Droid Incredible 4G LTE

Verizon and HTC have officially announced the Droid Incredible 4G LTE. It is a an evolutionary advancement from the Droid Incredible 2, which should prove to provide a solid experience for users who aren't concerned with having every single top-of-the line spec.

Here are the specs:

  • 4-inch qHD Super LCD screen (960 x 540)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • HTC Sense 4
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB eMMC
  • 8MP rear-camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1080p HD video recording
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 1700 mAh removable battery

In the announcement, HTC also said that other variants of the HTC One V will be making their way to the U.S. in the summer, so if you're not on Verizon but are interested in this phone, just wait and you'll be able to get it. The Droid Incredible 4G LTE will be available on Verizon in the "coming weeks." For more, please visit our Droid Incredible 4G LTE Forum.

Full presser's after the break.

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 Sense™ 4.0, HTC's branded user experience integrated with Google's™ mobile operating system, Android™ 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 Audio™ which is enabled across the entire experience for a rich and authentic sound whether customers watch a YouTube™ 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 Pic™ 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 Beam™ to quickly share Web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ 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® Snapdragon™ S4 processor
Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ 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.

 

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Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE announced with 4-inch screen and Ice Cream Sandwich

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So this seems to be a cross between the One X, S, and V? What happened to simplifying your portfolio HTC. At least the Evo 4G LTE is clearly an X... Also, the rumored pricing of $299 would be a big fail. Even $199 seems a bit much for the specs.

Yeah, I think it very likely that we will be looking at $149.99 on contract. At that price, I will stop waiting for the next 'super phone' and get this one.

I wouldnt be so fast to blame HTC. This is surely Verizon wanting to diffrentiate from the other carriers much like Sprint w/ the EVO 4GE LTE.

Why not just have the One X availiable across all carriers? Its harder to compete with top manufacturers if you cant get the phones in everyones hands at the same or similar timeframe.

Carrier exclusives suck. I mean I am glad AT&T finally got some love, but overall I just think US carriers need to do away with them. It isn't helping anyone.

Its basically a baby Rezound, it will probably debut at $199 and have BOGO promo pricing pretty close to the start, and be $99 AR in about 6 months. This is a margin maker for Verizon (they went to HTC and proposed a spec'd down phone) so the real question will be how does the CPU do with such a small battery. If it holds up OK and there are no major screw ups with 4g, this could be a very popular phone for anyone who wants a smaller form factor.

Underclocked S4 Processor paired with a lower resolution screen and I think this phone will surpass the HTC One X (which is being hailed for it's battery life).

Yeah I was a bit afraid of the One X with LTE and that huge display, but I have been amazed with the battery life.

The Inc LTE should have no problems.

LOL, you are right! I thought he said non of the "Droid" devices. My Dinc 2 is good, but know HDMI or MHL support made me upset... If this device has the MHL I may upgrade!

Agreed. Still using original with AMOLED and cyanogenmod 7.2. Works great.

Was hoping this would replace it but I'm gonna pass.

Totally meh worthy specs and that battery... really? A 1850 mAH battery is just okay, but 1700? On Verizon's 4G LTE? *Shakes head. Also, we're in Q2 of 2012, why wouldn't they opt for an HD screen like on the One X?

Definitely pass on this "one".

Totally meh worthy specs and that battery... really? A 1850 mAH battery is just okay, but 1700? On Verizon's 4G LTE? *Shakes head. Also, we're in Q2 of 2012, why wouldn't they opt for an HD screen like on the One X?

Definitely pass on this "one".

Totally meh worthy specs and that battery... really? A 1850 mAH battery is just okay, but 1700? On Verizon's 4G LTE? *Shakes head. Also, we're in Q2 of 2012, why wouldn't they opt for an HD screen like on the One X?

Definitely pass on this "one".

Totally meh worthy specs and that battery... really? A 1850 mAH battery is just okay, but 1700? On Verizon's 4G LTE? *Shakes head. Also, we're in Q2 of 2012, why wouldn't they opt for an HD screen like on the One X?

Definitely pass on this "one".

Its an 1.2 s4 processor=More battery effecient and clocks higher than a 1.5 s3 processor
Qhd is good on a 4 inch device, why put 720 when qhd has a high ppi. 720 is good for 4.3 inch screen devices
1700, i would die for a 1700 battery because my t-bolt has a 1450 stock battery.

