Updated DROID DNA, not the HTC One, will land on Verizon this summer


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.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Dummy

    Too late HTC! Moto X is on the horizon! I’ve waited this long, might as well wait for an AMERICAN built phone. The “creepy” sensors have me intrigued.

  • zythum

    UGH!!! i want the One.

    this was a lose-lose situation by Verizon not carying the One. The DNA has already been on sale for free. its currently $50 on wirefly. sales are obviously slow and the DNA is being phased out and theres no replacement.

    Verizon could have easily sold a couple million of the One. that seems like a win-win to me.

    this butterfly 2 (or butterfly S) just seems to be the One packed into the butterfly case. thats not a bad thing, but they could have done it much sooner (or just released the One on Verizon). and whats the deal with no sd slot in the USA? why does Japan and other markets get an sd slot?

    i’ve been eligible for upgrade for 8 months. the only top tier phone verizon has is the Galaxy S4? no thanks! i’ll keep waiting until HTC, LG, Motorola or somebody release something worth buying.

  • Tim

    This article is going to be proven wrong. Multiple reliable sources have pointed to Verizon releasing the HTC One before July. Plenty of evidence suggesting it will happen, too. Just look at the leaked database image and that one accessories email.

  • Tim

    Told you… Should’ve checked the evidence lying around. It’s finally official!

  • Ray

    Fail!! wrong prediction!

  • Dick

    Verizon officially announced htc one

  • Unhappy Verizon customer

    The Exclusive phone for Verison means less support! HTC Rezound never recived JB update and never will. HTC DNA unlikly is going to get 4.2.2. WIth that being said, I hate Verizon for making our phones outdated. I wouldn’t be surprised if they will get HTC DNA +/2 with ugly “Verizon” sign like they have on the Note 2.