New Orleans - HTC announced the addition of 4G LTE and a faster processor to its latest Droid Incredible for Verizon Wireless.
Both phones use the Android 4.0
The new Incredible offers a 4-inch display, 8-megapixel rear camera, and mobile hot spot like its 3G Android predecessor but adds 4G LTE and dual-core 1.2GHz processor, replacing a single-core 1GHz processor. It also upgrades the OS to Android 4.0 and features the latest generation of HTC's Sense user interface, Sense 4.0.
Other enhancements include the extension of Beats Audio audio-enhancement technology beyond phone-stored music to all music and audio applications, including Internet radio apps, games and YouTube. The new model also adds the ability to simultaneously shoot HD video and capture photos, and it gets Nearfield Communications (NFC), which can be used with Android Beam to share Web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube videos by tapping two compatible phones together.
The Droid Incredible 4G LTE will be available to Verizon subscribers in the coming weeks at a price that wasn't announced. Verizon already offers 23 4G LTE devices, including smartphones, USB modems and mobile hot spots.
Other Incredible features include LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28mm lens slot for the 8-megapixel rear camera, front-facing camera for video chats, slot for 32GB MicroSD memory cards, and mobile hotspot capability to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
For its part, the HTC One V is positioned as having "broad appeal" and will be available this summer through a variety of U.S. carriers. Earlier this year, the company said it would be available from C-Spire, Cincinnati Bell, MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular and Virgin Mobile.
The One V features a 3.7-inch screen, 1GHz processor, aluminum unibody, HTC Sense 4 user interface, and a suite of upgraded camera capabilities that are also included in the step-up One X and One S.
The capabilities of the phone's 5-megapixel camera include f/2.0 back-illuminated sensor to improve picture capture in such conditions as low light, no light or bright backlighting. Stepped-up features also include ability to capture photos while simultaneously recording HD video and capturing still photos during video playback.
Other stepped-up camera features are Superfast Capture, which reduces the time to take a picture to 0.7 seconds. Fast 0.2-second autofocus lets users take continuous shots by holding the shutter button. High dynamic range (HDR) technology improves contrast in captured photos. HDR takes multiple photos of a subject in rapid succession, each with a different exposure level, then layers the images to create a single photo that combines the best parts of each image to deliver a more accurate range of light.
The camera also features autoburst, a feature that automatically takes a burst of shots of a subject if the subject moves while the user is pressing the shutter button.
Like the new Incredible, One X and One S, the One V applies Beats Audio technology to all music applications.
The phone's HTC Sense 4 user interface integrates 25GB of free Dropbox Cloud-based backup service for two years.