Verizon Wireless just released the Motorola DROID Bionic, a powerful beast-of-a-smartphone, last week, and it won’t be too long before another powerful beast–this time from HTC’s camp–comes along, as a device rumored to be the HTC Vigor just made it past the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Said to be the HTC Vigor, the device with HTC model number PH98100 (FCC ID NM8PH98100), recently received clearance from the FCC for its CDMA/EVDO and 4G LTE radios. As is usually the case, approval from the FCC usually suggests the device’s launch or release date just around the corner.

HTC has been mum on the details about the HTC Vigor. Although, leaked photos that appeared late last month suggest similarity in looks to the HTC DROID Incredible, an observation that made several people speculate that the HTC Vigor will be released under Verizon’s DROID series (perhaps as the HTC DROID Incredible HD).

Other people are guessing that the HTC Vigor’s rebranded name on Verizon could be the HTC Thunderbolt 2, since a leaked schedule of Verizon device launch dates showed the HTC Vigor as a replacement for the HTC Thunderbolt. The schedule points to October 5 as the HTC Vigor’s launch date.

Current rumors place the HTC Vigor’s specs as follows:

  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (dual-core)
  • 4.3-inch HD (1280×720) touchscreen
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • 8 MP primary camera
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Technology
  • HTC Sense 3.5

If those rumored specs hold water, the HTC Vigor will be a worthy contender–although arguably not the only one rumored–to the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola DROID Bionic.  Could this be the device that HTC will be launching this September 20 in New York City?  We’re not sure, but if it is, we definitely won’t be complaining.

Have you been holding off for upcoming superphones such as the rumored HTC Vigor? What Android device are you waiting for?