HTC ThunderBolt hands-on

HTC has launched a new Verizon exclusive handset, the HTC ThunderBolt. It will be part of Verizon’s growing 4G arsenal of devices, bringing lightening fast data to all that HTC Sense connected goodness. The ThunderBolt is a variant of the HTC Desire HD we’ve seen reviewed and admired in the past, but this Verizon exclusive device won’t be crossing shores to the UK or Europe.

It features a glorious 4.3-inch 800 x 480 pixel resolution capacitive touchscreen display in a body that measures 4.8 x 2.6 x .52-inches and weighs 5.78 ounces with the battery in place.

There is a microSD card slot hiding under the back cover and you’ll be getting a 32GB microSD card in the slot. I’ll say that again, you’ll get a 32GB microSD card in the box, expanding on the 8GB of internal memory.

Powering this monster device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 chipset clocked at 1GHz, with 768MB RAM. We saw this configuration on the HTC Desire HD and it leads to blisteringly fast performance of the of HTC Sense skin layered over the top of Android 2.2, and the same is true here.

That’s right, the HTC ThunderBolt will launch with Android 2.2. We pushed an HTC agent as to whether 2.3 was in the pipeline and we got a non-committal response, so we’ll take that as a “perhaps”, but not “definitely”.

Around the back you get an 8-megapixel camera joining the front-facing 1.3-megapixel snapper, supporting the integrated Skype mobile services, including video calling. It will offer 720p video capture as well as featuring the DLNA connectivity that is appearing across HTC’s devices.

In the hand it feels solid, perhaps lacking some of the effortless beauty of the HTC Desire HD as you don't get the same unibody design. Instead you'll find a plastic backplate that clicks in to place and a flip-out kickstand.

You won’t get the HTCsense.com service that we saw on the Desire HD, but we were told that Verizon offers most of those backup services anyway. As predicted you’ll get Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for listening to your tunes.

The only concern may well be the 1400mAh battery, that will probably need to snack on mains power twice a day to stay awake.

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