Much of the online media (guilty, we admit), as well as many end users seem to be totally in love with the new HTC One series (including the flagship One X, the slim One S, and the entry-level One V). Despite that, HTC has announced that none of its current One smartphones will be heading to Verizon, the nations’s largest carrier.
According to Jeff Gordon (the HTC spokesman, not the NASCAR pilot), “Verizon is not going to be carrying either of the HTC One devices currently announced”. If the same treatment will be applied to future smartphones in the HTC One series, that’s too early to tell.
Instead of carrying the One X (as many Verizon customers have hoped), Big Red has recently announced a new member of the Verizon-branded HTC Incredible line: the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, a smartphone that’s a lot closer to the mid range than it is to the top of the Android crop (currently consisting of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X), as I’m sure the spec sheet clearly denotes:
- 4.0 inch Super LCD display (non-Pentile) working at a 960 by 540 pixel resolution (275 ppi pixel density)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC (the dual-core Krait processor inside is clocked at 1.2GHz and not the usual 1.5GHz, the Adreno 225 GPU is standard)
- 1 GB of RAM
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.0 UI on top
- LTE connectivity
- 8 MP primary camera, 1.2 secondary camera
I’m sure that Verizon’s customers wouldn’t have complained if the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE was launched alongside a more high-end smartphone from HTC, even if that flagship wasn’t the One X. If Sprint’s Evo 4G LTE is any indication, HTC is still capable of delivering top-notch hardware inside a carrier-customized body style.
If you’re wondering why Verizon and Sprint customize so many of their smartphones, the answer is because they are CDMA carriers. This means that international GSM smartphones don’t work on their network. So if you’re going to customize a smartphone anyway by changing the radio, why not make it entirely unique so it can stand out in a competitive market such as the US mobile arena?
Sprint and Verizon can sometimes afford to completely customize their smartphones because they are among the biggest CDMA carriers in the world (bested only by China Telecom), while Verizon is the biggest US carrier of them all. So, it’s safe to say that both Verizon and Sprint consider themselves to be bigger brands than most smartphone manufacturers.
What is your take on this? Should Verizon get a HTC flagship smartphone soon or is the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE enough? Drop us a line in the comment section below!