last two. Its like a redone desire hd...obviously.

Well - when is it going to be available. Of the four announced LTE Andorid phones announced today whichever comes first I am on.

honestly, this phone seems like a big disappointment. looks nice and all, but compared to the evo, or droid x i'm not seeing anything compelling here especially since LTE is going to cost more per month. not worth it. i need to be dazzled more than this to move over to LTE. so far, no verizon announcement has been all that great, other than then Xoom. but again, still have to fork over more money to verizon to be on contract and be on 4G. i think i'll stick with my droid x for awhile.

---- Am I missing something? What does this have for onboard memory? , and RAM size. Phil? Bing? Speaker behind the kickstands? (tweet it) Thanks.

I was all fired up to buy this phone and retire my Droid X. And had it been released 2 months ago I would have been impressed and purchased it. But in light of the Droid Bionic this has been relegated to my "Missed It By That Much" category. People can yap, yap, yap all they want about 2.2 not being optimized for dual core but the fact of the matter is that optimized or not the extra core will make a difference!

I'm hoping this has a battery the size of a slice of cheese like the Incredible. That'll keep your 4G downloading to a minimum.

My thing is if the phones can't utilize dual core then why put the in a phone with froyo obviously the oem know what they are doing

Personally, I am also quite disappointed. Biggest thing I wanted to gain is bigger screen, better battery life. From what I have seen so far, LG is only mfg. addressed battery life.

For everyone but the crazy technology freaks this phone is great. HTC Sense 2.0, more memory, and LTE. My girl will probably love this when it becomes available seeing as she loves my new Incredible (which you would think was one of those 90's brick phones from the comments).

This phone is fine. Your disappointment is your own fault for getting overzealous.

So when is it launching. Verizon isn't tempting people they just friggin jerk customers around. It should NOT be too difficult to announce a date at CES or are they going to let AT&T release their HTC LTE device first.

Something out there for all you "should had dual core", "this is a letdown, no dual core" and "it's outdated with no dual core" people, I'd like to put out this fact...don't you think when Google paired with Samsung to make the Nexus S, if dual core was truly the way to go and could be used properly with Froyo and Gingerbread, don't you think Google would have had Samsung put a dual core in the thing?

I. Hate. That. Name.

Thunderbolt works for a jet fighter or maybe a race car but a phone? It's actually sillier than the Incredible (which I own). Why not something like: "HTC Droid Blamo" or "HTC Oh Yeah This Thing's 4G Bitches. Shoooom Pow Pow!"

It's shallow but I'd hesitate to buy on that alone... well it's not that shallow cause there are so darn many other phones out there to choose from with pretty much the same specs but you get the idea. Some want to split hairs over the number of cores - I'd rather attack the name :)

Lol, this whole page is "This phone sux! no dual core!" and then "actually, dual core will only be good on honeycomb where it is optimized..."

Not really talk crap but there's only a few things extra that phone has compared to my Evo so all this phones coming out n I'm not that impress, a lot of those specs my evo has since launch so I think ill wait for the next evo in the summer

Would it have killed HTC to include HDMI along with DLNA on the Thunderbolt?!? I mean sheesh not everyone has a DLNA TV or DLNA router to use this feature!!!! I'm sooooooo PASSING on this phone...