Today news has arrived that the folk at Verizon and HTC are sending out a quick update to their mildly popular HTC DROID Incredible 4G smartphone as we speak. It looks like DROID Inc 4G owners will be getting a small update that fixes a few bugs, adds some new features, and will bring support for ISIS Mobile payments — the Google Wallet competitor. More details below.
As usual, the update is detailed over on Verizon’s support page with all the details. Some of the notable changes out of the gate are the fact that they’ve now enabled global roaming on the smartphone. So users going out of Verizon’s reach in another country will be allowed to roam globally — at a price of course.
Verizon and HTC have also added support for ISIS Mobile Wallet, which is a combined effort from multiple hardware partners and carriers to come up with an NFC mobile wallet solution much like Google Wallet. Personally we just wish they’d all use Google’s solution — but everyone wants a piece of the pie. Then just like multiple other Verizon smartphones they’ve added the remote diagnostic tool. This will enable customer support to basically help with any issues manually. They can even wipe the device right from their desk. More details are available in the support document below.
Then finally but certainly important is updates to 4G LTE. Verizon states that they’ve improved 4G LTE connectivity in general, and the handoff from 3G to 4G should be quicker, more seamless, and as an end result save battery life. They’ve also improved the transition from WiFi and 4G LTE according to the documents. This has just hit the Verizon support page so users with a DROID Incredible 4G should see the update arrive within the next 24-48 hours as usual. Enjoy, and let us know in the comments below should you have any issues.
This week we’ve been given the opportunity to check out the latest DROID to grace the Verizon 4G LTE lineup, and that is the DROID Incredible 4G LTE. This pocket friendly and conservatively sized device comes in at a great price and has some awesome specs to back it up. The new Incredible 4G LTE follows right along with previous models, only this time it’s better. Is this phone deserving of your dollar? Read on to find out.
Verizon opted not to offer an HTC “One” caliber device like AT&T or T-Mobile have done with the HTC One S and One X, but this is as close as you’ll get from Verizon. Other than a smaller screen and a few minor differences you’d hardly tell though. To start things off check out our hands-on and first impressions.
The Incredible 4G LTE follows along nicely with the previous DROID Incredible devices, down to the red accents and odd-shaped rear battery door and all. Getting a bump in all specs, including a slightly larger screen this phone is worth a look for the D-INC fans out there. Mix the HTC Rezound with a slightly smaller HTC One S and the Incredible is what you get.
We have the same dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor as the HTC One X (AT&T) and the Galaxy S III so this phone packs plenty of punch although is only running at 1.2 GHz instead of 1.5 GHz like the others. HTC’s tossed in 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, micro-SD support for expanded storage and an impressive 8 megapixel rear camera. In HTC’s usual fashion we have the red power/wake button up top accompanied by the 3.5mm headphone jack and a noise cancellation microphone, then the volume up/down rocker on the right — which is surprisingly not red like the power button and camera accents. Then the microphone on bottom and micro-USB for charging and syncing is the lone port on the bottom left.
Overall the design and build quality is exceptional, just like everything from HTC. The soft-touch matte back with the same rugged design and speaker grill will be familiar to any previous DROID Incredible owner, and the slits in the design gives you an assuring grip. The volume buttons can be hard to press at times, and are a bit stiff if you ask me. All of this is enjoyed on a 4-inch qHD 960 x 540 resolution (275ppi) display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The software on this device is essentially the exact same as we saw on the One X and One S, so is nothing new and you can see that extensively detailed in their respective reviews linked to below. Running the same Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense UI 4 everything was smooth, stable, and very quick during daily use. For some reason it does seem a little slower than the X, but that could just be the smaller screen playing tricks on me. Overall performance was still swift and I experienced no lag in the speedy Sense UI. This was all confirmed once I ran some benchmarks and saw how well the new Incredible performed.
As you can see above performance is very much improved over the last DROID Inc. The dual-core processor kept things moving along extremely quick and was near the top of most results except for AnTuTu where quad-core devices are king of the hill. As far as pre-installed bloatware we have the usual Verizon apps like My Verizon, VCAST, Navigator, and more. Then nicely they’ve added Real Racing 2, Golf 3 and Kindle Reader for games and media consumption, but that is about it. Can’t forget the awesome NFL Mobile app exclusive to Verizon — Go Packers!
Just like all of the other recent phones from HTC the Incredible 4G LTE has an impressive 8 megapixel rear camera and LED flash. The only difference here is the “ONE” branded phones have a dedicated HTC Imagechip processor for enhanced photos. The Incredible doesn’t feature this and can’t do the same burst mode that takes up to 99 photos. Other than that small change the camera seems to be on par with the others and takes stellar photos inside and out. To test the camera here’s a few pictures I took using the INC’s 8 megapixel camera of the devices box.
