HTC Thunderbolt and Inspire 4G leak out

There has been a lot of buzz about the upcoming launch of Verizon's new 4G phones. While several devices are expected, the HTC device will be called the 'Thunderbolt' and will harness the new LTE network that Verizon just launched last month. Also leaked is a new phone for AT&T called the Inspire 4G, although it is not clear what the context of 4G means. Is it true LTE or is it the same '4G' that T-Mobile is currently branding which is really HSPA+?

The leak came from an advertisement in Rolling Stone magazine that was posted by Android Central. The leak comes at an interesting time as Verizon is set to announce its new 4G phones on Thursday and no word has been made by AT&T with regards to its '4G' phone but both will most likely be announced sometime this week. 

While we know that LTE and HSPA+ are not true "4G" as per the definition, so you can save yourself the few keystrokes in the comments, LTE does represent the next wave of mobile data services for Verizon and AT&T. 

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"yet it's not even going to use half of them"

Exactly probably marketing :rollseyes:. Though my suspicion is, why has no hacker hacked this "all-in-one" chipped phone to indeed work on other networks like "unlocking" a GSM allows you to bounce to "any" simed network (trust me if it could be done it would have been)...maybe its more than just marketing and more than you know.

theslam08 said,
"yet it's not even going to use half of them"

Exactly probably marketing :rollseyes:. Though my suspicion is, why has no hacker hacked this "all-in-one" chipped phone to indeed work on other networks like "unlocking" a GSM allows you to bounce to "any" simed network (trust me if it could be done it would have been)...maybe its more than just marketing and more than you know.

I suppose only thing would be it would cause havoc a bit with a phone running on GSM and CDMA networks and also obviously only one sim can be used at a time and stuff and half of it relys on the providers network so I suppose in the end it's not really one of those things really worth hacking so much..

Although AT&T hasn't rolled out "4G" in the LTE Form can't they call it 4G since they will use LTE in the near future and its probably built in the phone already since its the same phone as the Thunderbolt. Unlike 3G/4G CDMA/GSM - the LTE 4G uses the same radio as Verizon and perhaps any LTE capable phone right? So even if for the moment they call 4G HSPA+ and use it for their networks can't they just switch to the new LTE when it comes online? The phones are the same so what makes HTC not include the LTE radio in the phone and just have it turned off. It would be cheaper anyways.

Just a curious question. I am no expert just a user of these phones.

mrmomoman said,
Although AT&T hasn't rolled out "4G" in the LTE Form can't they call it 4G since they will use LTE in the near future and its probably built in the phone already since its the same phone as the Thunderbolt. Unlike 3G/4G CDMA/GSM - the LTE 4G uses the same radio as Verizon and perhaps any LTE capable phone right? So even if for the moment they call 4G HSPA+ and use it for their networks can't they just switch to the new LTE when it comes online? The phones are the same so what makes HTC not include the LTE radio in the phone and just have it turned off. It would be cheaper anyways.

Just a curious question. I am no expert just a user of these phones.

It's probably there just disabled hardware till it's ready. Just like most cellular processors now from qualcomm (which HTC uses) support all CDMA, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA(+) and whatever else in one chip yet the phones are only allowed to work on certain frequencies on certain network configs rather then be able to operate on any and all.

Just as an example, here's what the EVO 4G Shifts processor the MSM7630 supports:
"GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS/WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, MBMS,
CDMA2000 1xRTT, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO MC(MC-Rev. A), CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. B, CDMA SV-DO"
yet it's not even going to use half of them.

Edited by Digitalx, Jan 5 2011, 6:12pm :

Too bad they have now about 5-6 phones called stupid names and are basically all the same. HTC are sinking their own ship at this rate if they're not going to bother either improving on products or at least changing them.

As for mobile carriers in the US they are just plain simple morons. HSPA+ isn't 4G.

Beaux said,
Everyone wants to use the word "leak" these days.

Seems like it... As I wouldn't call a nationally published advertisement a "leak"... Unless the Ad was obtained months in advance of publication...

Oh joys, looks like America's 4G market (in terms of technology used) is going to be even more fragmented that America's current 3G market

thealexweb said,
Oh joys, looks like America's 4G market (in terms of technology used) is going to be even more fragmented that America's current 3G market

It's only going to get worse now that there are 3 technologies under the 4G umbrella.

dotf said,

It's only going to get worse now that there are 3 technologies under the 4G umbrella.

Yeah that is kinda weird. In Europe LTE is the only 4G technology. I know its not really 4G but real 4G is probably going to end up being called 4G+ so...

The Inspire 4G looks identical to the HTC Desire HD.
And the G2 is Desire Z.
Slightly different, for a different market.

I'd be interested to see the specs on these and see how they compare to the Desire / Desire HD, as I'm wondering whether the "Thunderbolt" name refers to 4G speed or processor power. More important is how much of a hit 4G is going to have on battery life. Regardless, it seems that HTC has really nailed their phone design recently.