HTC Thunderbolt Smartphone [CES 2011]

The company behind best-selling, high-end smartphones such as the HTC Incredible and Evo 4G will officially be the first manufacturer to launch a 4G capable handheld on Verizon Wireless.

The ThunderBolt features exceptional speed and power with the newest generation of the  blazing-fast 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Users may also enjoy the newest version of the HTC Sense 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 720p 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. The device also sports a rear kickstand.

Among the device’s several innovative features is the inclusion of Skype Mobile (with video calling) into the OS. Rather than relying on a standalone application such as Qik or FaceTime, 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.

The phone’s design is strikingly different that HTC’s current offering, and even more so when compared to Verizon’s Android lineup. The modern, sleek look with a touch of silver and gunmetal accents adds some much-needed variety to HTC’s designs. Also, the Thunderbolt’s style and frame makes the large 4.3-inch screen seem less obtrusive and ‘massive’ than Motorola’s Droid X or Samsung’s Nexus S.

Of course, the real reason consumers will flock to Verizon to buy this device is because it packs the networks’ LTE wireless capabilities. HTC is certainly excited about it: “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.” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas. With 4G capabilities, the Thunderbolt should have no problem living up to its name.

Looking for more of the latest news for CES 2011? You’ll love Iomega Superhero and Sony Bloggie Mobile Camera Models.

Via: PR Newswire