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A leaked manual confirms that these HTC Incredible spy shots are likely the real deal, or close to the real thing.  (Source: Android Central)

A page from the leaked manual is seen here. The phone, on the verge of launching, will bring the best hardware currently on the market, easily surpassing the iPhone in form factor, processing power, camera, and more.  (Source: Android Forums)

The Incredible is now reportedly in Verizon Wireless's number transfering machines, ready to begin processing the scores of buyers that await.  (Source: Android Forums)
The HTC Incredible looks to take on the iPhones and Blackberries in the battle for smart phone dominance

DailyTech previously reported that Verizon stores should soon be getting shipments of HTC's latest and greatest Android smartphone, the Incredible.  Now more leaks reinforce the tip we got from Verizon techs.  AndroidForums has posted a leaked manual and the forum also has a post showing the HTC Incredible in Verizon's CellBrite machine, which transfers phone numbers between handsets.

The HTC Incredible brings some powerful hardware to America's largest network, Verizon, and should help Android continue its campaign of rampant growth.

The phone, according to the manual and multiple sources, packs a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm and is powered by Google's multi-touch and multitasking capable Android 2.1 OS.  The phone will have an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash.  It offers 8 GB of internal memory, but one-ups the iPhone by offering up to 32 GB of swappable microSD storage.

There's support for push email via Gmail and Microsoft Exchange, support for Flash Lite 4.0 (with Flash 10.1 support coming soon), and access to the Android Marketplace's 42,000+ apps.

The phone reportedly measures 117.5 mm (4.63 in) 
(h) x 58.5 mm (2.30 in) (w) x 11.9 mm (0.47 in) (d), and weighs 130 g (4.59 oz).  To put that in perspective, the iPhone is slightly thicker and heavier, coming in at 115.5 mm (4.55 in) (h) x 62.1 mm (2.44 in) (w) x 12.3 mm (0.48 in) (d), and 135 g (4.8 oz).

Despite its sleek footprint, it still manages to pack an ample 480 × 800 pixel, 3.7-in. WVGA AMOLED display.

For now the HTC Incredible may enjoy a short run as the top handset in the market in terms of hardware.  The fourth generation iPhone, coming this summer (likely on June 22) is expected to fall close to the Incredible in terms of hardware.  Its rumored to pack a higher resolution screen, a faster processor and more.  Ultimately, the phones will likely be pretty evenly matched, with each having some minor advantages.  However, HTC's Incredible will likely have one major advantage over the iPhone 4 -- it will be released two months earlier.

Apple is obviously pretty nervous about the HTC's Android army -- the Nexus One, Hero, and Incredible.  It has filed a lawsuit claiming HTC ripped off over 20 of its iPhone patents.  It is trying to block all imports and sales of HTC Android handsets in the U.S., an ambitious, but unlikely legal goal.

 



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The Incredible will be Incredible
By Abrahmm on 4/13/2010 12:11:24 PM , Rating: 5
I think the name pretty much speaks for itself. Awesome hardware, the best mobile OS, on the best network in the US. Can't get much better than that. The key to it's success will be if Verizon pushes a big ad campaign like it did for the Droid, and probably depends on if Verizon feels the Droid still has enough momentum to keep pushing or not.

Even if the new iPhone's hardware is close to or slightly better than this, another, better Android phone will be out shortly after(EVO 4G anyone?). Apple cannot keep up with all of these different companies pushing Android phones out, and the Android OS already stomps all over the iPhone OS.

Welcome to the Android future!




RE: The Incredible will be Incredible
By aegisofrime on 4/13/2010 12:28:11 PM , Rating: 1
The Samsung Galaxy S is a very worthy competitor though.

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9000_galaxy_s-311...

It also packs a 1Ghz CPU, apparently the same one as that used in the iPad. So the GPU on that is better. The Galaxy S also has a Super AMOLED screen, and I owned a phone like that before (Samsung Omnia II). An AMOLED screen has no competition, so it's a bit strange that the Incredible lacks an AMOLED screen while the Nexus One does. One problem I can see with the Samsung is that Samsung's software support has always been rather week.

Another competitor is HTC's own version of the Nexus one, the HTC Desire: http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_desire-3077.php


RE: The Incredible will be Incredible
By daveinternets on 4/13/2010 12:44:01 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Despite its sleek footprint, it still manages to pack an ample 480 × 800 pixel, 3.7-in. WVGA AMOLED display.


quote:
An AMOLED screen has no competition, so it's a bit strange that the Incredible lacks an AMOLED screen


Ummm... am I missing something, or are you?

Can anyone provide a link that shows what type of screen the Incredible has?


RE: The Incredible will be Incredible
By aegisofrime on 4/13/2010 12:46:25 PM , Rating: 2
My bad, my information is probably old. I got them from this source:

http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_incredible-3230.php


RE: The Incredible will be Incredible
By daveinternets on 4/13/2010 12:49:43 PM , Rating: 1
Hey no worries, was just wondering. The AMOLED screens are amazing and I would be surprised if HTC overlooked this as a feature on something they are calling 'Incredible'. :)


RE: The Incredible will be Incredible
By aegisofrime on 4/13/2010 12:57:22 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry if I had caused any confusion. Anyway I did a quick Google search for "HTC Incredible AMOLED" and it's more likely than not that it will have an AMOLED screen. :)

Even if it does not have that, I think the Google Nexus One is pretty close in specs. :p


RE: The Incredible will be Incredible
By omnicronx on 4/13/2010 2:33:01 PM , Rating: 2
Actually according to the leaked user manual (which was leaked a few days ago), it will have an 3.7 inch AMOLED screen.

