HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE First Look [CTIA 2012]


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!

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Man, did nobody at HTC say “You know, we already have the Rezound…”

    Seems like a meh boost — which is unfortunate. I loved the DInc — day one adopter and used it for 2 years. Planned on selling it when I got my Rezound but I just can’t let it go.

  2. It may not be groundbreaking, but it will be the first Verizon phone that customers will be able use all day with LTE in the on position…

    1. Exactly. I have a Thunderbolt outfitted with the stock Rezound battery (1620mA) and on 4G it’ll last a decent part of the day. Now with the Incredible 4G, even with its 1700mA battery, with its 4″ screen (vs 4.3″) and S4 chip which eliminates the need for a external 4G modem (from the core), I can see this lasting through the and the worry about where my next charge is going to come from going away.

      I’ll be looking for the reviews.

      1. Or you could just get a razr maxx with double the battery life and a better screen.

        1. Not everyone wants to question if someone’s happy to see you or just has a phone in their pocket. The Razr Maxx is about 0.35″ taller and 0.3″ wider compared to the the Incredible 4G. It doesn’t seem like much but yeah, the form factor is a big sticking point with me.

  3. Best hands on vid so far. Thanks a lot!

  4. 8GB internal storage and no ImageSense? Honestly, this better be cheap. :P

    1. Those are the ways in which it’s worse than the One S. The Inc4G also has LTE, a MicroSD slot, and a removable battery, all of which are of greater value to me than an extra few GBs of internal storage or the ImageSense chip (which isn’t much use to those of us who don’t really use our phones as cameras).

    2. Junk, should be $99 or less

  5. So it’s basically a glorified DInc?

  6. HTC is bringing this in at a price point competitive to the lg lucid at 79.99. This is not a replacement for the rezound. Similar to the og inc in terms of size, it is not required to have bear claws to operate.

  7. Have they learned nothing from Apple? Announce the phone WITH A RELEASE DATE.

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