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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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RE: And still no keyboard.
By immortalsly on 4/13/2010 1:13:04 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, I'm the exact opposite. I really don't use the keyboard enough to justify having a phone with a physical keyboard. I curse Sprint everyday for carrying the TP2 and not the Diamond2. I'll take a slim, lightweight phone without the added bulk of a keyboard. Who wants to lug around a big heavy phone. Besides, I think onscreen keyboards work well enough if you're not pecking out text or messages all day long.


RE: And still no keyboard.
By HighWing on 4/13/2010 2:35:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'll gladly take the extra millimeters in size for a physical keyboard since it means I never have an onscreen keyboard blocking my view of what I'm typing into.


RE: And still no keyboard.
By Motoman on 4/13/2010 3:41:31 PM , Rating: 2
My primary use of a smartphone is texting and email. An onscreen keyboard doesn't cut it. Not only does it use up screen space so you can't really view what you're typing about, but there's no way to have physically seperated, raised buttons (and certainly no location bumps, like on the F and J keys on your keyboard).

And spare me the "added bulk of a keyboard." Take a look at the WADS of smartphones with proper keyboards on the market and in 10 seconds you'll realize that there is effectively no difference in form factor or weight when including a real keyboard. Cut the crap about a millimeter here or there, and an extra .2 ounces of weight - it's irrelevant information. The fact of the matter is that to any human being, there is no size or weight penalty to having a real keyboard.


RE: And still no keyboard.
By mikeyD95125 on 4/13/2010 8:14:58 PM , Rating: 2
I actually like the Droids keyboard. I had a original EnV before and all I had to do was get used to where the A key was. I don't mind that there really isn't space between the keys, as they are raised enough to feel between them. What did you not like about it?


RE: And still no keyboard.
By Motoman on 4/13/2010 9:42:10 PM , Rating: 1
I loved my original EnV. That keyboard was great. The problem with the Droid keyboard is that the keys are perfectly square, butted right up against each other with no space in-between, and flat all the way across with nothing raised up at all - it's the physical keyboard version of what an onscreen keyboard feels like.

I simply can't type on it. Well, i can type on it better than on any onscreen keyboard...but compared to every other physical keyboard on any other phone, the Droid's keyboard is extremely hard to use - it completely killed the sale for me. I was *this* close to just ordering one online when I decided to swing by a Verizon store to actually check it out first. So glad I did - I'd have flushed it down the toilet.


RE: And still no keyboard.
By FITCamaro on 4/13/2010 10:36:09 PM , Rating: 2
I do agree with you. Had an EnV and loved the keyboard. The Droids keyboard isn't as good. I know why they did it they way they did. But it doesn't help. I didn't think I'd be using the touch screen keyboard. But I find myself using it a lot more than the actual keyboard.


RE: And still no keyboard.
By Bateluer on 4/14/2010 9:18:22 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, I need a real keyboard. If I was just making phone calls, it wouldn't be a big deal, but then, I wouldn't have purchased a smart phone either. The whole point of smart phones is their email, browsing, an other capabilities, all of which are greatly enhanced with a real keyboard.

Still, the Incredible does look like an awesome phone. Heh, I wonder if Verizon will license some Pixar Incredible stuff to market it?


By Performance Fanboi on 4/13/2010 10:09:09 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Who wants to lug around a big heavy phone.

Overstate much?

An extra 1 ounce or so of weight from a hardware keyboard equates to "lugging around a big heavy phone"? Maybe if you're an astronaut.


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