This is a well thought combination. The 4 inch screen along with ICS and the 1700 battery should get you easily thru the day with above normal use. It has the sd-card for memory and all the other good hardware features. If I had to pick the AT&T version of the HTC 1X or this phone it would be a no brainer, easy pick for me, The Verizon Droid. The 4 inch screen is just the right size if you are one of the guys that is sick of the big screen phones, I have the Rezound, the big brother of this phone, same all around looks, great feel in the hand. It's a great phone.

they announced a new device carrying ICS out of the box, then showed off a stock image with the phone running gingerbread...don't manufacturers ever learn the status bar is the first thing people look at on a device?? If they are going to say it runs ICS, then they need to show it running ICS!!

The status bar is the first thing WE look at, not the first thing people look at. The fact of the matter is, the majority of people aren't going to care if it has GB or ICS and at face value without explaining it to them, they're not going to know the difference. This will run ICS, and it will be a good little phone, price will be the real 'go or no-go' factor here. Anything above $149 on contract will kill this.

Actually, that is ICS with Sense 4.0

HTC kept the green status bar icons of Gingerbread for whatever reason. Check out a picture of the One X or Evo 4G LTE... Same Gingerbread looking status bar.

Am I the only one that feels highly disappointed by this phone? I had the original Inc and loved it. It was at least on part spec's wise with the competition. This phone already feels outdated. Besides Sense 4.0, ICS, and the S4, my Rezound is comparable if not better is most aspects.

Marketing-wise on the Rezound, it was a disaster. The main selling point of the Rezound was the Beats Audio, it was supposed to be a music/audio phone.

The physical company of Beats pretty well went under *nobody can afford shitty $300-400 headphones, go figure..* So people aren't rushing out to buy the Rezound, it's not a name people are familiar with. Devices like this that keep it simple and hark back to a model that everyone and their brother had are Verizon's bread and butter. The only people that care about the latest and greatest are people like us, enthusiasts. There's no sense in feeling disappointment or even anger in some cases, against a phone that a company decides to put out there on their network.

If priced right, this phone will sell like hotcakes because it looks cool, and it's got the Incredible name on it.

Beats pretty well went under? LOL. Beats is the most succesful headphone line I have seen come up. How can you figure that fact?

I see what you are saying but I still thought/hoped the new Inc would be closer to the specs of the One X and S. Maybe X screen and S proc...

Looks great, if HTC released this instead of the ONE S (GSM wise) , I would've really tempted to get one

That's anther eye we gotta find now ...

By the way : What's eMMC

Eye of the beholder, son... eye of the beholder. I loved the back on my DInc and I love the back on my Rezound... this is pretty much the best of both worlds :p

Not seeing why people would jump on this over the Rezound, though.

This is a nice phone but apparently Verizon has a different definition of "Incredible" than the rest of humanity.Verizon,like Sprint and their EVO line, have really lost focus on which type of HTC devices should carry those "family names".In Verizon's case the DINC 2 should never been released and the Rezound should have been given the "Droid Incredible 2" designation.Verizon could rename this device the Droid Eris 2 and when Sprint's exclusionary rights to the EVO 4G LTE end Verizon could offer their version as the Droid Incredible 3.

Verizon could have easily made a DInc based off the One X just as Sprint made the EVO, but decided not to. I think they are letting down all those customers that saw the One X and have been waiting for the VZW version only to end up with this disappointment (relatively). Sprint has nothing to do with VZW tho, only so far as VZW can't make the EVO 4G LTE as is.

Yes. They should have based it on the One X. Verizon is always trying to save money on handsets.

That's the trade-off for being a Verizon customer; great network quality and coverage vs lame handsets and high prices.

Who cares what names they give their phones? Do people really having nothing better to do with their time than criticize what phones are given what names? Seriously. I'm going to start bitching and moaning about EVERY SINGLE PHONE that comes out with a big screen and fast processors, criticizing them for being bad low end phones, even though they're never intended to be such.

Look at the specs, guys. This is clearly intended to be a mid-level phone, and in that position, it's damn near perfect - fast enough, reasonable screen size with a good resolution for that size, decent memory, SD card, removable battery, good camera. It's a great mid-level phone.

If you want quad cores and 6 inch screens, this isn't your phone. Simple as that. Shut up already. You have plenty of bleeding edge phones to choose from, this isn't among them, this isn't intended for you, it's intended for those who want a reasonable spec phone in a reasonable form factor.

+1
IMHO, quad-core is overkill for a phone and 4.7" is ridiculous. I'm tired of ppl constantly causing phonar eclipses every time they take a call. Stop taking calls on your tablets ppl.

