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HTC and Verizon Announce the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, Available in the “Coming Weeks”

Nice way to kick off CTIA 2012, right? Verizon and HTC made the DROID Incredible 4G LTE official this morning, however, they were not ready to give us a price or release date. It is as you expected it to be though, with its 4″ qHD LCD display, NFC chip, Beats Audio, Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense 4.0, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, expandable storage, 1700mAh battery, 4G LTE, and 8MP camera.

It should be a solid phone with enough power to make it worth your consideration. Sources of ours have suggested that it will retail for $149 or so and could be available by May 17.

Since we are at CTIA all this week, don’t be surprised if we spend some quality time with it.




New DROID INCREDIBLE Offers Advanced Camera Capabilities, Beats Audio and 4G LTE Speeds from Verizon Wireless

NEW ORLEANS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – From International CTIA Wireless® 2012, Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced the new and exclusive DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC. The new DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE enhances the customer experience by offering high-quality photo and audio capabilities, combined with the power of 4G LTE speeds. Running the latest version of HTC Sense™ 4.0, HTC’s branded user experience integrated with Google’s™ mobile operating system, Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the new DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE brings a sophisticated, pocket-friendly device to America’s fastest 4G LTE network.

DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC features Beats Audio™ which is enabled across the entire experience for a rich and authentic sound whether customers watch a YouTube™ video, play a game, or stream music over 4G LTE. Beats Audio allows customers to listen to music the way the artist intended with thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs.

The DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE captures life’s special moments with an advanced 8-megapixel camera with quick activation from the home screen so customers never miss that perfect shot. Additionally, there’s no longer a need to choose between shooting video or taking photos, HTC Video Pic™ allows users to shoot HD video and capture photos at the same time. With 4G LTE speeds, sharing photos and video via email, uploading to the cloud or posting to social networking sites is a breeze.

DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE is packed with features to make life easier and customizable. Customers can personalize and use lock screen shortcuts to quickly access their four favorite apps. Folders can easily be created on any home screen for additional customization and organization. A Read Later feature allows people short on time the ability to save browser content like news articles and websites that can be viewed later, even while offline. The smartphone is also NFC capable so customers can take advantage of Android Beam™ to quickly share Web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping two compatible phones together.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available in 230 markets across the Unites States. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of 4G LTE coverage areas, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, where available, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.

Additional features:

  • 4-inch super LCD qHD display
  • 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
  • Front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 processor
  • Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ memory card
  • 1,700 mAh lithium ion removable battery

The new DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com in the coming weeks.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About HTC
Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by HTC Sense™, a multilayered graphical user interface that vastly improves user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

  • smoothy

    God I wish this was on pre-order.

  • no hardware keyboard = FAIL

  • feztheforeigner

    Here are my thoughts on the differences between the GNex and Incredible:

    Incredible>GNex by a lot

    Incredible>GNex by a little

    Battery life:
    GNex>Incredible (arguably)
    Unknown; Incredible should be naturally be longer lasting (no proven results yet) however the GNex has a removable battery meaning you can increase the size of your battery or even carry a small spare battery in your purse (I have an extra!) essentially doubling your battery life

    Here the GNex takes an enormous leap ahead with longer life, more supporters, and no custom UI to screw up the Android system

    By quite a bit. The GNex screen is larger, has significantly more pixels, higher ppi, and arguably has more vivid colors and deeper blacks

    Physical Size:
    Incredible should be decently smaller, but the GNex helps make up for it with all of its sexy curves

    Google Support – GNex>Incredible
    Nothing screams support from Google like the Nexus
    On Screen Buttons – GNex>Incredible
    This is the future and we need the buttons to be a part of the display to allow for customization and change
    Expandable Storage – Incredible>GNex
    Come on now, we need to be able to easily move our pictures around and keep them from device to device. Not to mention the obvious advantages of having more storage for your pictures, videos, apps, etc. (not music, thanks Google Music!)
    Branding – GNex>Incredible
    Other than the back, none of those disgusting logos littering the front
    Feel – Incredible>GNex
    Using that crazy new material and comparing it to the plastic of the GNex is vastly different. Feels much more luxurious

  • nicotinic

    Tell me I’m wrong but this looks as if they have taken and “repurposed” the front of the rezound. I really think thats what they’ve done here with the Rezound surplus to make up for it not selling well.

    That’s why there’s so much wasted space in the front because it was originally designed for the 4.3 inch screen. They have adjusted the internals so it’s slim…

    removing tin-foil cap… now.

