HTC Thunderbolt pictured in all its glory
HTC has thrown almost everything into this beast. A 4.3 inch display greets you when you pick it up as does a front facing camera. Around back is an 8MP shooter, a kickstand and there is talk that Dolby Mobile SRS virtual surround sound will enrich your listening pleasure. The only thing missing is a dual-core processor, which may not be too much of a deal breaker when this model is launched in February. Of course, Big Red will be showing off its early LTE lineup at CES and we should know then whether or not the lack of a dual-core chip set will send this Thunderbolt back behind a cloud.
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1. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
It's an LTE evo! Actually very awesome. Finally vzw. Finally
4. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)
comparing this to an EVO is an insult. The only things they'll have in common is HTC and a kickstand.
dual core processor
front facing camera
bye bye EVO
10. Eric (unregistered)
I take it you missed the part in the article that it won't be dual core?
The EVO does have a FFC too...
18. Anthony (unregistered)
I take it you didn't see the part where they said they are not sure if it will have dual core...
11. PhoneUser (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
where does it say video 1080p? i don't see that.
Also umm FYI Evo can be upgraded to gingerbread OS so i still don't see how this phone is better than the Evo.
I am not saying that the Evo is better but it seems to me that they are the same spec.
35. mmgbmt (Posts: 18; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
its betterthan the evo because it going to be on verizon
47. FightForTheLost (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 May 2010)
Ain't THAT the truth XD
Plus it'll have newer* hardware than the Evo, and will likely be built better. Of course it'll be better than the Evo. But even without all of those things, it's on VZW. Period. That's all it needs to be better lol.
59. asdasd (unregistered)
VZM sucks, way to expensive.
49. E.N. (Posts: 2273; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Other than this being Verizon's first 4g phone, I don't see anything game changing about this. Seems like its 6 months behind. But better late than never I guess.
24. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Narley as it stands it has the same specs. Dual core and 1080 recording aren't confirmed or denied. So right now it's an LTE EVO. With gingerbread. Evo will prolly get 2.3 also. Even the look is nearly identical. Sans the color scheme.
14. KParks23 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
and best design flaws go to htc im going to be in facepalm mode for the next 3 months now waiting for duel core after wasting my time on this..and i was waiting for this phone for MONTHS NOW!!
1. Nice job putting the speaker BEHIND THE KICKSTAND DUMB@ss!!
2. No HDMI WTF!
3. Screen resolution same old same!
4. Can NOT charge phone while watching movies with kickstand out due to DUMB port placement see photos for what im talking about!
5. All these processors upgrades. WHAT ABOUT BATTERY LIFE!
6. Is this the same camera they been using for the last year???
31. KM (unregistered)
you can charge your phone you idiot. who watches movies with the screen sitting vertically? That is just a poor picture. I don't watch any movies on my evo like that. That kick stand is meant to be used in landscape(sitting on its horizontal).
36. KParks23 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
@ KM!! no you cant dumbass before u start calling people a idiot u should know what your talking about the charge port is on the left side of the phone..SO U CANT WATCH MOVIES IN LANDSCAPE AND CHARGE.......IDIOT!! its not on the bottom
33. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 2010)
In response to reason 4: You do realize that the phone can also rest horizontally, right???
37. KParks23 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
look at all the picks people!! the port is not on the bottom of the phone it on the left side so if u have it in landscape the port is under the phone and u cant watch and charge look at a different site for more pics!
43. SMooV (unregistered)
@everyone KParks23 is right i was lookin at that to the only they would b able to charge it is to make a dock for it check out the link ppl
52. ShaqEVO (unregistered)
Agree with KParks23, intelligent observations.... but, I think his comments would have been as effective in making his point without the 'DUMB@ss!!' and 'WTF'.
60. Me (unregistered)
Tell us how you really feel, w/o sounding like a fool.
#1 Putting a large surround sound speaker out in the open, possible, but probably a bad idea. Behind the stand wasn't too appealing, but it's protective. Knowing HTC reps I'm sure they've tested it and it works fine. Also looks like there could be a normal speaker just below it.
#2 No HDMI, couldn't care less. Very few people use it anyway. If you have to get media to a larger screen use a computer, a wi-fi tv, or take your SDcard out and put it in it.
#3 Screen resolution fits all needs. Having 1080 on a screen that small?? Really? Pointless. 1080 belongs on a big screen.
#4 If you're going to be somewhere watching a movie for extended periods of time where you will need a charger you're going to be close enough you can rest it on it's back to view it. Otherwise, the battery will easily last for a movie. Even the Storm could do that.
#5 Just because you have a formula engine under the hood doesn't mean you have to have it run @ 100%. Facinate, Droid X, etc are all fine. Don't like it, root it.
#6 It's an 8 and a 5 on the front. Probably the same and it works fine.
