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HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Charge Get Successors in Form of Thunderbolt 2, Samsung Prime

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Verizon’s first 4G LTE smartphones will soon get successors with much improved specs. According to a leaked document, the Thunderbolt’s successor will be the HTC Vigor, and that device may be called the Thunderbolt 2. Additionally, the Droid Charge’s replacement would be in the form of the Samsung Prime.

The HTC Vigor had been rumored in the past to sport powerful dual-core CPUs, a high resolution 1280 X 720 HD display, and would be launched with HTC’s Beats Audio. The device was believed in the past to launch under the Droid Incredible HD branding with the unique back cover that looks to be an evolution of the Incredible and Incredible 2 lineup, but a recently obtained document from a Phandroid source suggests that Verizon would be calling the device the Thunderbolt 2.

As to the Droid Charge, that device was given as the primary reason right now as to why Verizon Wireless will not be offering the powerful dual-core Samsung Galaxy S II on its lineup. Verizon had said that the Droid Charge is a nice alternative and that the carrier is looking at future devices from Sasmung. In the past, there are several rumors that Verizon would not only be the first carrier to offer its own G00gle-branded Nexus device once the Android-maker releases the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, but may be getting a slight variant of the Nexus Prime as its own Droid Prime. It’s unclear how much of that is true, but the same leaked document shows that Verizon will be carrying a Samsung Prime.

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3 Comments

  1. BrianB13

    09/13/2011 at 7:58 am

    When to Best Buy over the weekend.  Checked out the Bionic that I have waited for since CES in January.  Decided 4.3 ” screen is just too small for me.  Would rather have a 4.5 ” or 4.6 ” HD display.  Will now wait for a 1.5 ghz 4g LTE phone with 4.5 ” or 4.6 ” HD display.  Hopefully that will be the Droid Prime.  I bet you will be able to pick up a Bionic for next to nothing by Halloween or at the latest Thanksgiving.  By then, who would want a Bionic with phones out running 50 percent faster with far superior displays? Look out Apple weenies.            

  2. Anonymous

    09/13/2011 at 8:59 am

    I will be be able to upgrade on the 30th of this month, kind of puts me in a unique situation of satisfying my gadget craving right away with the Bionic or waiting an additional few weeks for the Samsung device. Wheres a time machine when ya need one.

  3. Guest

    09/13/2011 at 12:35 pm

    I question the legitimacy of this information. If I were HTC the last thing I would want to name a device is Thunderbolt 2 after the disastrous introduction of the original Tbolt. It took them several months to get the Tbolt working properly. I would think they would want would want a fresh start for the new phone. HTC Vigor sounds fine to me.

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