Mystery HTC Ice Cream Sandwich phone for Verizon surfaces

Mystery HTC Ice Cream Sandwich phone for Verizon surfaces
UPDATE: After checking the Service Information screen, our source now tells us that the phone is 100% Verizon-bound. Congrats to all of you riding on "the nation's most reliable 4G network"!

Looky what we have here – a brand new HTC Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone! What's that model we're dealing with here? Well, you might be surprised, but we actually don't have a clue. We were recently approached by a tipster of ours who was generous enough to share these pics with us. Thanks to the photos, we can learn quite a bit about this mysterious handset, but unfortunately, we can't be sure how it's going to be called, or what carriers it may end up on. However, some of our observant readers have noted that the 4G LTE logo that's visible during the loading screen is the one that Verizon uses for its handsets, so that's a pretty good guess as to where the phone may end up.

Although this ICS-powered HTC phone looks very similar to some other models by the company (and that's not really a good thing), it doesn't fully match any of the currently known handsets. In terms of appearance, its front looks similar to almost any other HTC phone released recently, however, the back reminds us of the characteristic DROID Incredible 2 back side, and since there isn't any other HTC line having this particular design language, we're willing to speculate a little here by saying that this might in fact be the HTC DROID Incredible 3. Another possibility is that it might be the leaked HTC Fireball, also for Verizon, of which, however, we know almost nothing.

Alright, enough speculating. Let's take a look at the specs! According to the Hardware information screen, the phone will feature a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera complemented by a VGA front-facing one, as well as LTE connectivity. Overall, the handset doesn't seem to be a slouch, though it doesn't shine either. Furthermore, our source tells us that it's having an AMOLED screen, instead of S-LCD, which is the tech of choice for the bigger part of HTC's newer smartphones.

On the software side of things, we're glad to see this phone run Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich, covered by the new Sense UI 4.0. As can be seen from the images, this will be one of the HTC handsets that won't have on-screen nav buttons, but will instead stick with hardware ones. Interestingly, even though previous information pointed that those ICS handsets by HTC ,which will stick with hardware keys, will have three, instead of four keys, this one sports four. Of course, we should all keep in mind that this is a prototype unit, so a lot of stuff may change until it finally hits the market, which will probably happen... sometime this year! Not very specific, we know.

OK, guys and gals, tell us what you think of this mystery HTC phone! Do you like it? Do you have any idea which model it might be? Sound off in the comments!

Thanks, Tyler!



1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I doubt this is one of HTCs top tier phones for 2012. I hope not anyhow! Hopefully this is a mid level aimed phone as the specs are distinctly 2011 and the design is almost 2010. HTC has hit a spot of bother recently due to a little bit of a sales slump and its due to the likes of the phone you see above,they released phone after phone with very little difference all looking the same,hopefully in 2012 this won't be the same of they'll end up the new apple using incremental change in their models

22. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

The 4 buttons at the bottom do look very much last year. I wouldn't doubt if this is just an old phone set to get ICS...

52. knights4life03

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

bro the software buttons was samsung's doing not google or anybody else

37. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

this phone is auto fail when it comes out.

43. milominderbinder

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

This is another fail. HTC reinvents the EVO 4G at least once a week. This will be yet another low def small screen.

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

HTC, please don't recycle designs anymore if if you do, make it like some weird neverbefore seen- people watch you us it-they trip and fall type of device. I love you with all my might but you got to pull something out of the gaps of your teeth.

42. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Well my comment is obsolete now. ROFL. It is the Droid incredible 3 then. lol.

3. rahulcena5565

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 01, 2010

HTC sense makes Android Ice Cream Sandwich look so Froyoish'. They should either do away with the Sense UI or Make it ICSish

53. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

I always wished Sense had an expandable dock bar... but now that it does, it just looks like someone through ADW on top of it...

4. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If this is the change HTC had in mind then they need to just give up now and expect even greater losses in the future.

5. yooperboogs

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

I love whoever wrote this article say's android 4.1 when it should be 4.0.1. Looks like a really nice phone.

6. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Whoops, my bad. Fixed!

7. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

Why so ugly backside?

8. thrasher

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

beautiful backside :)))

27. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Thats what she said....

30. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

why would she say that? FAIL

9. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

verizon wireless

10. AACarter0593

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

From the pictures that 4G LTE logo looks to be from Verizon.

13. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

An observant eye you have there! This phone seems more and more Verizon-bound.

11. AndresJ

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Why is it said that: Although this ICS-powered HTC phone looks very similar to some other models by the company (and that's not really a good thing), i always loved HTC design.

12. random1204

Posts: 28; Member since: May 26, 2010

Same as AACarter. It looks like Verizon's 4G logo, and like the Incredible. So, my guess would be it's a refreshed Incredible LTE.

14. chrisbo5

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

I don't get why htc has a stable version of ics and sense but won't release the update to phones that are stronger than the one shown like my rezound?

49. asrr62

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

because each phone is different, the rezound came out before ics. there are some good ics sense roms on xda, thats the advantage of htc and their big development scene.

15. mettec

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

This to me seems like a Rezound with ICS and Sense 4.0. Since most of the manufactures said that they will not be putting out as many devices this year including HTC. Wonder if Verizon will get a Quad-core device from HTC by 2nd or 3rd quarter.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

more junk from HTC. mid ranged compared with everything that's about to launch. lets call it the sensation LTE. here comes the bad battery life train. woot. I hope this is just a left over and not what they have in mind to "fix the company "

17. mettec

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I would say more junk from Verizon and not HTC. Verizon picks what phones they want on their network.

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You are correct in that it will be midrange. I'm betting it's the Droid Incredible 3. The reason I believe it's that and not a Rezound 2 is the cpu & ffc are not as high as what's on the Rezound. Also, Verizon said that all of their smartphones going forward will be LTE capable. So that means that the new models of last years top tier 3G phones will be LTE. We've already seen this with the Droid4. So add this as the DInc3, and all that's left is a DX3 with LTE. The thing is not every phone can be a top tier device, because not everyone will buy one. Case in point the others on my share plan. While they want a smartphone, they can't afford $199, so they go with one that's been out awhile and was midrange to start with (2 Stratospheres, 1 Inc1, & 1 Inc2). There's a reason carriers still carry dumbphones, either they don't want or can't afford a smartphone. As far as junk, I've never had any major issues with any of my HTC phones (Inc1 & 2, & Rezound). I've managed to get battery life on par with phones from other OEMs that are similarly specced. The only repair I had to do was an amoled screen for my Inc1 after a nephew got ahold of it and started banging the screen against his forehead. But the glass/digitizer didn't crack. If you want junk talk about an LG Ally. One of the ones who now has a Stratosphere had that, it got dropped & shattered the digitizer. Happened right at a year old, went to get it repeaired and come to find that they aren't making repair parts for it anymore (unless you count cheap china parts on ebay). So either upgrade or wait for the shop to get in a used one with a good digitizer.

18. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's probably the Droid Incredible 3 and i'm sure HTC will have an event for the EU version pretty soon like they usually do.

26. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

That's what the design reminds me of

19. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

If HTC wants to make a phone that will stand out from the crowd a bit, I propose that they come out the the 'Aria 2'. The trend today is toward bigger and bigger, but the Aria was a great LITTLE phone that packed a lot of power for it's size, and it's trackball was a feature that I wish more Android phones had. And it fit comfortably in my pocket, too.

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