May 07 AT 9:56 AM Nick Gray 20 Comments

Verizon’s DROID Incredible 4G LTE by HTC officially announced

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After months of leaks, rumors and dozens of blurry pictures, Verizon has officially unveiled the DROID Incredible by HTC. While we’ve seen quite a few spec variances over the past months, the official handset internals match up with some of the most recent rumors.

Looking at the specs, Verizon’s DROID Incredible 4G LTE is a decent phone. It’s size matches up closely with the HTC One S, while featuring NFC and LTE connectivity like the EVO 4G LTE and AT&T’s HTC One X. Additionally, the DROID Incredible 4G LTE features a removable battery and a microSD expansion slot which will allow users to add an additional 32GB of storage to the device.

It’s hard to say which of HTC’s four devices is better than the other since they all offer features which make them each unique in their own right. The DROID Incredible 4G LTE may have a smaller screen and underclocked processor, but its removable battery and expandable storage options may actually make it a more appealing option to Android enthusiasts and power users.

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Verizon’s staying silent on the price, but the press release does mention that the DROID Incredible 4G LTE will be available on its website and in Verizon stores within the coming weeks. We wouldn’t be surprised if Verizon prices the phone at $299, but we feel a fair price would be something between $149 and $179.

How do you think the DROID Incredible 4G LTE stacks up against the HTC One X, One S and EVO 4G LTE?

HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE specificiations

  • 1.2Ghz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4-inch qHD (960×540) Super LCD display (with Corning Gorilla Glass)
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI f/2.2, 28mm lens and 1080p HD video recording
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Size: 4.8 x 2.4 x .46 inches
  • Weight: 132 grams (4.66 ounces)
  • 1700 mAh removable battery
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Beats Audio
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • NFC
  • LTE
  • G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
  • Android 4.0
  • HTC Sense 4.0
Show Press Release

HTC and Verizon Wireless Reveal DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE

New DROID INCREDIBLE Offers Advanced Camera Capabilities, Beats Audio and 4G LTE Speeds from Verizon Wireless

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and NEW ORLEANS, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — From International CTIA Wireless® 2012, Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced the new and exclusive DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC. The DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE will be the twenty third 4G LTE-enabled device currently available on the Verizon Wireless network.

The new DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE enhances the customer experience by offering high-quality photo and audio capabilities, combined with the power of 4G LTE speeds. Running the latest version of HTC Senseâ„¢ 4.0, HTC’s branded user experience integrated with Google’sâ„¢ mobile operating system, Androidâ„¢ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the new DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE brings a sophisticated, pocket-friendly device to America’s fastest 4G LTE network.

DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC features Beats Audioâ„¢ which is enabled across the entire experience for a rich and authentic sound whether customers watch a YouTubeâ„¢ video, play a game, or stream music over 4G LTE. Beats Audio allows customers to listen to music the way the artist intended with thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs.

The DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE captures life’s special moments with an advanced 8-megapixel camera with quick activation from the home screen so customers never miss that perfect shot. Additionally, there’s no longer a need to choose between shooting video or taking photos, HTC Video Picâ„¢ allows users to shoot HD video and capture photos at the same time. With 4G LTE speeds, sharing photos and video via email, uploading to the cloud or posting to social networking sites is a breeze.

DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE is packed with features to make life easier and customizable. Customers can personalize and use lock screen shortcuts to quickly access their four favorite apps. Folders can easily be created on any home screen for additional customization and organization. A Read Later feature allows people short on time the ability to save browser content like news articles and websites that can be viewed later, even while offline. The smartphone is also NFC capable so customers can take advantage of Android Beamâ„¢ to quickly share Web pages, apps, contacts and YouTubeâ„¢ videos with friends by simply tapping two compatible phones together.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available in 230 markets across the Unites States. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of 4G LTE coverage areas, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, where available, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.

Additional features:

4-inch super LCD qHD display
8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
Front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ S4 processor
Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
Support for up to 32 GB microSDâ„¢ memory card
1,700 mAh lithium ion removable battery

The new DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com in the coming weeks.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • oddball

    This looks like a decent phone but if Verizon tries to price it at $299 they are out of their minds. They don’t have any really high end devices in their portfolio so far THIS year. Releasing phones with less power at higher prices isn’t a great model long term

  • SGB101

    if i had it, it wouldnt be underclocked for long!!!

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    This is a very nice phone but I wish they would have put a 720p screen on here instead of going qHD. At 4.0″, hopefully it won’t be bad with qHD. If you’re somebody who thinks these 4.3″ and larger phones are simply too large, then this is likely the phone for you if you’re a VZW customer.

    Great little device, just a bit too little for me.

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    It’s a solid base hit, maybe even a double, but this doesn’t hold up to the One series. I really hope HTC and Verizon are working on something better than this for their customers.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      We’re 5 months into 2012 and Verizon still doesn’t have a true flagship device. I wonder what they are waiting for.

      • CTown

        Didn’t they release three flagships (Rezound, Galaxy Nexus, and Droid Razor) in December alone and another two like two months afterwards (the LG one and the Droid Razor Maxx). And now a Krait phone!

        At this point shouldn’t Verizon just wait for something big to come out, something like the next generation of ARM?

        • Hue Three of Five

          The Rezound, Nexus and Razr all came out in Nov of 2011. I love my Rezound but it is basically a Sensation based phone and should have came out in Summer of 2011 when all the other Sensations were coming out. If it’s not Moto, Verizon doesn’t care about it. HTC and Samsung flahship phones are last in line for Verizon.

