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Best Buy strikes with HTC Thunderbolt

Verizon's first LTE handset, the Android-powered HTC Thunderbolt, is now available for preorder at Best Buy stores.

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Best Buy announced today that it will have an exclusive on the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon Wireless. Though it won't arrive in stores until the middle of this month, customers can preorder the Android smartphone starting today.

The Froyo-powered Thunderbolt, which first saw light last month at CES 2011, will be Big Red's first commercially available 4G LTE phone. On the outside it sports a candy bar design with a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen and a virtual keyboard.

Other features include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, messaging and e-mail, an 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, GPS, an HTML browser, a digital music player, HTC's Sense 2.0 UI, Dolby surround sound, an FM radio, and DLNA support.