HTC’s first 2012 phone could be Incredible 3 with ICS

 

By Posted 13 Feb 2012, 08:04

There’s still no word on when these fabled quad-core devices from HTC will appear on an official scale, but there’s plenty of other whispers going on regarding unannounced and upcoming HTC handsets. We now have the first pictures to show you from another new handset, and it could turn out to be the HTC Incredible 3.

The last we heard of the Incredible line of smartphones was when the second iteration was receiving a red paintjob during the holiday sales of last year. Now though, it looks like the Incredible brand will live on into 2012, and pictures as well as hardware information appear to suggest that this will be yet another smartphone that is headed to Verizon Wireless.

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The guys over at PhoneArea are the ones to thank for the scoop, as they have obtained a gallery of pictures from their anonymous tipster which they have wasted no time in generously sharing with us. The back of the device is included in the picture gallery and is clear evidence that there will be some sort of new HTC Incredible device landing, although obviously there’s no name attached to the device so it could be an upgraded model from the 2, or indeed an early glance at the Incredible 3.

As mentioned above, this will be an Ice Cream Sandwich device, as pictures show the handset running Android 4.0.1 on top of HTC’s infamous Sense UI. We also have evidence of a 4G LTE start-up logo, as well as an initial idea of what type of hardware specs it will possess. Unfortunately, this won’t be a quad-core device. What it will carry though is a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.xx AMOLED display screen, an 8 megapixel rear camera and sadly, a VGA-quality camera up front.

The hardware specs are nothing amazing we agree, so that could also suggest that it isn’t the Droid Incredible 3 since you would presume that HTC would want to ‘wow’ potential customers with next-gen hardware specs, rather than specs which are no better than the specs we currently see on the market today. On a side note, there are also whispers that this could end up being the HTC ‘Fireball’, which is another Verizon-bound device from HTC, but until we see an official announcement, the mystery will continue.

Is this a handset set for a debriefing at HTC’s MWC 2012 keynote? View the pictures over at Phone Arena and let us know your thoughts on it. Good enough for the Incredible 3 moniker or not?