For those of you with a good memory, you should still remember back to a few days ago (maybe more than a week now that I think of it and I’m too lazy to check and make sure) when the HTC Thunderbolt saw the light of day at the Verizon stand. Along with 3 other new generation Android smartphones rocking brand new CPUs and GPUs along with dozens of new features which really made this humble reviewer go “I want one as well”. Considering that I enjoyed HTCs previous work, the HTC Legend being my personal favorite with its beautiful made aluminum case. Those were the days, I hear someone say in the background.
As most of those devices didn’t really have any date set up back then, only vague estimates on when they will be hitting carriers, I couldn’t mark my calendar down to see for myself how much delay there was between the initial launch date and the date it actually came out. Other than the Motorola Bionic, which according to certain leaks, should be coming out in March, no other dates were really mentioned. This time around though the HTC Thunderbolt manages to steal the thunder – see what I did there, and give us an approximate of when it will be reaching us, mere mortal users.
As such apparently to a leaked imaged, training has already begun at Verizon Wireless regarding the HTC Thunderbolt. It’s being marketed as Verizon’s first 4G LTE Smartphone bringing a ton of new “firsts” with it. According to the image it will be running Android 2.2 Froyo, so any of you or were hoping that they will get to see 2.3 on it, I’m sorry guys, but don’t just rule any updates out because the device isn’t even launched yet. Another marketing point is the fact that it will be the first VZW device to share a 3G or 4G internet connection with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices using VZW mobile hotspot. It will also come with the support for voice calling along with data capabilities. This really means that you will be able to make calls while browsing the web at the same time.
Something which caught my eye was the fact that it will receive Skype after the launch, thus giving the users the ability to make video calls with the front or rear facing camera. Also the fact that HTC is making the only user interface I always enjoyed, it’s good to see that they will improve on it with the Thunderbolt as it will have the latest UI from HTC the Sense 2.0, allowing everyday users to customize their device any way they feel like it. Well aren’t those good marketing moves by VZW? Yes. If you really want to customize your device, root it.
All in all the news seems rather good from this direction, and I personally can’t wait for the HTC Thunderbolt to come out and see for ourselves if it acts just as well out here in the real world. Until next time, I’ll be busy drooling over the preview made at CES. Check it out!1