Most smartphone geeks have a certain spec that they obsess over. Some want the best camera, others want the fastest processor, and then there are those that desire a speedy 4G connection. If you want a phone with the fastest data speeds, then the HTC Thunderbolt must be at the top of your list.
The Thunderbolt will be Verizon’s first phone to operate on their 4G LTE network and it could be on store shelves in just a few weeks. Our friends at Android Central obtained a leaked Best Buy inventory screen that shows an in-store date of February 14th. On the other hand, Kellen of Droid Life thinks the Thunderbolt could land at Verizon stores on February 24th. We do know that employee training has already begun, so the phone is coming out soon.
Rumored pricing for the HTC Thunderbolt is $249 on 2-year contract, $329 on 1-year contract, and $599 full retail. Verizon has not announced the pricing for 4G data on their handsets, but for their USB sticks they charge $50 for 5GB, $80 for 10GB, and overages run $10 per GB.
To see the full technical specifications of the HTC Thunderbolt, visit the official HTC product page.
For an idea of what to expect, check out the following video. One lucky dude named Michael managed to get his hands on a Thunderbolt a few weeks early and uploaded a quick unboxing to YouTube. He says that the Thunderbolt is faster than the Bionic, but I would have to say that is wrong.
Overall I think it looks like another solid Android phone from Verizon and HTC. If I was going to buy an Android on Verizon phone in Q1, it would definitely be the HTC Thunderbolt. For those willing to wait until Q2, I would keep my eyes on the dual-core Motorola Droid Bionic.
Bonus: For an idea of how the HTC Thunderbolt stacks up with other Verizon phones, check out this comparison chart courtesy of Droid Life.