After several months of rumors and leaks of all sorts, but also an official unveiling that failed to mention any release dates, Verizon and HTC’s new Droid Incredible 4G LTE is finally ready to start selling. Big Red’s exclusive take on HTC’s One X flagship will be up for grabs on July 5, which is only 3 days away and is on-par with the latest speculations we reported on.

Verizon unveiled the on-contract pricing for the new Incredible earlier today and we have to admit we were wrong last time we talked about the new phone. The Droid Incredible 4G LTE will therefore start selling at just $149.99, and not at $199.99, the last rumored price of the 4-incher.

That being said, we’re still a bit skeptical about the handheld’s future success, due to three big reasons. First off, to actually get the Incredible 4G LTE, you’ll have to have $200 ready, as Verizon’s “offer” will include a $50 mail-in rebate, dropping the final price of the handheld to $149.99. I know, the rebate is standard procedure over at Big Red, but it’s still a bit frustrating in this particular case.

Why am I saying “in this particular case”? Because, and now we’re getting to the other two reasons why we’re doubting the phone’s success, the Incredible 4G LTE will come just days before the S3 launch on Verizon. And, as you might already know, it’s difficult to see HTC’s new flagship as a worthy competitor for Samsung’s super-phone.

The Incredible 4G LTE will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and will feature 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 4-inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen with 960 x 540 pixels resolution screen, and a 1,700 mAh battery.

It’s true, those are not the most disappointing specs around, but they can’t possibly compare with what the S3 brings to the table. In fact, the camera is probably the only “field” where the new Incredible can at least hope to be on-par with the new Galaxy. Even in terms of software, the Incredible 4G LTE doesn’t feel like a Galaxy S3 equal, as it runs Android 4.0 ICS with the Sense UI 4.0 on top, an overlay that is widely considered to be inferior to the new TouchWiz UI found on the S3.

All these things considered, would anyone ever choose the Droid Incredible 4G LTE over the S3, just because it’s 50 bucks cheaper? Well, we’ll see about that come this Thursday, when Verizon and HTC’s new flagship start selling. In the meantime, please tell us if you’re thinking of getting the phone.

  • AndroidBrian

    This phone sucks.

  • Jim

    I’ll be getting this over the S3;it’s significantly smaller.Sick of these big phones.

  • Dave

    I will be getting the phone as well, have been carrying the original Incredible for a long time and, like Jim said, really hate the huge honking phones they’re coming out with. Might as well strap a laptop to your belt. Love the original, time to upgrade.

  • Andrew Kim

    HTC phones are always impressive at first, but always has problems later. For example, these phones start lagging like crazy after 6 months, and gets even more annoying one year later. I’d pick a Apple (can’t believe I just said that), Motorola, or Samsung over the HTC. Plus, HTC always has short battery life issues on all their phones, which is really annoying for people who are always on the run.

  • jayce

    I got it and so far has been nice. ICS is pretty decent on this phone. the NFC chip is a nice feature. so far has been nice with a few bugs like when I hit home to exit the internet browser it sometimes takes about 10 secs to load. The beats audio is nice. this is my first android phone and so far I am satisfied.