Verizon Wireless is launching the Android 2.2-based Droid Incredible 2 the same day it is selling its Samsung Droid Charge 4G smartphone. Will the two units cannibalize each other?
Wireless and HTC are bringing their first successful Droid-branded phone back
for an encore in the form of the Droid Incredible 2 by HTC, which the carrier
will launch April 28 for $199.99.
launched the first Droid
, a thin device powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
and the Android 2.1 operating system, in April 2010.
which has a 3.7-inch touch-screen display and HTC Sense user interface, sold
hundreds of thousands of units as the second Droid-branded smartphone to the
inaugural Motorola Droid launch in November 2009.
Incredible 2 also features
a 1GHz Snapdragon chip and the HTC Sense UI, but runs Android 2.2 platform and
a new 4-inch super LCD display.
also includes Verizon's 3G Mobile Hotspot application, which can bring Web
connectivity for up to five WiFi-enabled devices for $20 extra month.
The handset is
also "global-ready," meaning customers can use wireless voice and
data service in more than 200 countries.
worth mentioning: an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, which has
become a standard among high-end Android handsets; 1.3MP front-facing camera to
allow video chat; 720p high-definition video capture; Adobe Flash support;
automatic face detection for better photo-snapping; and noise-cancellation
Wireless customers who purchase DROID Incredible 2 by HTC will need to purchase
a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package for
$39.99 and $29.99 per month, respectively.
Incredible 2 comes as Verizon is on a smartphone-launching kick.
which enjoyed a successful iPhone 4 debut in January, launched the HTC
Thunderbolt smartphone March 17. As Verizon's first 4G smartphone, the device
was a success, selling more than 260,000 units.
also undertaking the risky move of unveiling the Droid Incredible 2 the same
day it sells the Samsung Droid Charge Android 2.2 handset.
should be enough differences to keep the phones from cannibalizing each other
in the market. The
is, like the Thunderbolt, a 4G smartphone, and retails for a
high $299.99 starting price with contract. At $100 less, the Droid Incredible 2
will have its share of buyers.
moved to make room for the two new Droids by selling
the Thunderbolt for $129.99 (down from $249.99) through Amazon Wireless.