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Droid Incredible Officially Announced: Pre-Order April 19th

When we grabbed a screenie the other day of the Verizon Wireless site showing off the Incredible, we started talking about adding it to the lineup of phones we cover here.  While we’re still undecided as to that actually happening, it should still be noted that HTC and Verizon made the release date official today.

Order info:

DROID Incredible will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning on April 19 and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on April 29. Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

Key features:

  • Android 2.1 with HTC Sense experience
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor for maximum responsiveness
  • Friend Stream for unified Flickr, Facebook and Twitter updates
  • “Leap” view for quick access to all seven home screen panels
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash for crisp, detailed images
  • Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch display
  • Optical joystick for smooth navigation
  • Dedicated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search keys
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass
  • Integrated GPS
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • 3.5 mm headset jack

To check out the full presser head over here.

Update 10:17AM: The DROID Incredible staging site has returned with a spicier look…

  • jr2201

    I'll wait for the DROID 2

  • palomosan

    I'm sorry but this will be my next phone, I love my Droid but my wife wants it so I'm getting this one, however I'll still be pocking her Droid as if it was mine…still mine I paid for it.

    • Dracul

      Just get another Droid, give the old 1 to her & u get the new 1…C now u don't have 2 get the “Incredible” lol I don't know how long u were married 4, but u should've known or will know that even thought u paided it's not urs…lol

  • Dracul

    I think I'll stick w/ the Droid, I can't put my finger on it, but I don't like it. I mean, the specs r good but I'm very impressed w/ the Droid and all that you can do w/ it.

    • droidocd

      I agree. There is just something about it that makes the droid much more sexy. Idk. I looked at the EVO today, and if that were the phone launching on Verizon, it wouldn't be a second thought, and I LOVE my droid. That EVO is sick!

  • Marie

    Nope, won't be switching! I am still enjoying the droid and sometimes like having a physical keyboard. Thanks!

  • durangojim

    This looks interesting to me, but I don't think I'll be switching from my Droid until VZW comes out with an EVO like device. AMOLED and a little faster processor isn't much of an upgrade and I like being able to use my rooted droid as a wifi hotspot with my wife's iPad. So I think I'll be passing.

  • asroyal

    I heard its coming with 802.11n, anyone know if thats true??

  • mathewdev

    So this is at 1ghz and when it's over clocked 2ghz??!! Looks like this has allot of power! I have to say if I can upgrade with no penalty, I would let go of the Droid, or just go with the Nexus One.

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    tempting, but paying $600 retail is not worth the jump.

    I can make my droid look similar to that picture posted with a custom ROM

    • kulz

      “I can make my droid look similar to that picture posted with a custom ROM”

      i love it :D

  • df7003

    well i love my droid and even if i wanted to switch to this im on contract thats not over till 2011 so hey by the time i can upgrade im sure there will be more phones added to the droid family and maybe i'll part from my moto droid then and “ONLY” then

    • Eric

      I'm pretty sure you can renew ur contract at anytime when buying a new phone just means you contract will be pushed back farther, which verizon doesn't care makes them more money.

      • df7003

        but wouldn't i have to pay full price for the new phone since my contract wasn't up

        • Eric

          umm good question not sure on that acally.

          • kellex

            Full price unless you have had your current phone for a year. You can do a 1 year upgrade at the 2 year contract price.

          • brain550

            Going off subject, but figured this to be an easy way to ask the source of all that is Droid…

            When flashing between all the Custom Roms in Rom Manager, do I need to hit wipe data/cache every time? Does it matter what build they are created from? I have gone through all of your videos, most more than once, and can't seem to get a clear answer. Please help!

            Thanks

  • talkdj

    I do like the shape of the phone. But if it has a bad radio (meaning antenna like the Eris) it's a no deal for me. I think the Sense UI is pretty cool. But in reality, my Droid looks pretty much like the Incredible. Yes it's rooted with JRummeys right now. It was on UD10 but that as you might know is in it's own situation. So the icons look alike, I've kept Beautiful Widgets from Dec '09 before the C&D and I'm over clocking at 1 ghz.

    So really, no reason to change over. Is there rooting going on the N1? Will the Incredible be rooted? Will have to wait and see.

