HTC DROID Incredible 3?

A new HTC smartphone running Google's latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system has been leaked to phoneArena. The handset features a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, LTE connectivity, and what is thought to be an AMOLED display.

It's unclear exactly what the device will be called, but thanks to that bizarre rear panel — which is reminiscent of the Incredible and the Incredible 2 — it is believed to be the HTC DROID Incredible 3. Its 4G connectivity also suggests it's a device heading to the U.S.

The handset also packs an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera, 1GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot for expanding its storage. In addition to the Ice Cream Sandwich OS, this baby is also rocking HTC Sense 4.0.

It retains the four dedicated capacitive touch buttons that we're used to seeing on HTC devices, as opposed to the virtual on-screen buttons on the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Samsung Galaxy Nexus. However, as SlashGear notes, that could change prior to its release, with a possibility that this is just a prototype device.

When this handset will become available is a mystery at this point. Its source claims that we'll see it "sometime this year," but that's all they could offer. It's unlikely that the handset will get an unveiling at Mobile World Congress, unless it also has a GSM counterpart for Europe.

We will, of course, be on the lookout for any more news on this device, and we'll be sure to keep you posted.

What do you think of the this mystery handset?

[via SlashGear]