FCC gets visit from the HTC Vigor with support for Verizon's LTE network

FCC gets visit from the HTC Vigor with support for Verizon's LTE network
Now that the Motorola DROID BIONIC has been launched, some Verizon customers have turned their eyes toward the high-end HTC Vigor. The Vigor has just made a visit to the FCC showing off CDMA/EV-DO connectivity and support for Big Red's 4G LTE pipeline.

While HTC has kept a tight lid about the phone, it is expected to offer a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor under the hood and a 4.3 inch screen with 720p resolution. 1GB of RAM should be on board and the rear and front camera are said to weigh in at 8MP and 2MP respectively. 16GB of internal storage will be on the handset. As we reported, this model could be one of the first from HTC to offer technology from the partnership between the Taiwan based handset manufacturer and Beats by Dr. Dre.

We could see this beast launched by Verizon early next month with October 6th a possible date. Speculation is that the HTC Vigor will be priced between $250 and $300 after a signed two-year contract.

source: FCC via Engadget

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35 Comments

1. damnimbroke unregistered

with this economy, how are the prices of phones going up? $200 used to be the norm, now $250-300? Verizon did away with it's $30-100 discount every 2 years claiming that the handsets would just be priced lower. So much for that!

3. mOO unregistered

Phones do have a lot more stuff in them now. They are basically mini computers.

12. WM6.5Sucks

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

If thats the case I hope we do go into a greater depression so I can get A samsung Galaxy series phone with a 2.0GHZ quad core exynos processor, 18MP back camera, 5MP front camera 125GB of RAM, 76GB of internal memory, LTE capable, AND a super amoled HD+....... .for free! :D

22. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Actually 200 was only the norm for a relatively short period in time. Like 4 years basically. It used to be smartphones were very expensive. The Treo 700P was 400 bucks for Verizon. After the iPhone the price for devices dropped a healthy amount but establishing high end devices for under 200 didn't really happen all that long ago. Really not until the Storm for Verizon did they launch a highend smartphone for 200 bucks. I think the storm even at launch wasn't 199.99 though I think it was 220. Android set the tone, but LTE devices are gonna be more expensive for some time, Verizon needs to make back the money it invested in building the network.

23. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 2011

Funny thing is it has nothing to do with them being like mini computers, all of the high end 4G phones are still $199 or less on Sprint and AT&T. Verizon is only charging that much because they can. You can always get them cheaper on amazon.

24. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

What "4G" technology does AT&T currently use? How about Sprint? The LTE radio's that are in Verizon 4G smartphones is MUCH more expensive than "4G" radios like HSPA+ and WiMax. Additionally, it was a mere 3 years ago or less in which phones like the the Samsung i760, the older Palms, etc cost $400 or more. $299.99 for a phone that has lightning fast internet capabilities (faster than your home internet in terms of upload speeds, and possibly even download speeds). Not to mention the dual core technology, HD screen technology, etc. I remember less than 4 years ago, the LG Voyager (a predecessor to the env touch) was going for $400 - $100 mail in rebate. It was the first HTML feature phone on Verizon, and in comparison to the LTE smartphones of today, garbage.

34. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

@ Beatlesfan I pretty much agree with what you said, but VZ is without a doubt "taxing" their LTE devices, if you check their retail prices for these devices the difference is not $100 compared to 3G handsets, they're charging a premium for a true 4G service "hidden" in the device price, it'll be interesting to see what kind of pricing ATT and Sprint will give to LTE handsets

35. WM6.5Sucks

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

All of them do but sprint....

36. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

My home comp is quad core...dual I gig video cards in SLI mode.... 12 gigs of RAM...on a 33 meg cable line. My laptop is an Alienware Area 51. Dual core...2 gig video...8 gigs RAM. No phone can touch my upload or download speeds. Just because you cannot afford a decent home comp...dont think the rest of the world is as stupid & broke as you .

39. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Is your home by any chance a bridge? Troll

40. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

I didn't say the phone had better specs than a computer I said the data speeds are possibly faster than that of a landbased internet service. I guarantee you don't get 5-7 (or faster) mbps upload speed you imbecile.

41. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

you're the stupid one. even if you have some pretty ballin' Internet speeds either straight wired or at least through a Wireless-N adapter and a good, compatible Router all of those things you mentioned are still irrelevant to how good your download/upload speeds are. i'm in the 30mps range on the download and around 5mps (using some cloud services) on the upload at my home. i pay pretty good for those speeds and LTE is still knocking on my door. LTE upload speeds kill my at-home upload speeds a lot of the time.

2. whats unregistered

Peter, this is what is known as a high end phone. This phone sounds interesting to me. I would like to know the rest of the specs. Perhaps an official announcement is coming in NYC in a few weeks.

37. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

This is a high end phone yes, so is the Wave 3.

4. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

The iPhone 16gb costs more than every lte Android phones retail price so why is the iPhone only 199 while lte Android phone is 299

17. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

But iphone was made over a year ago these phones are phones of the future with latest tech possible

25. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Simply answered: because Apple decides to inflate the retail price of their phones more than any LTE phone.

28. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Also the 32 GB iPhone is $300, while the Bionic with 16 GB internal + 16 GB SD card included is...$300. And that's for LAST year's iPhone.

7. Samk18 unregistered

well the good thing about prices for data being so high i dont think people will ever adopt to 4g as much as they did with 3g. i will never pay anything over $60 for serive that includes talk, text, and data thats just ridiculous. and now they want to start charging $300 for a phone no thanks. i would love to have this phone but the plan on verizon is just way too much. $90 is their cheapest plan with talk,text, and data and thats without other fees and taxes included.

26. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

When, where, and on what carrier have you EVER paid less than $60 for voice, text AND data? The absolute cheapest you could pay on Verizon with the minimum voice plan, minimum text plan, and $30 data plan is $75 before taxes. The plans haven't changed for years other than going from $45 data plan to $30. Yes, they have tiered data now, but at the same price as unlimited was. Price hasn't changed.

8. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

Sense>blur. "."

14. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

i agree although i dont ever really use the ui overlays that come with it.. in my experience launcher pro is pretty decent and is pretty damn fast.. same with adw.. i just prefer LP .. but i would pick sense over blur anyday

16. cappy718

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

The bionic is my first moto phone since the days of flip phones. That moto sucked and no it wasnt the razer. But anyhow, I'm love this thing, especially coming from a LG Ally. I worry about the snapdragon's actual speed, hence why I jumped on the TI OMAP. I played with the phone for a while and enjoyed it. Only disappointment so far was the 16GB onboard advertised...really isnt...it's 8GB.

18. yeayea unregistered

only one down fall of this phone is that its not a global world phone. : X. i am guessing the droid prime probably will be or the galaxy prime i should say.... right?

27. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

probably not. It would have to either have a new type of sim technology or 2 sim card slots in order to function as a world phone.

19. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

there's not really anything about the Vigor i can see that makes it absolutely superior to the Bionic which is available now. an evenly clocked OMAP4430 in the Bionic will be more powerful than the S3 variant the Vigor will have and the Bionic will probably have better battery life unless the Vigor does have an MSM8960 like i think it does but whether or not the 28nm building process it uses will really bury the power consumption of an HD screen enough remains to be seen and screen clarity is still just fine on the Bionic so whatever man and then there's also Webtop which i don't know about you guys but it sure appeals to me being someone that travels a little more than just on occasion and then there's also Sense which i realize some of you guys really stand by but i know i'm not the only one that thinks Sense is spreading more than it should over the simpler Android experience. i think Beats Audio will be pretty cool though and i will be a little jealous about that so remember that if you get a Vigor and i start comparing it with my Bionic for whatever reason or the other you can just say "well mine has Beats Audio so suck it!" and i'll be like "aw...sad face. i want that."

29. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I don't care if the HD screen eats up a couple hours of battery. It'll be much easier on the eyes than the PenTile Bionic. I hate to say this, but owning a Samsung Rogue and having played with an iPhone 4, I can't go back to a 200 ppi screen. (The Bionic is theoretically 256 ppi, but since there are only 2 subpixels per pixel, it's effectively closer to 200 ppi.) Even if it's only qHD, the Vigor will look far better than the Bionic. I don't care about Quadrant scores, I just want a vibrant screen, a smooth interface and decent battery life.

31. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

you get used to Pentile. it's not as bad as people who've only used the phone for a couple of days says it is besides it's still really clear. unless it's SA+ i don't see why screen technology matters so much now that we've got qHD. the processing power and battery efficiency is what really matters. i'd understand if we were talking about a year ago and we were comparing phones with HVGA resolution to WVGA or something but today screen technology is really clear enough for the naked eye.

32. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think PenTile has its place as a way of getting very high pixel densities screens - my Rogue, for example, is WVGA but because the screen is so small (3.1"), I can't see the subpixels without magnification. Same goes for the upcoming SAMOLED HD - it'll be stunning even though it's PenTile. But I looked at the 4" Galaxy S line and I could tell something was wrong. It looked pixelated even though it shouldn't be. Yes, maybe you "get used to it" but to my naked eye, it isn't clear enough. I might get used to the 4" Droid 3 screen, but the qHD on the Bionic and X2 is noticeably worse than WVGA LCD. It's a gimmick. Moto wanted to promote it as qHD but they didn't want to pay a price or power penalty, so they went with half-assed Pentile RBGW. Look at a Sensation or Evo 3D side by side with an X2 or Bionic. There's definitely a difference.

33. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, even i'll tell you the Sensation's screen looks better than that on the Bionic but it doesn't take away that the Bionic's looks just fine being that it's cutting down power consumption. if you can really see good enough to notice it's clarity then what's the big deal? why does it matter so much? sure you can go into depth about it but it's not the same as a processor or a UI, it's what just you're looking at. i don't believe in being so picky about the screen to compromise the phone's performance for it.

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