HTC ThunderBolt - Measuring this year's hottest smartphones

HTC ThunderBolt - Measuring this year's hottest smartphones
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The HTC ThunderBolt was one of a range of LTE smartphones and devices Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show. It has attained a higher status than other forthcoming LTE gadgets, in part, because it will be Verizon's first LTE smartphone.

The ThunderBolt will sport a 1 GHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)  Snapdragon processor, HTC Sense 2.0, Android 2.2, a 4.3-inch WVGA display, Dolby surround sound, 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording. The device also has wireless DLNA capabilities, allowing it to share multimedia content to HDTVs.

Though Recon Analytics analyst Roger Entner said he has concerns about the device's battery life, he said it will be an interesting showcase for Verizon's LTE network, which the carrier said can deliver average downlink speeds of 5-12 Mbps in a fully loaded network. Indeed, the ThunderBolt will allow Verizon to show off applications like video chatting over Skype.

For HTC, the ThunderBolt represents another milestone in delivering phones for next-generation networks. HTC was the driving force behind Sprint Nextel's first 3G/4G phone, the HTC Evo, which rides on Clearwire's (NASDAQ:CLWR) mobile WiMAX network. HTC has also designed numerous HSPA+ smartphones for T-Mobile USA and AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T). 

Big questions remain about the ThunderBolt including Verizon's data pricing for LTE smartphones as well as a firm release date and pricing. Recent rumors have indicated that device might go on sale for $300 with a two-year contract, at least at Best Buy.

HTC ThunderBolt - Measuring this year's hottest smartphones