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Verizon Announces Droid 'Incredible' Ship Date

The Android 2.1handset will ship April 29 to customers who pre-order the HTC smartphone.
Verizon HTC Droid 'Incredible' Smartphone
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Verizon HTC Droid 'Incredible' Smartphone

Verizon Wireless plans to deliver HTC's Droid Incredible on April 29 to customers who order the device online as late as the day before.

The carrier on Monday said on itsWeb site that customers who pre-order the Incredible by 4 p.m. local time on April 28 would receive the smartphone the next day. The device will cost $200, with a two-year service contract and an "instant" online discount of $100.

The Incredible will also be available April 29 at Verizon stores, where customers will also pay $200, following a $100 mail-in rebate. The rebate will come in the form of a debit card that Verizon says will be accepted anywhere.

The Incredible will be Verizon's second flagship smartphone based on Google's Android operating system. Verizon currently offers the Motorola Droid.

The HTC-made Droid 'Incredible' uses Android 2.1 and is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processorn from Qualcomm. The device has a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels and 8 GB of internal storage. Up to 32 GB of additional storage is available with an external MicroSD card. The Incredible also has an 8 megapixel camera.

The Incredible's browser supports Adobe's Flash Lite 4.0, a feature missing from the iPhone, which also has a smaller display. The 'Incredible' also comes with HTC's Sense user interface, a custom overlay to Android that offers social networking support and powerful screen switching tools.

HTC makes smartphones powered by Android and Windows Phone. Last month, the company debuted with Sprint the long-rumored WiMax-powered Android smartphone called the EVO 4G. The smartphone, set for release this summer, also supports Spring's 3G network.

The EVO 4G has a 4.3-inch display with 800 x 480 pixels, a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor and 1GB of built-in memory. The device runs Android 2.1 and the Sense UI.