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Verizon's HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Makes its Debut

HTC and Verizon kicked off CTIA 2012 in New Orleans with the arrival of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. This is the third member of the Droid Incredible family, after the Droid Incredible 2 and the original Droid Incredible.

According to Verizon, the Droid Incredible 4G will be available in the next few weeks, but pricing has not yet been announced.

As the name implies the Droid Incredible 4G LTE hooks into Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It has a 4-inch Super LCD display with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It also has a microSD slot, which supports up to 32GB of memory.

While the Droid Incredible 4G LTE has many specs similar to HTC’s One line of phones (which includes the One X, One S and One V), this is one big difference. Those phones don’t have expandable memory.

The Incredible 4G also runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the latest version of Android with the HTC Sense 4.0 user interface. We saw HTC Sense 4.0 on both the HTC One X and the HTC One S and had some mixed feelings about it in our reviews. While HTC Sense adds some nice aesthetics to Android, the animations and widgets can feel a bit busy and overloaded at times. My colleague Armando Rodriguez also noticed that it slowed down Android 4.0 in his review of the HTC One X.

Besides the software, the Droid Incredible has built-in Beats Audio. Beats Audio automatically turns on when you play music, but you can opt to turn it off. When I reviewed the One S, I could definitely hear a positive change in music quality. Other reviewers, however, find that Beats degrades audio quality.

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE
As with HTC’s One phones, you can shoot HD video and take still photos at the same time with the Droid Incredible 4G’s 8-megapixel camera. It is uncertain whether this Droid Incredible has the same image software (HTC ImageSense) as the One line of phones.

We’ll have a chance to get our hands on the Droid Incredible as well as other hot phones later this week at CTIA so stay tuned for first impressions, photos, and video from the show floor.

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