I know there has been so much speculation on if we will see the HTC One on Verizon, and if history repeats itself, we won’t ever see it. What we will see is a Verizon’s version of the Butterfly 2 (or Butterfly S). It could be called the DROID DNA Plus or the DROID DNA 2, but it won’t be a One phone. As far as when we will see this bad boy, it will probably be sometime in July. How am I coming to these conclusions? All you really need to do is look at the most recent releases with Verizon regarding HTC devices.
Verizon is on a pattern of releasing two HTC devices per year (July and November). The Rezound was released on November 14, 2011 and the DROID Incredible 4G LTE was released on July 5, 2012. Lastly, the DROID DNA was released on November 21, 2012. The other thing you will notice is that all three phones were exclusives to Verizon, which is what they like. That is probably going to change by the end of this year, but more on that in a bit.
Right now the phone to key in on is the DROID Incredible 4G LTE from last July. At this same last year, people were hoping that Verizon would get the One X, but instead they opted to have HTC make another Incredible phone that really wasn’t based on either the One X or the One S for another exclusive. Now I guess one could come to the conclusion that Verizon and HTC will come out with yet another Incredible phone that is underwhelming, but thankfully since HTC has the Butterfly, that won’t happen. It was late last year that HTC released the Butterfly and Verizon was happy to take that phone for their November release and call it the DROID DNA. We already know that HTC is making an updated Butterfly, so it’s obvious that it will be the chosen phone for Verizon’s summer release, not the HTC One. The Butterfly 2 will have all the same bells and whistles as the HTC One, but with a bigger screen. Verizon will get their exclusive yet again and Verizon customers will still be ecstatic. It’s not like we haven’t seen evidence of a DLXPLUS in the Verizon system, so this isn’t rocket science.
The next question is what happens this November. We already reported that HTC is working on a phablet, and I expect it to launch the later part of this year. Could this be another Verizon exclusive? Probably not. This is going to be a secondary flagship for HTC just like the Galaxy Note is for Samsung. We don’t know what HTC will call this phone, but whatever it is, you can be sure that HTC isn’t going to market it under any other name (just like the HTC One) and it will be offered to all carriers. Okay, so maybe there will be a Butterfly 3. It’s unlikely HTC will continue with the Butterfly because their plan will be to offer the phablet and the One phone moving forward. Verizon will have a choice to make, and I suspect that they will carry it, but you will also see it on other U.S. carriers. It will be the end of any exclusivity with HTC and probably the DROID brand for Verizon.