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DROID Incredible 4G Receives Benchmark, Probably a Snapdragon S4 but Only a qHD Display?

We have been on the hunt for the DROID Incredible 4G dating back to late 2011 when we first reported that a new device had popped up in a Verizon system dubbed the “HTC Fireball.” Little was known about the phone then other than a model number of ADR6410LVW which was a pretty good indicator that this phone could be some sort of a follow-up to the Incredible 2. Pictures of a device later leaked that we assumed was the Fireball since it had similar styling to the rest of the Incredible lineup and VZW had nothing else planned from HTC that we were aware of. The specs failed to impress at that time, which had us crossing our fingers that magical hardware changes were in store. That apparently will not happen if this weekend’s NenaMark benchmark for the device is to be believed. 

What we are seeing above matches up to the previous leak – 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.3, and Verizon. Two things that we need to discuss though:  the processor a little more deeply and the qHD display. As far as the processor goes, NenaMark shows it with an Adreno 225 which is the same GPU seen in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipsets. It’s powerful, something that can be seen in this test result, but we aren’t sure why it has been clocked at 1.2Ghz. Most S4’s are clocked at a minimum of 1.5GHz, so we are a little confused. Is it underclocked to improve battery life that much more? Potentially. The only thing we should point out is that Qualcomm does have a dual-core S4 that can comes clocked at 1.2GHz, only it has their new Adreno 305 GPU on board. That particular SoC is not ready yet to our knowledge, and the benchmark clearly states “225” so let’s just move on and assume it’s an underclocked MSM8960. (Dirty details about this chipset here.)

The other thing to discuss here is the display. What’s up with the qHD display? With almost every other high-end phone rolling in with 720p HD displays – including the HTC Rezound from 2011 – we can’t figure this one out. Cost cutting measure? The Snapdragon S4 is a bump over the S3 that is in the Rezound, but a qHD display is a bit of a downgrade.

We are wondering now if Verizon is simply trying to keep the cost down on this device and then potentially make it their first official “global ready” 4G phone.

The current target for release that we have seen is April 26.

Via:  NenMark, Ameblo

  • Tim

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  • Anyone have any idea on screen size on this thing?  I would really like VZW to come out with a decent 4g phone that is not massive. 

    • supposedly sticking with 4″ like the Incredible 2 and will have 540×960 resolution, making it higher pixel ratio than the Razr

    • EdCenter

       Well if that leaked picture of the Incredible 4G is real, then it appears to be 4.3″, which makes sense.  Inc 1 was 3.7″, Inc 2 is 4″ (which I currently own and love).  It only makes sense that the Inc 4G is bumped up to 4.3″.  Plus, I tried to eyeball the size of the leaked Inc 4G picture based on the size of the mini USB connector compared to my Inc 2, and it does appear to be bigger than 4″.

      But yea, I’m still crossing my fingers that it remains 4″, but even at 4.3″, I just might get it.  The Rezound was too thick…

  • JeffDenver

    qHD? Eeeww…thats disgusting

  • Michael Forte

    The really interesting thing about this phone is the Qualcomm S4 processor, which is supposed to have integrated LTE, which may mean this phone could potentially have good battery life.

  • Djyosnow

    Im pissed if vzw had to do with the choice of screen reaolution. Why they are ealising the phones in baby steps…? Get the galaxy Journal / Noteand be done with it already. VZW is starting to piss me off…

  • Droidzilla

    qHD is more than enough for a mobile device with a <5" screen. I'm more interested in screen tech (sAMOLED trumps any LCD; even at lower res), battery life, and such. When the Rezound came out with an HD display but ho-hum battery and an SLCD, I wasn't interested at all. At some point, resolution is more than good enough and they need to focus on other things (though I doubt they will, spec wars being what they are).

    • snowblind64

      “qHD is more than enough for a mobile device with a <5" screen."

      I disagree. When viewing websites, having the extra resolution of a 720p display is very helpful.

      • agree….Rezound screen looks better than Razr’s but not as good as Nexus, which doesn’t look as good as Spectrum’s….qHD is sad

  • Its a HTC One S variant — kind of what I was expecting.

    • I would like to see a One X variant…

    • Edfmac96


    • Matt

       It’s not really a OneS, it’s kind of a hybrid OneS / OneX. The OneS has the MSM8260 which has no LTE on the chip. It has the same screen resolution and form factor as the S, but the processor (MSM8960) of the X. I think this is the best of both worlds – smaller size, bigger processor. Except that it won’t have removable SD or battery. Hopefully it will have the X battery (1800mah) instead of the S battery (1650).

  • zepfloyd

    The Incredible line is not supposed to be top of the line, more stable reliable higher mid tier. Even last year, the Thunderbolt took precedence over the Incredible 2, and now this won’t trample the Rezound either. Not surprised.

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    • i think we’ve seen the last of the thunderbolt line. 

      • zepfloyd

        ? It never was one? Neither is the Rezound?

        • PuzzleShot

          i think that was the point

          • Bprokosz

            kinda like it went Incredible = fantastic phone, Thunderbolt (ok we’re trying this whole 4G thing), Incredible 2 (forget 4G for now this phone rocks) and it is still probably the best working phone I’ve ever seen, Rezound (ok so thiiiss is how you make a 4G phone), Incredible 4G (ya so that rezound thing, thanks for helping us test out our new ONE line ahead of time, here’s an upgrade btw it’s an Incredible and those are as close to perfect as possible, take it and be happy)….and then we’ll get whatever phone they’ve used the ONE X as a guinnea pig for.

    • Dreedy Android

      I really don’t see how this comment is valid considering the original DInc was considered a top tier device when it was released.  The original, at release, was one of the best, cutting edge, top of the line Android phones.  HTC has turned the Inc line from a top of the line to a mid level entry device and that doesn’t do justify to the original, similar to the orginial DROID and it’s predecessors   

      • zepfloyd

        Maybe on Verizon with no prior reference, but for HTC, really the Evo which came out a month later was a much better device and far more of a flagship than the Incredible ever was. Plus Q2 2010 saw the ramp up of Android phones everywhere so to say it was head of a small pack isn’t much of a victory. Either way my point is valid as the entire Incredbile S line of last year solidified the great but not bleeding edge tier that it is, which is carrying through now. However the Inc 4G will be the last of it’s kind as HTC moves all future releases under the One Brand.

  • Sounds like a HTC One S to me