While it was way back at CES when the Thunderbolt got officially announced, Verizon has finally come forward to say that the anticipated device will go on sale this Thursday for $249.99.
Verizon posted this information on their official Twitter account and has also opened up www.verizonwireless.com/thunderbolt where users can sign up for notifications about the device. The specs for the device are listed below:
· 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area
· 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
· Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
· 8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 32 GB microSDcard (Actual formatted capacity will be less)
· Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing
This device will be the first of many 4G phones for Verizon, and it is expected that they will debut at least 3 more 4G phones this year.
It in a bit of an interesting twist, since this phone was announced, Intel has since shown off its new high speed I/O connection, also called Thuderbolt. Is there likely to be confusion among consumers between the two products? Probably not, but don't let us get in the way of lawyers earning their paychecks.