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Photos show HTC Vigor in all of its LTE enabled glory

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Photos show HTC Vigor in all of its LTE enabled glory
The first shots of the HTC Vigor were obtained by Droid-Life and the handset appears to be quite a specimen. With a 1.5GHz dual-core processor expected to rock the handset, Android 2.3.4 aboard and a 4.3 inch screen offering 720p resolution, the phone is full of vim and..ahem...vigor and is 4G LTE enabled. This dovetails perfectly with expectations that it is headed to Verizon on October 6th as the next big thing following the Motorola DROID BIONIC.

The front and back of the HTC Vigor
The front and back of the HTC Vigor

The front and back of the HTC Vigor

The back of the device says that the phone comes "with HTC Sense" which is no surprise. The big lens on the back has dual-flash beside it and their is a front-facing camera easily visible when you look above the screen. You might note the absence of any LTE or Verizon branding, but this is most likely a test unit.

Even without the Verizon logo on the phone, the color scheme is somewhat "DROID-ish" and some have noted the HTC Vigor's resemblance to the HTC DROID Incredible 2. Now if you keep in mind a couple of things, that the HTC ThunderBolt was originally thought to be named the HTC Incredible HD, and that the Vigor is set to replace the ThunderBolt in Verizon's lineup, you can add the resemblance to the DROID Incredible 2 and the stunningly high-resolution screen and come up with the idea that the Vigor will be the HTC Incredible HD.

Other specs that have rumored to be on the HTC Vigor include 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and Beats by Dr. Dre technology. Yes, this could be the first of HTC's smartphones to incorporate some software related to its new partnership with the company.

source: DroidLife

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posted on 26 Aug 2011, 23:53 2

1. sid8911 (Posts: 54; Member since: 29 May 2010)


i know what phone im gonna get now thaat vzw isnt getting SGII

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 17:52 1

29. shelley.bevacqua (Posts: 76; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


Me too ! Unless the Iphone 5 is too awesome to overlook. But I do love Andoid.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 10:52 1

37. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Have you had a look at bada ? : )

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 11:10

38. mmarceau (unregistered)


bada isn't available in the US, as far as i know.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 20:40

41. shelley.bevacqua (Posts: 76; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


I know that Bada exists. I am also interested in trying out Windows Mango 7.5 and maybe the Apples Ios

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:01 3

2. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


well hello beautiful. you'll no doubt be a beast.
i definitely think it'll get Droid branded somewhere along the line.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:01 2

3. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


I agree totally..
LTE and Duel Core but even better its at 1.5ghz.. making this nearly on par with my netbook.. I have been waiting to get to a point to be able to use one device at all times.. I hope the battery is semi decent.. at least 5 hours of heavy use is all i need.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:06 2

4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


battery life is the main point of concern with this device being that now it tacks on a 720p screen.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:06

5. quakan (Posts: 1200; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


This phone looks nice!

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:08

6. quakan (Posts: 1200; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I wonder if the phone will get mini beats by dre speakers in it or wil they just throw some headphones in the box and have a beats by dre media player loaded into the phone???

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 11:12

39. mmarceau (unregistered)


I think it will have an enhanced audio processing unit to make music and calls sound better. I would also guess you would get headphones as well. My guess is the Vigor will hit the market at 299 or maybe more, but i hope not.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:22

7. bayhuy (Posts: 300; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


I want this in Europe!

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:34

8. snowgator (Posts: 3259; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


"....the Vigor is set to replace the ThunderBolt in Verizon's lineup,"


Replace the Thunderbolt? So, a less than six month old device which is still selling well is gonna get replaced? Surely that doesn't mean discontinued? Maybe just that the single core, lesser spec T-Bolt will be pushed to mid-tier status and this Bad, Bad man takes it's place in the Verizon front line as the top HTC offering, right?

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 08:09

21. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


sorry to break it to you, but six months in the cell phone industry is the average spotlight for any device....

I have the Thunderbolt and I would gladly replace it with the Vigor.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 13:36

26. farly13 (unregistered)


I bet it'll run side-by-side and the Tbolt will drop in price

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:37

9. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i have a theory. this bad boy will have a Qualcomm MSM8960.

http://smartphonebenchmarks.com/forum/index.php?/topic/152-qualcomm-snapdragon-msm8960-analysis-4th-generation-processor-already/

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 02:25

16. thatoneguy... (unregistered)


does the evo 3d use the same processor?

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 02:29

17. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the EVO 3D uses an MSM8660 which is not nearly as good as this one. this MSM8960 will be even more advanced than an OMAP4 (Droid 3 & Droid Bionic) which is better than an MSM8660 and a lot of other processors for that matter.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 09:53

24. forgednfire (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Hey if this does have the MSM8960 it will be a beast of epic proportions. I have been telling people I know that the Qualcomm dual cores were weak because they are using Cortex A-8 architecture. The move to A-9 and 1.5 ghz at that would put this phone at the top of the food chain. Now I have to wait to upgrade until this comes out just on the off chance it does. Dang you!

