HTC’s next next smartphone with Android operating system has accidently leaked. Newly leaked images indicate the next addition to Verizon’s Android stable is going to be the HTC Mecha, also known as the HTC Incredible HD. The new smartphone will become Verizon’s second 4.3-inch Android smartphone, joining Motorola’s Droid X.
The name mentioned a few months ago on various sites announcing the profile of smartphones HTC preparing for this year. Hardware-wise the phone is reportedly very similar to the HTC EVO 4G, which is on Sprint’s network. It is also the direct successor to Verizon’s Droid Incredible by HTC. The phone looks to be perhaps Verizon’s first 4G-enabled Android smartphone. Leaked shots of the phone show its GUI displaying a “4G” indicator, likely indicating traffic on Verizon’s LTE network.
According to Android Central’s sources, tests are showing 9Mbps downstream and 5Mbps upstream, which is pretty good, but still a long, long way from the 100Mbps required to be officially called 4G. The phone will be one of the first phones to support the Verizon LTE/4G network.
No hardware specs have been released yet. Also, no release date, you most likely won’t see it until early 2011. Of course, we do not have long to wait until they will published technical details of the device. Verizon is trying to keep up with Sprint, rapidly rolling out LTE to a number of cities. Currently the network is exclusively used by Verizon’s broadband air card customers, with no 4G phones yet available.