This morning HTC and Verizon announced the Droid Incredible 2 (aka Incredible S) will be up for sale starting on April 28, this Thursday, for $200 with a 2-year contract. Internally the Droid Incredible 2 uses the same Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon SoC we've seen in other recent releases, including the HTC Thunderbolt. The 8655 combines a single Scorpion core running at 1GHz with an Adreno 205 GPU, all built on a 45nm process. The SoC has 768MB of LPDDR2 DRAM on-package.

 

The Incredible 2 is a world phone, hence the SIM slot underneath the 1450mAh battery:

We're working on our full review of the phone now but performance is pretty predictable given this isn't the first time we've seen a 1GHz Scorpion and an Adreno 205:

SunSpider Javascript Benchmark 0.9

GLBenchmark 2.0 - Egypt

Screen size has increased since the original Incredible, we're now up to 4-inches on the 480 x 800 Super LCD panel. Viewing angles are great as are peak brightness, black levels and contrast:

Display Brightness

Display Brightness

Display Contrast

Outdoor usability appears to be an issue despite the move away from AMOLED, the display is just very reflective.

The Droid Incredible 2 comes equipped with two cameras: 8MP rear facing and 1.3MP front facing. I've included a sample shot below:

We're running battery life tests now, expect to see our review next week!

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  • Lord 666 - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - link

    Only thing I do not like about the Thunderbolt is the odd touch screen. The iPhone 4 is much better and usable.

    The mifi feature of the Thunderbolt works great. Use it both professionally and personally.
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  • Omid.M - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - link

    What do you mean the odd touch screen?

    Brian and Anand,

    So no Thunderbolt review this week? I'm really looking forward to that one.
    Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - link

    I've proofread the review - it's done and it's quite good. I'm not going to make promises Brian can't keep, but there's a companion LTE article to go with it that's just about done. Reply
  • Lord 666 - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - link

    Too sensitive for my tastes. Scrolling through the marketplace windows had me accidentally clicking on apps. I'm currently a BB Bold user and still prefer the physical keys. Was testing the Thunderbolt on VZW loaner program.

    Did not like the fact the mifi ssid password was stored in clear text. I kept the same ssid for my home wireless and on the mifi to keep it easy. But when I showed friends the phone, it clearly showed the password

    Sound quality was good; both on sender and receiver end. Battery life was not as bad as I had heard.
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  • sotoa - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - link

    I'm looking to get a world phone by August. Unfortunately, this one is meh to me. Looking forward to a full review. Reply
  • tayb - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - link

    Please look at the Android versions on these benchmarks and tell me that fragmentation is not an issue.

    Gingerbread was publicly released in December of 2010. If I want Gingerbread on my Droid X I have to go download a leaked beta version of 2.3.3 and install it myself.

    This phone will launch with an outdated OS despite the current OS having been available for 5 months.
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  • bplewis24 - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - link

    Beat your agenda drum somewhere where people will buy into that FUD.

    Brandon
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  • steven75 - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - link

    Is what he said not true? This phone will launch with an OS that's 5 months out of date. That's awful.

    What other consumer products can say that?
    Reply
  • stm1185 - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - link

    Why have we not seen the higher resolution display used in the iPhone, or one of matching pixel density on other devices? Reply
  • LordSojar - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - link

    Uh.... we have?

    See qHD screens on Motorola Atrix and the upcoming Droid BIONIC.... There are several other phones in the release pipeline touting similar resolutions.

    So yeh... Can we stop with the "Apple is so gud, LAWL"? It's getting old, and the Apple fanboy drool is getting all over the place. The iPhone 4 is old news: slow CPU, single core, and while iOS might be pretty and nicely optimized, its multitasking sucks. The iPhone 4 isn't the end all be all of phones. As a matter of fact, it's terribly dated at this point.
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