Battery Life & 4G LTE
Battery life and network performance goes hand in hand. Everyone knows 4G LTE will cause a slight drop in battery life but with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor this has been seriously improved. Just like with our HTC One S review the battery life here has been impressive. Between the slower clocked processor and smaller screen I’ve managed about 15 hours of moderate use from the Incredible 4G LTE while on 4G. They did drop in a slightly smaller battery being only 1700 mAh but that matches the smaller screen quite well and battery life was zero concern. Standby battery life is amazing too and if you barely touch it throughout the day it should last well over 30 hours.
As far as 4G LTE speeds go you know you’ll have the best coverage and fastest speeds with Verizon. Their continued rollout makes them a great option. I only saw speeds around 12-15 Mbps here in Vegas, but on the strip this increases to well over 20-25 or faster. Being the first Incredible with 4G LTE you’ll love the speed increase (in more ways than one) if you’re upgrading from a previous model.
Now the choice here for potential customers is do you go with the Incredible 4G LTE for the lower price point ($149 with $50 MIR) or do you opt for the larger, faster Galaxy S III. They both run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and have the same processor. It really is a toss up and could go both ways. I’m a fan of the Galaxy S III and the larger screen myself. For the HTC fan, previous Incredible user, someone that doesn’t want a large 4.8-inch device, or someone on a budget the DROID Incredible 4G LTE is the best buy for $149. The Rezound is essentially it’s little big brother with a slightly larger screen but still awaiting ICS and having an older processor.
The Incredible 4G LTE might not be the biggest, best, thinnest, or fastest phone on the block but has impressive specs and a great price to match it. This is clearly aimed at dominating the 4-inch market and does it easily. Until Verizon gets an HTC “One” device (if they do at all) the Incredible 4G LTE is the best HTC phone to get from the carrier.
It’s a perfect package that isn’t too big and isn’t too small. With a great price of $149 it’s available in store and online starting today, July 5th. What are you waiting for?
The HTC Droid Incredible is coming, and we could see it as early as next week. In a tweet earlier this after noon, HTC announced that next week, they would have some special fun headed our way, and that it was going to be INCREDIBLE. If that doesn’t spell Droid Incredible 4G, then I don’t know what other incredible trick they have up their sleeve.
Next week, we’ve got some special fun headed your way. We hear it’s going to be INCREDIBLE.
The phone was already announced back in May, so it’s definitely going to be available next week, according to the tweet.
The Droid Incredible 4G will be entering the Verizon ecosystem of phones at a time when Samsung is getting ready to release the Galaxy S III. Let’s also not forget about two other phones that have been very popular on Verizon Wireless, the Galaxy Nexus and the Droid Razr Maxx. While the Incredible 4G looks to be a good phone, it’s going to be competing against some of the top dogs on VZW.
Specs-wise, the Incredible 4G will feature a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, the same processor powering the HTC One X and Galaxy S III; a 4-inch Super LCD qHD display, front and rear-facing cameras, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.0, and more.
We were excited to see that a supposed HTC Droid Incredible 4G may exist thanks to marketing materials posted over at AndroidForums.com, but this isn’t a new device at all: it’s the HTC DROID Incredible 4G we got our hands on last month, but this ad refers to it as the HTC DROID Incredible 4.
A possibility is that Verizon dropped the “G” in 4G, but this would be a long shot considering there has yet to be a third device in the DROID Incredible series.
This device will be worthy of donning the Incredible name, though, as it has exceptional build quality and a nice S4 processor to make for a very smooth experience. Be wary, though, as this isn’t being touted as a Hero device.
While the S4 processor is comparable to the one inside the Hero devices on the other three big US carriers, the Incredible 4G is notably missing the “ImageSense” technology that allows you to take a series of photos in quick succession. The 8 megapixel HD camera is still nice, though, and it should please anyone who doesn’t need that continuous burst. Take a look at the image above. [via AndroidForums.com, thanks valorian!] PS:we’ve reached out to Verizon for comment and we’ll bring you the latest should we hear anything.
Remember the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE, or have you been paying too much attention to the Galaxy S III instead? HTC and Verizon announced the Incredible back early last month during CTIA and said it would be available “in the coming weeks,” but that was the last we heard. New rumors today are pointing towards July 5th for the release date.
According to some leaked screenshots obtained by Droid-Life of Verizon’s equipment guide, it shows the D INC will be released on July 5th. Pretty interesting that they pushed the launch date almost 2 months from when first announced. If Verizon would have launched this phone back May or earlier this month it might have had a chance. Now with the Galaxy S III just a few days behind it I have a feeling most will wait for it instead.
Most likely the delay was for them to deploy their new Share Everything data plans, but no one knows for sure except Verizon. Original leaks also confirmed it would launch at a $149 price point but today’s documents show $199. Either Verizon has increased the price or they might be offering a $50 mail in rebate for the phone. At the same price as the Galaxy S III the choice will be an easy one — Samsung. Although if you don’t like a larger screen the Incredible 4G LTE is a great choice. We’ll report back when we know more.
While Verizon’s never given a concrete date for the DROID Incredible 4G, it was always believed to be coming June 28th. The launch may have been “delayed,” however, as new rumors suggest it could come out the day after Independence Day.
