The Secret Identity of the HTC Incredible

by Matt Klassen on March 22, 2010

What’s that in the sky?! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… the new HTC Incredible! While many companies work hard to keep the identity of their newest and greatest gadgets a secret from the prying eyes of the public, with cameras and email being available right at your fingertips it just takes a second before leaked news is unleashed upon the world.

So goes the fate of the newest device to run Google’s wildly popular Android OS, the HTC Incredible. While both Google and HTC have worked diligently to keep this phone officially off the radar, covert techies the world over have been able to snap pictures, get specs from insider sources, and even find out when the phone will be released.

If you’re one of the millions who are thinking about purchasing a phone with Google’s Android OS, consider delaying your purchase for two more weeks, as according to the popular gadget site DailyTech, the phone will hit the Verizon network somewhere within that time frame.

While there’s no word yet on the cost of the device, the Incredible has long been touted as the best device to run the Android OS so far, and it will be certainly looking to not only give the iPhone a run for its money, but its sister phone, the Nexus One as well.

This device, many speculate, will immediately become of the marquee devices in Google’s mobile arsenal, as it will sport the latest Android v2.1, as well as a 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon ARM CPU and 512 MB of DRAM, just like the Nexus One. The difference between the Incredible and the Nexus One, however, is that the former will have its CPU underclocked to 768 MHz. While many may think this puts the Incredible at a disadvantage, the CPU speed will certainly be enough to run most apps, while providing users with significantly longer talk time between recharges.

The Incredible, according to reports, will not only have a better camera than the Nexus One—a whopping 8-megapixel with a significantly larger lens—it will contain 6 GB of flash, instead of the measly 512MB on the Nexus One, and will have a FM tuner.

It truly is amazing how much can be revealed about a phone’s secret identity with just a few phone calls and a little digging, and I for one am impressed by these early reports on the Incredible. However, even with the underclocked CPU aside (and that is always a little disappointing) I think this phone will still have its work cut out for it, as it not only competes with the Nexus One, but the Droid and the impending release of the new iPhone this summer.

In the words of Mr. Incredible himself, “No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved, you know?” So while this phone may be at the top of the pile for now, it won’t be there for long, and both Google and HTC will certainly have to work even harder to continue to create cutting edge products.

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kevin March 22, 2010 at 11:30 am

the cpu is not underclocked

name March 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Yes, it’s not underclocked just that 200 sumthing mhz is being idled for battery life. if needed, it can go higher.

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