Verizon launches Incredible 2

Many months ago Verizon launched the HTC Incredible. At that time, it was the premium Android device on the market. With a unique design and dual LEDs, it was a show stopper for Android. Verzion and HTC are now launching the follow-up to that premium device, the Incredible 2.

Verizon states that the "DROID Incredible 2 by HTC follows in the footsteps of the popular DROID Incredible by HTC and features the Android 2.2 platform, a crisp 4-inch super LCD display, next-generation 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 3G Mobile Hotspot that can connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices."

The device will retail for $199.99 on the standard two year contract and the entire press release can be seen below:

THE NEXT GENERATION OF INCREDIBLE: DROID INCREDIBLE 2 BY HTC DELIVERS STYLE AND PERFORMANCE TO VERIZON WIRELESS

DROID Incredible 2 by HTC Available Beginning April 28

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced that DROID Incredible 2 by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, will be available beginning April 28 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

DROID Incredible 2 by HTC follows in the footsteps of the popular DROID Incredible by HTC and features the Android 2.2 platform, a crisp 4-inch super LCD display, next-generation 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor and 3G Mobile Hotspot that can connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.  Equipped with the hallmark HTC Sense experience, DROID Incredible 2 by HTC offers advanced personalization options, consolidated email capability and unique camera effects and filters.  With its sleek, all-black design, DROID Incredible 2 by HTC combines functionality and speed into one stylish package. DROID Incredible 2 by HTC is a global-ready Android smartphone, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, with more than 125 with 3G speeds.

Additional features include:

·         8.0-megapixel main camera with dual LED flash

·         1.3-megapixel front facing camera

·         720p HD video capture plus DLNA® to share multimedia content with a compatible TV

·         Adobe® Flash® Player

·         SRS WOWHD™  surround sound

·         Automatic face detection for more accurate pictures

·         Integrated noise-cancellation technology

Verizon Wireless customers that purchase DROID Incredible 2 by HTC will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is $29.99 for monthly access.  Verizon Wireless customers traveling outside of the United States should contact Verizon Wireless’ global customer support team at 1-800-922-0204 before embarking on their trip to ensure their phones have the right features for global usage. 

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.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images of the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About HTC

HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

 

 

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jasonon said,
wp7 is going to have a tough time on verizon...

Is it on Verizon? If it is, then I certainly didn't see nor does Verizon care to push it. The stores have nice displays for "Droid" and Apple. All others are buried in there plain little stands craving the attention of new customers. It's kind of like the sad puppy no one wants to adopt at the pet store. LOL.

sava700 said,
Does this phone allow you to surf the internet by connecting to my wireless or any other wireless connection?

It's almost a requirement for Verizon for smartphones to have WiFi anyways so i'm sure it does.

sava700 said,
Does this phone allow you to surf the internet by connecting to my wireless or any other wireless connection?

Of course it has WiFi. What kind of nonsense would this be if they didn't.

Love my incredible, but I'm not so hot on this new version...no optical joystick. I use it a lot on my original for editing text

thornz0 said,
Love my incredible, but I'm not so hot on this new version...no optical joystick. I use it a lot on my original for editing text

You failed to realize two things.

1) No more optical. That's done. You will not see any of the major brands coming out with that feature anymore.
2) The Sense 2.0 Keyboard has a solution for that. Keyboard directional arrows.

I went from an Incredible to a Thunderbolt and just had to learn to adjust to no optical. Took 3 days for me to stop reaching for the non-existing optical on my Thunderbolt and use the arrows.

Isn't this really just a paired down version of the thunderbolt? A slightly smaller screen and no 4g but apart from that it's basically a thunderbolt.

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
Isn't this really just a paired down version of the thunderbolt? A slightly smaller screen and no 4g but apart from that it's basically a thunderbolt.

You forgot one more thing, the home screen rotates with the Incredible 2, the 4 buttons on the Incredible 2 are part of the screen (which also rotate with the phone) and this does not come with two things that the Thunderbolt has. They are a 32GB SD card and free tethering until May 15, 2011.

Oh one more thing. I believe that the Incredible 2 has a signed bootloader. While the Thunderbolt doesn't. I'm not 100% sure on this. I thought I read something like that from TeamAndIRC over at XDA. So don't quote me on this. lol

UndergroundWire said,
Oh one more thing. I believe that the Incredible 2 has a signed bootloader. While the Thunderbolt doesn't. I'm not 100% sure on this. I thought I read something like that from TeamAndIRC over at XDA. So don't quote me on this. lol

Thunderbolt does have signed bootloader unfortunately.

UndergroundWire said,

...free tethering until May 15, 2011.

I didn't know about this. Do you have any more information regarding this?