Try to calm yourself before you stroke. It proves light travels faster than sound. Your ideas look bright, and then we "hear" you speak.
61. Me (unregistered)
And as far as the charger:
If you put it on the right people will be rubbing their skin and oils into it and complaining.
If you put it on the bottom people will complain about not being able to make it look nice and plug it in.
It's the lesser of the evils and you don't need it plugged in to watch a movie.
57. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
Did I miss the part where it has a forward faceing camera? I am not buying another phone from Verizon unless it has a forward faceing camera. Is that too much to ask!
58. Whateverman (Posts: 3191; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Front facing cameras always sound like a must have, until you actually have it. Then you notice it isn't all that important. I had the EVO for about three weeks and only used it once. Went for the Droid X instead because the battery life was horrible. Lovin' the X!
3. RobC (unregistered)
I need a clean pair of drawers now... I've gone and made a mess.
5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1053; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
It looks like a cross between the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Evo 4G. Watch, the name actually is something like "Droid Desire 4G" or "Desire 4G". Hopefully it will come with Android 2.3 and a dual core processor.
15. KParks23 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
droid thunder would be pretty cool...... lol DA THUNDER 4G haha
38. maccmill (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Oct 2010)
its gonna be called the incredible HD im pretty sure
6. weezy84 (unregistered)
hope it comes with a dual core processor but the article reads:
"The only thing missing is a dual-core processor"
7. Papa ER (unregistered)
8. zackh121556 (unregistered)
even with the word of NOT having the dual-core processor we have yet to hear the speed of the processor....im sure with a name like Thunderbolt the network wont be the only thing fast.......P.S.....I would sell my body for this thing
9. gwilly (unregistered)
Dang...and I gotta wait till Feb? Holy crap! Looks freakin awesum!
12. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
So it's a Verizon evo, I don't give a crap what anyone says. There's no samoled screen, no dual core, same size screen, same garbage camera that htc constantly puts on there phone, android operated, so what's the difference besides it saying Verizon? To Narley I doubt very highly if you have Sprint, your going to give up an unlimited cheaper 4G plan and pay cancellation fees, to go to Verizon with there higher prices, phone that'll probably cost $300 and not have any clue how much Verizon lte will cost per month? To each his own though.
13. Sean Paul (unregistered)
Calm down people...It's just a another electronic product that will be outdated next year...and they will have you drooling over the upgrade or another product...Stop being puppets!
21. PhoneUser (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Naw it will be outdated in 6 months lol
SOOOOOOOO sad but soo true
16. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)
I think HTC could of done better. There's nothing wrong about the phone's design at all and I like it. But it looks like the EVO 4G just different colors. So I would probably pass this phone and see what other 4G LTE phones are coming out...
20. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
Really, I don't see what's all the fuss behind this phone or LTE.
The phone: It's simply too hyped. The design is as generic as it gets for HTC, HD2, HD7, and the EVO which all look the same. On a mobile phone, do you really need 100Mbps for casual browsing?
How much would the phone and the data subscription cost?
It all boils down to what you can AFFORD and what you NEED. With the recession and lay-offs, do you really have to buy the newest toy when all you need from a phone, is call, text, casual gaming, some apps, and some browsing.
How much money have you SAVED for emergency cases? Do you really NEED this phone?
29. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
see the article on cloud gaming, or on video chat, or on streaming HD video.
it just takes the device one step closer to being a real computer. why not?
plans hopefully wont be anymore. phones will always be around 200. we might see them go up to 250 or 300, which is worth it imo
22. Josh (unregistered)
First, this does not look like the Evo. The new Incredible HD looks like the Evo! Second, the kickstand pictured above is in portrait mode, and you would obviously move that to portrait...so the phone can easily charge while you watch a movie.
23. Josh (unregistered)
Obviously I meant the picture's in portrait and you'd move it to landscape. Whoops...
30. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
you cant see the charging port in the phone arena pictures, you have to click over to the linked droid life, where there are a few pictures that didnt make it to phone arena (whats up with that pa??) the charging port is directly under the opened kickstand when in landscape, so the comment about charging and not being able to watch a movie is correct.
25. erdoke (unregistered)
This one seems to be extremely bulky. I guess it may exceed 200 g. Brick.
26. TheEclectic (Posts: 77; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)
My wish list for the 'perfect' phone includes dual core processor, 1080p recording, true >8MP camera, Android 2.3 or higher, and most importantly - a display with an as high or higher resolution than the iphone4 retina display.
27. kil (unregistered)
The difference between this phone and the EVO is that it is true 4g. The EVO is 3.5g. LTE system is the real deal.
28. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
dual core or bust.
vzw did say there will be about a half dozen devices announced at CES. i'll wait and see what motorola and LG have to offer. plus jobs should be announcing a special press conference any day now.
