We all thought that it was a major coup when the iPhone finally touched down on Verizon after years of rumors. In an attempt to keep the momentum going, Verizon has just pulled the curtain back on the HTC Thunderbolt. This latest phone is the first phone in Verizon’s stable to break the 4G barrier, utilizing Verizon’s 4G LTE network. In addition to the added speed, the Thunderbolt features the latest in HTC Sense technology and is running on Android 2.2. Similar to Sprint’s EVO, the phone will also have mobile hotspot capabilities able to support up to eight devices, so owners can share the 4G love.
So just how fast is the Thunderbolt? According to the press release Thunderbolt owners can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps when using 4G. That speed will definitely come in handy when perusing the Android market for shiny new apps. Speaking of apps, Thunderbolt will feature several optimized app upon purchase including Electronic Arts’ Rock Band, Gameloft’s Let’s Golf, and Bitbop.
Check out the other notable specs:
- 4.3” WVGA display
- 8- megapixel rear facing camera and HD (720p) video recording
- 1.3- megapixel front facing camera with video chatting capabilities
- Newest generation of the 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 32 GB microSD card (Actual formatted
- capacity will be less)
- Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing
Thunderbolt goes on sale today in Verizon stores. Interested parties should expect to put out $249.99 with a two-year contract. Mobile hotspot service will cost $20 a month while monthly unlimited 4G service will set you back $29.99.
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