Really I don't care if its AMOLED or not, if its only a 16bit display like the Nexus One, its a big fail in my books. Furthermore anyone who thinks the Nexus One has even close to good color reproduction must be in a trance because of the bleeding colors, and ultra high brightness=P. Only reason I have not bought one already, was going to until I compared the screen to my Palm Pre which has a very nice 24bit LCD display with very good colors and not intense brightness ala N1..

In other words, it won't be incredible at all, if it sports the same screen as the N1.. Its just no acceptable for a high end device like the N1 (or this) to have a 16bit display.. which are easily beat out by their 24bit LCD counterparts in terms of color reproduction.


By MikeMurphy on 4/14/2010 4:02:57 PM , Rating: 3
If you're looking for professional color reproduction I suggest you buy a good laptop instead of a phone...

The 16bit aspect of the N1 AMOLED display isn't the problem, its the technical challenges inherent in the AMOLED technology which are compensated by over-saturated reds and blues. They of course do not "bleed" as you suggest. I own a Nexus One and think its benefits greatly outweigh its deficits.

Oh, and I'm not running Photoshop on it because that would be ridiculous.


By DanNeely on 4/13/2010 2:02:45 PM , Rating: 2
If they did go with a normal LCD; availability would be the most likely reason. A few months ago when an amoled iPad screen rumor appeared someone found production rate/availability data for amoled screens. At the time couldn't keep up with the total demand for the few phones using them at the time; and total production was well short of what would have been needed for a mass market device like the ipad, or even just the iphone. I'm curious if production has ramped enough since for the new iPhone to use one or if the screen will remain an advantage for lower volume high end Android phones.


RE: The Incredible will be Incredible
By T2k on 4/13/2010 3:58:16 PM , Rating: 3
AMOLED is actually much worse in sunshine than similar, regular LCD counterparts ie the lisghtly better 4" 854x480 LCD in Sony's X10 phone: http://www.cells4u.com/Sony-Ericsson-XPERIA-X10-Lu...


By ImSpartacus on 4/14/2010 7:54:49 AM , Rating: 2
Yup that's the big caveat of AMOLED panels in cell phones.

Regardless, many high end smartphones will probably begin moving to the technology.


RE: The Incredible will be Incredible
By Aloonatic on 4/14/2010 10:24:32 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, my HTC Desire struggles in sunshine even here in the UK, but it's not that bad really, compared to other phones I have used, they all seem to struggle to some extent.

Such a shame about the X10, a missed opportunity. I used to love SE's work, now they always seem to be scrabbling to catch up and never quite making it.


RE: The Incredible will be Incredible
By T2k on 4/14/2010 12:22:01 PM , Rating: 2
Why is it missed? They will update it to 2.1 but other than geeks it really does not matter and their custom UI looks amazing (Timescape, Mediascape) especially when a comprehensive media manager is sorely missing on Android.


By Aloonatic on 4/14/2010 4:16:30 PM , Rating: 2
Choosing a capacitive touch-screen that doesn't support multi-touch was a bit of an oversight.

Sure, it will upgrade to 2.1, eventually, but when? Who knows? The thing is there are lots of other phones out there with 2.1 already. When they do update who's to say what else will be out there by then, and they'll still be playing catchup.

I'm not saying that it's a bad phone, but why have they not given it a multi-touch screen and why the delay in 2.1? They are lagging behind. Time-scape is fine, but really it's just papering over the cracks left by the poor hardware choices made by Sony, and they charge you extra for it too.


RE: The Incredible will be Incredible
By fic2 on 4/13/2010 3:45:58 PM , Rating: 2
Have to agree about Samsung's software. I have a Samsung phone with several obvious bugs which have never/will never be fixed. Probably won't buy another one.

Most annoying bugs:
1. if I call someone, get their voicemail and they call me while I am leaving a message I can't pick up their call or hang up on the vm - phone basically locks up.
2. if someone (A) texts me and I don't reply to that text when I try to send a new text to someone else (B) it sends it to the original (A)
3. if I am writing a text message and someone texts me my message is dumped

There are several others that should have never got past QA, but those are the most annoying.


By Patrick Canney on 4/13/2010 3:38:22 PM , Rating: 2
Props to HTC. They have made some fantastic hardware, came from almost no where and are wiping the competitions face in the dirt with their Android phones, combo'd with their own intuitive interface.

However, as a Desire owner, they need to work on the battery and I hope they sort it out in the Incredible.
You can get a good charge out of it, but it can diminish very quickly depending on how you use it. And that's the only downer.


By DeepBlue1975 on 4/13/2010 7:48:41 PM , Rating: 1
My only gripe with android phones is that they still don't support a proper voice dialing for bluetooth enabled car kits.

There's an application over there, but you need to run it manually so you would have to take one of your hands off the wheel to find the phone, and then look at the screen to launch the application, and that completely defies the purpose of in car bluetooth voice dialing.

I wish they solved this soon, as I'd like to change my almost 3 year old Nokia N95 for a Nexus one or something in the likes.

The Samsung Galaxy S Pro looks great on paper. But if it doesn't support this feature, it's a deal breaker for me.

As for the iPhone... The 3gs version is way better than the first one... But you still can't change the battery yourself (that means: no battery pack for heavy users) and you can't use microSD and you have to use the dreadful iTunes application and... I have to admit it, iHate apple :D Would buy an iPhone if I thought it was the best thing out there, but at least for me... It isn't.


By FingerMeElmo on 4/14/2010 3:52:07 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe you should check your facts before you open your mouth chief

Smartphone Comparison Chart
http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=189592&page=1&zoomI...

Laptop Comparison
http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=189592&page=1&zoomI...

Actual artical
http://www.pcworld.com/article/189592/atandt_roars...

With that being said, i dont think you can claim Verizon having the best network. far from it actually.


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