More details are emerging surround Verizon Wireless’s HTC Thunderbolt, which may be released under the Droid Incredible HD brand name as an Android smartphone for the carrier. The device will be larger than the current HTC Droid Incredible on the carrier and will add a 4G radio; the Droid Incredible HD will be Verizon Wireless’s answer to rival carrier Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G with its capacious 4.3-inch display, 3G/4G dual radios, and a kickstand.
According to Device Mag, the leaked, and rumored, specs indicate that the large smartphone will feature a dual-core Qualcomm CPU clocking in at 1.2 GHz, which is a faster clock speed than current NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core gigahertz mobile CPUs. Like the Tegra 2, Qualcomm’s dual-core model will be based on ARM technology.
The Incredible HD is expected to have a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear camera, and an SD memory card slot that is expandable to 128 GB.
And as a 4G phone, the Thunderbolt will support Verizon’s 4G LTE networks, which boasts speeds 10 times faster than 3G download speeds.
With specs this awesome, it’s unclear if all of this will be fact or fiction–the 5-megapixel front camera may be excessive and storage up to 128 GB may not be necessary on a smartphone when technology is moving storage to the cloud. At 128 GB of storage with a memory card, the Droid Incredible HD by HTC would exceed the current maximum iPad capacity of 64 GB by double.
However, given the close relationship between Qualcomm and HTC in the past, a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm CPU is not unlikely; HTC had relied exclusively on Qualcomm technology in prior smartphones and is a big player to push the Snapdragon chipset mainstream.
We’ll know for sure at CES if this is dream phone will become reality; if it does, the phone will definitely–per Verizon’s motto–“rule the air.”
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