Not much of a surprise considering the leak we saw yesterday, but Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless officially introduced the HTC-made Droid Incredible Thursday as a more capable alternative to the Google (NSDQ: GOOG)-branded Nexus One – an alternative that offers more features and higher-end hardware than its Android kin. The Droid Incredible will be available on Verizon Wireless starting April 29th for $199 with a new, two-year contract. That price includes a $100 mail-in rebate. And, as with any other high-end smartphone you’re likely to pick up from a carrier these days, the HTC Droid Incredible will require that you sign up for an unlimited monthly data plan to the tune of $29.99 per month.
We’ve already heard of most of the specs of this power-packed Android phone but Big Red said it will feature:
* Android 2.1 with HTC Sense experience
* 1 GHz Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) Snapdragon processor for maximum responsiveness
* Friend Stream for unified Flickr, Facebook and Twitter updates
* “Leap” view for quick access to all seven home screen panels
* 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash for crisp, detailed images
* Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch display
* Optical joystick for smooth navigation
* Dedicated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search keys
* Proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass
* Integrated GPS
* Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
* 3.5 mm headset jack
The overall sexiness of the device appeals to me, but I’ll be curious to see how the Leap view and Friend Stream works out. Keep you eyes on this space, as I get the feeling we’ll have a full review up sooner than you’d imagine.