HTC Butterfly 2 Could Be Verizon HTC One

HTC confirmed that it has another second-generation version of the HTC Butterfly in the works, a device known as the Droid DNA on Verizon in the United States, and as it appears that it will be out soon, this could very well wind up being Verizon’s version of the HTC One.

Read: HTC One Release: Additional Delays & Shortages Into Late April.

Rumors have been flying around lately about a potential Verizon version of the new HTC One, a device that was launched back in February and will be released in the weeks ahead on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. And while Verizon isn’t expected to be one of the first carriers to host the HTC One, it has been rumored to be getting it at some point down the road.

The HTC One release date is on track for early to mid April.

The HTC One could be the Droid DNA 2 on Verizon.

Current rumors suggest that Verizon’s version of the device will come a month or two after other carriers and that it will have a DLXPLUS model name. The HTC DLX was the original name of the Droid DNA. Rumors have suggested that based on this, the DLXPLUS could ultimately end up being Verizon’s new version of the Droid DNA and perhaps Verizon’s version of the HTC One.

Those rumors have gained steam today as a report from Focus Taiwan claims that HTC executive Ben Ho, chief marketing officer of HTC, has confirmed that a next-generation HTC Butterfly is coming soon. The HTC Butterfly is of course the Droid DNA, only, the Droid DNA features Verizon branding.

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It’s unclear just what the next-generation HTC Butterfly has on board but it could be a 5-inch device like the original HTC Butterfly. The HTC One comes with a 4.7-inch display and rumors about the DLXPLUS have suggested a 4.7-inch display as well, however.

Read: Verizon HTC One Release No Longer Denied by HTC.

It’s also unclear just where it might be released. However, given that Verizon launched the previous Butterfly and won’t have an HTC One at launch, it could be that this device will ultimately be Verizon’s version of the HTC One, perhaps, branded as the Droid DNA 2.

It also could be that the Droid DNA 2 and the Verizon HTC One are two, totally different devices but it would be strange to see Verizon release an entirely similar phone so late in the game. Instead, it may want to offer something different and perhaps a Droid DNA 2 with a 5-inch display and a similar full metal HTC One design will be it.

HTC says that it will launch soon, so hopefully, we see some official details emerge sooner rather than later.

Comments

  1. HeyAHuman says

    Great. Now if we can get some info on the camera, that’d be a deal breaker for many. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks that the ultrapixels are an overrated gimmick employed to keep manufacturing costs lower. Otherwise, HTC would make a killing off of their “innovation”, and other companies would jump on the bandwagon.

    • Andrew says

      Go and read a review on a anandtech.com that deals with camera specs. There are real limitations in sensor size that give diminishing returns when working with the space considerations in something as small as a mobile phone.

      • HeyAHuman says

        I’ll just say that all 3 of the smartphones I’ve had have been HTC phones, and I’m currently sending this message on a Rezound. I’ve admired their attention to quality, but am still open minded and objective and in no way a brand loyalist. If this technology truly is the advancement that you claim it is, and not a money-saving last ditch gimmick from a company struggling to stay afloat (let’s face it: 4.3mp is cheaper to manufacture than 13mp), then we can expect this “fewer megapixels is better” trend to take off indefinitely, and it’d be nonsensical for a phone manufacturer not to take that route. All I can say is that if they put these low-res cameras in their phones from now on, well… it’s been fun, HTC.

    • Sneaky B says

      There’s already TONS of info on the camera and all of the other specs for the HTC One, which is what Butterfly 2 is purported to be.

    • Jim Pickens says

      “Ultrapixel” is more graceful than admitting high pixel count was a mistake. The tiny 10k+ meg pixels on tiny phone sensors are to small to render color or light value range properly.

  2. Derrick McGalliard says

    After I seen the sample pics from the HTC ONE after that recent software update the phone got before its world wide release. I see no gimmick it its cam. Plus if they already shooting out updates I can only imagine jus how much they are going to continue and support thia device

    • Matt says

      Why do you feel bad? The resolution of the images from a 4MP camera are still above 1080p (nearly double) , so for the majority of people when they’re viewing on anything at or below 2560×1440 resolution displays it will look great.

      And check out the comparison to the Droid DNA which has an 8MP camera. I’d question someone’s vision if they prefer most of the DNA’s pics to the One’s:

      http://pocketnow.com/2013/03/13/htc-one-camera-vs-droid-dna-camera#!prettyPhoto

      There are some trade-offs with being able to crop a lot or really zoom in, but I don’t think most people are frequently saying to themselves, “Darn, my phone camera can’t get that 10x zoom to see that text 100 yards away!” I’d rather have a good photo while I’m out with friends or family in the evening that look good and clear, versus noisy silhouettes or glaring flash :P

  3. Daleos says

    The science behind Ultrapixels is sound. I don’t think they’re a money saving idea as they’re being built to order.

    Besides, no one in their right mind would put a crap 4MP camera in a flagship phone just to save some money unless that 4MP camera could compete with the higher resolution sensors in other makes.

    Camera shake is a big problem with mobile phones so anything above 6MP is probably a waste on most shots unless you’ve either got a very steady hand or very strong light source.

    To be honest, the only shots I take on my smartphone are in bars or clubs so I’m really looking forward to actually see more than 4 feet in front of me (due to flash) when taking a shot.

  4. Hayden Smith says

    If Verizon decides to carry the HTC One and feels the need to brand it as a droid, I’d like to see them call it the HTC Drone

    • Matt says

      While I get it, and would say that’s probably what the internet will call it, I’m pretty sure Verizon isn’t smart enough to go with something that awesome and will stick with a standard HTC Droid One or Droid DNA 2, etc. That or they’ll just call it the One like it should be.

      If they stick with the Droid DNA name, they won’t do this but I’d think it was funny to see it named the Droid DNA Two, spelled out simply because they could play up Two is better than One or the First >_<

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