That date would put it roughly 5 days before the Galaxy S3 launch on Verizon pending any delays. The HTC Droid Incredible 4G may not be regarded as a hero device, but it is still quite the looker.
With Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0, an S4 processor, a 4-inch qHD display, an 8 megapixel front camera (sans ImageSense technology unfortunately) and more, this device should get a serious look from would-be smartphone owners when it launches for $150. Verizon’s not keen on responding to rumors and speculation, of course, so we’ll just have to wait for a press release. [via Droid-Life]
Remember that other new HTC device that isn’t the One X or the One S? The HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE by Verizon? (yea long name) Well apparently it has made its way to the hands of a lucky few because we now have a leaked video showing off just how fast this mid-range device really is over on Big Red — and more than just the network. It doesn’t have a quad-core under the hood but it still seems to be chugging along just fine. See the video after the break.
We were able to enjoy our own DROID Inc 4G LTE hands-on back at CTIA, but that was early software and we only had a brief minute with it. The leak today shows the boot animation, the extremely quick boot time (HTC fast-boot), 4G LTE speedtests on the dual-core device, as well as a preview of The Avengers that comes pre-loaded and appears to stream great over Verizon’s 4G LTE network. If the old trailer isn’t a sign that Verizon delayed this phone past HTC’s plan, I don’t know what is.
As a reminder this will probably be as close to a new HTC One branded device on Verizon for a while. Coming with almost all of the same features, only with a smaller screen and a slightly slower processor. The Incredible 4G LTE offers the same impressive Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor only at 1.2 GHz, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense UI 4.0, an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and obviously performs great from the video above. I wouldn’t call this mid-range based on the S4 processor, but the small screen and qHD 960×540 resolution makes it seem mid-range.
For those that don’t like all these huge phones, or want something a little closer to their budget this will most likely be cheaper than the upcoming Galaxy S III and only be $149 with a new 2-year contract. We’ve heard June 21st for a release date (link below) but Verizon’s not said a word yet. Stay tuned for an official release date.
Verizon should be having a pretty solid month of June according to some new sources that have come forward as of late. We’ve heard various reports as to when the Galaxy S III would arrive on Verizon, some stating the first week of July but new details have the release date aiming at June 28th. Then that other phone, the DROID Incredible 4G LTE that we seem to have forgot about. It will also be here later this month if rumors hold on.
Verizon announced the new HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE at the beginning of May and suggested a release date in “a few weeks” but that never turned up. We’ve manage to forget about it with the HTC EVO 4G LTE and Galaxy S III on the horizon but it should be a great mid-range budget phone. New reports from Droid-Life suggests it will be available June 21st with the hyped Galaxy S III following closely behind it.
Apparently Verizon is aiming for a late June release for their Galaxy S III, and Best Buy is even sending out emails to those who’ve pre-ordered stating the Verizon model will be available to buyers on June 28th. If everything adds up and arrives as expected the last week or so of June will be a busy and fun one for the folks on Verizon Wireless.
For more details on the Galaxy S III, Incredible 4G LTE, and more hit the links below and don’t forget to check out our Galaxy S III international review while we wait for it to arrive stateside.
A couple of devices for Verizon on the horizon may launch closer toward the end of the month if Droid-Life is to be believed. According to them, Verizon will launch the HTC Droid Incredible 4G on June 21st. We can’t say for sure how trustworthy that is, but a more believable rumor of a June 28th Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 launch is also being spread around. Many customers have claimed to have heard word from Best Buy that their devices would be shipping that date.
Verizon also started their pre-sale opportunity early this month so we reckon its official launch can’t be far behind. If true, Verizon looks to be set for a very interesting third quarter. With one of the most anticipated devices launching so close to its international counterpart and another blockbuster addition to the Incredible series, not to mention a lot of DROID X contracts expiring soon, sales should definitely be good. We’ll see if this all turns out to be true before too long.
It’s so nice to look at a new gadget and see that’ it’s just within your price range and/or a really good deal. It’s exactly as nice as seeing “after main-in rebate” is nasty. Yes folks, it’s 2012, the economy is still in a slump, there are no flying cars and retailers are still fine and dandy with ridiculous mail-in rebates. The new HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE is getting one such rebate, $50 off the price of the new phone. The rebate was spotted in an internal Verizon document.
The price itself hasn’t been confirmed yet, but representatives at CTIA put it in the $150 range. That would mean $200 up front at a retail store, less $50 for the rebate. Thankfully Verizon sometimes applies rebates instantly for online sales -we can but hope. The HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE is scheduled to go on sale “in the coming weeks“.
The Incredible 4G LTE is as close as we’ll get to a One-series phone on Verizon for the time being. It’s equipped with a 4.0-inch qHD screen, 1.2ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, 8GB of storage and a MicroSD card slot. The camera is 8MP but doesn’t get HTC’s excellent ImageSense sensor. Naturally it comes with Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0, and those of you who love user-accessible batteries should be happy to know that the phone should launch with an extended battery and cover. For our hands-on impressions, check out our CTIA coverage.