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HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Joining Verizon Wireless July 5 for $149

July 9th, 2012 No comments

We saw it first at CTIA, one of the few devices launched there, and after a long wait it's here; the Droid Incredible 4G LTE by HTC will be arriving at Verizon Wireless stores July 5th and available for 9 on-contract, after a mail-in rebate. Our review sample hit the door this morning, and we're fast at work getting our review done. In the meanwhile we have some glamour shots and a little family portrait. 

For those that don't recall, the DINC 4G (as we'll colloquially refer to it) is an off-shoot of the HTC ONE S, and features Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 dual-core SoC, the ubiquitous MSM8960, though here clocked at 1.2GHz. The Droid Incredible aesthetic has never been one of litheness, and that persists here. The body is 11.7 mm at its thickest, and the screen is a compact 4.0 inches, though the benefit in pixel density is perceptible. The super LCD qHD screen is actually quite impressive, with subjectively good color representation and incredible viewing angles. And, of course, our trusty Snapdragon S4 comes with an LTE radio on its cool running and compact die. With a smaller screen, lower core clock and fairly beefy 1700 mAh battery, this could be a compact all-day data hog. We'll let you know when our full review goes up. 

Gallery: HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Joining Verizon Wireless July 5 for 9

Physical Comparison


Apple iPhone 4S

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE


HTC One X (AT&T)


115.2 mm (4.5")

121.9 mm (4.8")

130.9 mm (5.15")

134.8 mm (5.31")


58.6 mm (2.31")

61.0 mm (2.4")

65 mm (2.56")

69.9 mm (2.75")


9.3 mm ( 0.37")

11.7 mm (0.46")

7.8 mm (0.31")

8.9 mm (0.35")


140 g (4.9 oz)

132 g (4.66 oz)

119.5 (4.22 oz)

129 g (4.6 oz)


Apple A5 @ ~800MHz Dual Core Cortex A9

1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960

1.5 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960

1.5 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960


PowerVR SGX 543MP2

Adreno 225

Adreno 225

Adreno 225


512MB LPDDR2-800





16GB, 32GB or 64GB integrated

8 GB NAND with up to 32 GB microSD




8 MP with LED Flash, Front Facing Camera

8 MP AF/LED Flash, VGA front facing

8 MP with AF/LED Flash, VGA front facing

8 MP with AF/LED Flash, 1.3 MP front facing


3.5" 640 x 960 LED backlit LCD

4.0" 960 x 540 Super LCD

4.3" 960 x 540 Super LCD

4.7" 1280 x 720 LCD-TFT


Internal 5.3 Whr

Removable 6.46 Whr

Internal 6.27 Whr

Internal 6.66 Whr


HTC Droid Incredible 2 Review

July 4th, 2011 No comments

The original Droid Incredible by HTC was the second Android phone I ever officially reviewed. The first was Google's Nexus One. A year ago I proudly proclaimed that the Incredible was clearly better than the Nexus One thanks to the added features HTC delivered through Sense. Since then we've seen Google improve Android tremendously. The OS has come so far in the past twelve months that I do wish more vendors would actually ship unaltered versions of it on their devices. HTC has kept up with Google's evolution, at least on some of their devices. The Sensation 4G, EVO 3D and Flyer all ship with a brand new version of the Sense UI (3.0) that actually adds some pretty neat features to the OS (e.g. the ability to launch apps from the lock screen).

Unfortunately the successor to the original Incredible isn't blessed with Sense 3.0, it's still running version 2.0. The Incredible 2 also doesn't ship with Gingerbread, it's currently only available with Android 2.2.1. Qualcomm does have a working Gingerbread port, something HTC is quite familiar with as all of the devices I mentioned above ship with Gingerbread. The Incredible 2 is due for an update to Gingerbread soon but if you buy it today all you get is Froyo.

