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HTC Announces the Incredible S for Europe, is it the Incredible 2?

We were hoping that right after HTC’s event at MWC late last night, Verizon would have dropped some Thunderbolt news on us, but instead we were left with a device called the Incredible S that may be the Incredible 2.   The name “Incredible” and the contoured back obviously lead us to believe that this could be one of our next DROID family members, but the fact that it was only announced for Europe and Asia at this time has us holding back a little.  The specs do match up to what we’ve been told previously with the 4″ screen, single-core 1GHz processor, and same 8MP camera, so it’s got to be our guy, right?

The device will run 2.2 when it launches, but HTC is assuring everyone that it will see Gingerbread immediately after.  From the picture, you can see that it also appears to be running the new HTC Sense 2.1 which has some really nice improvements even over the 2.0 that will come on the TBolt.  It has a front facing camera, 768MB of RAM and is definitely just a 3G device.

Note:  Let’s hope I’m wrong on this, but I have this really bad feeling that all non-4G LTE phones on Verizon will be stripped of their front-facing cameras.  Hopefully this one sticks in the U.S. version, but the DROID X2 not having one is a bad sign.  And if I am wrong, then what the hell is Moto thinking by leaving one out?

Phone overview and specs.

Thoughts?

  • NCX

    For those wondering if the Incredible thats coming to the US will have the FFC, take a look at this screenshot and see for yourself, the top right corner shows the same cutout as on the Incredible S. Also, this is the same screenshot that was leaked to confirm the Incredible 2, with the Silver rim and BLACK (NOT WHITE) contoured back. If its anything to go by, when the Incredible first leaked last year around February – January, it had an ugly brownish/orange cover, the final backs are not always present on test devices, its also how they track who leaks what (i believe that in theory anyway about the leak control). but in this screenshot, its NOT white, and this is the Verizon version. :) http://pocketnow.com/html/portal/news/0000014560//verizon_no_button.jpg Remember, White is for Apple not for Android

  • NCX

    For those wondering if the Incredible thats coming to the US will have the FFC, take a look at this screenshot and see for yourself, the top right corner shows the same cutout as on the Incredible S. Also, this is the same screenshot that was leaked to confirm the Incredible 2, with the Silver rim and BLACK (NOT WHITE) contoured back. If its anything to go by, when the Incredible first leaked last year around February – January, it had an ugly brownish/orange cover, the final backs are not always present on test devices, its also how they track who leaks what (i believe that in theory anyway about the leak control). but in this screenshot, its NOT white, and this is the Verizon version. :) http://pocketnow.com/html/portal/news/0000014560//verizon_no_button.jpg Remember, White is for Apple not for Android

  • Anonymous

    sense 2.1? whats the difference? will the thunderbolt get it?

  • Ben

    This phone is definitely something I’d want. As long as it’s heavier than my Dinc, because my Dinc really feels too light to me.

    I’d almost like the Desire S better though, because it seems more my size.

  • http://twitter.com/robcomet1 Rob Haney

    Sony Xperia Play is a 3G phone on Verizon and will have a front facing camera.

  • http://twitter.com/robcomet1 Rob Haney

    Sony Xperia Play is a 3G phone on Verizon and will have a front facing camera.

  • el_R

    a 4G less thunderbolt?

  • Jem Harris

    So if those soft buttons at the bottom are actually on a display shouldn’t that mean that they would be easily re-mappable…? Just saying, could be some fun rooting activity involved with that.

  • Kfath1978

    FFC FOR F**K SAKE!!!

  • Illustrativetype

    Sad news By the way Lucas Films is wanting more money from Verizon, no more droid branding around summer when the contract is up. This will break in a few days. Might want to snatch android-life.com – Engadget just posted and then deleated the OG post. Keep looking today or a few more.

  • Andrew Hewitt

    I wish someone would just start the revolution of video calling instead of normal calling. I seriously hate holding a phone up to my ear while talking to people and not being able to see them face to face. And I know in 5 years people will be video calling much more than actual calling. So why is everyone so hesitant to put in front facing cameras?

  • Trombone Dixie

    This one is missing the silver banding around the edge. Maybe the VZW release will be a bit different.

  • Mike

    A “2″ is just a backwards “S”.

    • EC8CH

      Just like the Nexus “S”

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

    This phone is something i wish my phone was. But i wouldn’t buy it. If anybody knows what i mean.

  • Anonymous

    It’s motorola they’re probably thinking “it was good enough the first time why spend time redesigning parts…. that’s what intelligent companies do and we’re just too cool for that”

  • Anonymous

    kellex, will the thunderbolt get sense 2.1 with the gingerbread update?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I7J4Z55BLI6W3OMFGRZZFNVLQA John

      sorry didnt know kellex can predict the future~~

      • Anonymous

        he can’t. he just knows people… or can he? :)

      • Chris Nimon

        You kidding me? Kellex has the highest chlorimidian count since master Yoda :)

      • Chris Nimon

        You kidding me? Kellex has the highest chlorimidian count since master Yoda :)

      • Chris Nimon

        You kidding me? Kellex has the highest chlorimidian count since master Yoda :)

      • Chris Nimon

        You kidding me? Kellex has the highest chlorimidian count since master Yoda :)

  • Chris Nimon

    I was interested but in the “all about me” world we live in I think my next phone will require Dual core, ffc, and hdmi out.

