It may not have a dual-core processor, but the 4.3-inch HTC Thunderbolt
is a beauty to behold -- not to mention a speed demon with Verizon LTE on board. We just got our paws on the 1GHz Snapdragon-powered Android 2.2 handset at CES 2011, and immediately fired off packets in an online speedtest. While we're not entirely certain Verizon's building-penetrating 700Mhz frequencies would typically
work deep in the heart of Las Vegas' Venetian Hotel, it definitely did here, delivering nearly 18Mbps and loading full websites in a snap. The Desire HD-inspired hardware itself is no slouch either, with a solid if oh-so-slightly hollow build, a responsive glass touchpanel, and positively lovely colors from the 4.3-inch Super LCD screen -- a coup for HTC in and of itself -- and the strong, EVO 4G-like kickstand that hides the speakerphone is a nice touch. Here's hoping Verizon doesn't ask for internal organs or first-born children to turn this beast into an LTE hotspot. Find video after the break, and loads of pics below.
Myriam Joire and Darren Murph contributed heavily to this report.
HTC Thunderbolt first hands-on!