After a frustratingly long waiting period and what often seemed like endless speculations, bogus rumors, and false leaks, Verizon’s HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE is finally here. Right on schedule (well, the most recent schedule at least), the new flagship phone has started selling both on Verizon’s official website and in Big Red retail stores across the US.
The Incredible 4G LTE follows on the footsteps of the 2010 Incredible and 2011 Incredible 2, and is, as its name proudly states, the first in the series to come with 4G LTE connectivity. Although it’s a significant update over the first two Incredible editions, the new 4-incher doesn’t seem like a real winner to us. The Droid comes at a time when Samsung’s Galaxy S3 seems to be heading full speed to the title of “best sold Android smartphone ever”.
Verizon has priced the Droid Incredible 4G LTE sensibly enough to undercut the Galaxy S3, but it still feels like HTC’s new phone is just not worth its price. Technically available for $149.99 with a new two-year carrier agreement, the phone requires you to shell out 200 bucks out of your pockets at the time of purchase, with a quarter of that returning to you in the form of a mail-in rebate. That’s only for handhelds purchased from physical stores, however, with phones bought online automatically applying the $50 discount.
This is still just $50 cheaper than Samsung’s new Galaxy S3, which is significantly faster than the Incredible 4G LTE and also sports a larger and crisper display. The S3 has already started shipping from Big Red to those of you who pre-ordered it a while back and should be made available to all other users in just five short days.
Assuming that at least some of you will still choose the Incredible 4G LTE over the S3, we should tell you that all of the phone’s suspected features and specs have been confirmed. The handheld comes packing a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU and 1 GB of RAM.
Running Android 4.0 ICS out of the box with HTC’s Sense UI 4.0 on top, the 4-incher sports a 960 x 540 pixels resolution S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, and features 8 GB of internal memory, 8 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras, a 1,700 mAh battery, a microSD card slot, and Beats Audio technology.
Is anyone here thinking of getting Verizon’s new Droid Incredible 4G LTE? Does it hold any kind of advantage in a battle against Samsung’s Galaxy S3? Let us know in the comments section below.