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 14:53

27. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i still wouldn't put it past Exynos being that it also uses A-9 cores and Samsung seems to consistently have better GPU on their SoC than anyone else has for the past few years and if Qualcomm is still using Adreno 205 for the MSM8960 then it won't really perform better than an evenly clocked OMAP4460 even though the Qualcomm probably will have noticeably better battery life but put them in their respective flagship devices the Samsung Nexus Prime and the HTC Vigor then the efficient battery life of the Qualcomm will probably be buried by the screen technology the Vigor will use whereas on the Nexus it'll use their more battery efficient AMOLED screen technology and then there's also the fact that the Nexus will be purely stock and the Vigor will have HTC Sense so pretty much what i'm trying to say is between this new Qualcomm, the OMAP4 and the Exynos they're all so close in terms of performance it really depends on the device and it's features or lack thereof to make the noticeable differences for instance if there was an MSM8960 and an OMAP4460 in the same kind of phone right there for me to choose i'd probably choose the one with the Qualcomm because even though it might have inferior GPU to the OMAP (unconfirmed) it should have much better battery life and that is an acceptable trade-off for me and should be to you because the Adreno 205 is still some fine GPU. now put a HTC Vigor and a Droid Bionic in front of me with the Droid Bionic having an OMAP4460 (which it really doesn't but the same performance can be easily achieved by overclocking it's OMAP4430) i'd choose the Bionic because it'll probably have a bigger battery than the smaller looking Vigor and it'll have a qHD screen instead of an HD 720p screen which in my opinion isn't a worthy trade-off for battery life in a 4G phone. my conclusion? in similar phones it goes OMAP4460 < MSM8960 < Exynos but as long as the Qualcomm goes into massive power consuming devices like the Vigor then it would go MSM8960 < OMAP4460 < Exynos.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:38 1

10. adsfhrg (unregistered)


omg, verizon always gets the android phone I want

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:41

11. mrZ (unregistered)


I hope it will be release in SEA....

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 00:50 2

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3034; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


this looks more like the incredible 3 than the thunderbolt 2.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:20

44. roldefol (Posts: 3007; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I wonder if the Vigor name is just a placeholder. This definitely looks like a Droid Incredible HD. And I love the feel of the Incredible line.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 01:24 1

13. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Gonna be tough to jump on the Bionic knowing this is weeks away.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 01:56

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5878; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The Vigor might explain why no Sammy GSII from VZW.... Also, if the Vigor is only 'weeks' away, it gets hard to make the move to a Bionic, if the Bionic is at risk of being obsoleted in a few weeks by the Vigor.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 02:23 2

15. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


For me it is more just a preference for htc rather than a worry about obselecence. Any phone with dual core, 1g RAM, and 4g can rock into 2012.

I had a Touch Diamond and have an Incredible. Never had a moment trouble with either phone. So HTC earns my repeat business.

Even if I do still think the Inc2 should have been offered in white upon release.Still would have passed on it...but it feels scummy. Like an apple move.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 02:50

18. vzwgs2 (unregistered)


Vzw is not getting the sgs2 because it was 3g. Now, mark my words, they will launch a galaxy S product "soon" ' but with LTE. That's is a true differenciator!!

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 06:22

19. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


Honda Vigor

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 07:53 2

20. Cree (unregistered)


Very nice phone, however the styling is decent. I would rather get the Nexus Prime with similar specs and with ICS. Specs are very good.

Cree

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 08:16

22. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


If the Nexus Prime is available to you...then you don't have vzw.

If you don't have vzw you can't get a Vigor.

Why do the little brains keep acting like there is a choice?

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 14:58 1

28. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


sorry for interrupting but could you link me to the article where the Nexus Prime was seen at T-Mobile Headquarters? ...oh wait..never mind, i found it, it was actually at Verizon's.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 08:44

23. komi (unregistered)


android sucks battery, htc android even worse...am speaking from experience after a couple of htc devices...

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 19:01

33. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Extra chargers are a penny on Amazon. Non-issue for me.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 11:43

25. GixxerRider311 (unregistered)


This phone is packing some insane specs! The Bionic looks good and seems promising but I don't like Motorola's pentile screens and software, I have had a Samsung Omnia since 2008 and I really don't mind having it for another month. I think I'm going to wait for this one, I was waiting for a GSII but it seems like Verizon won't be getting it.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 17:57 1

30. shelley.bevacqua (Posts: 76; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


I agree with the below comment. Now that Verizon won't be getting the Galaxy SII I will be getting this phone. It has better specs, at least the specs that are rumored are better than the GS2.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 18:26

31. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


if you just look at it on paper it does but i can safely say the Galaxy S II will still be a better & faster phone if specs and usability is all that matters to you.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 18:53

32. Da_Miz (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


Is the ram ddr2?

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 19:22

34. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


yeah, it's dual channel LPDDR2 RAM. it's not really a big deal now though. all the major competitors dual-core chipsets at least have DDR2.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 01:42

43. hmmm (unregistered)


its either this phone or the Samsung Droid Prime if thats even true .. but if this phone does come out oct. 6 then most likely i'll get it but if the other comes out same month will be hard to decide ; X

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