You don’t get to be the largest wireless service provider in the United States by sitting around and doing nothing, which is why we were expecting for a while for Verizon to reveal its plans for this fall. But before Big Red got a chance to officially tell us something other than the Droid Razr HD and Maxx HD are coming “soon” and other “surprises” are to be expected, a Phone Arena tipster went on and shattered the mystery.
The “unnamed, but trustworthy” source spilled the beans on a number of upcoming Android phones, but also on Verizon’s line-up of Windows Phone 8 handhelds. We aren’t going to insist on the WP devices for obvious reasons, so here’s what we know about Verizon and Android’s love affair.
First off, the Droid Incredible X is still coming, despite HTC making us look like fools the other day with the Android-ignoring New York press event. We’ve been hearing about the “phablet” for more than just a few weeks, but today’s the first time someone is bold enough to tell us that the beast is scheduled for a November launch.
Phone Arena’s source states that the Droid branding is just about certain, as is the featuring of 4G LTE speeds. Other than that, there’s nothing new, so we’re still expecting the gadget also known as One X5 or Endeavor C2 to come with a 1080p 5-inch display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The LG Spectrum 2 will actually undercut the Incredible X, being set to enjoy an early October release on Verizon. As far as specs go, this doesn’t look like a contender, although the 4.7-inch TrueHD screen, 8 MP camera, and 2,150 mAh battery sound high-end-ish enough.
The dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sound less hot, not to mention we already spotted the Spectrum 2 in some leaked pics in the recent past and… we weren’t that impressed.
Lower on the Android “food chain” we have the Samsung Stratosphere 2, yet another phone we’ve been hearing rumors about for some time. This is thought to come out by the end of September with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The Pantech Perception might be even less exciting, though there are no specific details or specs known about it just yet. What we do know is that this will be a follow-up to the modest 4-inch, single-core processor powered Breakout from last year, which is enough to tell us that the Perception will be anything but high-end.
A couple of ZTE tablets might or might not be released by Verizon “by the end of Q3” (September 30, that is). There’s a 7- and a 10-incher mentioned, and, although we haven’t yet forgotten about the quad-core promises made at the MWC, we don’t think the tabs can still be now as exciting as they looked back then.
Last, but not least, we have some news about the releases of the already unveiled Motorola Droid Razr HD and Maxx HD. The first is scheduled to be released “in the middle of Q4”, while the second will be seeing the light of day in November, which could actually mean the same thing.
We have some exciting things to look for from Verizon – if this rumor proves accurate – not to mention the carrier will also be launching the Galaxy Note 2 soon. Is that still the most appealing device to be released by Big Red or are you becoming more interested in the Droid Incredible X, Droid Razr HD or LG Spectrum 2?