This upcoming Droid is not coming from the halls of Motorola, but from HTC. It is another device in the new wave of smartphones that are deemed "LTE ready". That means it will be able to handle the 4G networks of Verizon. It was released by "accident" on the Verizon site and then removed quickly. But the facts are out and this smartphone is headed for the networks of "Big Red". It should be one of those to please the power smartphone user.
This is a great looking smartphone with the hallmark "Droid" name and extra connective ability. The HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE can hook up with other devices nearby, thanks to the "Wi-Fi Direct" element inside. That means it can connect directly to another smartphone or laptop without first needing to connect to the internet or a cell tower. It will also come with DLNA which allows it to send a multimedia file to a monitor or television that is also equipped with DLNA. The Wi-Fi hotspot feature is also included to be able to feed internet to other devices. There is a NFC chip inside to handle "Near Field Communication" tasks, such as paying ( for example ) for things at the grocery. There is still no news on whether or not it will have a FM radio. The One X and One S models are fitted with one, so perhaps this one will be as well. As for download speeds Verizon advertises that LTE is ten times faster than the older, crowded 3G networks.
The main event, the display, is not as desirable on the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE as that of the One X. It is running 960 by 540 pixels of clarity. That puts it at around 275 pixels per inch ( PPI ) of clearness. The iPhone 4S has 326 PPI. But the screen of the Incredible is half an inch larger than the iPhone. It is four inches of digital real estate. That is in between the hulking Samsung Note and the iPhone 4S. The craftsmanship is "Super" LCD, not AMOLED, which is not going to show the darker colors as well as AMOLED. To cap it off, the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. This is two or three times stronger than regular glass for those times when the smartphone slips out of the hand. There is no manual keyboard for the Droid Incredible so all typing will be done on the virtual keyboard.
Android in the latest flavor will be installed in the latest HTC Droid Incredible. Ice Cream Sandwich is the version that is said to release Google from their fragmentation problems. The Ice Cream Sandwich version supports NFC and, as stated, this smartphone is equipped with the hardware to complete a transaction. Other software inside this HTC handset includes the "Beats Audio" setup for music. Java is included via a MIDP inclusion. Many of the free Google services like Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk and others are also software included with Android 4.0. The web browser will be able to digest Adobe flash files for a more pleasing experience while surfing the internet.
The hardware is going to be one notch down from the flagships that HTC and others are now releasing. The Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor is spinning along at 1.2 gigahertz and is accompanied by an Adreno 225 GPU. This is a setup similar to laptops and even desktops with a data cruncher and a separate video processor. Internal memory for the Droid is marginal at eight gigabytes of storage. The internal memory can be augmented by a MicroSD card of up to 32 gigabytes. The eight megapixel camera will be able to work on the 1080p high definition level thanks to the dual core arrangement of the processor.
The price of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE is going to be a bit high. The price on the Verizon site said $300 dollars before being abruptly deleted. That is with a contract. That is a bit high for a smartphone of this Stature. This is not a "top of the line" handset, but does come with plenty of wireless connectivity. Look for this HTC smartphone to be on the shelves of "Big Red" by the end of this month.