I just picked up the rezound for $199... got a free pair of Beats headphones too.. what is better about this phone in comparison to the rezound??

I picked up the Rezound when it was reduced to $50. I don't see anything in these specs that makes the Dinc a better device than my Rezound. Yes, ICS and Sense 4 are logical software improvements, but we'll have those soon enough.

Not much really. The only thing sticking out is the fact that this is running the Snapdragon S4 "Krait," which has performed pretty damn well in battery tests so far. This on is clocked lower, however. 1.2ghz in this compared to 1.5ghz in the Rezound.

New Snapdragon 4 processor along with ICS w/ Sense 4 OS out of the box.No Sense 4 for the Rezound or any other pre-ONE series HTC android phone.Older ICS-upgradable HTC phones will get Sense 3.6 OS overlay.

Seems like a perfect phone for somebody who wants a smaller phone with current specs. I don't know why people are bitching about the specs...

4-inch qHD Super LCD screen (960 x 540)
- 4-inch qHD seems appropriate. Do you really need a 720p on a 4-inch screen?

1.2GHz dual-core processor
- Snapdragon S4 is already proven to be one of the fastest processors around.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
HTC Sense 4

1GB RAM
- like every other phone

8GB eMMC
- Ok, I'll admit 8 gigs of internal is small, but this has an SD card

8MP rear-camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1080p HD video recording
VGA front-facing camera
- Camera is probably the same as one the One S. Granted, the VGA camera resolution sucks.

1700 mAh removable battery
- LTE - I guess that's the price you pay for having the fastest 4G network in US. No matter how big the battery is, it'll die pretty fast on LTE.

If you want a smaller phone, this looks like the phone to get.

That's exactly why I will probably be getting this phone. I've got the OG Dinc right now & actually prefer the smaller screen on it. That's why I bought it & sold my Droid X. A 4" screen is the perfect size for my taste.

I'm just fine w/ an underclocked S4 processor. I actually have my OG Dinc underclocked to save on battery life & it is fast enough for my usage @ 844mhz. The screen resolution is an upgrade from what I have now, so I could care less that it isn't as high as the Rezound or One X/S.

I'm not a "power user" or gamer & don't care about cutting-edge hardware specs. I want a comfortably sized phone with LTE & good battery life. This looks to be it.

Completely agree with you. I'm baffled why people are hating on this phone. It's not a flagship, and it's not supposed to be the One X. Yet it's still 2012 specs (S4, ICS 1GB RAM, NFC even..)It's even a leg up on the One S since it's not Pentile! It doesn't need to be 720p at 4in. That would be 367ppi and overkill. 275 with SLCD is fine for the size. If it lands at $199 it will sell very well.

I think the real reason for the complaints is that HTC went all out on design and introduced a phone line that resonated with a lot of people. Those people want those devices. Instead of giving people something they really like, Verizon went for customization of the device creating something that doesn't resonate nearly as well as the One line.

Also, if you think about it, HTC is a margin player at Verizon. Instead, Motorola is their baby in terms of Android, and possibly Samsung in the future. HTC is relegated to a niche player on their network.

As a big HTC fan, you probably want to switch networks. HTC devices seem to be more prominent at Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

^^ This ^^

This phone is a step backwards for HTC in design and specs. And why make it the "Incredible" if it's a mid-level phone. The other 2 Incredibles were high-end.

I'm tired of Verizon giving too much love to Moto and their locked bootloaders and Blur (or whatever they want to call it).

I would jump ship if I didn't have unlimited data.

This is the exactly why i want this phone. I'm so tired of the horrible service I was getting with Sprint and have no desire for the super big phones. The screen since and specs are more than enough to keep me happy.

+1
Dont forget s4 is better on battery than s3 and has a bigger battery and is thinner while smaller than the rezound (and htc t-bolt in my case) I would get this phone if I had an upgrade. The reason i liked the t-bolt and rezound is because they were rumored to be in the Incredible series. Next time Htc should release 2 sized phones so that people quit bitchin about screen size. To me its perfect!

I doubt it, but if so, that just shows why it's stupid to buy a phone right at launch. Wait a few months & get it for less than half the price. Just ask the people who were getting the Rezound for $50 a while back!

I like $ in my account more than the most cutting edge tech in my pocket, but maybe that's just me.

Jefe! How you been?! Miss you replying to my posts. I'm gonna stand by that $299 but even if it's $199 (which would be the least they would start it at because you know vzw isn't gonna put a $99 on a new droid in the incredible line) that new $30 upgrade fee is in effect. And $229 is still overpriced for this product.

