OFFICIAL: Droid Incredible Press Release Published!

37365_HTC-Incredible_LRThere have been too many HTC Droid Incredible weeks to contain, let alone count on two hands, but it looks like HTC and Verizon are going to put the leaks and rumors to rest and make the next hot Android phone a sensation written in stone. Check out the Press Release I just got from my friends at HTC, who announced the device at the 99% Conference:

It’s a Droid, It’s Incredible, It’s on the Nation’s LARGEST And Most Reliable 3G Network
DROID Incredible™ by HTC Combines Power of Android™, Usability of HTC Sense™, Exclusively from Verizon Wireless

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and NEW YORK – Verizon Wireless today announced DROID Incredible by HTC, the newest Android device on the nation’s most reliable wireless 3G network, will be available beginning April 29. Featuring a “topographic” design that demonstrates the powerful engineering just beneath the surface, DROID Incredible by HTC is designed with craftsmanship and precision while making it easier than ever to stay connected. DROID Incredible by HTC features the newest version of the HTC Sense experience, a seven-panel home screen with a wide selection of interactive widgets so the most important content is immediately available at a touch.

Customers will enjoy seamless integration with Exchange ActiveSync®, quick and easy access to Flickr for sharing and viewing pictures, video, and Android Market™ with more than 30,000 Google applications. DROID Incredible by HTC is the first Verizon Wireless phone that takes advantage of Qualcomm’s 1GHz superfast Snapdragon processor, and it’s the first available phone from Verizon Wireless to include an 8 megapixel camera.

Shortly after the phone becomes available, customers will be able to enjoy two of the latest exclusive apps from Verizon Wireless – NFL Mobile and Skype mobile™.
Additional Key features:

* Android 2.1 with HTC Sense experience
* 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor for maximum responsiveness
* Friend Stream for unified Flickr, Facebook and Twitter updates
* “Leap” view for quick access to all seven home screen panels
* 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash for crisp, detailed images
* Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch display
* Optical joystick for smooth navigation
* Dedicated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search keys
* Proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass
* Integrated GPS
* Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
* 3.5 mm headset jack

Price and availability:

* DROID Incredible will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning on April 19 and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on April 29. Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
* DROID Incredible customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
* For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Hot diggedy dog! I know the folks on the HTC Droid Incredible Forum are going to love this one! And with an April 19th pre-order date things are about to get crazy over there! Did I mention how much I LOVE that red camera circle?

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Here come another round of commercials… DROOOOOOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIID

Added Note: $199 after contract/rebate? Smarter phones getting cheaper and I’m loving every minute of it! I thought this would start at $249.99 until the recent leaks. Great stuff. (I purposefully refrained from saying Incredible stuff so thank me later)

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  • John

    No AMOLED display? wtf? booh!

  • rushmore

    Why did their marketing no see fit to mention 8gb memory built in and FM radio? Hmmmm

  • K

    YEAH!

    (finally)

  • Kevin Krause

    mmmm

  • Elden

    @john it says it is a amoled display in the press release

  • Seven

    BTW, for all you Alltel customers with alltel phones, Verizon has a promo going that as of April 9th you are eligible to upgrade no matter when your contract ends at the 2 year price, and if you upgrade to a smartphone you get a instant mail in rebate. This is for the Midwest Area. Pretty good deal, instant rebates are hard to come by with VZW.

  • Tylar

    @John…. “* Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch display”

  • O-Qua Tangin Wann

    So, if you sign up for a two-year contract, you’ll hand over $300 cash and wait 6 weeks to get a $100 debit card mailed to you. If you cannot do the two-year contract thing, you’d have to buy the phone at full retail which will be $600 plus tax.

    Did you notice there is no mention of the FM radio?

    Did you notice there is no dedicated Phone and End buttons on the front, like there is on the Eris?

    Did you notice there is a lot of space (at least from the pictures here) above and below the screen where some will wish they just would have extended the screen a bit more?

    And finally, the frustration here is that if one signs for the two years and gets this phone, you just know a more desirable phone will be released perhaps making some sorry they signed.

  • Adam

    I am wondering how i can get rid of my Moto Droid for this. Anyone know a way?

  • hank

    no wi-fi 802.11 n? I’m still getting it.

  • Ruben

    Does the android phones have the ability to install 3rd party apps without doing some sort of hacking? Please let me know. I am tired of my iphone and I want a droid phone. Too bad I have ATT cause I have heard of what ATT did with the backflips
    Thanks

  • Paul T

    @ #8… did you not see the photos of this handset that have been leaked for weeks? The screen size and lack of Phone and End buttons come as no surprise, so the people who are excited about this phone (including myself) are only MORE excited at this point.

  • Mark

    @Adam – I am wondering how i can get rid of my Moto Droid for this. Anyone know a way?

    Uh, throw it in the garbage? Buy the Incredible? You can change phones whenever you want, you just need to pay full price if you’re not due for an upgrade.

  • Chris

    I sent an email to verizon asking them to “tell me about the incredible” and the representative who emailed me back said specifically that it will include the 8 gigs of internal memory. This press release is probably accurate but doesn’t include ALL of the key details. I would guess that it will have the amoled screen. They sure seem to have fit everything else in.

