Verizon is expected to officially unveil the HTC Thunderbolt 4G as part of its LTE showcase at CES 2011 tomorrow, but the smartphone just won't stay hidden until then. AndroidSPIN managed to grab some hands-on time with the 4.3-inch Thunderbolt, finding it to be responsive and smooth with its Android 2.2 Froyo OS and HTC Sense overlay, though surprisingly lacking an HDMI port.
There's also no dual-core processor, with the HTC instead using a single-core 1GHz chip that scored 1926 in Quadrant benchmarking. There's 8GB of onboard storage - plus a 32GB microSD card that will apparently be bundled - and DLNA support along with HTC's Navigation app.
An 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera round out the main specs, but we imagine we'll hear all the details tomorrow. Unfortunately it seems LTE takes its toll on the battery; the leaky source who loaned the handset said battery life "does not seem too good".
[via Android Community]