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While Big Red may not be getting an HTC One series device just yet, the finally official Incredible 4G is actually very close. Announced yesterday just in time for CTIA, the Incredible 4G, along with most of its specs, was leaked by Android Police back in early April and briefly showed up two weeks later at DroidDoes.com. Yesterday, Verizon threw together a nice unofficial shindig for the press where we could finally check out the Incredible 4G in person. Read on for my impressions.

The Incredible 4G is basically One S' little brother - it's smaller (4" vs 4.3"), slightly clocked down (1.2GHz vs 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 'Krait'), has smaller internal storage capacity (8GB vs 16GB), an S-LCD instead of a Super AMOLED screen, and contains only a subset of ImageSense called Video Pic (it lets you snap photos while taking a video, which we show off below).

However, the Incredible 4G didn't give up without a fight - it offers a replaceable battery, a microSD expansion slot, and LTE connectivity, all of which are absent on the One S.

The phone is a little on the thick side - Verizon definitely didn't put it on a carb-free diet before the big unveiling. Having said that, it felt great in my hand, and considering smaller phones around the 4" mark have been a rarity lately, I'm sure it will find its target audience quite easily. The red-accent well-defined and easily-pressable power button is truly a breath of fresh air for me, especially after phones with absolutely atrocious power buttons, like the HTC Thunderbolt. Not everyone is a fan of how much it's sticking out, but I am definitely onboard.

All in all, the Incredible 4G is a great addition to Verizon's family of LTE devices. Unfortunately, the Verizon reps present at the event were mum on the release date and pricing, no matter how many drinks we tried pouring down their throats. These guys are good.

A brief spec recap:

  • 4" super LCD qHD display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 'Krait' processor
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
  • Front-facing camera
  • 8GB internal storage with support for up to 32 GB microSD memory card
  • NFC
  • 1,700 mAh lithium ion removable battery
  • HTC Video Pic
  • Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0

Check out our Incredible 4G hands-on video and photos below.

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Artem Russakovskii
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  • demarcmj

    "and lacks ImageSense, replacing it with what Verizon is calling Video Pic"

    Video Pic is a part of ImageSense: http://www.htc.com/www/htc-sense/camera/
    Not something Verizon cooked up

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Ah, so it's just a small subset of ImageSense, thanks.

      • demarcmj

        Maybe, Maybe not

        I'm not sure if that's you in the video or not, so maybe you don't know, but were there any features of ImageSense missing?

        VideoPic, Instant Capture, and Continuous Shooting were all shown in the video. But I didn't see anything to prove that the other features such as "Always Focus," "Smart Flash," etc. are missing. Do you have any additional insight into that?

        Most interestingly, one of the features that was shown, Continuous Shooting" is one that HTC claims depends on the presence of the HTC ImageChip (see HTC's description for Continuous Shooting). That would seem to indicate that the ImageChip is present. And if that's the case, I see no reason why the rest of the ImageSense features wouldn't be there.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Argh, I was typing a comment and my battery died. Gotta love Dells :S

          Anyway, Verizon PR reps don't really know every detail, unfortunately, although they're better than most PR reps in other companies. From what I can tell, and they specifically said so - the Inc4G doesn't have ImageSense per se.

          The part I definitely saw missing was burst mode where you hold down the button and it keeps shooting - you have to tap instead. f/2.2 instead of f/2.0 deviates from the ImageSense spec too. I'm not sure if they nerfed some features on purpose or it was a cheaper solution for them, and unfortunately I don't know if it has Always Focus or great low-light or Smart Flash or HDR, we'll just have to find out when we get our review unit, but I have a feeling some of those are absent. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

          • demarcmj

            That's consistent with what DroidLife said:
            "One thing to note is that this does not have HTC’s ImageChip (we were told that was reserved for One Series phones) which means that some features of the camera will be slightly different than on the One X or One S. In our short time with it, I wouldn’t say that it seemed worse off, but features like burst mode did not appear to be included"

            Although the "reserved for One Series phones" point is a little suspect since, AFAIK, the Evo 4G LTE has the ImageChip.

            Anyway, I think it's pretty safe to say that the incredible doesn't have the ImageChip, which is disappointing.

            I was going to say that I'm partially holding out hope that perhaps this was just one of those things thats still in the works as this is not "final" firmware, but I suppose if the rep specifically said that it doesn't have ImageSense per se, then that's probably how it'll ship.

            But, it's at least good to see that some features of ImageSense have been incorporated. My guess would be that it doesn't have the "Always Focus" either, since in various hands-on videos you can clearly see it re-focusing all the time. It's also good to see that most people who've commented on the actual picture quality said it's quite good.

            All in all, these developments vis-à-vis ImageSense/ImageChip are dissapointing, but I'm still really excited for this phone.

            On a completely unrelated note: You listed "an S-LCD instead of a Super AMOLED screen" as a negative for the Incredible 4G over the One S... for most people, that's personal preference at best. Speaking strictly technically though, the non-Pentile SLCD beats the Pentile SAMOLED. One of the folks over at The Verge even said "the screen seems to match the high bar set by the One X."

  • Badger

    So basically it's been crippled so it won't compete with the RAZR HD. Gah.

    • demarcmj

      Being made by Motorola automatically cripples the RAZR HD... motoblur is an abomination. Sense 4 is amazing.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    I'd rather have an one x

  • Freak4Dell

    I hope this sells like crazy so manufacturers realize that there is a market for phones that aren't larger than peoples' heads.

  • Kyle

    Damnit, WHY with the Adreno 225? Yeah, same processor as the AT&T One X, but Verizon/HTC had a chance to create a DEVASTATING phone. One with decently high PPI, removable battery, and GREAT all-around performance. Could have used the "pro" version of the S4 Krait which includes the new Adreno 230 GPU, which is the only weakness of Qualcomm's current S4 Snapdragon. The Adreno 225 is really just an overclocked version of the Adreno 220, which is the weakest aspect of the S4 Krait (current version). If they used the S4 Pro.... their phone would seriously give the GS3 a run for its money. Or smash it.

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