We’ve gotten our first look of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE here at CTIA 2012 and early impressions are fairly positive. Despite having an S4 processor, Verizon and HTC don’t consider this device a part of the One series. Looking at the device, I’d say that assessment is accurate.
The Incredible 4G’s S4 chip is not equipped with ImageSense technology, so you lose some features that are prevalent on the One phones. While there is still lag-free shutter, you can’t take continuous lag-free shots. This was a bummer for me as it was one of my favorite features on the One X. The 8 megapixel 1080p HD camera here still takes excellent shots, and that is the most important thing.
Another area where it’s obvious the device is not a One phone is in its design. The device is a tad bit thicker than some of the One phones, but it’s far from bothersome. It still feels really natural to hold. It also has a removable battery. And no, theres no eye-bleeding flood of red underneath it.
The device pays proper homage to the original with tones of red tracing the power button, speaker grill and the camera ring.
I won’t lie: I was let down that we only have a qHD display. It’s a 4 inch display of the Super LCD variety, though, and it still looks great. I was also let down that there are only 8GB of storage inside, but the advent of a microSD card slot inside should make this a non-issue for some.
On the software side, we have HTC Sense 4.0 with Android 4.0. Moving around the phone is just as snappy as it is on HTC’s other 2012 S4-equipped offerings. Expect Verizon and HTC’s usual bloat ware, alongside a host of Google apps that weren’t present on the device at the time.
It looks like the DROID Incredible 4G LTE could be a legit option for those who want a 4G phone. Sure, it isn’t quite as great as the One S and One X, but it’s no bad phone in its own merit. We’ll be looking forward to getting another look at this device once it’s final and ready to go on sale. Stick around for more coverage from CTIA!