HTC’s $149 Droid Incredible 4G LTE Coming To Verizon On July 5

HTC’s Droid Incredible 4G LTE hasn’t been a very well-kept secret (then again, what HTC phone is?), but Verizon has just confirmed what many of us suspected — their latest HTC handset will hit store shelves on July 5.

If you’ve been itching for an upgrade and just can’t wait for a Galaxy S III, expect to shell out $149 (after a mail-in rebate, sadly) for the new Sense-powered slab.

But is it worth the price? The device’s name isn’t very inspired, but at least the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered DI4GLTE has a solid spec sheet to back things up. In case you’ve forgotten already, it sports a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch qHD Super LCD display, and Beats Audio support. Flipping the thing over reveals the same 8-megapixel rear shooter as seen in its distant cousins the One S and One X, though Verizon’s release makes no mention of HTC’s wonderful ImageSense functionality.

Sadly, instead of embracing the wonderful design language of the One series, Verizon and HTC have the device in their usual black and red trim. The end result is a device that doesn’t look terribly different from the handsets that came before it, though it’s certainly not a bad thing unless you’re a petulant design snob like me. Thankfully, the strangely high price ($299) Verizon quoted when the device appeared on a DROID teaser page was just a mistake, but any would-be upgraders would be smart to wait for a bit and weigh their options more thoroughly.