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HTC Droid Incredible HD/"Mecha"  (Source:

Motorola Olympus  (Source:
One apiece from Samsung, Motorola, and HTC

While it's no secret that Verizon will be unveiling a number of LTE-enabled devices at the CES 2011 conference this weekend, details of three devices have emerged via Brighthand.

First up is the Motorola Olympus/Etna/Thunderbolt. Reportedly running on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip, the Android-based device sports a 4.1-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera, HDMI port, and Android 2.3 with Sense UI.

Then, we've got the HTC Droid Incredible HD/"Mecha". On the hardware front, it should be very similar to Sprint's HTC EVO 4G, with the addition of a rumored dual-core 1.2 MHz Qualcomm processor. The Incredible HD sports a 4.3-inch WXGA touchscreen with 1280 x 800 screen resolution. Like the Olympus, it, too, will sport an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and a front-facing VGA shooter for video chat.

Finally, Brighthand reports that we can expect the Samsung SCH-I520, a Froyo-equipped Android device with another 8-megapixel camera, to be outted at CES as well. Both, the Thunderbolt and the SCH-I520 have shown up in Verizon inventories.

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QWERTY Keyboard
By phatboye on 1/4/2011 11:32:28 AM , Rating: 2
Why is it that all the new Android phones being released fail to incorporate a real qwerty keyboard? The last Verizon Android phone released with a real keyboard was the Droid/Droid2. My fingers are to fat to use a virtual keyboard effectively.

RE: QWERTY Keyboard
By Bateluer on 1/4/2011 12:02:39 PM , Rating: 2
Possibly the Verizon version of the T-Mobile G2. Sprint just got the Evo Shift 4G, basically a G2 with a CDMA/WiMAX radio. Rumor has it, its coming under the HTC Merge name. :/

RE: QWERTY Keyboard
By Drag0nFire on 1/4/2011 1:31:55 PM , Rating: 2
I was really excited about the Merge... unfortunately seems to be delayed indefinitely at the moment.

RE: QWERTY Keyboard
By Bateluer on 1/4/2011 2:13:03 PM , Rating: 2
It definitely seems like its taking a back seat to the more prominent flagship devices. By the time it does come out, its MSM7630/Adreno 205 will be pretty dated.

RE: QWERTY Keyboard
By DigitalFreak on 1/4/2011 12:06:34 PM , Rating: 1
Lose weight

RE: QWERTY Keyboard
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 1/4/2011 1:04:11 PM , Rating: 3
LOL... spitefull, yet still providing a reasonable work-around. Nice!

RE: QWERTY Keyboard
By GuinnessKMF on 1/4/2011 1:12:27 PM , Rating: 4
The fingers you have used to dial are too fat, to obtain a special dialing wand please mash the keypad with your palm now.

RE: QWERTY Keyboard
By JazzMang on 1/4/2011 12:57:35 PM , Rating: 2
Bigger screen = bigger virtual keyboard.

A device like Droid X or HTC Evo will have ample virtual keyboard size.

RE: QWERTY Keyboard
By phatboye on 1/4/2011 1:18:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but they are really uncomfortable to carry around in my pocket due to the devices large size. I think the Droid/Droid2 has a perfect form factor, unfortunately those devices are already becoming outdated in respect to hardware. I think the 3.7in screen of the Droid/Droid2 is a perfect balance of screen size that is neither too small nor too big.

By strikeback03 on 1/4/2011 11:30:40 AM , Rating: 5
The Thunderbolt is the nickname for the HTC device, not the Motorola. This is even in the link you provided. Also, a Motorola device is unlikely to have Sense (which is from HTC).
Most rumors also expect the HTC device to be single-core Snapdragon.

RE: errors
By SoccerCore11 on 1/4/2011 11:40:29 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, please fix.

RE: errors
By IcePickFreak on 1/5/2011 8:50:21 AM , Rating: 2
This article should either be re-written or deleted being that it's filled with all sorts of misinformation.

By GuinnessKMF on 1/4/2011 11:30:22 AM , Rating: 2
What resolution do the 1st and 3rd phones have? You also mention the screen size of the first two but not the third. It's also a bit odd to mention 2.3 and then Froyo, most readers here know they are the same, but not everyone.

If you've got the info a nice consistent feature list/comparison would be helpful, I hate having to hunt for specs when looking at prospective phones (one site has the resolution, the other has the Android version, a google cache'd page has the battery size... ugh)

RE: Inconsistency
By bohhad on 1/4/2011 11:57:15 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't Froyo 2.2, with Gingerbread being 2.3?

RE: Inconsistency
By Bateluer on 1/4/2011 12:05:21 PM , Rating: 2
This is correct. 2.2 = Froyom, 2.3=Gingerbread, 2.4/3.0 = HoneyComb.

This article has a ton of inconsistencies, but its hard to sort through the rumors and blogosphere for the facts. When did the Incredible HD/Thunderbolt get a 1280x800 resolution screen? Great, if true, but I sincerely doubt it. Two more days till we leave for sure.

Motorola and Sense UI??!
By One43637 on 1/4/2011 1:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
First up is the Motorola Olympus/Etna/Thunderbolt. Reportedly running on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip, the Android-based device sports a 4.1-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera, HDMI port, and Android 2.3 with Sense UI .

er? Motorola is using HTC's UI? Did I miss something, maybe a partnership/licensing deal between the 2 handset makers?

RE: Motorola and Sense UI??!
By Bateluer on 1/4/2011 2:11:25 PM , Rating: 2
They aren't. The Olympus/Eta is a difference device from the Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt is the HTC phone, and will most likely have Sense. The Motorola phone will likely have Blur, if I had to guess. Doesn't seem like Motorola bothers to read reviews about their products, any review of the Droid 2/Global, X, Pro, pans the Blur overlay. Pretty much the same thing with Samsung's TouchWiz too.

By bchandler02 on 1/4/2011 11:48:26 AM , Rating: 2
I am elligible to get my upgrade in the next 60 days. Was originally planning on getting the Droid 2 Global (I do need the international features), but after thinking about the LTE launch maybe I should wait. Have there been any rumors of a droid device that supports LTE domestically, and the typical GSM frequencies for use outside the USA?

By cenobite9 on 1/4/2011 2:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
I think HTC should re-think that... hahaha Only joking, I'm sure that was supposed to be 1.2 GHz .

By Souka on 1/4/2011 7:02:13 PM , Rating: 2
Please, oh please, do not allow the Moto-Barf (Blur) to be on these devices...

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