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LTE-powered HTC Thunderbolt 4G is finally out, can be yours for $250 from Verizon, already benchmarked

As promised the HTC Thunderbolt 4G – Verizon’s first LTE-enabled smartphone – is now available. The carrier is offering it for $250 on two-year contract.


HTC Thunderbolt 4G

In case those 250 bucks are too much for you, you might be able to find it slightly cheaper. Amazon was offering it for $180 on the same contact, but is now back-ordered. I guess another retailer might be offering the same deal right now.

HTC Thunderbolt 4G is the first LTE phone to take full advantage of Verizon’s LTE network for internet connection. For telephony, the Thunderbolt uses the Verizon’s CDMA network so you need to forget about using it on a GSM network.

The first benchmarks show the Thunderbolt achieves really good upload and download speeds. No matter if it’s used for browsing, internet tethering or as Wi-Fi hotspot, you can trust Verizon’s promise for speeds within the 5-12Mbps range. Here are the results:

The Thunderbolt 4G is powered by a Snapdragon MSM8655 chipset, featuring a 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU and 768MB RAM. It has a 4.3-inch capacitive WVGA display, an 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording and a dual-LED flash, 8GB internal storage and various connectivity options in addition to the LTE support. There is a second 1.3 megapixel video-call camera at the front, too.

HTC Thunderbolt 4G runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and has the HTC Sense 2.0 UI on top of it.

There is only one way to get this fella – $250 or so and a two-year contract with Verizon.

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