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Amazing Android Device Choked by Disastrous Launch

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FOUR-GEE-WHIZ!
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Meet the HTC Thunderbolt. Sporting a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 40GB of total storage, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, and 720p video recording -- and acting as Verizon's premiere 4G smartphone -- the Thunderbolt may (briefly) take the crown as the best Android smartphone ever. In fact, gadget reviewer Bob Kovacs at Wirefly preferred it to the Verizon iPhone 4.



The Thunderbolt has accumulated a flood of anticipation and has pre-launch fans counting the days until it's released. But there's a slight problem: That count keeps on getting changed, and no one can nail down the final ticket price.

Release dates have been bandied about, constantly pushing back the Thunderbolt's launch. February 14, February 24, March 4, March 10 -- all have been rumored to be when the Thunderbolt hits the shelves. At this point, the only dependable information is the tag on the device's ad: "Coming soon."

The final price is also up in the air -- now hitting an exorbitant amount. Two weeks ago, Droid Life spotted a Best Buy ad for the HTC Thunderbolt that listed the Thunderbolt for $249 with a two-year contract.



Not terrible, but arguably $50 too high. However, another Best Buy flyer surfaced today -- and the subsidized price is now a whopping $299!



Of course, this could be another misunderstanding similar to the placeholder price of the Motorola Xoom. If not, the HTC Thunderbolt will debut at a cost $100 higher than the manufacturer's other 4G debut device, the HTC EVO 4G, when it launched last year on Sprint.

The Thunderbolt is a fantastic device, but for $299, the thing better have come with a dual-core processor, 60GB of storage, and a free swing at a Best Buy rep.
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