HTC Dual-Core 'Pyramid,' ThunderBolt Rumors Swirling

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2011-02-03 Print this article Print

Rumors are swirling about two 4G HTC smartphones, the ThunderBolt 4G, headed for Verizon, and the T-Mobile-bound "Pyramid," reportedly HTC's first dual-core device.

The first phone, headed for T-Mobile, is said to be HTC's first dual-core Android smartphone, code-named "Pyramid."

According to Android and Me, the phone features a 4.3-inch display, an upgrade to a quarter HD (qHD) 960 by 540 display resolution, versus the more common 800 by 480. The smartphone also has a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, which makes it "dramatically faster," according to the site, than HTC's current phones with 1GHz single-core chips.

In December, LG introduced the world's first dual-core smartphone, the Optimus 2X, starting a trend of boosted speed that the market is likely to see a lot more of this year.

The OS is rumored to be Android 2.3, and per two tipsters reportedly leaking details to the site, the Pyramid will support 3G and HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access) technology and be ready for sale in May.

"Qualcomm demoed their dual-core MSM8x60 development platform during CES and hinted at an early Q2 availability, so a May 2011 product release is totally plausible," the site states.

While the Mobile World Congress event kicking off Feb. 14 in Barcelona would be a great place to introduce an international version of the phone, HTC might hold off, if the phone is instead U.S.-bound, until March's CTIA show.

Over at Gizmo Crunch and other sites, an as-yet-unreleased Best Buy flyer was reportedly spotted, suggesting that the HTC ThunderBolt 4G's arrival on the Verizon Wireless network is imminent.

Verizon and HTC officially introduced the phone Jan. 6 from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, but its availability has so far been a mystery.

The flyer, according to the site, urges customers to "Pre-order your ThunderBolt by HTC at Best Buy with a $50 deposit."

There was no mention of a start date for the offer, suggesting that it will be available as soon as the flyer is released, and that a rumored Valentine's Day launch date for the ThunderBolt might be spot on.

The rest of the flyer details reportedly only brag about Verizon's 4G network-saying that users will be able to download a song in less than 4 seconds and 20 photos in just a minute, as well as stream television shows from a computer.

Exclusive to Verizon, the ThunderBolt features a 4.3-inch WVGA TFT (thin-film transistor) capacitive touch-screen, HTC's Sense user interface, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, and an 8-megapixel camera on the back. WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and assisted GPS are all on board, along with 8GB of memory a 768 RAM memory card and a pre-installed 32GB microSD card. It can run on Verizon's 4G network, and Video Skype with or without WiFi.

A report at the Android Community adds that the advertisement shows Best Buy's presale date to be this Sunday-when Best Buy will also begin a "Future Proof" program. Geared toward customers who may be holding off on a purchase, unsure of whether to pull the trigger or wait for the next best thing, it allows customers to exchange a phone purchased at the store for credit toward another phone, while keeping the same plan.



Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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