strong advantage over rivals Apple and RIM is arguably ubiquity --
there's a deluge of models to choose from.Newly leaked
images indicate the next addition to Verizon's Android
stable is going to be the HTC Mecha, also known as the HTC Incredible
HD. The new smartphone will become Verizon's second 4.3-inch
Android smartphone, joining Motorola's Droid X.Hardware-wise
the phone is reportedly very similar to the HTC
EVO 4G, which is on Sprint's network. It is also the direct
successor to Verizon's Droid
Incredible by HTC. The phone looks to be perhaps Verizon's
first 4G-enabled Android smartphone. Leaked shots of the phone
show its GUI displaying a "4G" indicator, likely indicating
traffic on Verizon's LTE network.Verizon is trying to keep up
with Sprint, rapidly rolling out LTE to a number of cities.
Currently the network is exclusively used by Verizon's broadband air
card customers, with no 4G phones yet available.The network
recently announced plans to cover
30 "NFL cities" by the end of this
year. Last month Verizon's President and COO Lowell McAdam
announced at CTIA 2010 in San Francisco that Verizon would cover 38
June 2011.The company also promises "half a dozen"
smartphones by next June -- one of which is likely the HTC
Mecha.Based on the leaked shots, the Mecha will run Android
2.2 "Froyo" and the HTC's latest version of its Sense UI.
Expect sweet data speeds of 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up speeds with
30-150ms latency when the 4G link is working -- those are Verizon's
publicized targets for LTE.Earlier this month images of an LG
Verizon LTE phone leaked.