Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA to Launch as HTC Deluxe Internationally
It looks like Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA may be coming to other markets outside the U.S. Outside of Verizon’s home base, the high-end smartphone will shed its Droid name and get cloned as the HTC Deluxe, which will reportedly feature the same quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and the awesome 5-inch 1080p full HD display.
The Deluxe branding is relatively unsurprising as it was one of the rumored brand names that has been floating around prior to Verizon’s announcement of the device as the Droid DNA.
At this point, it’s unclear if HTC will be bringing itnernational 4G LTE supportto the HTC Deluxe; the HTC Droid DNA has 4G LTE network support for Verizon’s network. LTE offers much faster upload and download speeds than the prior generation HSPA or CDMA architectures and has much lower latency, which is good for mobile multiplayer game play.
Details about the launch date and what countries the HTC Deluxe will debut in are not known at this time. China could potentially be a market for launch, according to Gadgets Insider.
The device also features 2 GB of RAM, non-expandable 16 GB of storage, Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 4+, an ultra-wide angle front-facing camera and 8-megapixel rear camera with HTC ImageSense and ImageChip technologies. With a marvelously high resolution display that could be used for video watching and multimedia consumption, it really is too bad that HTC did not incorporate a memory card slot or offer a higher capacity model for power users.
Image of the HTC Deluxe was leaked by fame Twitter leaker @evleaks.
The HTC Deluxe and HTC Droid DNA also share the same heritage with Japan’s HTC J Butterfly.
It looks like 2013 may be the year where 1080p HD displays on phones become popular and Apple may find itself out-Retina’d if the iPhone doesn’t cram more pixels in.