  • Octotron

    To be honest… I probably would have seriously considered this phone had I not jumped out and bought the Droid.

    That being said, I do not think I could go back to another phone without a physical keyboard. I love being able to use the keyboard whenever I want. I felt the same way about my previous phone the LG Versa. Thing had an incredible keyboard that you could just remove if you wanted to.

    Put this Droid's specs in the Moto Droid and you have a real stunner.

    • kellex

      Stunna! Hah :P

    • Meticode

      I probably won't switch phones until I can upgrade. And plus I've way too used to the physical keyboard on emulator NES, SNES and Genesis games. It's so much better using that than the touchscreen keyboard for those games

  • xFenixKnightx

    So does this thing have the exact same size screen as the Droid? Or is it wider?

    • Eric

      same size but lower resloution

    • nkhex19

      Both are 3.7inch. Droid Incredible has (480×800) pixels and our Droid has (480×854). The Incredible has an AMOLED display though.

      • xFenixKnightx

        Cool thanks.

      • BeatJunkie64

        plus the 8 MP camera and stock 7 screens

    • durangojim

      It's acutally a little wider in portrait view. Because of the lower pixel count, it changes the ratio of the phone to be a little more “square” rather than rectangular. This makes the on screen keyboard a little bigger or wider in portrait mode.

  • nkhex19

    Maybe now this will be poll worthy Kellex, I wonder how many will jump ship (atleast its still an Android phone) but i'm guessing most Droid users are under contract so I wonder if many could even switch. I am sticking with the Droid. Sounds crazy but I really do like the physical keyboard and I personally am not a fan of Sense UI (Just my opinion, I know many people enjoy it). Looks like a solid phone though with impressive specs. If anyone here gets it let us know how you like it.

    • kellex

      I think you may be right. Poll time! :)

  • Eric

    No word on how much storage or it will hold or if it takes a Sd card?

    • kellex

      I thought it was coming with an 8GB card expandable to 32GB.

      • Eric

        I heard 8gb built in and u can expand with a sd card up to 32gb but not sure on that

        • kellex

          That actually sounds correct.

          • Eric

            if thats the case up to total 40 gb is pretty sick. espcially if ur smart and dedicate it to the phone and apps only. but i'm not sure on the whole sence UI i will have to play with it first before i buy it so def not gonna preorder it.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRemby Mike Remby

    I wonder if the incredible comes with flash already?

    • kellex

      No Flash.

      • AndroidsOfTara

        It has Flash Lite 4.0.

  • ninjahippie

    Seems like it's the Nexus 1 with a different case and HTC Sense.

  • MyCoffeePlease

    Crappy UI? You ever used Sense UI? Its one of the best phone operating systems. It even got Apple's attention.

    • kellex

      It's definitely not crap. Just not sure I want to support 2 phones functioning that much differently.

      • hjoconor

        how does sense UI work? IF they are both operating on Android what is the difference?

  • Jack

    It's a shame that something running such a crappy UI can call itself Android.

    • kellex

      SenseUI really is the one thing holding us back from seriously considering this.

      • Jack

        Don't consider it, please. I really think you should stick to phones that run the stock UI out of the box. Covering ROMs for those phones is great.

    • http://www.bustabucket.com Sheed

      Huh?

    • xFenixKnightx

      Crappy UI? Maybe to you. My wife and I got the buy a Droid get the Eris free. I love the Sense UI Its really really smooth and clean looking. And hello… (no homo) you can turn it off! =)

    • AndroidsOfTara

      I have a Droid now, but had the Eris for nearly a month. While I'm not the world's biggest fan of SenseUI due to my experience with the Eris being unusably laggy, I'm sure it will run just fine on the Incredible. Sense is indeed extremely polished and more visually appealing than stock Android.

      While you can't disable the Sense apps and return to stock apps (like Contacts), you can disable the Sense Home application and use the stock Home app. I'm also sure that the thing will be rooted quickly and people will be running whatever they wish on their Incredible.

      I'm sticking with my Droid for a while. I like the keyboard, it has the better screen and I have a while to go before upgrading without paying retail. A friend is getting the Incredible, so at least I'll get to play with it.