Verizon Will Throw 4G LTE Thunderbolts at CES

Are you ready for 1080p video recording, 1280x800 screen resolutions and 4G LTE network speeds?

It is no secret that Verizon Wireless will be showing off Android powered smartphones that run on its new 4G LTE network at the Consumer Electronics Show on January 6th, 2011. In fact, it is pretty much a given that one of those devices will be HTC’s much anticipated Thunderbolt. Hold onto your seats; I have some leaked pictures that DroidLife managed to snag and the latest rumors on what exactly will be found inside the HTC Thunderbolt.

The HTC Thunderbolt

The Thunderbolt is expected to have a 4.3” screen. Big, but not unheard of. However, rumors are claiming that the phone will have a resolution of 1280 x 800. By comparison, Apple’s iPhone 4 has a resolution of 960 x 640 on a 3.5” screen. Watch out Retina Display, if the rumors are true, HTC is gunning for you.

An 8 megapixel camera, kickstand and dual LED flash are all part of the HTC Thunderbolt.

An 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 1080p video recording abilities will be found inside. This is a 4G LTE phone after all. Why wouldn’t HTC go all out? A front facing camera is also included for video calling.

Don’t worry, a 3G radio will also be inside for when you’re outside of Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

As far as the operating system goes, Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ is expected to be installed on the release version. Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ has been reportedly running on pre-release models. HTC will of course be putting its Sense UI on top of Android.

Overall, the HTC Thunderbolt looks like a phone that can really go toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPhone 4 or any other flagship smartphone on the market or even in the pipeline. While the price has not been announced or leaked, let’s hope it’s in that sweet, under $300 range. Would you be willing to pay more than $300 for these features assuming that you live and work within Verizon’s 4G network?

For those looking forward to news on the Verizon iPhone at CES…Sorry, but it is highly unlikely that Steve Jobs will let anyone but himself—the iGod—announce the Verzon iPhone at his own press event. Apple doesn’t even bother to go to trade shows anymore. Besides, Apple isn’t expected to both with 4G LTE until AT&T and Verizon’s networks reach more customers. It didn’t bother with 3G with the original iPhone for exactly that reason.

After CES I’m going to have some decisions to make… I’m right in the heart of Verizon’s 4G LTE coverage in Philadelphia. Go for a Thunderbolt or similar Android phone or wait it out for the Verizon iPhone which probably won’t have 4G.

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