Mar 19 AT 11:47 AM Taylor Wimberly 48 Comments

Droid Incredible 4G and Droid Fighter coming soon to Verizon


The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been the best phone on Verizon since it launched last year, but the run could be coming to an end next month. Both HTC and Motorola have new devices coming to Verizon as soon as next month, and more details are beginning to leak out as we approach the launch dates. Read on to see if either of these phones can top the Galaxy Nexus.

Motorola Droid Fighter

First up we have the Motorola Droid Fighter, which appears to be the replacement for the RAZR MAXX. We first heard about this phone last month, but this week the Chinese blog PhoneHK posted the first picture of the device.


As you can see from the picture above, this device is almost identical to the RAZR MAXX. About the only difference that we can spot is the subtraction of the capacitive buttons below the display. PhoneHK says the device will feature a 4.6 inch HD display (vs. 4.3 inch on the RAZR), so it will feature on-screen buttons like the Galaxy Nexus. It was also mentioned that the Droid Fighter features the same 3300 mAh battery as the RAZR MAXX.

The RAZR MAXX just went on sale a couple months ago, so it's a little weird for Verizon to replace it already. However, the RAZR MAXX was available just months after the RAZR, so who knows what their strategy is.

Hopefully the Droid Fighter will see a boost in CPU performance as well. Motorola has been sticking with Texas Instruments processors lately, so there's a chance this could be one of the first phones with the new dual-core 1.8 GHz OMAP4470 that features the faster PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

Recent leaks suggest the Droid Fighter could debut around April 12, but we all know how Verizon likes to push back launch dates.

HTC Droid Incredible 4G

Next up we have the HTC Droid Incredible 4G. This device has been around since last year under the names HTC Fireball and Incredible 3.

Rumored specs of the Droid Incredible 4G include a 1.2 GHz processor Snapdragon S4, qHD AMOLED display, 1 GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, front-facing VGA camera, 4G LTE, and Beats Audio. It will also run Android 4.0 and should feature the latest version of HTC's Sense UI.

This week the device appeared on the benchmark site Nenamark, which confirmed the Snapdragon S4 processor with Adreno 225 GPU.

According to a leak from Droid-Life, we expect the Droid Incredible 4G to be available sometime around April 26th.

Any Takers?

Even though details are scarce, I'm thinking the Droid Fighter could be the better of the two. I like that Motorola is sticking with the huge 3300 mAh battery, and this should be their first new device to launch with Android 4.0. If you are on Verizon and looking for a new phone, let us know which device you prefer.

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  • spazby

    Fighter looks better..

    • evilR3

      Very attractive device, unfortunately Motorola hardware is inferior to all other major handset maker… Big seller of Motorola here…

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        “Hardware is inferior” what does that mean?

        • evilr3

          Motorola smart phones are pieces of poo.. I will never buy another… Is that in plain enough English for you? They last half as long as any other smart phone out there. Look at the refurb stats.

          • Jt227

            In Moto’s defense, I’ve never had issues with any of my Moto phones, ever since I had the original Razr. My OG Droid lasted for my full contract length, while my Bionic hasn’t gotten a scratch since I’ve gotten it. I also have had no hardware issues with any of the Moto phones.

        • Tariq

          It means that moto is not as good as htc even with the bigger battery, that’s what he’s talking about

    • Thom71gt

      The fighter is supposed to come out on the date of my upgrade. Awesome. I had an HTC, Piece of crap touch screen died just after 1 year. My Droid X has lasted 2 years so far so I don’ know where the guy below says that HTCs last longer than Motorola.

  • fletchtb

    I love that the fighter has adopted the soft button design utilized in the galaxy nexus, but is it me or is that chin bezel still too big? I would have liked to seen this RAZR shrink in the chin.

    It makes that Verizon logo look huge.

  • T1392

    I’m going with the fighter. May replace my gnex if its stock. I like using the hdmi on moto phones, webtop is okay, lack of GNex acessories is my issue with GNex but besides that its a wonderful phone.

  • Ps3y3Ops

    Scumbag Motorola. This is how they should have done the RAZR to begin with.

  • metafor

    4 capacitive hardware buttons? So they’re sticking with Gingerbread?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Huh? . . . There are no Capacitive buttons.

      • Tom

        I think he’s referring to the HTC device…..

    • Bryan Stoner

      If you think about it, who said the device HAD to have soft buttons if it running ICS? Maybe it will exclude soft buttons. I’d hate to think HTC is taking a step backwards and sticking with gingerbread.

  • Vance

    I’m holding out for t-mo’s G4X

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Don’t really think you have a choice.

  • alexanderharri3

    How much longer can Moto pump out a new DROID device every 2 months and expect them all to sell like hotcakes…

    • Joel


  • roosterk506

    Moto is a no brainer over HTC in this battle

    • JoJo

      Especially if you love locked down bootloaders!

    • evilr3

      Very sad commentary… Moto = DoDo

  • Nathan D.

    moto one in general looks better spec wise

  • Motorola Android Indonesia

    Motorola Droid Fighter much much better. I think Motorola Droid Fighter have Dolby Digital Plus like Motorola Razr have Dolby Digital Plus. Webtop is the best of Motorola trademark application. Now other brand just copy from Webtop.

    • evilr3

      Ill put the fighter in the draw next to my galaxy note.

