Release Dates for Verizon’s DROID Fighter and LG Lucid 4G

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.

Cheers ___!

HTC Fireball Receives Bluetooth Certification, Still No Word on Arrival

The HTC Fireball has continued to be somewhat of a mystery even after we first reported its existence back in December. We saw it receive WiFi certification last week, so this Bluetooth approval is not surprising at all. Could it be the Incredible-ish device running Ice Cream Sandwich that we saw a few weeks back? With no other Verizon HTC devices floating around, betting on that as being the Fireball is probably a pretty good idea.

What we are wondering now is if it can match up to any of the new devices that HTC plans to show at MWC. It looks fairly thin, but the 1.2GHz dual-core processor in it better be a Snapdragon S4 or we’ll be disappointed. Throwing Android 4.0 onto a device with similar specs to the Rezound, but with a white back is not going to cut it in 2012. We need next gen stuff – crossing fingers that HTC does us right.   (more…)

HTC Fireball Receives WiFi Certification, Tough to Tell When It Will Arrive

Back in December, we first reported on a device called the HTC Fireball that was headed to Verizon as one of their next 4G LTE devices. Details were scarce and we have yet to see much pertaining to it leak out since then. There were pictures of a device that looked a lot like a slightly beefed up Incredible 2 with a Big Red LTE logo that could very well be it, but no confirmations yet.

One thing we do have no though, that will add to the story is a WiFi certification for the device. As you can see from the screenshot, the model number ADR6410LVW is included, which is the same number we first posted a few months back. That “VW” on the end of the name also likely stands for Verizon Wireless in case you were wondering.

So the device is still in the works, but with it now starting to receive certifications, you have to imagine that HTC and Verizon are making last minute pushes to get it a release.

Via:  Ameblo, Wi-Fi.org

New HTC Device With Incredible 2 Styling Leaks With 4G LTE and Running Ice Cream Sandwich

A new HTC device sporting a Verizon 4G LTE logo, Ice Cream Sandwich and an Incredible-inspired backside has been outed. An official name is unknown, but with this looking all but confirmed for Big Red, should we assume that it is the HTC Fireball that we first wrote about back in December?

What do we have for specs? This particular phone has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera, and what is being reported as an AMOLED screen rather than a Super LCD that HTC loves to use. On the software side of things, we can see from the screenshots that this is new HTC Sense running on top of Android 4.0. The unfortunate part about that is the fact that it really looks nothing like Android 4.0 and is instead Sense, Sense and more Sense.

No word on a release, however, with Verizon’s month of February now wide open after the launch of the DROID 4 today, you have to consider the idea that this might be there next.   (more…)

HTC: “We Tried To Do Too Much” In 2011, Will Give Customers Something Special In 2012

When HTC announced their Q4 earnings a couple weeks ago, you could sense that they weren’t exactly excited about their end-of-the-year performance. Overall though, HTC says they had a pretty decent 2011. Since then, there have been many discussions over the path that HTC would take to compete against Apple and Samsung in the new year. For their 2012 goals, they will focus on fewer devices and a greater concern for their customer’s experience. HTC’s UK chief, Phil Roberson said this to Mobile UK:

We have to get back to focusing on what made us great – amazing hardware and a great customer experience. We ended 2011 with far more products than we started out with. We tried to do too much. So 2012 is about giving our customers something special. We need to make sure we do not go so far down the line that we segment our products by launching lots of different SKUs.

HTC will also take a submissive roll in the tablet market this year and will spend their time focusing on smartphones. From what we already know about their 2012 lineup of devices, we can expect the HTC Fireball, which is rumored to become Verizon’s first 4G LTE Global device later this year. Could we see HTC’s rebirth at this year’s Mobile World Congress with the announcement of the Fireball or possibly even a quad-core device or two?

Via: Mobile Today

LG Spectrum and HTC Fireball to be Verizon’s First 4G LTE Global Devices?

The LG Spectrum and HTC Fireball could be Verizon’s first set of 4G LTE global devices if this system screenshot is correct. You see that little “O” up there under Global Phone? That would be replaced with an “N” if it lacked global capabilities, so this is a good sign. So far, Big Red hasn’t produced a “global ready” LTE phone, even though the DROID RAZR has global GSM radios in it. In a market that seems to have more LTE choices than many of you know what to do with, having global roaming capabilities is certainly a way to separate yourself.

What else do we know about the Spectrum and Fireball? Well, not much when it comes to the Fireball. This phone just jumped onto our radar within the last week, and the only real thing we have to go on is the model number of ADR6410. The Thunderbolt was AD6400 and the Rezound is ADR6425, so that would lead us to believe that it will fall somewhere in between them spec-wise. Is this the true replacement for the Thunderbolt? Could the “10” in 6410 mean keyboard? Tough to tell.

The LG Spectrum on the other hand is expected to be identical to the LG Nitro HD that launched on AT&T this month. It should rock a 4.5″ HD screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, anywhere from 4GB-16GB of internal storage, and an 8MP rear camera that can shoot 1080p video. It should be Verizon’s best LG device yet.

No word on a release for either, but we do know that the Spectrum has been in the works for quite some time. The Fireball on the hand, remains a mystery.

Cheers ___!

What is the HTC Fireball? Headed to Verizon With 4G Soon?

Does HTC have another 4G handset in the works for Verizon’s 4G LTE network? We are hearing murmurs of a device called the HTC Fireball with 4G, but have no other details to go on. We can see however, that the model number is ADR6410, which happens to fall in between that of the Rezound (ADR6425) and the Thunderbolt (ADR6400). Tough to jump to any conclusions based upon that info, but what if it was say an HTC LTE device with a slideout keyboard and similar specs to the Tbolt? Would you be interested?

The date of 12/16/2011 is not a release date, just a system entry date.

Cheers ___!