Adding to their arsenal of 4G devices on Sprint and T-Mobile, HTC announced two additional 4G smartphones today at CES, the ThunderBolt for Verizon and the Inspire for AT&T. The ThunderBolt and Inspire will join the EVO Shift 4G, announced earlier in the week, EVO 4G, MyTouch 4G, and the G2, bringing the number of 4G devices produced by HTC to six.
The HTC Inspire 4G will be joining the HTC Aria on AT&T, and is a considerable improvement over the latter device. The Inspire 4G looks identical to the HTC Desire HD, which can be found just across the pond. The Inspire 4G features a 4.3″ screen, borrowed from the EVO 4G, as well as Dolby Digital and SRS surround sound for a unique mobile listening experience. The Inspire 4G will utilize htcsense.com and will be available on AT&T’s HSPA+ network sometime during Q1, 2011.
The HTC ThunderBolt is my bet to be the first LTE phone released for Verizon. During Verizon’s keynote today, Verizon officials announced that the first LTE phones would be available beginning in March, and since we have seen numerous leaks involving this phone, my guess is that it will be the first horse out of the stable. The ThunderBolt is the third 4.3″ 4G device produced by HTC, and is thus aesthetically similar to the EVO 4G and the Inspire 4G. The ThunderBolt’s 4.3″ screen features Sony’s SLCD technology, and both the 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera can be used with Skype to video chat with friends. Skype will be integrated into the device’s software so that it constantly runs in the background, similar to FaceTime on the iPhone 4. The ThunderBolt will feature a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, which comes as a bit of a disappointment considering the slew of dual-core smartphones announced today.
Earlier this week, HTC announced the WiMAX-enabled EVO Shift 4G for Sprint, which features a 3.6″ display, an 800 MHz Snapdragon processor and a full QWERTY keyboard. The Shift 4G is a modified Desire Z, and should therefore be a very capable device. The EVO Shift 4G will ship with Android 2.2 with a heavy dose of HTC’s sense. The EVO Shift 4G will be competitively priced at $149.99, and will be available on January 9th.