Amid the whirlwind of excitement surrounding the recent unveiling of the Apple iPad 2, Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt has faded into the background. Rumors abound regarding when the Thunderbolt will be released to the public. The waters of expectation have been further muddied by repeated delays in the smartphone’s launch date.
BGR reported recently that they had it from two independent sources that the phone would be released on March 21st on the eve of the CTIA wireless trade show in Orlando, Florida. CTIA is the preeminent wireless trade show in the US, and an apt choice for the landmark device’s unveiling.
However, AndroidCentral has reported that they have gotten their hands on an equipment update report from Verizon that says the phone will be released as early as March 17th.
The Thunderbolt is one of four phones announced by Verizon at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. There is some speculation that the release of the HTC Thunderbolt has been delayed due to Verizon’s unwillingness to compete with the iPad 2 for the technological limelight.
The aptly-dubbed Thunderbolt is said to be astonishingly fast, boasting a newer single-core version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPU. With 4G LTE, download speeds are said to be up to 10 times faster than 3G mobile broadband speeds on Verizon’s network.
Only time will tell when the Thunderbolt will be made public. I, for one, am impatiently waiting till it does.
UPDATE: Word is the HTC Thunderbolt will be released on March 17th.