Jan 31 AT 1:44 PM Taylor Wimberly 6 Comments

HTC Thunderbolt gets early unboxing, could land in some stores on Feb. 14th

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.

HTC Thunderbolt vs the competition.

Via: Android Central

Source: YouTube

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  • http://Website itrustme

    tight! nice phone but hard to believe its faster than the moto ATRIX. No doubt abt it , very nice phone

    • http://Website Jeremy

      I think he said it was faster than the bionic which has 512MB of ram. But I might have heard wrong. Why would this phone perform better then a dual core phone in quadrant test as Michael mentioned in the video? Still an amzing phone from HTC like always!

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    That’s not a big issue but it would be nice if it was ready at launch. We all want a fully working device. Me personally, I am not that excited about this. It’s nothing we haven’t seen already. A more fluid Evo basically. The apps are the only thing new on it and those that make it new are not even coming shipped. I still welcome the handset. Hopefully since Skype isn’t ready they will just update the Skype app period in the market and let it recognize handsets with front facing cameras to use that feature. Otherwise you can just use it normally like we already are. they might as well update it to this new feature in the market because it’s not going to debut on this handset anymore first. The moment for that is spoiled so..share the love?

    I dint believe it’s faster then a dual core. Even if it showed that on scores it would be because 2.3 is not built upon dual core. Is has to be built along side everything else. It’s what helps keep it stable and fluid.

  • xray49er

    Damn I told myself not to like this phone for various reason. But that thing looks snappy and pretty. I got an incredible at launch so my contract is not up for another year so i’ll just hold off but damn i think i want that phone

  • http://Website medwa

    I would love to have this as my next phone. Dual core or not, you’re getting a blazing fast device that is capable of doing everything that I need it to.

    And the best part? Its an HTC, which means timely software updates, an unlocked bootloader, and Sense 2.0.

    • GRAW

      Sucessful post is sucessful.