Update: We tossed in a new screenshot up there that shows two things of importance: 1. That it’s a 4G LTE phone. 2. That it has global capabilities, just like the Incredible 2. Talk about an added bonus, especially with the possibility that the Galaxy Nexus won’t be.
We were starting to wonder if the HTC Vigor aka Rezound aka
Incredible HD had been axed or severely delayed with the two big announcements on the way from Motorola and Samsung/Google. It had essentially disappeared from all chatter around these parts and from our sources as well. Today, it’s back! And the name Rezound that we first reported on back in September has pretty much been confirmed. It’s in Verizon’s Device Management system as the Rezound, our sources are now calling it the Rezound, and well, we are expecting that to be plastered on retail packaging.
Whether you are a fan of the name or not, you will be a fan of the phone itself. Dual-core processor, HD screen, Beats integration, and LTE should make this device a true beast. I know it has a tough task going up against the Galaxy Nexus, but that doesn’t mean the phone isn’t above top tier.
Still no word on a release date. The last roadmap we saw showed October 20 which is next Thursday. Sort of doubting that we will see it then with the RAZR and G-Nex about to get all sorts of love.
Are we all now 100% confused as to the name of the HTC Vigor aka Rezound aka Incredible HD? What you are seeing above, is an accessory page that has been built for the “Vigor by HTC” on Verizon’s website (view the page here). So what does that mean? Is it not the HTC Rezound like we reported last week? Did Verizon actually settle on Vigor? No Incredible HD as was once rumored? Let’s try to walk through what we are seeing and what we know.
First let’s start with the fact that Vigor was originally supposed to be a codename and more than likely still is. If you look at any HTC RUU that has leaked over the last year (Mecha, Bliss, Vivo, etc.), you probably won’t find one that includes the retail name of the phone in it. And so far, we have seen “Vigor” used in both of the leaked RUUs from the last week or so.
Second, the product ID number that has been assigned to this Vigor page is really old at 5723. The Rhyme – which just came out this week – has a product ID of 5758 and the Bionic sits at 5716. Logic would lead me to believe that the HTC Vigor or Rezound will have a number beyond 5758 when it launches, but I guess logic doesn’t always win. Big Red could be setting up the page well ahead of time. And why would they go out of their way to trademark Vigor if they were going to replace it with Rezound? So many questions.
Have HTC and Verizon finally settled on the name Vigor? I hope so – it’s a fine name for a phone. Something in my gut tells me this may just be a placeholder though, but am certainly hoping I’m wrong.
And by the way, here is the accessory page for the Stratosphere too.
Over the weekend, our sources sent over the picture you are seeing above which has led us to believe that the HTC Vigor may not launch as the Incredible HD after all and will instead hit store shelves as the HTC Rezound. When we reported this news, the reaction was not the most positive thing we have seen in our lives (by the way, the comments are hilarious). Many of you were hoping and expecting to see it as the Incredible HD or even the Vigor for that matter. Clearly HTC and Verizon are rolling with the Beats by Dre vibe of this phone, hence the sound-esque (zound?) feel of Rezound. We are pretty confused, but wanted to get your thoughts in one of our standard polls. Vigor, Incredible HD, Rezound or even Thunderbolt 2? Which do you prefer?
Has the HTC Vigor been renamed as the Rezound? Internal Verizon systems are certainly hinting at that being the name. The word “Rezound” first popped up a week or so ago along with the Rhyme in a DLNA filing, but at that time, no one had any idea that it was going to be this device. The model number of ADR6425 is how we are coming to the conclusion that this is the Vigor.
What does that mean for the Incredible HD name? We’re still hearing that it could be a possibility, although this is starting to look pretty official.
Thoughts on the name?
So the picture above just popped into our inbox. Not really sure what to think about, but definitely wanted to share. According to this document (which could be 100% fake), the HTC Vigor will be branded as the DROID Incredible HD and then released on October 13 as the “world’s first HD smartphone.” Do we believe it? Not sure just yet. The number one issue I have is that this spec sheet lists the phone as having a 4.3″ WVGA (800×480) display that is “optimized for HD content” yet mentions the resolution as being 1280×720 and “HD” right below it. So what is it? Could be an error by a Verizon employee or could just mean the entire thing is fake.
As we all know, anyone can whip up a document in Word, take a photo of it, and then pass it on as legit. This one for the most part, looks pretty real except for that resolution part. The rest of the specs all match up to what our sources have told us in the past and this shot even lists out some Verizon contract jargon at the bottom. I for one, would love a class 10 32GB microSD card and a set of earbuds.
If it’s real, then “Hooray!” If it’s fake, then this dude spent a lot of time putting it together, but obviously did not understand what WVGA meant. No Verizon logo in sight either.
This URL is mentioned though, so feel free to hammer on it: http://www.droiddoes.com/incrediblehd
You guys tell me what you think…
Hello, HTC Vigor. You have eluded us for the most part up until now, but we are excited to finally get a clean look at you. With your red accents, big beautiful screen, and black rubbery Incredible-esque contoured back, we would gladly accept you into our everyday lives.
Rumored to be Verizon’s next big 4G LTE device to follow the Bionic on October 6, we can gather a couple of things from these first pictures. It definitely has HTC Sense, but we weren’t expecting it not to. There is a front camera embedded in the top right corner of the device, above a screen that looks massive. The device styling overall seems like an Incredible on steroids – something you won’t find us complaining about. We aren’t seeing a 4G LTE logo anywhere, but also are not seeing a Verizon logo, so will hold off from throwing too big of a fuss. It is likely just a test unit without any carrier branding.
*Note – While I mentioned that the device looks like an Incredible, a few readers pointed out that the color scheme also hints at DROID branding and a previously rumored HTC device. Could the Vigor end up as the Incredible HD? Just a thought.
Other potential specs that separate sources have told us were: 4.3″ HD screen, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Beats by Dre technology. There are no indications that this device has Beats technology on the outside, but we have been told that it could be software-related.
One more pic after the break. (more…)
We’re almost positive that the new HTC 4G LTE device headed to Verizon in the coming weeks will be called the Thunderbolt 4G and now we want to know your thoughts on it. There are varying opinions surrounding almost any new device name and this one in particular has had its fair share. We’ve already seen names like Mecha, Incredible HD, Incredible 2, etc., but Thunderbolt 4G should be official next week.
So do we like it? Should they have gone with one of the other rumored names? Cheesy? Thunderbolt 4G fitting? Any other suggestions?
We first reported the name “Thunderbolt” as a possibility for the new HTC 4G LTE device that many have been dubbing the Incredible HD and after seeing a link from some new HTC ads, we’re pretty sure that’s the name you’ll get when this puppy is unveiled next week. The ad above was taking users to http://www.htc.com/4G?extcid=Thunderbolt-4G-Disp which clearly states the word “Thunderbolt” and more than likely will end up being “Thunderbolt 4G” a la the EVO 4G. The name seems a little gimmicky, but who am I to judge smartphone names?
Via: Android Central