This looks like it’s a slightly-rehashed Desire HD for Verizon, just like the Inspire 4G is for AT&T. However, it does have one major selling point – the Thunderbolt will be LTE-capable.
The Thunderbolt will also come with the new HTC Sense UI that has been previously seen on the Desire HD, Desire Z and Inspire 4G and Skype with video calling preinstalled. Skype presence icons will be built into the contact list, so a Skype call will be possible to make as easily as a normal call – and from the same Contacts app.
The HTC Thunderbolt will run Android 2.2 when it launches. Here are some of its main features:
- 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 4.3-inch WVGA (800×480) touchscreen
- Dolby Surround sound
- 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording and front-facing camera for video calls
- wireless DLNA support
Verizon’s 4G LTE network currently reaches a third of all Americans, and Big Red plans to expand it to its entire 3G coverage area over the next three years. And super-smartphones such as the HTC Thunderbolt will surely help drive the adoption rates for Verizon’s blend of 4G.
There’s no clear release date known yet for the Thunderbolt, Verizon just said “soon”. Stay tuned though, as we’ll make sure to keep you posted.
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