HTC Thunderbolt has specs leaked-are they too good to be true?

HTC Thunderbolt has specs leaked-are they too good to be true?
HTC Inside reported a leaked set of specs for the HTC Thunderbolt, the phone that is expected to be Verizon's first 4G handset. The specs came from a slide that was leaked and revealed a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor (MSM8960) under the hood. Elsewhere on the phone, a 5MP front facing camera is on board along with an 8MP rear camera. The microSD slot allows memory to be expandable up to 132GB and an 1800mAh battery powers up the device. Before your head spins around and you start to drool from your mouth, the odds favor that this report is false.

While it would be great if this device sported dual-core processing power, if you recall, the specs that came out with the device the other day specifically made note of the fact that the Thunderbolt was not coming to market with dual-core processing power. Furthermore, while the MSM8960 was displayed at the 2009 CES, the processor is not expected to begin testing until the middle of next year. It would require a miracle for this 28nm processor to be ready in time to be placed in a phone being introduced next week. While we already reported that Qualcomm had started shipping two 1.2GHz dual-core chipsets (MSM8680, MSM8260), so far the company has not released a clock speed for the MSM8960 further revealing a hole in the HTC Inside report.

As we get closer to the CES next week, speculation about high profile devices like the HTC Thunderbolt will increase until finally the truth comes out. What specs would you like to see on Verizon's first 4G handset?

Speaking of the CES, we will be in Las Vegas bringing you hands-on reports about all of the hot new handsets and tablets that have been keeping you up at night. After that, it is right back to work at the MWC in Barcelona in February!

source: HTCInside (translated) via AndroidandMe

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24. Shafeer

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Obvious overhyped stupidity, and maybe the slide is fake. Maybe they just want to attract attention along with a higher reputation for themselves, we shall see.

21. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

is a 5MP front camera even possible?

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

In theory yes its possible but the video calling capabilities will be less efficient because the video obtained from 5MP will be really big and suck the life of any data plan, or make the conversation choppy because of the bandwidth, but if it where the original 4G @ 100mbps then 5MP will be super smooth

19. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010


18. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

It is near impossible to find a 64Gb micro SD card, what makes them think that a 128Gb will be available by then? I doubt it might have a 1.2Ghz dual core Snapdragon, but it might have a 1.2Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. As for a 5MP front facing camera, I think that it is completely possible but highly unlikely but would more than likely be either a 2MP or a 3.2MP. An 1800mAh battery would be welcome on almost any smartphone and is more than possible.

20. FightForTheLost

Posts: 20; Member since: May 25, 2010

Yeah, the highest current front-facing camera is a 1.3 MP, so why would they jump to 5 without at least hitting 2 and 3.2 before then? It just seems too much of a stretch...especially since there's no reason to have the front-facing cam THAT close in resolution to that of the back.

16. therygy

Posts: 94; Member since: May 24, 2010


13. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Dual core = more battery drain. I don't care what the theory is behind it. When people start to see that all these "amazingly fast" processors are killing their battery life, you'll finally see the end of the processor wars in the Android camp.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

actually the newer processing arguments added on dual core processor make it more battery efficient that regular core processors, why? here is a simple example -one truck needs an X amount of fuel to carry an X amount of merchandise, now when in overload caring 2x the truck consumes more fuel and become less efficient. -now if you have another truck you can split the load and save fuel by simply having both carrying on a regular load. how does this apply to a processor? the more hot a processor gets the more power it consumes the more battery it drains. now by spiting the processor capability you can make sure that one will back the other up on critical moments keeping them both cool and overall saving power. so its gonna depends more on how the system uses this processing power to its advantage

15. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

If that's the case, Android is not going to help the processors attain the battery saving power it should be, considering how power inefficient that platform is in general, and because the manufacturers just slap the two together and sell it as is. I could see how dual core may help battery life on Symbian, since Nokia actually takes the time to code it in an efficient way, as evidenced by the fact that it clearly doesn't need a 1GHz processor to be just as fast as a Galaxy S moving through the UI.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

It would be nice to see Symbian running on a dual core phone. Now for this specific kind of possessor the OS itself needs to be arranged in order to even operate (its a rumor I've heard and a possible reason the stores where not plagued by dual core phones by now) now according to some other stuff I've heard 2.3 has been optimized for better processing performance and more power deficient so will see how things do there (personally if i don't see i wont believe)

28. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

it would be nice to see Symbian be relevant...let alone running on a dual core phone. dual core should be the least of their goals at this point.

27. maccmill

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 29, 2010

yeah now if only they could make it user friendly and pretty, not to mention find a way to shut up Apple and their lawsuits symbian (and nokia) might have a shot over here. Fact is, and whether you want to hear/accept it or not, symbian isn't a concern or even a big enough slice of the pie to matter in the US market.

12. crux of the bizkit unregistered

if you will just take a second to read the image of the Vodafone spec sheet you will see it has 16 gigs of internal memory and 128 gig Micro SD, not 132 .

11. vzw_guy unregistered

Umm... one more comment on these specs. 5MP on a front facing camera is nice, but overkill for video conferencing just yet. The other thing is the tell, in my opinion. The 'fact' that the device can support up to 132GB storage on a microSD card. Time for basic math, folks... If you follow the progression of storage and how it has incremented, it would make sense if it had been printed to accept 128GB for the SD card. I call FAIL! I still want it, but FAIL on these specs....

9. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

storage is also to high even if it can handle a 64 gb card the remainder is a weird amount

8. kabir02

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

that sound far fetched as phones can never think of having those features by this 2011. may be 2015

10. Darryl unregistered

In 2015 these specs would probably suck

26. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

In 2015 there will be "Mom's Eye Phone" A La Futureama an implant that projects images right in the vision of the eyeball.

7. Shafeer

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

WOW. A future phone.

5. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 2010


6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

maybe its like the Droid 2 global CDMA/GSM? the front facing camera tells me is a lie 5MP would be a little too much for a front facing camera... think it may consume a lot of data for video calling, but i guess it can be reduced for such features .... dunno.... time will tell

25. Eric unregistered

T-Mobile has HSPA+

4. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

It will have the same hardware as HTC Desire HD: single core 1GHz processor, 768 MB RAM and 4,3 inch 800x480 old display. Nothing special.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Or, the Thunderbolt with the dual core 1.2 Ghz chips will be 'announced' at CES 2011 with shipment to start later in the year.... Sprint did a similar thing with the EVO; no reason the same concept can't be repeated. Early announcement followed by later shipment seemed to work well for the EVO.

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1189; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

oops single

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1189; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

probably, but it wont be long before we see a dual core droid my guess is that this will be a signal core snapdragon at 1.2ghz but that is just a guess

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