The HTC Thunderbolt was released early in this 2011 with a huge marketing plan that seemed to see every other commercial on television touting the arrival of this new HTC handset amidst thunder and lightning and much dramatics. And to be honest, that is exactly how the Thunderbolt arrived. Albeit the only phone running on Verizon’s 4G LTE wireless network at that time, I’m sure you know by now that the Thunderbolt posted the fastest up and download speeds ever recorded on a 3G or 4G network.

Just recently, the out-of-the-box Froyo operating system received a leaked unofficial upgrade to the Android Gingerbread operating system 2.3.3 with an official release supposedly coming sometime in September, which will be released to more efficiently employe the features and specifications of the Thunderbolt. Let’s take a look at the Thunderbolt official tech specs below.

The HTC Thunderbolt 4G arrived in the typical candy bar or slab fashion or form factor. A black rectangular slab with the four familiar Android control buttons below the touch screen display when held in portrait mode make a very common statement, and in this regard it appears pretty much like other 4G big-screen smartphones. Physically, the Thunderbolt is 4.75 x 2.44 x 0.56 inches (121 x 62 x 14 mm) and 6.23 ounces, average in size and a little heavier than the average 4G smartphone.

Resolution is delivered at 800 x 480 pixels on the 4.3 inch capacitive touch screen, and multitouch gestures are supported, while the display is protected by a scratch resistant layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. A proximity and light sensor are built into the display, and the screen employees TFT technology.  Buy the HTC Thunderbolt 4G starting at only one penny!

The processor that helped the HTC Thunderbolt set those speed records is a single core 1.0 GHz Snapdragon chip set with 768 MB of RAM memory supporting it. As mentioned earlier, Froyo is pre-programmed out-of-the-box, but the new over the air upgrade to Gingerbread is already in effect. A rear facing eight megapixel camera and front facing 1.3 megapixel chat cam and video call camera are also on board, and the HTC Thunderbolt can record video in 720P resolution high definition.

Retail price for the HTC Thunderbolt is one penny with a two-year activation on Verizon’s LTE 4G network. This first-generation 4G handset supports Adobe Flash media player and HTML web browsing. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity are offered, and a microSD slot allows for storage expansion up to 32 GB, while a microUSB 2.0 port charges the phone and accesses other digital devices.


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