Hackersoft MS MVP said,

Thunderbolt does have signed bootloader unfortunately.

Yeah but you can get root access by downgrading and unlocking, then upgrading to the newer firmware. No biggie. As of yet there is no root access for the Incredible S / Incredible 2. If you're into that sort of thing (which is my main decision for purchasing any Android phone).

Who cares if it's not 4G? If you don't live in a 4G area then why do you need it? I think this phone is sexy and sporting some decent specs. Yea it's probably an upgrade from the Original Droid, just the screen size. But it's still a nice device. I am waiting to switch from T-Mo to Verizon. I'm really thinking of switching and getting this device.

Simple, future compatibility. If you're buying the latest and greatest, it better come with the most current technology, otherwise why bother being stuck with a 3G device for 2 years when VZ will implement 4G around the US?

just like tsupersonic said. But let me also add, if you don't live in a 4G area, the Thunderbolt uses less battery since it is on a 3G radio. Also that 3G on the Thunderbolt is different from the 3G is on the Incredible 2 and any other Verizon phone out there. This 3G allows you to talk and surf at the same time. So be smart about it and consider these options.

UndergroundWire said,
just like tsupersonic said. But let me also add, if you don't live in a 4G area, the Thunderbolt uses less battery since it is on a 3G radio. Also that 3G on the Thunderbolt is different from the 3G is on the Incredible 2 and any other Verizon phone out there. This 3G allows you to talk and surf at the same time. So be smart about it and consider these options.


When you say "This" you mean the TB? You're comment is rather confusing.

so the Inc. 2's 3G chip doesn't support browse/talk but the TB's 3G does?

presence06 said,


When you say "This" you mean the TB? You're comment is rather confusing.

so the Inc. 2's 3G chip doesn't support browse/talk but the TB's 3G does?

Yes only the Thunderbolt has this new 3G for "talk and surf". 4G also does it too just to be clear.

So the Incredible 2 will have the same 3G radio as all the other Verizon 3G phones. No "Talk and Surf".

Do your research before jumping onto the Incredible 2. In my opinion I think it's dumb move by HTC / Verizon to release this phone. When you compare it to the Thunderbolt you are silly not to go with the Thunderbolt. The only added feature you get with the Incredible 2 is that the home screen rotates. That is all.

UndergroundWire said,

Yes only the Thunderbolt has this new 3G for "talk and surf". 4G also does it too just to be clear.

So the Incredible 2 will have the same 3G radio as all the other Verizon 3G phones. No "Talk and Surf".

Do your research before jumping onto the Incredible 2. In my opinion I think it's dumb move by HTC / Verizon to release this phone. When you compare it to the Thunderbolt you are silly not to go with the Thunderbolt. The only added feature you get with the Incredible 2 is that the home screen rotates. That is all.

I appreciate all your advice and information.

I guess now I'm torn. I'd like to leave T-mobile just for the fact their coverage is **** poor where I work and on my commute. And no 3G anywhere around me. Verizon has 3G all around my area. I don't really care so much about the talk/surf (although it is nice), and I could care less about 4G.

presence06 said,

I appreciate all your advice and information.

I guess now I'm torn. I'd like to leave T-mobile just for the fact their coverage is **** poor where I work and on my commute. And no 3G anywhere around me. Verizon has 3G all around my area. I don't really care so much about the talk/surf (although it is nice), and I could care less about 4G.

It comes down to a difference of $50. (Incredible 2 $199 and Thunderbolt $249). That extra $50 gets you unlimited tethering (hopefully it's extended beyond May 15), 4GLTE, Talk and Surf, 32GB SD Card, Slightly Bigger Screen.

Now I'm sounding like a fat man on an infomercial.

But wait, there's more. You get a freakin kickstand!!! CALL NOW!

I love my original Incredible, got it last year, and it's still a beast of a phone. This phone doesn't really live up to the name. They could have given it a faster processor (although it is an improvement in both CPU/GPU from the original Incredible), 4G, more internal storage, Android 2.3, etc.

There is nothing appealing on any carrier that is pushing me towards an upgrade...

alexalex said,
Why a new Android device doesn't come with the latest Android OS version 2.3 ?

Because service providers over here know that the masses can't even tell the difference. They just market it as an android, windows, or ios device and leave it at that. they have no reason to have the latest software because they know those people that actually care know how to install it anyway.

alexalex said,
Why a new Android device doesn't come with the latest Android OS version 2.3 ?

Name one HTC Sense phone that has 2.3?...............

Trick question, there are none. Nexus 1 is an HTC phone, but it does not have Sense UI on it. Next question...

Name one phone that OFFICIALLY released Android 2.3 that is not Nexus branded?