    • nicotinic

      Okay I’m wrong. Yikes!

  • nicotinic

    Now we know it’s NOT pentile so it shouldn’t be an issue on a 4 inch screen. No reason to complain.

  • Needs a QWERTY. 🙂

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    i have yet to be impressed with a sinle DINC since the OG incredible with the AMOLED display…

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    I’m going to hold out for the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Maxx Extended (Special Edition) Free Cocaine (Director’s Cut) Multi-Iridescent Color Hyper Limited Edition, personally.

  • teleclimber

    oohh, f2.2 camera? That’s even faster than i___4S. Hopefully they upped the overall quality of the lens + sensor + software. The Inc2 camera is awful.

    • Chris Kendall

      f/2.2 refers the to the relative aperture, which is essentially it’s ability to gather light. It is supposed to be fast, though not due to the relative aperture. The shutter speed used to be the speed measure, but with shutters disappearing it’s mostly just referred to as capture speed, or capture time. It is time based in a way depending on how much light is required to return an acceptable exposure.

  • I’m just waiting to hear the price (off contract, I still have a year left lol).

  • JagoX

    That’s great and all…but if HTC crippled this phone like they did with the original Droid Incredible by giving an extremely low app storage space then they’ve done nothing to improve it.

    • its ice cream sandwich, that limitation no longer applies.

      • JagoX

        That was an issue with the phone, not the OS b/c it existed in Froyo and GB. HTC set the app storage space to be only 150MB. My Droid X didn’t have that problem b/c of how Motorola setup the internal storage

  • sk3litor

    why is it every phone reads 10:08? the inc 4g, the one x the nexus

    • Chris Kendall

      It’s trying to tell you something. Listen to the voices….

      On a more serious note, that may be tied to a convention that goes back far beyond cellphones. I always knew it as 10:10, TV shows and movies have been using that time on prop clocks for decades. Not sure if that’s where it came from or not, but given how frequently you see it used, I would imagine that’s it.

  • 1700mAh battery on a 4G LTE device is not nearly enough battery life. When are manufacturers going to learn?

  • bull3946

    I’ll be watching to see how the battery life is with this phone on the S4 processor. Battery run tests on Anandtech peg the HTC One X LTE is being almost equal to the Razr MAXX in battery life despite having half the size battery. It won’t be quite as good on Verizon since the CDMA radio has to stay active to receive calls and text rather than utilizing circuit switched failback like AT&T, but it should still be really good.

    • teleclimber

      Same here. I won’t buy a 4G phone until they get battery life under control. The S4 has the LTE on-chip, right? Let’s hope it makes a big difference.

  • Knlegend1

    So this is the Droid version of the One S?

  • frankandsimple

    I’m very interested in this phone.. 4″ is just the right size for me… with LTE and the latest Android… and LCD screen… I’m gonna be all over this one.

  • If the price is right, this could be my wife’s next phone. We have Droid Xs, but I think she’d be happier with a slightly smaller screen. I’ve got my eye set on an SGS3, One X, or Note sized screen with an S4 or better chip, so I’ll keep waiting…

    • LionStone

      Same here. I’ll probably get it too and ‘test’ it out for a while…then if HTC does release another beast later this year, my girl will get this one.

  • PuzzleShot

    The issue is it’s a One S. I’d want a One X.

  • EC8CH

    Always liked the looks of the DIncs. Very simple and Droid-Like.

    Good looking mid-range phone for people who are into that sort of thing.

  • stephen shavers

    this phone looks nice, but not the one for me. hoping to hear about some other verizon phone releases.

  • T4rd

    I wonder if it would be worth trading my wifes Rezound for this phone. It’s pretty damn slow and laggy compared to my Nexus, but the screen is amazing and a bit better than my Nexus (prolly a bit better than this too). Hopefully the ICS update for it fixes its performance issues. I know it’s only a Cortex A8 compared to my A9, but its clocked higher and should perform better than it does, IMO.

  • r0lct

    This is a good reminder to all the people in the on screen / dedicated soft key debate that in the end it’s about styling and internal hardware space, not that one provides more utilization of space than other other.
    Here they went with dedicated buttons and still have a large bezel and oversize capacitive buttons (unless the press shot doesn’t accurately reflect how it looks in person) show that if they just put in a 4.3 screen with on screen buttons you would probably wind up with the same screen space and phone size, they just chose this style.