  • Jorge

    Unfortunately the U.S. wont be getting any of the 4 core processor HTC One(s), since these Nvida processors won’t run on our flavor of LTE. So, I will be getting the HTC INC 4G while I wait ! Motorola is too wide and I’m always close to power so I don’t need days of battery life. I prefer HTC’s form factor & hardware and Beats integration, nice. My last phone: HTC Incredible RIP, forget about battery life I need someting waterproof !

  • JoJo

    The so-called “Incredible 4G” rumor and pics have been around awhile with no update on rumored specs. These may change significantly by release.

  • Ryan F Cannon

    Honestly how many different phone’s does Motorola need to have available on Verizon. They are out of control.

    • evilr3

      Verizon is keeping Moto solvent.

  • Bryan Stoner

    My friend is going to be rolling with envy when he sees the update of his droid incredible ;) Very cool looking device. The Droid Fighter looks like a little powerhouse O_O It’s great to see the adoption of 4.6″ screen size. Now if only they can squeeze the same battery life as the MAXX with a CPU and Screen size like that, then we will see some fierce competition.

  • http://Note Uncemister

    Come on seriously!? this is just going to give moto a reason to never update the razr and maxx if this is the replacement…..

    • Dirge

      Both RAZRs are getting ICS.

  • xrjackx

    Tell me about it,

    I have been waiting for the Razr Maxx to come into my local Verizon store so I can see one in person before I sign my life away for the next two years.

    Now I hear about this Fighter, so in a way I am glad they don’t have any MAXX’s to sell me. I have waited about two months already and I am still pretty fond of my Droid X, so whats another couple of weeks.

    That being said chasing tech is always an uphill battle…

  • Hall Lo

    The Fighter looks quite good, and I love to see more devices using software buttons. 4.6″ is quite the ideal size of a screen too. :)

    • evilr3

      If you carry a purse, 4.6″ imo is the way to go! <3


    I currently have an htc incredible 2 and love it. This makes me so freakin excited for the next in the incredible line!

    • SDFS037

      The Inc 4g is not the next in the incredible line. its the followup to HTC “mecha” Thunderbolt 4g.

      Source: i work for HTC, and have the Thunderbolt. Aslo play with the Inc 4g every so often. ;)

  • evilr3

    Buy a Moto when they switch contract cycle upgrades to every quarter… Then you may have a relevant piece of equipment for almost a quarter.

  • KRS_Won

    I hope that Moto releases the Fighter with more than a HD screen improvement. (ICS doesn’t count, as the RAZR will receive it also)

    -Needs at minimum faster processor- Intel or Tegra3 powered. 13mp camera, not just moar pixels, but better sensors. And minimum only the MAXX’s battery, forget thinness.

    I like Moto, but unless there is more than just an HD screen and ICS, it’s a fail. And complain about the bootloader all you want, they lied. Get over, Go to HTC or Nexus. Just give me one-click root, I’ll be happy. I just need a dependable phone.

  • tim

    I’m waiting for an ICS replacement for my DX. I’ve had my phone for ages because the DX has incredible community support that is almost unmatched, even today. Even though the Razr Maxx is an awesome piece of machinery, the lack of a pullable battery limits what people can do with it. I’m guessing the Fighter won’t have a pullable battery either.

  • Ant619sd

    Personally I am glad that Moto is coming out with a new Razr phone… That means that I can get the Razr Maxx at a cheaper price…..

    You people must have money to burn updating your phone every year or so….

  • Zaph

    They’re doing this so that VZW will have 4G smartphones that run the price gambit by Summer. Motorola doesn’t mind you waiting to buy… there are a lot more who will eBay their old phone and buy the new one off contract. Hello, Moto.

  • Derek R-C

    Droid Fighter looks great, blah blah blah, does it have a locked bootloader or not??? That is honestly all I care about right now. I don’t care how nice it is anymore, if it is locked, I am not buying it. Simple as that. I love the Moto phones but I am not supporting the locked bootloader hardware anymore……..otherwise I would just buy an iphone

  • Matt

    The Droid Inc 4G is going to be all about the camera, beats audio, along with the wireless HD output from Media Link HD which looks to be awesome for anyone that likes to stream content wirelessly directly from their phone. Then you’ve got ICS, Sense 4.0, and more style to your device.

    Looks to be my next phone. I will admit if it had a little larger screen with at least a 2000mAh battery I’d say it’s the best you could ask for. But over the Fighter I’d rather have the other features with an awesome camera that is able to do continuous shooting, vid capture while you snap pics, and all the image adjustments and options (I’m always increasing exposure) I prefer for better pics that I’m always taking.

    I had a Droid X and friends have other Droid’s (Razr and Bionic) and the pics always look dull and muddy. Plus Sense is great on a daily basis for use, IMO. Motorola’s always kind of annoy me.

    Battery life is a factor, but having access to a charger most of the day (driving around, in an office, at home, etc) I really can’t say it matters too often anymore, especially when the batteries are getting through the day.

  • redraider133

    I am interested in the htc. Will be interesting to see how it performs with the s4 and lte on verizon’s network. Moto seems to be releasing a minor upgrade every month so you will be waiting even longer than normal for updates.


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  • azsaluki

    congrats to motorola for basically selling 3 different models of the same phone inside of a year. i’d be gunshy of motorola for fear that i would buy it and 3 weeks later they would be selling the same thing but with a better battery, or slightly larger screen, etc, etc. i get that technology is changing at a ridiculous pace…..but i would have been furious had i bought the razr, and then watched the max launch a couple of months later. now this?