      • spazby

        very good point

      • RocketDroid

        I agree. I am due for an upgrade and I am very tempted to switch over to AT&T and pick up a Galaxy Note or HTC One X.

  • Jake Gall

    I’m happy with my rezound

    • Alan Reboli

      Yeah you beat me to it. This phone is lacking what I liked about the Rezound. I am still happy with my choice.. lol!

      • Jake Gall

        The rezound came outta the wrong time tho, I think this phone wasn’t given enough love that it deserved from vzw.

  • jamal adam

    Personally, I feel that this design that Verizon has with the Droid series from HTC is getting too old and needs to change. The reason HTC brought the house down this year is because of their slick design and ingenuity of the One series. Verizon needs change, effective immediately and with that price $299, what are they smoking because no way in hell is it worth that much even if it has a removable battery and microSD slot.

    • Jake Gall

      They should have kept the original look of this device, it was white and looked like part of the One series. Stupid move by Verizon to make it look like a rezound knockoff.

  • McLovin

    …”removable battery and a microSD expansion slot”… Nice! It’s always good to see these.

  • bellken

    Bluetooth 2.0? My HTC Rezound supports bluetooth 3.0. I would have expected at least bluetooth 3.0, if, not 4.0.

  • phor11

    All I can say is Meh.
    If they would have brought the OneX to Verizon I already would have pre-ordered.
    This “we have to have our own special version” mentality is completely lost on me.

  • Raphael Uduhiri

    Not bad. This is for people that have been crying out for a decent phone under 4.3″. Glad to see there’s still choice out there.

  • djembeman

    Why does the battery seem to be so under powered? The original Droid Incredible had a worse battery thanv the original Droid. It seems like HTC always puts a weak battery in their phones.

  • Raycer Fleming

    I think Verizon is trippin’ with this. I own the Rezound, I wouldn’t trade my phone for this even if you paid me $299. Verizon needed to go all the way like Sprint did with the Evo 4g LTE. The only good HTC phones are there flagships. One X or LTE Evo. Nada else will work. This may seal the deal for my next phone to be the Galaxy S3. I hear Verizon’s getting it right.

  1. This looks like a decent phone but if Verizon tries to price it at $299 they are out of their minds. They don’t have any really high end devices in their portfolio so far THIS year. Releasing phones with less power at higher prices isn’t a great model long term

  2. if i had it, it wouldnt be underclocked for long!!!

  3. This is a very nice phone but I wish they would have put a 720p screen on here instead of going qHD. At 4.0″, hopefully it won’t be bad with qHD. If you’re somebody who thinks these 4.3″ and larger phones are simply too large, then this is likely the phone for you if you’re a VZW customer.

    Great little device, just a bit too little for me.

  4. It’s a solid base hit, maybe even a double, but this doesn’t hold up to the One series. I really hope HTC and Verizon are working on something better than this for their customers.

    • We’re 5 months into 2012 and Verizon still doesn’t have a true flagship device. I wonder what they are waiting for.

      • Didn’t they release three flagships (Rezound, Galaxy Nexus, and Droid Razor) in December alone and another two like two months afterwards (the LG one and the Droid Razor Maxx). And now a Krait phone!

        At this point shouldn’t Verizon just wait for something big to come out, something like the next generation of ARM?

        • The Rezound, Nexus and Razr all came out in Nov of 2011. I love my Rezound but it is basically a Sensation based phone and should have came out in Summer of 2011 when all the other Sensations were coming out. If it’s not Moto, Verizon doesn’t care about it. HTC and Samsung flahship phones are last in line for Verizon.

      • very good point

      • I agree. I am due for an upgrade and I am very tempted to switch over to AT&T and pick up a Galaxy Note or HTC One X.

  5. I’m happy with my rezound

    • Yeah you beat me to it. This phone is lacking what I liked about the Rezound. I am still happy with my choice.. lol!

      • The rezound came outta the wrong time tho, I think this phone wasn’t given enough love that it deserved from vzw.

  6. Personally, I feel that this design that Verizon has with the Droid series from HTC is getting too old and needs to change. The reason HTC brought the house down this year is because of their slick design and ingenuity of the One series. Verizon needs change, effective immediately and with that price $299, what are they smoking because no way in hell is it worth that much even if it has a removable battery and microSD slot.

    • They should have kept the original look of this device, it was white and looked like part of the One series. Stupid move by Verizon to make it look like a rezound knockoff.

  7. …”removable battery and a microSD expansion slot”… Nice! It’s always good to see these.

  8. Bluetooth 2.0? My HTC Rezound supports bluetooth 3.0. I would have expected at least bluetooth 3.0, if, not 4.0.

  9. All I can say is Meh.
    If they would have brought the OneX to Verizon I already would have pre-ordered.
    This “we have to have our own special version” mentality is completely lost on me.

  10. Raphael UduhiriGuest 3 years ago

    Not bad. This is for people that have been crying out for a decent phone under 4.3″. Glad to see there’s still choice out there.

  11. djembemanGuest 3 years ago

    Why does the battery seem to be so under powered? The original Droid Incredible had a worse battery thanv the original Droid. It seems like HTC always puts a weak battery in their phones.

  12. Raycer FlemingGuest 3 years ago

    I think Verizon is trippin’ with this. I own the Rezound, I wouldn’t trade my phone for this even if you paid me $299. Verizon needed to go all the way like Sprint did with the Evo 4g LTE. The only good HTC phones are there flagships. One X or LTE Evo. Nada else will work. This may seal the deal for my next phone to be the Galaxy S3. I hear Verizon’s getting it right.