    • While I agree, you can’t leave out the fact that on-screen navbuttons provide flexibility that dedicated buttons can not.

  • tomgillotti

    1700 mAh battery makes this phone obsolete before it ever comes out.

    • BatteryLife

      But there is an extended capacity battery available.

      • r0lct

        But at what point do you get annoyed that the extended battery becomes an mandatory accessory? Even if it doesn’t ruin the look of the phone it ups the true price of the phone.

        • Radgatt

          thats how they make the extra money

        • LionStone

          Having the option for an extended battery would never annoy me and since I don’t spend extra money on screen protectors or cases anymore, I don’t mind the extra cost for another battery.

          • r0lct

            What annoys me isn’t that one is available, it’s just that the standard one is so small it’s almost like they force you into it.

          • LionStone

            I hear ya…I would have loved to have a 2000 mAh to start with! But I’ve also learned that a properly calibrated battery does do very well too. Even the 1450 on the TB I get up to 19 hrs with low usage and generally 10 hrs with over 1 hour screen time and over an hour of call time. I’ve also noticed the same life compared to a 1750 mAh battery I have but that’s to be expected for a third party battery replacement.

    • The phone is smaller than most others, so there’s less room to put in a huge stock battery. At least it’s not as bad as the 1450 mAh stock battery that was in the Thunderbolt.

    • Chris Kendall

      It’s not overwhelming, but aside from the Razr MAXX, what phone couldn’t use a better battery right out of the box?

  • Dave

    So how long before we get the HTC Droid Incredible HD 4G LTE from Verizon Wireless?

  • Not global? Seriously?

  • SusanBAnt

    Not sure why I’d want to LOSE size on my screen space… add the useless Beats Audio, get a dual-core like I already have…. 1GB ram… and a regular 8 mp camera…. and ICS.

    There’s really nothing “new” in this “new” device at all. It’s all available elsewhere… some of it for over a year now. This is obviously “last year’s phone” being released in 2012 instead.

    Droid-life needs to always include a section in all its reviews: “Here’s a list of features not available in ANY other device”.

    • Sobr0801

      This phone is obviously not intended for you. the incredible has been a said mid range phone since it the first one launched easy back when.

      • John

        The original Incredible was far from a mid range device, it was essentially the Nexus one, and was released before the Droid X. It was the best phone on Verizon.

        • Sobr0801

          I was on sprint at the time, and the Incredible seem kinda underwhelming when it was side by side with the EVO, I guess they where kinda similar. I guess the incredible name may have been re-marketed with the Incredible 2 into the mid-range tier. Either way it is now mid range device, and he shouldn’t expect it to be some magic device that is going to replace a device from 5 or 6 months ago.

    • Chris Kendall

      S4 Krait chipset, faster f/2.2 camera sensor, NFC. All new, with the exception of NFC on the Nexus, they are all first time features on Verizon. If you look past the screen this is far from last year’s phone. Hopefully they validate HTC’s midrange intention with the One-S (which this is a reasonable approximation of) by offering a midrange price. If this launches at $299.99, then I agree this is not a good enough phone, but at $149.99 this would be a steal.

      Might not be worth upgrading what you have, but this is flagship internals in a midrange shell.

  • NoMoreHUGEphones

    Pretty much the phone i’ve been waiting for. ICS and not a GIANT phone like the Galaxy S3 or the Nexus. For those that don’t like carrying a brick in our pockets, this looks great.

    • LiterofCola

      I would hardly call the S3 and Nexus a “brick.” But to each their own.

      • PC_Tool

        “But to each their own.”

        The hell you say! He should be tarred, feathered, drawn, quartered, water-boarded, and forced to listen to Menudo. Yes. Menudo.

        Okay…maybe that last bit was harsh. 😉

      • LionStone

        I wouldn’t call them a brick either, but the S3 and GN are pretty long…or tall if you will.

        • michael arazan

          my og droid 1 was a brick compared to my gnex. I’m 6’2 my nex fits in one hand perfectly and i can type using one hand too, even though i use the mic to speak to text 90% of the time.

          • LionStone

            I was just saying they are tall regarding form factor. As far as usability, I also have large hands and can do the whole one-hand tap dance too…cheers !

    • If a “giant” phone won’t fit in your skinny jeans, there is a company that makes a 3.5″ handset. 😛

      • bkosh84

        Just because he think the Nexus is a giant phone is no reason to stereotype him..

        • I think it obvious that I was joking. Chill out, and don’t be a tool.

