A couple of weeks ago, we first reported two new devices that were headed to Verizon as the LG Cayman and DROID Fighter. That report included the same dates you are seeing above of 3/29 for the Cayman and 4/12 for the Fighter, but were then only listed as “workshop” times rather than release dates. According to new information that we received, those are indeed targeted release dates.
We should point out that the LG Cayman is likely the Lucid 4G that we reported on last night. The DROID Fighter is still a mystery for now.
You will also see the HTC Fireball listed without a date, a device that our sources are now referring to as the Incredible 4G. A device by the name of Samsung Plato is listed as well, and is one we haven’t seen mentioned since last August. Knowing that it was rumored all of the way back then, we would be surprised if this was anything other than a mid-range device. Then again, “Plato” would be a nice codename for a Galaxy type device.
While Verizon was quiet during MWC (which they almost always are), they do still have plans for the next couple of months. The first part of March could be slow unless they decide to drop the Incredible 4G on is within the next couple of weeks.
How about a peak into the future as we end our week? According to sources of ours, Verizon’s next few phone releases will include the DROID Incredible 4G (formerly the HTC Fireball), the LG Lucid 4G, and another version of the DROID RAZR in blue of all colors.
With the Fireball switching to its retail name of “Incredible 4G,” it should be safe to say that the leaked HTC device we saw pictured a few weeks back is indeed the same device. With an Incredible-esque back plate and a Verizon 4G LTE logo on the boot screen, this is probably your next phone in the Incredible line. What we have to ask now is whether or not this phone will be as underwhelming at launch as it sounded back when it leaked. Previous rumors had it with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a Super AMOLED screen instead of Super LCD, 8MP rear camera, VGA front shooter, and Ice Cream Sandwich. I know that on paper those specs don’t look awful, but after seeing HTC announce the One XL for AT&T with a Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5GHz and a Super LCD2 display, they aren’t going to impress anyone. We’ll be crossing our fingers that those rumored specs were wrong and Verizon will surprise us with a similar device to the One series.
Our sources also confirmed to us that a new device by LG is coming called the Lucid 4G along with a blue DROID RAZR. No word on if the RAZR is a MAXX or not. The LG phone is likely the LG Cayman that we first reported a few weeks back and could be a mid-range 4G device since the Spectrum is their big dog for the first half of this year on Verizon.
Verizon has been quiet since CES with their plans to release new devices, but we may now know a couple of them that have been kept under wraps. According to sources of ours, a device called the DROID Fighter and LG Cayman are on the way and could be here within the next two months.
There is no way to tell if this “DROID Fighter” is Motorola, Samsung or HTC by this screenshot. It could be the new Incredible-esque device from HTC that leaked a week or two ago and that we assumed was the HTC Fireball. Or it could be another release from Motorola, although we have yet to hear of anything in the works that would be out by April. A follow-up to the DROID Charge? Eh, not sure.
The LG Cayman could be on the low-end since they just released the Spectrum, but shouldn’t be written off just yet. Every other device on this list is by no means on the “low-end,” so we’ll have to hold off from speculating too much until we have more details.
We should point out that this is not a release date list, so you shouldn’t necessarily target 3/29 for the Cayman and 4/12 for the Fighter. They are Thursdays though, and you and I know that Big Red loves to release phones on Thursdays.
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The LG Spectrum has long been rumored as the “Revolution 2,” but today, it is now officially the Spectrum and is headed to Verizon Wireless on January 19. Pricing has not been uncovered, but you can imagine that it will range from $249 – $299 on 2-year contract and anywhere between $569 and $649 at full retail. The Spectrum is easily LG’s best VZW phone to date with its 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity and massive 4.5″ HD display at 329ppi. And speaking of its HD screen, Verizon is making sure that you know it has a Real Stripe pixel arrangement and is not PenTile.
Specs aside, the Spectrum will also launch with access to exclusive HD ESPN Scorecenter content and the Netflix HD that is currently only found on the RAZR. A special set of HD video editing tools will be included as well.
We had been wondering what Big Red’s plan for CES was and I’d say this phone will likely be it (maybe the DROID 4 too). The full round-up is after the break including the entire spec list. (more…)
Time to set up “auto pay” through your Verizon Wireless account. According to our sources, Big Red will start charging you a $2 fee both over the phone and online for your monthly bill transaction unless you have your account set up to pay automatically. I know this news won’t excite most of you, but know that there are still plenty of options to get you out of having to pay this “convenience ” charge. We have all of your options listed below. This new $2 fee will allow Big Red to “continue to support these bill payment options.” Mmmhmm. (more…)
The white DROID RAZR is the other phone hitting store shelves tomorrow and we have the first set of pictures of it for your viewing pleasure. We have all seen the official press renders a number of times now, but these multi-angle shots give you a great view of the added white edges in a real life setting. I’ll have to admit that this phone is incredibly sexy. While the Galaxy Nexus is the phone of choice for the majority of you, it’s impossible to deny the beauty of the RAZR design. Say what you will about Motorola and their stance on carriers and bootloaders, but they still build some of the best phones on the planet. (more…)
Rather than dive back into all of the bad news about the Galaxy Nexus that has come out today, we thought we would instead just plop this new set of pictures down in front of you. I know, I know, it’s not the actual device that you should have had in your hands in 2 days, but it’s at least another look at it. We get a crystal clear pic of the box both inside and out (see the raised Galaxy Nexus lettering on the inside?), a reminder that it’s not a unicorn, and a profile shot of its pretty little body.
Poor little G-Nex, he just wants to be out in the public, away from dirty old stock rooms. Set him free Verizon! (more…)
When you cruise into a store to pick up your Galaxy Nexus on Friday, December 9, you will be prompted to update the OS within the first few hours of activating. We are sort of guessing here, but would expect that to be Android 4.1 that hit test devices last week. According to the document above, it does not appear to be very large in size – should only take 3-5 minutes to install. Whatever is included must be some sort of fix to the issues that were holding this phone up.
Below, we have a look at the accessory lineup that should mostly be available at launch. Many of you will be excited to see an extended battery of 2100mAh with NFC capabilities on the list. It also doesn’t appear to have those sharp jagged tank edges and extensions that the Rezound, Bionic and Thunderbolt all had. You may be able to throw this battery on your phone and not be the inside joke of your friends. Otherwise, it’s most of the stuff you all saw in the video demos of accessories from late last week, but know that the portrait HDMI may not be ready just yet. No landscape dock either. (more…)