I agree. I think that this phone will be a massive success if it is priced competitively like the Inc 2 was. $100-150 difference in pricing will make or break it in this economy. We will just have to see if Verizon is going to try and suck us dry like it always seems to

I don't do cell contracts. I'll be paying the full retail like I did for my OG Dinc. this phone is worth it to me.

If only this were a 4" screen, removable sd card, removable battery toting Verizon version of a One S. I'm extremely disappointed this didn't get the ImageSense chip and the f2.0 lense of the One Series. It's f2.2 like the Rezound, so there's just a couple of software improvments to the.camera. Oh well, unless this thing gets surprising battery life, my Rezound isn't feeling jealous about anything...

Are we sure this doesn't have the image sense chip? Or are we just assuming it doesn't because it's got a f2.2 lens instead of the one series f2.0?

I can deal with a different lens, but not without the new chip.

I think this will be a solid mid-high end phone. Don't need 720P on a screen of that size. Removable storage is a plus. The battery is plenty big for that screen size/processor combo. And Sense4 out of the box. What's not to like?

Agree that it is a solid MID level phone. But it's coming out at a time when HTC is hyping its latest camera technology and this doesn't have it. It's a good phone camera (sounds on par w/ the Rezound) but HTC is already offering better on other carriers.

Plus the 8gb internal isn't as convenient as the 16 in the Rezound, especially when 2+ gbs are partitioned for apps and app data.

I believe the new camera as an aperture of f2.0, whereas this one is f2.2, just like the current one on the Rezound. And nowhere in the release does it mention that it has that "Imagesense" technology.

+1!

OG Dinc was ~250ppi and it looks plenty clear to me. Moving up to 275ppi is just icing on the cake. Only reasons I want an upgrade for are lack of front-side camera, lack of NFC, and OS upgrade(I've capped out at GB).

can anyone say htc rezound ripoff? im soo glad i sold my rezound and got a gnexus, im done with htc and the crappy battery life.

I would say that the Rezound should have been called the DI4GLTE as it was more of an evolution to the DInc line and since it's still HTC, I don't think they can rip off themselves.

"for users who aren't concerned with having every single top-of-the line spec" who are these people and why are they here?

There are a lot of us on this site that aren't getting the latest and greatest. Passed on the Rezound, Razr and GNex - too big. While I do wish it had the new camera tech this will probably be my next phone. For everyone who wants 720P @ 4" - no one else has a 4" 720P display. Super LCD (no pentile), qHD, 275 ppi, Sense 4.0, Snapdragon S4 with INTEGRATED LTE will do fine with battery and 1.2 GHz will easily out perform any S3 (even the Rezound @ 1.5 GHz), 8 GB integrated with Micro SD expansion, removable 1700 battery and priced at $149 will be a great seller. I know everyone with a bigger screen says "You get used to it" - I'm perfectly happy with my Dinc 2 and this is the same form factor with every spec upgraded. I don't play games, a little higher res screen will be great, the internal memory is plenty - all of you wanting the One X and One S can go to ATT or TMo or Sprint.

I was just joking, but I was really hoping an X variant would come to VZW. You've kind of swayed me - for the right price this could be a nice choice.

Personally, I'm happy at 4" - I'll wait for the reviews rather than pre-judge.

The removable battery and SD slot already give it two points imho against the X - the only downside is the screen, but at that size it's likely fantastic.

I'm really disappointed that Verizon isn't taking advantage of the HTC Incredible line of phones (I just think Droid Incredible is a great name). The OG INC was really great and if only they improved on it by marketing the Rezound as the INC2 and then really coming up with something sexy and spectacular for INC3 (I don't know, maybe something with 3300 mAh battery). Now, however, I see the Incredible line of phones on Verizon to be always 2nd tier to Motorola phones. I had INC and now have INC2, but I will soon switch to Motorola or Samsung and never look back until HTC and Verizon can agree to put on the best HTC phones on the Verizon network.

Really this phone will smoke basically every LTE phone except the RAZR MAXX that VZW sells for battery life - it combines a 1700 battery with Krait and the LTE is on die. It is a very good entry in the lineup for both HTC and Verizon.

Just another black slab on the shelf to the average consumer.

HTC and handset makers in general need to tighten up the portfolio (like I thought HTC was doing with the ONE line). Otherwise how do you create a demand for a device no one can identify with. Oh right, they slapped INC on the name.

Im starting to think the incredible line went to shit when the iPhone came out unless the T-bolt and Rezound were originally supposed to be in the Incredible series.