HTC Incredible 2 for Verizon Arrives April 28

Verizon Wireless (s vz) announced an April 28 launch for the HTC Incredible 2¬†on Tuesday, a successor to one of the carrier’s most popular Google Android (s goog) handsets from last year. Although similar to the original Incredible, the updated smartphone gains some improved hardware, but won’t be able to take advantage of Verizon’s speedy new LTE network, which can be up to 10 times faster than the carrier’s 3G network. The handset is priced at $199 with two-year contract and will be available both in Verizon retail stores and through the carrier’s website.

Among the noticeable upgrades on the Incredible 2, as compared to its predecessor:

  • A next-generation Qualcomm (s qcom) Snapdragon CPU, clocked at the same 1GHz rate
  • A larger, Super LCD 4-inch display
  • The addition of a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls
  • Support for global usage in more than 200 countries

The new smartphone will run on Google Android 2.2 when it launches later this week and can shoot 720 video from the 8-megapixel rear camera. Content can be shared wirelessly to a DLNA-compatible television set, and the camera also supports face detection for improved photos. Of course, as an HTC device, the Incredible 2 adds the useful HTC Sense user interface on top of Android.

Some may have expected broader update to the original Incredible, but the phone should appeal to Verizon customers that don’t yet have 4G coverage in their area and to folks who travel outside of the U.S. Since the Incredible 2 is considered a world phone, it can use a SIM card for GSM networks around the world — both for voice and data, according to Verizon.