  • Brad

    @#8,

    Jeez get a life! I have a DROID and it’s great anyway, why do you feel that somehow since “newer” and “better” phones come out that you are somehow now “missing out” or obligated to get the newest/latest/greatest? If a phone works for what you need than it’s good enough!

    My god, if you are this way about a phone I’d hate to see what else you obsess over! You dont need to always have the newest toys

    -niko

  • davidusr

    Figures…AT&T left in the dust…again. Oh yea…we have the iPhone! …

  • webby

    Nice fone, but I’m going for the EVO when it releases “summer”.

  • davidusr

    WTF…my “sigh” is missing from my previous post…no flaming me, it was sarcasm.

  • MG

    @ Adam……If you have multiple lines on your phone and you are the primary line you are eligible to upgrade once a year instead of every two years. The secondary phones on the plan are only available for the every two years. I learned that just a couple of days ago when talking to a Verizon Customer Service Rep. The twist is that if you are still within the first your your new contract will be one year plus the remaining time of your current one year contract. I’m not sure if you could do the same with a two year contract or not. Me personally, I have the Eris which I purchased in December and am eligble to upgrade now but I am waiting for the next greatest Droid.

  • Abrown

    Wow does that phone look good in hi rez! Sharp design and the want factor is definitely there. I might not jump ship to get the Evo on Sprint after all…but Evo is still calling my name…now if the Droid Incredible only does HD I’d be sold. Though I doubt it would be as cool as the Evo with HDMI out, kickstand, ginormous screen, etc.

  • Abrown

    By the way I’m loving how HTC is now branding their phones with the prominent HTC logo on the back…it looks really good.

  • dan

    @ #9. Adam. there really is o way to get it swaped for the incredible unless you buy it at full retail or if you are for some reason eligible for an upgrade or if you want to add a new line to your account. if you have multiple lines on your account and one of those lines is able to do an upgrade you can do that and then do an esn swap to your line.

  • O-Qua Tangin Wann

    Niko, it isn’t just about having to have the latest and greatest. Not at all. It’s that they add nicer features that you would have purchased if available at the time you maybe settled on the phone you had.

    Let’s take the Eris as one example. The Eris has a slower processor and a smaller screen. But for those who didn’t want the weight and thickness of the Droid, lots of people settled for the Eris. I assure you a lot of those same people would have preferred the 3.7″ screen of the Incredible over the 3.2″ screen of the Eris, etc.

  • Andrea

    so where would be a cheaper place to buy this phone, is it Best Buy or Verizon? Providing no contract or 1 year contract

  • Chad

    Hmm…no mention of video capture. Anyone know, 720p?

  • Bizzle9

    Is the video camera 720p? Or is it bad as the Nexus One?

  • Chad

    Flash support?

  • Topshelf

    First off, FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    Now my question is do you still get the $100 rebate if you sign up for a 1 year contract. I refuse to lock into 2 year deals anymore, so the extra $75 they charge for 1 year over 2 is worth it to me. But, if I lose out on the rebate, then it’s the same as an ETF and not worth paying upfront…unless they are still getting away with that $375 ETF scam.

  • Topshelf

    You know what’s interesting? This first official picture shows that the red camera doe NOT protrude beyond the case. So happy they didn’t miss something as obvious as that. 720p and that FM Tuner will make this the perfect phone for at least 4 months. lol

  • xenomorph

    @Topshelf

    You may be right, but there is no way to be certain about that seeing as how the pics are not in profile view. It could still have the protruding camera lens…

  • Leegseegs

    Tmobile is $30 a month cheaper than Verizon for the same plan (500min/text/unlim web vs. 450 min/text/unlim web), and Sprint you can get unlimited everything for $70 a month. I think I’ll hold out for the EVO or I’d rather just buy a Nexusone unlocked.

  • asqwerth

    @#2: Is it truly confirmed that there is 8GB internal memory built in?

  • anon

    @Topshelf

    These days the 2yr contract with any provider is for suckers. Honestly, what’s an extra couple of hundred upfront when you are going to be paying > $1500 over the course of 2yrs and will have to pay hundreds in ETF if you want to break. Mobile tech is evolving at such a fast pace that to lock yourself in a 2yr contract to save $300 is just silly. I’d rather pay the extra $0.41/day over the course of those two years and know I can leave at anytime.

  • Rocco

    4.63″ x 2.3″ x 0.47″, 4.59 oz.
    Android 2.1 “Eclair” with Sense UI
    1GHz Snapdragon QSG8650 processor
    512MB ROM / 512MB RAM
    Dual-band EV-DO Rev. A
    802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
    GPS
    3.7″ WVGA OLED capacitive display
    8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and video capture
    HTML browser with Flash Lite 4.0
    Microsoft Exchange support
    8GB internal memory
    microSD support for up to 32GB
    3.5mm headphone jack
    Accelerometer
    312 minutes talk time / 149 hours standby
    Pre-loaded with Google Calendar, Gmail, Search, Maps, Latitude, Navigation and Talk

    http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/04/13/htc-incredible-specs/

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  • Molly

    Can you get the HTC Incredible without WiFi? Just wondering because I don’t think I can afford the 30 dollars per month.