After a number of leaks and rumors, few should be surprised that Verizon has finally announced the Droid Incredible 2.

Built by HTC, the Incredible 2 improves on all the things that made its predecessor popular. With a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8.0-megapixel camera, and 4-inch display, the Incredible 2 looks and feels very much like the original Incredible.

The device can also act as a 3G mobile hotspot, allowing users to link up to five devices via Wi-Fi. Connectivity plays a big role with the device, which can be used in over 200 countries, Verizon says.

What isn't featured in HTC's Incredible smartphones is support for Verizon's 4G LTE network, though the Thunderbolt (also available on Verizon) features such support. The Droid is also running Android 2.2, lagging behind the most recent Android 2.3 update.

Priced at $199 with a two-year contract,$50 cheaper than its 4G-capable cousin. It will be available starting this Thursday, April 28.

Here are some other features: 

  • 8.0-megapixel main camera with dual LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
  • 720p HD video capture plus DLNA® to share multimedia content with a compatible TV
  • Adobe® Flash® Player
  • SRS WOWHDTM surround sound
  • Automatic face detection for more accurate pictures
  • Integrated noise-cancellation technology