The HTC device with a dozen names that has been popping up all over the place the last couple of days is about to be announced as the first 4G LTE device on Verizon at CES. VZW is holding a big ol’ 4G LTE event on January 6th that we’ll be attending and are fully expecting the Incredible HD/Thunderbolt to be there. In fact, if you take HTC for their word, it will be the first one on display.
We’re obviously still expecting Motorola to make a big splash with the Etna and Everest tablet, but HTC’s hardware seems to have been close to finalized for months now while Moto’s might still be super fresh. No matter what, January 5-9th is going to be the week you won’t want to miss.
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We’ve received word that the model number for the Incredible HD will be ADR6400 (officially ADR6400LVW) which makes perfect sense. The original Incredible is ADR6300 and if everything we have been led to believe comes true, this is the follow up device to it, so the numbering sequence matches right up. We’re also hearing that a name has still not been finalized and that “Thunderbolt” is appearing on documentation alongside “Mecha.”
Maybe “Thunderbolt” is just a code name for it being the first 4G LTE device? Remember that first 4G commercial from Verizon with the thunderbolt in a box? Fitting.
Oh, and I already ran through the standard Picasa and Google searches, but feel free to in your spare time.
That folks, is what we all believe to be the Incredible HD and as you can see from the picture, is indeed running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Now, there weren’t any doubts that this device would be headed to Big Red, but that icon in the top left corner for the My Verizon app definitely helped solidify everything. And don’t be surprised if pictures of this device start leaking out by the minute as we get closer and closer to an official unveiling at CES in 2 weeks.
Who’s buying? (/me raises hand.)
HTC’s CEO Peter Chou announced this week that they’ll have a variety of 4G LTE handsets in 2011, but that we shouldn’t expect them until at least the middle of the year. While I’m not about to call out their top dog, as he knows much more than I do, I will say that we’ve heard that the Incredible HD has hit a new wave of testers which usually points to a sooner-than-later release. They were all forced to sign some crazy NDAs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some leaked stuff were to pop up any day now.
There is also a chance it will just be called the Incredible 2 or Mecha, which we’ve heard in the past.
Via: WM PowerUser
Can you think of a better way to send you all off into a long food filled weekend than with a couple of quick rumors?
The first has to do with those pictures above which is rumored to be the Motorola Olympus, a device headed to AT&T some time early next year. Well, if you spend any time cruising through the 8,000 Android forums out there, then you may have stumbled across a few threads that have users also referring to it as the “Etna“. Apparently “Etna” is the code name for the Verizon version and fits nicely into the large mountain theme that Moto chose for this round of devices. From here forward, we’ll do our best to keep the names separated, but all signs now point to them being the same exact device only running on different networks. Expect Blur, Android 2.2 and a Tegra 2 packed inside unless a miracle happens and Gingerbread bakes itself on board at the last minute.
The second rumor has to do with a device that seems to be topping everyone’s list for yearly upgrades, the Incredible HD. The Inc HD, which gained some buzz after a ridiculously rumored original launch date of November 23rd was mentioned, is definitely not coming this month and more than likely won’t see December either. We had already heard from a VZW player that it had been delayed until the first part of the year and today we’re hearing it again. Store managers have apparently caught wind of either our site or are hearing it from higher up the chain that it will definitely be a 4G LTE device and not seeing the light of day until January at the earliest.
Recap! Motorola Etna is what we all care about now. The Incredible HD is confirmed for the 10th time to be real and won’t be here until January.
Our favorite sneaky LTE engineer Panda dropped this tweet over the weekend to help confirm that November 23rd as a possible release date for the Incredible HD was a pretty ridiculous rumor. We’ve heard from quite a few various sources that 4G LTE Android devices likely won’t be out for at least a couple of months, so just know that if you are expecting one before the holidays, Santa may leave you unsatisfied. If you have an upgrade available, you may want to just hold onto it and wait for the barrage of 4G LTE devices that we are sure to see in early 2011.
The picture above could very well be the Incredible HD or “HTC Mecha” that has been leading the ridiculous rumor mill around the interwebs over the last couple of weeks. Twitter conversations by us and others have revealed a mixed bag of details, so try and hold strong. If it is, then get ready for a device with a front facing camera, running the new Sense UI, and is 4G ready. Yep, it sounds like a winner in our books. We still have no idea if or when this bad boy will come out, but ignore the rumors suggesting a pre-order might happen tomorrow as it is still likely going through testing.
Nice of the tipster to leave off the search bar, so we can now start biting our nails over the thought of it being a Bing device. Bah.
Via: Android Central
Twitter is turning into the ultimate information machine when it comes to upcoming Android devices and we’re loving it. Last week we had a conversation with an LTE engineer who revealed that the Incredible HD is real and will likely be an LTE device. Today, a new source (@V3RDICT) who appears to be some sort of a Verizon device rep, went through pretty major device training and tweeted about all of it. (more…)