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Verizon's Droid Incredible Set to Launch

Verizon, the top wireless shop, revealed plans to start selling a full-featured HTC phone called the Droid Incredible.



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promises an Incredible follow up to the




-- the HTC Droid Incredible.

According to what looked like an inadvertent preview page on the Verizon site (it has since been moved), the company will start taking pre-orders this month for what it calls the Droid Incredible by HTC.

Verizon calls the Incredible the "next chapter" in what has been a modest success with Droid phones, which are powered by


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Android software.

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The Incredible has attracted the attention of techies who are excited about the specifications and features that stack up quite well on paper. The Incredible is expected to have


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Snapdragon one-gigahertz processor, 8 gigabytes of data storage and an 8-megapixel camera.

If these characteristics sound familiar, there's a reason. The Incredible appears to be a twin of Google's own

Nexus One

phone made by HTC. Coincidentally, all has been quiet on the Nexus One front since Google first announced it would be selling a

Verizon Nexus One

version of the phone last month.

The move comes as


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gears up to announce its fourth version of the iconic iPhone at AT&T and potentially kick-start a new round of phone shopping by consumers looking to upgrade to a touch-screen phone. The rivalries have been building in smartphones as Google's Androids have been gaining popularity by offering a more open, user-defined mobile device.

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Verizon has teamed with Google in the past year to develop phones that can help the two companies counter the strong iPhone partnership between Apple and AT&T.

Notably, the next verison of the iPhone will have a 5-megapixel camera, and it won't be until next year that the

iPhone gets an 8-megapixel camera



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, as


exclusively reported Tuesday.

Apple investors showed no concern over the latest mobile phone treat from Google. Apple shares hit another all-time high Wednesday and were trading up $3.12, or 1%, to $245.55 in afternoon trading.

--Written by Scott Moritz in New York