Verizon leaked MAP memo suggests new high-end Android models coming soon

Verizon leaked MAP memo suggests new high-end Android models coming soon
Verizon has had some MAP memos leak in the past. These notices tell resellers the lowest price that Verizon will allow third party retailers to sell certain  handsets for. In return for following the MAP prices, Big Red forks over some marketing money to the retailer. This is done to keep pricing on a product fairly uniform and also to prevent a reseller from "cheapening" a device by offering it at a ridiculously low price. It doesn't apply in all situations, of course, as we all have seen ads for fairly current phones being offered at a huge discount.

The story here actually has nothing to do with pricing. It has to do with the handsets that Big Red has included on its latest memo, dated August 1st. The first model listed on the memo is the Motorola MOTXT875 which is ...ta da...the Motorola DROID Bionic. The third model (we will return to number 2 shortly) is one that is beginning to garner great interest, the HTC 6425LVW known as the HTC Vigor. This model is said to have a high-resolution 720 x 1280 screen, Android 2.3.4, a 1.5GHz processor and an Adreno 220 GPU. A 6MP camera is on the back. Just when you thought you were ready to push the button on the Motorola DROID Bionic or the Samsung Galaxy S II, here comes this Superphone from HTC.

The other two phones on the list are the LG-VS930, possibly a sequel to the recently launched LG Revolution, and the HTC ADR 6330 which might be that silver colored variant of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 that we reported on just the other day.

Obviously, the Motorola DROID Bionic and the HTC Vigor are the big news here. And the $64 question is whether or not those waiting patiently and not so patiently for Motorola's mythical device will keep their update in their pocket for a little longer just to see what the HTC Vigor brings to the table. And what if the HTC device drops before the DROID Bionic does? If the Vigor does pack those specs, it is going to be hard to turn that down.

source: DroidLife



1. So wait... unregistered

Does this mean that these phones are coming out Aug 1st and/or in the month of August or is this just a heads up for the third parties? I just got my charge (which I like) but my two week return period ends on the 12th so I guess I should just wait and see what happens. ps. First


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

A 6 megapixel camera for the HTC phone? Weird its usually 5 and then up to 8. Not that it matters to me as cameras are always the last thing on my mind when it comes to phones.

3. redleg6

Posts: 25; Member since: May 14, 2011

It's just a heads up from VZW that when these devices roll out, they will be subject to the minimum advertised price policy. It has nothing to do with launch dates.

4. AJ unregistered

Which one(s) is/are a world phone? Must have a world phone to be even a viable option. Is Verizon getting an Atrix styled world phone anytime soon?

10. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

with that kind of criteria the Droid 3 is really your best option now unless the Bionic has World Capabilities

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if thats a single core processor at 1.5ghz its not a super phone.. its a power hog!

6. B unregistered

6th! 6th place for a 6mp phone holla. SGS2 where's my baby?!?

7. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Superphone IDK about that. 6MP camera YAWN. Screen resolution 1280x720 but what is the pixel rate? SNOOZE.....Wake me when something REALLY SUPER is about to come out please

8. V for Vendetta unregistered

Does anyone know if the HTC Vigor is dual core. I keep seeing 1.5 GHz but if it is dual core, that would make it the fastest processor to date. And my next device. I hope its screen fairs better in direct sunlight than my Incredible and has a better battery life than the Thunderbolt.

9. KingK unregistered

HTC dual core @1.8ghz is still slow........

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

That HTC 1.5 G on a Windows Phone would just be fantastic... on an Android, not so much. Just the nature of the beasts. With the Galaxy and high end Motorola's, a big single core just won't get it an audience with anyone that isn't a HTC fan. Makes me wonder about HTC and Verizon's relationship. Not like the EVO 3D and the Sensation don't prove that HTC is a player. Verizon seems like it only wants good, not great from them this year.

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