It's been leaked more times than we can count, but today the HTC ThunderBolt was finally made official, right on schedule. Launching exclusively on Verizon, the ThunderBolt features a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, LTE connectivity, an 8 megapixel camera with 720p video capture, 768MB of RAM, 32GB microSD card preinstalled, kickstand, Dolby Surround Sound, Android 2.2, and HTC Sense 2.0. We'll update you with more details as we have them. The full press release is available for your perusal down below.
While the ThunderBolt doesn't have the same Tegra 2 core that some other new devices do, I bet that customers will be more than happy with the Snapdragon CPU and giant 4.3-inch display, especially since its using Super LCD technology. Unfortunately, there's no word on when the ThunderBolt will launch or how much it'll cost when it does, but we do know that it'll be here some time before the middle of 2011. So, now that the ThunderBolt is finally here, has it lived up to your expectations?
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, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte and for more information about Verizon Wireless at CES, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/ces or follow the company on Twitter at http://twitter.com/verizonwireless. For more information about the HTC ThunderBolt, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/thunderbolt.
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
For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
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, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.
SOURCE Verizon Wireless