HTC Vigor to be Rebranded as the DROID Incredible HD, Launching October 13?

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:

You guys tell me what you think…

HTC Vigor Press Shot Found Cruising the Interwebs

The HTC Vigor is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality.  When press shots start popping up in the back ends of websites, you know that a release could be just around the corner.  We gave you the first (and only) photos of the device in the wild, which this shot matches up to perfectly.  I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed that this phone appears to not have the red highlights all over it like the new Sensation EX has.  Those red soft keys might be the sexiest feature on a device we have seen in a long time.

According to our sources, the Vigor will have a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, an HD screen, Beats Audio technology and 4G LTE connectivity – this may very well be one of the first “superphones” ever.  And I’m now officially excited.   (more…)

Best Buy Document Listing “Samsung Prime” Surfaces Again, No Thunderbolt 2 in Sight

Last night a questionable document surfaced out of Best Buy that was said to be an end of 2011 timeline for Verizon’s upcoming devices.  The document looked super sketchy since it had a variety of misspelled words, leading many of you to question it (as did we).  Well, we just received another document from a Best Buy employee that includes similar information, but in a much clearer and correctly spelled manner.  So it’s pretty obvious to us that regional Verizon reps were given a specific set of details that they were to forward on to retail stores, this one just differs slightly.

No Thunderbolt 2 (aka HTC Vigor).  Doesn’t mean that the device isn’t coming by any means, but it for whatever reason did not make this rep’s list of important changes.  We still have the Stratosphere as replacing the Fascinate.  The Samsung Prime (actually spelled out this time) is taking over for the DROID Charge.  And that’s about it.

Just wanted to pass on as a second source to back up that previous story.

Cheers ___!

HTC Vigor to be Renamed “Thunderbolt 2”? Samsung Prime Replaces DROID Charge?

OK before we start, we should make sure that everyone knows that we know that there are spelling errors like a mutha up in this leak.  It could be legit, but truthfully, we have no idea.  According to the source – who happens to be a Best Buy employee – this document was handed out by Verizon reps (we’re thinking regional) and describes the expected lineup for them in the near future.  It includes a whole bunch of devices that have long been rumored, so there are a couple of things we should think about with this: could be someone compiling all of the stuff we have been talking about for the last month and splashing it down on paper or it could be legit and the guy just can’t type.  So with that said, let’s talk about what we are seeing.

While the Stratosphere is up there as replacing the Fascinate, we are more interested in comparisons two and five lines below that.  Thunderbolt 2?  The Thunderbolt 2 is as many of you know, the HTC Vigor (first pictures).  In a leaked roadmap back at the beginning of August, we saw then that this device would be replacing the original Thunderbolt – a device that has really only been out for 7 months.  Is Verizon planning to rebrand it as the Tbolt 2 though?  Interesting idea.  The original Thunderbolt went by the model number ADR6400 and the Vigor is already listed as ADR6425, so it would make sense to re-use the name similarly to what was done with the Incredible and its follow-up.

What about the “Sam Prime“?  That would be the Nexus Prime or DROID Prime or whatever the hell you want to call it that is expected to be one of the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices on the planet.  According to this document, it will replace the DROID Charge which to be honest, makes a lot of sense.  The Charge went by model number SCH-i510 and the Prime has already been outed as SCH-i515.  The Charge is also in a similar predicament as the Thunderbolt in that its specs are from 1992 (yeah, exaggeration) and is in dire need of being upgraded.

No details on a release, but so far we have an October 6 date for the Vigor and a potential November time frame for the Prime.  Seriously, September can’t possibly go any faster.

Via:  Phandroid

This Week In The Life Of DROID: 9/9/2011

We have been awaiting the release of the DROID Bionic for quite some time. We have it now and soon we will deliver our full length review, which is sure to be most epic. We know some don’t care for all the hypebeastin‘, but hey, don’t you worry. We have the HTC Vigor, and the Nexus Prime supposedly just around the corner.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and prepare yourselves for next weeks full Bionic review, plus plenty more Vigor and Prime hypebeastin’!

Mysterious HTC Device With LTE Lands at the FCC, It’s Definitely the Vigor

The HTC Vigor may have well just landed itself at the FCC this morning.  Thanks to a report of an HTC device with CDMA and LTE radios that received a bunch of test results, we can’t imagine it would be anything but.  Oh, and the model number matches the one we saw when it received WiFi certification.  So with this next-gen HTC device receiving all sorts of certifications as well as a filing at the FCC, I’d say we are getting close.

Need a reminder on specs?  We have been told that it will have a 4.3″ HD screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processors, dual-cameras, no kickstand, 4G LTE support, Android 2.3.4, Sense 3.5 and Beats by Dre audio enhancements (which could just mean a pair of headphones).  Not official by any means, but definitely match up to other rumored HTC devices that are on the way.

The current rumored release date is October 6.   (more…)

New Wireless Beats by Dre Headphones for Mobile Devices Land at the FCC

Just after HTC announced a new partnership with Beats by Dre, we started to wonder if there would be changes to the headphones that they produce since well, the current versions are not made to work properly with Android devices (at least to receive calls anyway).  According to a new FCC filing, a revamped and wireless version that can pair via Bluetooth is on the way, which we are assuming means it has been tweaked to allow for more than just iPhone calling.

One of the first HTC devices that is rumored to be receiving Beats support is the Vigor, a phone that we have the first pictures of here.  We were told to expect the first devices with Beats some time in the “Fall”, so I would say that October 6 is still in play thanks to this FCC filing.

Wireless Beats for your Vigor?  Yes, please.  Unless of course it gets earbuds and not the ones pictured above.

Via:  FCC, Wireless Goodness

This Week In The Life Of DROID: 9/2/2011

Well, folks, the time is upon us. Next week, the hypebeast goes into slumber until the next big thing HTC Vigor comes our way. It’s been quite the ride waiting for the DROID Bionic to make its debut. Even though it still hasn’t been officially announced. I was just speaking with Kellex about how all the way back in January of this year we were playing with an earlier build of the DROID Bionic at CES, and then all of a sudden it disappeared.

It has been 8 months since then, and we are now just a week away. Lord, help us.

Hope everyone has a great weekend, and stay safe!