32. DroidhavingXguy (unregistered)
For you phone fanatics, this phone is pretty much the Droid X with a front facing camera, and a shittier camera on the back. The next phone coming out will be the Tegra 2 from LG and the Droid T2, those are the devices that you should should want to buy. Tegra 2 will have the super amoled screen and front facing camera with dual core processing and LTE with gingerbread. The T2 is about same specs but will have a bigger screen like a 4.3. Just letting you know that this phone aint the End of all Ends. Ayephoner, dont get to excited for Jobs to announce a Verizon Iphone, its all hype and Apple not wanting anyone to buy a phone on verizon until they announce so they can maximize profit on ATT first. I would say we would see I phone around june. Verizon we rule the AIr...................................
39. Christopher Cornetta (unregistered)
That explains the 4G commercials haha. They always have thunder and lighting weather
40. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)
What exactly does one need with a phone that has a dual core processor, 1080p video, stupid-fast download speeds, and super-high res screens? At the end of the day, when you actually want to make a call you're either going to complain about the network or the battery life, yet you wanted the super fabulous phone that lets you play on the internet all day. It's not like this phone is going to let me watch a full length HD movie on a long flight and have life in it when I land and need to call a cab. When a phone does that sign me up. I appreciate the high-res screen, but I'm not blind...thanks...you're still chewing my battery and no I don't want to buy the humpback battery for an extra $50. I suppose I can appreciate the dual-core processor, but is it really gonna blow me away compared to the 1Ghz processor? Will the dual core processor help the phone to know who I'm going to call before I even press the button on the SAMOLED screen? No. I can appreciate the 1080p...sure...it's cool, but the screen is only 4.3 inches at best. Any bigger and this thing isn't going anywhere near my ear. Anyway, a high-quality 720p LCDTV is indistinguishable from a 1080p LCDTV of the same size, but I'll be the first to sell it to you for $150 extra. To this point, now that phone have hit 1Ghz, I'd say that's a pretty comfortable position. Bump up RAM to 1GB and we are good to go, but 512MB seems to do fine. The only thing pushing all these other glamourous addons is the OS, apps, and money (the desire for it or the lack thereof). Me, I got a Sprint Hero. It's slow...it's been slow since I bought it. The camera sucks...it's sucked since I bought it, but I'm not a camera guy. I added Froyo. It got a little better, but it still sucks. I'd be in Contacts and want to get back to Phone and the phone would not respond sometimes. Seems like I have a legitimate case for a better functioning phone. I'm looking at an Evo since it's the only logical upgrade (my opinion) and I like the style of it. For someone who's been packing a Droid X for the past 5 months and now salivating over a Droid Thunderbolt seems odd to me, but that's just my opinion. If you got the cash then by all means. That's what the carriers and manufacturers want you do anyway and you oblige them year after year. In the end, they're going to come up with some reason to force you to upgrade to the next best thing. It's probably what I would do if I wanted to stay in business. A well-known company named after popular fruit is really good at doing that...really good.
50. TheEclectic (Posts: 77; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)
Yeah I remember Grandpa saying, "Why would anyone need a computer with 100 MB of memory?" and "Why would anyone need internet faster than my 56k modem?" There's a reason - it's because applications are now beginning to demand improved hardware and vice versa.
42. Bongo (unregistered)
Hell, I just want a phone that will actually function for more then 6months without a problem. The more crap they add to these phones the more problems they tend to have and the worse they actually work AS PHONES.
Personally, I think I'd rather have a Tablet (no smaller then 7") for Movies/WiFi/Games/Light Surfing or a Netbook/Small Laptop, that's got good battery life and a basic phone that has good signal strength and good sound (on both ends) with a battery that last's then the "latest toy"....But that's just me.
44. kvt (unregistered)
this phone will be out before feb, trust me
45. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
HTC has it slated for 2nd half of 2011...
48. Napoleon (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
I hope it does come out with a dual-core processor... It would make literally no sense to be the only LTE phone out of the three coming to Verizon in Q1 to not have it as well... Otherwise it will cause me to go with either the new Samsung or Motorola instead...
51. Kensei (unregistered)
Get this phone, remove the capacitive buttons to match the HTC Desire, change the screen to Samsungs SuperAMOLED, Nokia's camera with a Xenon or at least Dual LED flash, and the speakers that Nokia used on their 5800 XpressMusic, pure gingerbread and you have the worlds best phone.
53. cowsrockalot (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)
That explains why in the weird commercial the guy is throwing a lightning bolt!
54. cowsrockalot (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)
I hope they don't just come out with really high end LTE phones. Some people don't need all of the bells and whistles and want a cheaper more toned down smartphone.
55. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
why? why would you need LTE if you want a cheap phone?
56. Ryry yeaaaa (unregistered)
I'm not sure if I'm gonna get this...is a 4.3 inch screen too big????? I bet it will get annoying plus it will probably be worth it to wait for a dual core processor