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Rumored HTC Thunderbolt specs are too good to be true

So, now that we’ve gotten a really good look at the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt smartphone with its Verizon-happy 4G LTE connectivity, we want to take a closer look at the spec sheet to see if it really is all it’s cracked up to be. Some hearsay has revealed some new specs for the phone and, more likely than not, they’re probably too good to be true.

For starters, it has more or less been confirmed that the Thunderbolt will only have a single-core processor when it gets formally announced at CES. German blog HTC Inside, on the other hand, says that the Thunderbolt will have a dual-core Snapdragon 1.2GHz (MSM8960) CPU under the hood. The trouble is that this processor won’t really be ready for “sampling” until the middle of 2011. That means it won’t actually show up in consumer-ready devices until early 2012 at the earliest. The good news is that, when it does pop up in phones, it will be capable of PS3-level graphics.

HTC Inside also goes on to mention a five-megapixel front-facing camera and expandable storage up to 128GB. I don’t see why HTC would want such a high resolution cam in the front, at least for now, but the expandable storage could be a real possibility with the increasing affordability of microSDHC cards.

And for the record, Qualcomm is still having some trouble with its dual-core Snapdragons anyhow. That could be why Google is opting for NVIDIA Tegra 2 as its reference platform for Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

Update: HTC has run an ad in Rolling Stone, the ThunderBolt is confirmed.

[Android and Me]

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  • dan

    that is so unfair !! a verizon phone only !! what about europe , asia , middle east !why not give them the chance to have good phones too , it took htc a year to make a european version of evo and it finally came incomplete ( without the front cam ) .. what are we asked to do now ! wait for a year or two till they make a version that works on other networks again ! whatever htc , you are just disappointing.

  • jjmfe

    Don’t you just LOVE competition and how it drives product development ever upward.

  • skroup

    A phone with PS3 level graphics, where do I sign up? This phone could easily be the greatest invention since sliced bread!!!

  • joansie

    New specs, picture, capabilities, hot talk analogies, clean presentation, future thoughts! I’m your biggest fan, sign me up…..

  • http://www.oyuncakat.com BARBIE OYUNLARI

    I always admire HTC devices, their follower is Sumsung.