HTC Thunderbolt pictured in all its glory

HTC Thunderbolt pictured in all its glory
The HTC Thunderbolt has been teased by the Taiwan-based manufacturer over the last couple of days. And now we have an absolutely clear picture of what this handset will look like when it is launched by Verizon as its first 4G phone.

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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source: DroidLife




56. Ryry yeaaaa unregistered

I'm not sure if I'm gonna get 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

54. cowsrockalot

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 02, 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: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

why? why would you need LTE if you want a cheap phone?

53. cowsrockalot

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

That explains why in the weird commercial the guy is throwing a lightning bolt!

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.

48. Napoleon

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 09, 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...

45. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

HTC has it slated for 2nd half of 2011...

46. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

what? this is not correct at all.

44. kvt unregistered

this phone will be out before feb, trust me

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.

41. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010


40. twashington4

Posts: 81; Member since: May 24, 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'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'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's been slow since I bought it. The camera'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: Sep 23, 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.

39. Christopher Cornetta unregistered

That explains the 4G commercials haha. They always have thunder and lighting weather

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...................................

28. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

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.

26. TheEclectic

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 23, 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.

25. erdoke unregistered

This one seems to be extremely bulky. I guess it may exceed 200 g. Brick.

23. Josh unregistered

Obviously I meant the picture's in portrait and you'd move it to landscape. Whoops...

30. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

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 the phone can easily charge while you watch a movie.

20. dan_md

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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

19. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

totally the EVO for verizon

16. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 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...

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: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Naw it will be outdated in 6 months lol SOOOOOOOO sad but soo true

12. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

9. gwilly unregistered

Dang...and I gotta wait till Feb? Holy crap! Looks freakin awesum!

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