The HTC ThunderBolt from Verizon Wireless runs on their CDMA protocol at 800 and 1900 MHz as well as LTE on 700 MHz, thanks to a Gobi-enabled LTE modem.
Earlier this morning, we learned that the ThunderBolt could be the first 4G LTE phone to simultaneously rock voice and data on the Verizon network by using both the 1xEV-DO rev A protocol and LTE for data.
The HTC ThunderBolt is a candy bar design like the Inspire 4G and has similar specification: a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, eight-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 720p video recording, in addition to accelerometer and compass sensors.
It too runs Android 2.2 and features a huge 4.3-inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen sporting a 480x800 pixel resolution. The phone ships with 4GB of built-in storage expandable to 32GB via a microSD card.
Verizon confirmed that the HTC Thunderbolt will support Skype connectivity on their network, ushering in a new era of face-to-face mobile communication, according to their 4G launch lineup announcement.
The Thunderbolt uses Qualcomm's LTE chipset, confirmed their executive vice president Steve Mollenkopf:
Qualcomm is providing chipsets that can switch seamlessly between 3G and the next generation LTE networks that are coming on line. Our chipset roadmap enables innovative companies such as HTC to lead the charge, and we are very pleased to work with them.
At this time, Verizon is not announcing pricing or availability for the HTC ThunderBolt. BSN is looking forward to testing these new 4G smartphones. A handy specs comparison chart is available over at Esato.com.
HTC Inspire 4G (left), ThunderBolt (middle) and Evo Shift 4G (right).
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