After leaks, speculations, and rumors, HTC USA took to Twitter to confirm that the company’s latest HTC One flagship Android smartphone will not in fact be arriving on Verizon Wireless. Instead, HTC says that users on Verizon should look at the ‘awesome’ HTC Droid DNA for that carrier.
Responding to a Twitter inquiry, HTC says, ‘The HTC One will not be available on the Verizon network, but have you seen the awesome #DROIDDNA?’
The HTC Droid DNA is similar in specs to the HTC One. Both devices sport a 1080p full HD resolution touchscreen, though the HTC One has a smaller display size, a unibody aluminum construction, stereo front-facing speakers, the new Ultrapixel camera technology, and a newer Snapdragon 600 processor under the hood.
Following the announcement of the HTC One, there had been rumors that the device would in fact be coming to Verizon Wireless, but at a later date perhaps due to delay or more stringent carrier and network testing. Then, there was the supposed leak from Walmart suggesting that the HTC One would in fact be replacing the HTC Droid DNA on Verizon’s network. However, those rumors and leaks have all been dismissed by the latest HTC tweet.
It’s unclear though, if HTC will bring another variant of the HTC One for Verizon or not. The HTC Droid DNA is a variant of the international J Butterfly. And given Verizon’s history of re-branding devices to make them more exclusive under the carrier’s Droid branding, a variant, an updated model, or a a re-branded One could still potentially show up on Verizon’s 4G LTE network at a future date.
There’s been rumors that the successor to the Droid DNA is in the works under the DLX Plus code name. The original Droid DNA had the DLX code name.