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HTC_Inspire_4G

The first of AT&T's entourage of Androids for 2011 has had its release date and pricing set in stone. The Inspire 4G, essentially an AT&T version of the Thunderbolt, will be dropping on February 13th for 99 bucks on contract or upgrade pricing. And for a double-digit price, the Inspire 4G is packing some respectable specs.

  • 4.3"  SLCD display
  • 1GHz single-core processor
  • HSPA+ connectivity (AT&T's first stab at "4G")
  • 8MP Rear camera
  • 768MB RAM
  • Android 2.2 w/ HTC Sense 2.0 (the "new" Sense)

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What remains unknown is whether or not AT&T will charge a premium fee for access to its HSPA+ "4G." Given the fact that AT&T has made explicit its plans to eventually roll out true LTE 4G in Q4 2011, it might serve their publicity machine better to keep data plan rates as they are until that time. We also know AT&T is probably going to implement speed tiers on its LTE network, so it would seem unnecessarily confusing to implement two entirely different kinds of premium "4G" service, and just kind of dickish.

Getting an Inspire 4G on launch day? Having trouble deciding between it and its Verizon cousin? Let us know in the comments.

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David Ruddock
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  • John J

    Looks like a beefier Aria.. bah, where was this 7 months ago?

    • BobbyPhoenix

      It was over in the UK being called the Desire HD. I picked one up in Oct.

  • Eric

    I don't think they will boost the prices of the plans. On the AT&T site, it says that you need at least the $15 data plan, which is what the 200mb one is priced at now.

  • Mike

    Rather than being the HTC Thunderbolt, it's more like the HTC Desire HD we already have in the UK.

    In fact, apart from the 4G, it's identical.

  • dirtydozen

    Looks like a cross of the HTC Desire HD and HTC EVO 4G either way its a great deal for $99

  • mike i

    trying to convince my dad to dump his iPhone for this since his contract is up.

  • Raptor007

    AT&T is rushing to get product in and drop their pants with prices since the iPhone is no longer just theirs. Poor service, no 4G, 3.5G is NOT 4G, LTE comes later if they can afford it.

    ThunderBolt has the next gen processor and graphics processor, camera, LTE and its not 7 months OLD.