The seemingly dated software comes with similarly dated hardware, at least by today's standards. The Incredible 2 ships with Qualcomm's MSM8655 SoC. That's a 45nm SoC with a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon and an Adreno 205 GPU. The chip has 768MB of memory on package. CPU performance isn't improved compared to the original Incredible although the GPU is faster and power consumption is lower thanks to the 45nm process (the original Incredible had a 65nm QSD8650 with an Adreno 200).

Read on for our full review of the Droid Incredible 2!

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HTC Incredible S review

April 22nd, 2011 No comments

Product HTC Incredible S
Specifications 1GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 1.1GB storage, 4-inch 480×800 display, 8MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras, Android 2.2 Froyo, HTC Sense, 64x120x11.7mm, 135g.
Price £399 SIM free

TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC’s Incredible S is one of its flagship models with respectable hardware, a large 4-inch screen and an innovative design that is let down by its out of date software.

The phone looks smart with its all black matte finish and minimalist approach. The rubbery plastic case gives a nice feel, offers a good grip and handily hides finger print marks really well. HTC has gone for a contoured design that molds around the components.


While this looks quite cool we found that it makes holding the phone more uncomfortable than with other handsets. The minimalist approach means there are only two physical buttons on the phone, which are the power and volume controls. We found that the phone’s symmetrical look meant that we often found we were holding the handset upside down by mistake.

The handset is a decent 135g weight and 11.7mm thick, which is almost 30g lighter than the HTC Desire HD and only 5g heavier than the Desire S. A small downside of the casing is that the back is quite tricky to remove.

The most stand-out feature of the phone is its large 4-inch screen, which is a happy medium between the HTC Desire S with its 3.7-inch display and the HTC Desire HD with its 4.3-inch screen.


The Super LCD display has 480×800 resolution that produces a crisp picture and we found the display brightness especially good. The size of the screen is particularly suited to browsing the Internet and watching video.

A subtle and satisfying trick that the Incredible S does is that it rotates the four touch buttons when you switch the phone between portrait and landscape mode.

In terms of hardware the phone has much the same line-up as HTC puts in all of its current high end phones. There’s a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM and 1.1GB of internal storage.

Just over 1GB of internal storage is fairly small but this can easily be expanded by using the microSD slot. Do remember though, to use the camera, you will need to add an SD card.

Although we are seeing handsets emerging with dual core chips, the Incredible S runs very smoothly with just the one. We found it coped perfectly well with more demanding tasks like watching video and playing games.

If processor speed is an important factor for you then it might be worth waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Atrix or HTC Sensation handsets to come out.


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HTC Droid Incredible parts cost $163.35

July 29th, 2010 No comments

A BILL OF MATERIALS (BOM) worth precisely 3.35 is Isuppli’s estimate of what HTC’s Droid Incredible phone actually costs in components and assembly.

Its Teardown Analysis Service came to this conclusion largely because the Droid uses an Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) display, a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon baseband processor and 4Gbit of mobile Double Data Rate (DDR) DRAM.

Qualcomm, Samsung and Hynix lead the BOM parade. The most expensive section of the Droid is the baseband applications processor at a cost of .40, accounting for 19.2 per cent of the smart phone’s total BOM. This section is dominated by Qualcomm’s baseband integrated circuit that has the Snapdragon processor.

Coming in at a close second in terms of expense is the touchscreen display at a cost of .20, or 19.1 per cent of the total. The AMOLED display portion of this subsystem is supplied by Samsung Mobile Display Company.

Next in the ranking is the memory section, at a cost of .80 and accounting for 18.2 per cent of the tab. In the handset torn down by Isuppli, this section consists of NAND flash memory and mobile DDR DRAM from Samsung Electronics and more NAND from Hynix Semiconductor. However, Isuppli believes that HTC is likely using additional sources of supply for these commodity memory parts.

Pricing for components found inside of equipment is determined using Isuppli’s component price tracker service. It provides detailed information on costs for more than 350 components commonly found in electronic equipment, allowing Isuppli to develop its BOM estimates.

The teardown assessment accounts only for hardware and manufacturing costs and does not take into consideration other expenses such as software, licensing, and royalties. µ


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