          • bkosh84

            Its hard to tell sometimes with the way that some people act about their phones on this website. Some people act like they just insulted their family name.

          • No worries, I get it. That is the reason that I included the “:P” I have had hipsters tell me though that they went with a fruitphone because an android wouldn’t fit in their tight pockets in their skinny jeans. I keep making references back to that because it still amuses me.

          • bkosh84

            haha, that’s awesome. Stupid reason to get a phone, but awesome.

          • lye

            I just am a small person.

        • SolipsisticPsychologist

          Someone using the word “Stereotype” again when it’s not needed.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Think this is the Earliest I’ve seen Kellex post…. Good news though. Seems like a Solid enough device for those who don’t want a 4.Infinity size screen. If it has good battery life it will be a good contender for the average consumer.

    • That’s what happens when DL is in a different time zone! 😛

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        lol I figured that after a few weeks. So I usually expect posts no earlier that 11am eastern.

        • We got K in New Orleans for the week, so you can expect some early posts! 🙂

  • Bxrider117

    This would have been a bigger hit if it was released earlier instead of the Inc . This phone will do well because of the price point and how reliable it predecessors were. However, Android enthusiast may pass because of future choices. I have the Gnex and I will be waiting for VZW’s 1st quad-core phone.

    • Bxrider117

      I meant the Inc 2.

      • Aardvark99

        The S4 (what makes this phone at all interesting) just came out and the Inc 2 is like a year old (I think?). So I don’t see how they could have gotten this out that much earlier WRT to the Inc 2.

  • Captain_Doug

    I’m actually pretty excited. It’s supposed to be thinner than the Dinc2. I’m not excited about all the bezel though. Looks like a ton more on top and bottom. Why don’t carriers put their symbols on the back? That’s what everyone else sees anyway. If they would’ve gotten rid of some of the bezel it could easily be a 4.3″ screen.

    • i dont want a 4.3″ screen, i want a small screen. if i wanted a huge screen i would get the razr maxx

      • NoMoreHUGEphones

        I think there’s a lot of people that agree with this comment, including me.

        • Captain_Doug

          Are you sure you guys aren’t missing my point? Phone size and screen size are 2 different things. Same size device. More utilized space. I understand phones that get too big for 1 hand. I would never want a phone that i’d have to use 2 hands. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get the most out of a phones real estate.

  • JSIN

    news about a actual droid branded phone on droid life no this cant be true….

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Lol. I actually like the new Droid-Life… I honestly forget about the ugly sister site most of the time.

      • michael arazan

        shocked no one was trolling calling it sg3-life with all the articles that were written. IMO this is one of or the best site for android news and tech.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Definitely one of the best commenter communities… trolling is at a bare minimum

  • MINE.bout time i get to replace my OG Incredible.

  • br_hermon

    Meh…. compared to other carriers, it should be $99.

  • r0lct

    Surprised they didn’t provide the link to the extended battery in the release.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


  • Why no soft keys?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I mean… it is an HTC ONE S “mee too” . . . shouldn’t really have expected that.

      • I think it is almost a mix of the V and the S.

        • Chris Kendall

          Obviously this is not exactly the S, but what part of this seems like the V? I realize the screen size falls between the S and the V, but it’s still qHD.

      • nicotinic

        The screen is better on this one and it has other advantages.

  • YourFriend

    Oh gosh, that top bezel is hideous

    • r0lct

      The press pic does make the phone look enormous with ridiculous sized bezel and logo. Hopefully it’s just the result of the size being magnified for the press shot.

      • Its because of the buttons. If HTC moved to on screen buttons they could kill a large portion of that bezel off and at the same time, make their phone look nicer. SOFTWARE KEYS OR BUST

        • r0lct

          While I also prefer on screen buttons there are people out there who still want dedicated buttons. So it’s good they are options for both.

          Hopefully the dedicated button phones are relegated to the mid-range phones though. 😛

    • I’ve seen worse. I’m just happy to see this one doesn’t that awful optical trackball thingy at the bottom of the screen like the OG Inc has.

      • r0lct

        They dumped that back with the DInc2

  • GinoSylum

    Looks like a very solid phone. I’m sure it will do well… problem is we all know about the One X that ISN’T coming anytime soon..

  • MFG

    Have they learned nothing from Apple? Announce the phone WITH A RELEASE DATE.

    • Seriously. The sooner Verizon announces a release date, the sooner they can delay it.

      • Nexjersey