HTC’s Incredible HD Launching November 23rd on Verizon

HTC could be launching the Incredible HD through Verizon Wireless on November 23rd. That information comes from a source at Droid Forums which has been right before in the past about launch dates for unannounced smartphones. Sure, take it with a grain of salt, but since the Incredible HD should be coming out around that time, I’d tend to believe it.

So what is inside HTC’s Incredible HD? A 4.3” touchscreen display (expected to be 800×480) and an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flashes. Hopefully, this thing does 720p HD video recording since that’s what the manufacturers are leaning towards now as a standard in their higher end smartphones. A front facing camera will be inside of the Incredible HD as well for some of that video calling goodness.

No word yet on price or if other carriers will get this. There is also no confirmation on which version of Google’s Android OS will ship on the device, but expect at least 2.2 ‘Froyo’ so you can get in on some of the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 fun. Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ (presumably) is expected to come out sometime by the end of the year and hopefully HTC decides to update quickly.

The one thing that customers might not like about the HTC Incredible HD is Verizon’s desire to make every smartphone it sells use Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Remember how the Galaxy S got Google search ripped out of its browser? Verizon crammed Bing into it instead. Microsoft and Verizon have a deal regarding Bing, so don’t hold your breath for the ability to search from Google without actually having to go to the search engine’s website. Bummer, I know.

Personally, it’s getting a little hard to distinguish between some of the Android smartphones coming out lately. Front facing cameras, 800×480 WVGA screens and 1 GHz processors seem to be the new norm. Hmm, kind of like WP7 smartphones… C’mon Motorola and HTC—show us something new!

Just to note: there has not been confirmation on if this will be a ‘Droid’ branded model or not. This might launch as the Droid Incredible HD or just the Incredible HD.

Got an opinion on this? Been waiting for more smartphone options with powerful cameras? 8 megapixels and dual LED flashes enough for you? Like HTC’s smartphones? Tell me in the comments below.

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