Give up?

Relax yourself. It's coming in due time. If you can't wait and have the know how, root and load CyanogenMod on the phone.

UndergroundWire said,

Name one HTC Sense phone that has 2.3?...............

Trick question, there are none. Nexus 1 is an HTC phone, but it does not have Sense UI on it. Next question...

Name one phone that OFFICIALLY released Android 2.3 that is not Nexus branded?

Give up?

Relax yourself. It's coming in due time. If you can't wait and have the know how, root and load CyanogenMod on the phone.

HTC Sensation. BAM!!

UndergroundWire said,

Are you from the future? Last I heard the phone is not out yet. BAM!!!

When did you say it had to be released? The Incredible S isn't available yet either..

Webworldx said,

When did you say it had to be released? The Incredible S isn't available yet either..

I never did. However I did so Officially. So can you OFFICIALLY show me a video demo? I didn't think so. Here are somethings we know for a fact. Thunderbolt and Evo 4G (there is already a leak for it) will be the first HTC phones to get Android 2.3 upgrade (mid to late June). The original Incredible will get it late summer. The Sensation has a rumored release date of June 8. Do you think possible HTC is working out the kinks for each of these phones with all of the news announcing June for a gingrebread sense phone? So when the Sensation is released, Gingerbread will be a few week away for the top HTC phones here in the US.

Also, the Incredible S is Android 2.2. The Incredible S is a GSM version of the Incredible 2.

Back to my original point. If you lack patience, learn to root and load CyanogenMod.

UndergroundWire said,

I never did. However I did so Officially. So can you OFFICIALLY show me a video demo? I didn't think so

Aww, you fail on so many levels it's just funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COi4S1yoyO4

Released in the UK in a few weeks (middle of May, Vodafone), looks quite good. It's not going to replace my pre-order of a Galaxy S II I'm afraid!

Webworldx said,

Aww, you fail on so many levels it's just funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COi4S1yoyO4

Released in the UK in a few weeks (middle of May, Vodafone), looks quite good. It's not going to replace my pre-order of a Galaxy S II I'm afraid!

Nice link. Sense is the only OEM UI that holds its own. Fluid and sleek without looking cartoonish. IMO Motoblur and TouchWiz are worthless. New Sense almost makes me want to replace my N1. Rotating home screen is brilliant. Lock screen and home screen skins are customizable out of the box.

alexalex said,
Why a new Android device doesn't come with the latest Android OS version 2.3 ?

A better question is, why are they releasing a 3G phone when 4G is already out?

UndergroundWire said,

Really how many levels. One thing I got wrong. Learn to count child.

Well, you've asked for it I guess. Release date, Sense UI video availability and being the first Android 2.3 phone. I count 3.

UndergroundWire said,

Really how many levels. One thing I got wrong. Learn to count child.

I mean this with utmost respect; normally after getting proved wrong, you humbly shut the hell up, you don't call the person who proved you wrong "a child", because that makes you look more like one than him.

Webworldx said,

Well, you've asked for it I guess. Release date, Sense UI video availability and being the first Android 2.3 phone. I count 3.


The release date is off by a month, it's not even out. #2 All I said is the Evo 4G and Thunderbolt will have Android 2.3 UPGRADE first. I never said they would be the first phones with Android 2.3.

I was only wrong about the video. Learn to count. learn to read child.

LiquidSolstice said,

I mean this with utmost respect; normally after getting proved wrong, you humbly shut the hell up, you don't call the person who proved you wrong "a child", because that makes you look more like one than him.

I mean this with the utmost respect. I have a low tolerance for stupidity. When some child proves me wrong on 1 thing (a video) and says I'm wrong on so many levels, I question there mentality. In the future when it's not your battle, you kindly shut the hell up and stay out of it.

I will not be responding to you children on this thread. You can have the last word if you like, children like to do that you know. Read everything else I have wrote on this thread and see that I know more than most of you on "SO MANY LEVELS". LOL

UndergroundWire said,

The release date is off by a month

Thus.. you are wrong?

, it's not even out. #2 All I said is the Evo 4G and Thunderbolt will have Android 2.3 UPGRADE first. I never said they would be the first phones with Android 2.3.

Then you've overlooked Desire etc that'll be coming out next month (http://www.eurodroid.com/2011/...oming-in-the-middle-of-may/) too, wrong there but obviously again "only off by a month" again, so with your mathematical skills you're right again.


I was [x]only[/x] wrong about the video.

Well done!

Learn to count. learn to read child.

Another that you're wrong about (gosh, you aren't doing well here are you!), by checking the age on your profile you are actually younger than I.

I shall let you bask in your sadness.

P.S. Thanks LiquidSolstice!