HTC has something to smile about these days as its latest Android smartphone the HTC Thunderbolt is outselling the iPhone 4 at the Verizon stores. Data gathered by research firm BTIG on 150 stores showed that the Thunderbolt and iPhone 4 sold equal numbers in 61% of the stores, 28% reported more Thunderbolt sales while 11% reported more iPhone 4 sales.
From these records it seems that the iPhone 4 has finally met its match in the Thunderbolt. Verizon does not usually reveal its sales figure and was not available to comment on the latest released data of BTIG. The research firm however disclosed that the data they gathered are from calls they made to the 150 stores and based on the experiences of the sales staff.
The HTC Thunderbolt is a 4G touch screen phone that operates in the CDMA network making it compatible with Verizon. One of the main selling points of this model is its fast Internet connection providing subscribers speeds of up to 10 times faster than the regular CDMA/EV-DO 3G connection.
The HTC Thunderbolt carries with it impressive specifications. The smartphone comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and a huge 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen. It comes with 8 GB of internal storage space with the capability to expand it to 32 GB through the microSD slot. It has two powerful cameras, a back facing 8 MP Autofocus camera with LED flash and a 1.3 MP front facing camera to make video calls.
Its multimedia capabilities are excellent starting with its 720p video recording and DLNA connectivity. The DLNA connectivity allows this device to easily share photos, videos and other multi-media stuff with similar devices. You can even turn your smartphone into a wireless hotspot and share your Internet connection to nearby devices.
The many superior features of the HTC Thunderbolt are seen as the main reasons for brisk sales these days. People tend to buy devices that come with the latest and powerful features and when you compare this to the iPhone 4 which was released the previous year than most people will choose the Thunderbolt. However, the big ecosystem created by the Apple app-store is still a big appeal for potential buyers.
The current carrier that has exclusivity to the HTC Thunderbolt is Verizon. If you are planning to get this model then you would have to be a Verizon subscriber. This wonderful device may just prove to be iPhone’s real competitor.