  • Chris Nimon

    I was interested but in the “all about me” world we live in I think my next phone will require Dual core, ffc, and hdmi out.

    • EC8CH

      this has DLNA, which if your TV supports it, trumps HDMI out :-)

      • Chris Nimon

        Agreed, but I dont have that option. Hell, I’m lucky I have hdmi and 1080 lol

        • EC8CH

          Time to upgrade that outdated TV or yours I guess :-P

          • Chris Nimon

            I totally agree but the wife and 5 kids are sure gonna be jealous whe I get
            my 73 inch tv lol someday :(

            Sent via DROID X

            —–Original message—–

          • Anonymous

            Lmao

          • Anonymous

            Lmao

          • Anonymous

            I am right with you bother, I want the Xoom but since we’re expecting out second child here quick, the Xoom is on hold Blah

          • Chris Nimon

            Congratulations. I have to admit, I would trade the Xoom in to get another kid. But hey, by the time he/she gets out of diapers and formula, the price will have come down :)

            Sent via DROID  X

            —–Original message—–

  • Bob

    If it was LTE/4G then they may have something, but without that or a dual core, not much to sing about here…

    • Anonymous

      most people don’t even know what dual core or 4G mean

  • shr1k3r

    when will a good phone come to vzw

    • palomosan

      This is actually a good phone, not an awesome but, it’s also a Global phone, I only hope that the Verizon version has LTE, VoLTE, a better processor and Gingerbread out of the box.

      Guys keep in mind that this processor even though it says 1GHZ, it’s a newer processor with Adreno Graphics or GPU if I’m not mistaken.

  • EC8CH

    Wow! The softbuttons on the bottom rotate when the phone is turned to landscape… nice

  • Kevoskee

    Europe seems to get everything recently. Where’s our T-bolt announcement (in the U.S) release date Verizon?

    • Mr.Joe

      Maybe because MWC is in Europe ;)

      • Kevoskee

        True. Thanks

  • EC8CH

    If it comes to VZ it will probably loose the front facing cam? That seems to be the trend for 3G phones on Big Red.

    • Mr.Joe

      The Xperia Play is a 3G phone and it has a front facing camera. Same with the iPhone.

      • EC8CH

        i*hone won’t do video chat on 3G, and the Xperia Play is still vapor though. I hope the front cam stays, but I’m not holding my breathe.

        • Mr.Joe

          What do you mean vapor? There’s a spec sheet over at Sony Ericssons website that says it has a front facing camera among other things.

          Even if it can’t do video calls over 3G doesn’t mean it can’t have it. You said that it’s a trend for 3G phones on vzw to ditch the front facing camera. Which isn’t true.

          • EC8CH

            I thought both the DX2 and the D3 were rumored to lack front facing cams.

          • EC8CH

            Apparently Kellex is concerned about the front cam sticking for the VZ release… check out the update ^

      • EC8CH

        i*hone won’t do video chat on 3G, and the Xperia Play is still vapor though. I hope the front cam stays, but I’m not holding my breathe.

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

    not for advanced users…but a great entry level device

    • EC8CH

      minus the extra G and a kickstand, how is this much different than the TB?

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

        not much different…but single core processor on 3g should be the minimum. for us advanced users, we’ll be wanting all the extra bells/whistles that come with dual or quad cores

      • Anonymous

        Smaller screen. :P

      • Anonymous

        Smaller screen. :P

      • Mr.Joe

        The same way there’s worlds of difference between the Evo and Incredible.

        I remember asking that somewhere. Besides the 4G and bigger screen what’s the difference between the Evo and Incredible. DAMN did I get attacked hard.

        • EC8CH

          Is the single 1ghz processor in this the same as the Evo or the TB?

  • DMBatCOFC

    My thoughts: We need to get the inferior phones out first! I mean, seriously… this is getting ridiculous

  • EC8CH

    Black back looks good. What about the news the Dinc 2 would come with an ugly white back?

    • NCX

      none of the leaked photos with the Verizon branding showed a white back, the white back could be an exclusive color like BestBuy had for the Droid Incredible, if thats the case, they can keep it, white phones aren’t pretty once they start to get sun stained and turn yellow from it or from the dirt they are exposed to (our skin’s oil is also something that could cause that). but in any case, the Incredible S is the one pictured above that is the device headed to verizon as the leaked images shown, the first image i originally leaked to Phandroid, it was the headline about the “buttonless verizon” slate phone if you all recall. Pocketnow tried to debunk it as a photoshop since it looked generic, but after todays announcement, we found out why the buttons don’t show up on the image. the buttons are actually touch capactive LED’s with TINY screens to show the icons, those icons rotate to the orientation you switch to. Pretty cool huh?

    • NCX

      none of the leaked photos with the Verizon branding showed a white back, the white back could be an exclusive color like BestBuy had for the Droid Incredible, if thats the case, they can keep it, white phones aren’t pretty once they start to get sun stained and turn yellow from it or from the dirt they are exposed to (our skin’s oil is also something that could cause that). but in any case, the Incredible S is the one pictured above that is the device headed to verizon as the leaked images shown, the first image i originally leaked to Phandroid, it was the headline about the “buttonless verizon” slate phone if you all recall. Pocketnow tried to debunk it as a photoshop since it looked generic, but after todays announcement, we found out why the buttons don’t show up on the image. the buttons are actually touch capactive LED’s with TINY screens to show the icons, those icons rotate to the orientation you switch to. Pretty cool huh?