According to the company iSuppli, at present Smartphone HTC Thunderbolt is the most expensive “smart phone” on the total cost of components. The components of the device was released in March was estimated at $ 262. According to this index Thunderbolt approached some tablets, for example, Motorola Xoom at the time of release was estimated at $ 278, and the youngest model iPad – at $ 260.
Such a high value of Taiwanese smartphone is primarily due to a separate chip with support for LTE. Using Qualcomm MDM9600 chipset and various modules for performance Thunderbolt in the fourth-generation networks, cost almost $ 40. However, even without the LTE-components of the device components are estimated at more than $ 220. For comparison, the cost of the components of CDMA-version of the iPhone 4 does not exceed $ 172.
As experts noted iSuppli, in HTC Thunderbolt used LTE-chip generation ago. Because of this model is characterized not only by the high cost of production, but also high power consumption and, consequently, the short battery life. Qualcomm has already offered new solutions that combine into a single chip support for EV-DO, HSPA and LTE.