Rumor: Verizon DROID Incredible 4G delayed until July (possibly the 5th)

While Verizon’s never given a concrete date for the DROID Incredible 4G, it was always believed to be coming June 28th. The launch may have been “delayed,” however, as new rumors suggest it could come out the day after Independence Day.

That date would put it roughly 5 days before the Galaxy S3 launch on Verizon pending any delays. The HTC DROID Incredible 4G may not be regarded as a hero device, but it is still quite the looker.

With Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0, an S4 processor, a 4-inch qHD display, an 8 megapixel front camera (sans ImageSense technology unfortunately) and more, this device should get a serious look from would-be smartphone owners when it launches for $150. Verizon’s not keen on responding to rumors and speculation, of course, so we’ll just have to wait for a press release. [via Droid-Life]

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  • Dzhokhar

    I’ve been waiting for the DInc4G, but I’m not sure what to do now that it’s coming out after the deadline for keeping my unlimited data. My options seem to come down to:
    1) Give up my unlimited data when the DInc4G comes out
    2) Use my upgrade on a cheap/free stopgap (like an HTC Rhyme), then buy a DInc4G at full retail when it comes out
    3) Learn to live with a monster-sized phone
    4) Pre-order a GS3 and sell it to finance a full retail DInc4G
    5) Get something like an LG Lucid and hope it’s better than it looks

    None of these options are very appealing. It’s almost annoying enough to drop Verizon altogether except that none of the other carriers are any better when it comes to reasonably sized, otherwise high-end, Android devices.

    • 91firebirder

      If you believe the phone will be released on July 5, you could just get a phone and return it for this one within the 14 days.

      • Dzhokhar

        I’m told that exchanging a phone requires signing a new contract. That is, an exchange consists of returning the first phone and reverting back to your original contract, then signing a new contract (without unlimited data) for the new phone.

        • ReverseRoxas

          That there is a crying shame…

        • 91firebirder

          That’s bullsh*t… but smart from a business standpoint. Guess we weren’t the only ones thinking of that tactic 8-)

    • scott Wilson

      I am an “Incredible Type of Guy” too. But I was fiddling around with the Lucid and it seemed fairly decent. Very snappy.

    • http://twitter.com/TKPDX TRK

      Do you need to use the upgrade if you’re going to buy a phone (DInc4G) off-contract/full price? I think you could save the upgrade, stay month to month and use your current phone *assuming you have a working phone now* and buy the DInc4G when it’s out.

      • Dzhokhar

        I see that as equivalent to option 2. I figure I may as well use my upgrade since it’s effectively useless to me after the 27th (if I want to keep my unlimited data).

        • http://twitter.com/TKPDX TRK

          yeah, but you’re off contract, so you don’t HAVE to stay with Verizon for 2 more years. Or, you may end up wanting to use the upgrade on another phone in a year or so. Just feels like throwing the upgrade away for no reason, when you’re going to buy a phone anyway.

    • http://twitter.com/aar123mcl Aaron

      Buy a phone with the upgrade now.
      Enjoy it until DINC4G is released.
      Sell phone on Ebay for $$$.
      Use $$$ to pay full retial for DINC

  • tony stark

    8 megapixel front camera???

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      lol yeah, for that HD face-unlock option once it’s imported from ICS :p

  • 91firebirder

    I wanted to get this phone for my girl but not if it doesn’t beat the June 28 deadline. It a shame too, I like HTC and want to give my $$$ to them but VZW has f*cked up this launch.

  • phinn

    While this is an excellent phone (and the first reasonably sized 4G phone i’ve seen) it would have been more compelling if it came out 3 months ago. Typical Verizon.

  • NightAngel79

    Great phone for that price

  • Joe

    Just get the ReZound for 80. Much better screen is worth giving up Sense 4 for. Most people are not going to notice ANY difference in the processor.

    • Dzhokhar

      People are likely to notice the likely 2-3x difference in battery life (more efficient processor+more efficient radios+bigger battery+smaller screen = much better battery life).

      They’re also likely to notice the significant size difference in their hands/pockets.

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      The screen isn’t better though? The incredible 4g lte has LCD2 technology found in the One X. Much better in sunlight, brighter in general, etc.

      The Rezound is dull and washed out.

  • ntegrit

    I guided my son to replace his original Incredible with a sale-priced Rezound and he loves it

  • Joe

    2-3x battery life? I didn’t realize that you have used this handset to personally experience that. You are making up specs with nothing to back it up. Every time a new phone from HTC comes out we are told we will get improved battery life and it never holds true.

    • Dzhokhar

      The One X is close to 2x the Rezound and the Incredible 4G should be even better, due to the underclocked processor and smaller screen.

      • BulletTooth_Tony

        The One X isn’t a very good comparison. It’s not on Verizon… who are the number 1 culprits to bad battery life due to leaving all radios active at all times. AT&T uses Circuit Switched Fallback, so only 1 radio is active at a time, giving better battery results when on LTE… but the caveat is that it also forces you back to 3G while on a phone call.

        Until we see a new HTC phone in the mold of the One series on Verizon, it remains to be seen what improvements they have made.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Walker/100000736622420 Jim Walker

    Please hold for a verizonwireless.com sales representative to assist you with your order. Thank you for your patience.

    You are now chatting with ‘Shayla’

    You: Hi

    Shayla: Hello. Thank you for visiting our chat service. May I help you with your order today?

    Shayla: Hello!

    You: I have a grandfathered unlimited plan. If I purchase the rezound for $80 before the 28th, and I get a htc incred 4g after the 28th at full retail and substitute my phone, will I be able to keep my unlimited for 2 years?

    Shayla: You will be able to keep your unlimited data that way, but I do not know exactly how long you can keep it.

    You: for 2 years

    You: since I signed a 2 year contract?

    Shayla: That may be the case but enventually verizonwireless.com is retiring the unlimited data package.

    You: rt

    You: 2 years is 2 years. :)

  • Ben Kiser

    Does anyone else believe Verizon is not introducing any phones until after the 28th to make people change to their plans.

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Wow, more HTC fail. BUT, this phone will sell really well for 99 cents or $1. I think once they clear out the rhyme’s this will replace that in the bargain bin.