The highly anticipated Verizon HTC One release appears to be getting closer as new evidence has surfaced suggesting that stores have attached “Close Out” labels to both the Droid Incredible 4G LTE and the Droid DNA in anticipation of the HTC One launch.
Earlier this year, Verizon announced the HTC One for arrival after a lengthy period of rumor and speculation. The carrier though was mum on many of the pertinent details including the make up of the device, its pricing and its release date. The companies continue to remain silent about the details though it would appear that announcement is inching closer to reality.
Thanks to some evidence procured by Droid-Life, we now know that Verizon is pushing toward an HTC One release date. It appears that stores are starting to close out inventory of two of their Verizon smartphones, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE and the Droid DNA, meaning they will be trying to offload stock in anticipation of the HTC One’s arrival.
The Droid DNA and Droid Incredible 4G LTE will be retired once stock hits nil which means that a Verizon HTC One release should be just around the corner. Remember, we’ve heard that Verizon was planning on putting the phone out before the end of June and it’s possible that it could be sticking to that rumored timeline.
There is some speculation that the HTC One could arrive with Droid branding, thanks to the @DroidLanding Twitter account springing to life yesterday after being dormant since 2011, but at this point, there is no evidence that links to two. In fact, the Twitter account appears to be promoting a Droid-branded game for Android instead.
Verizon also announced the phone as the HTC One and not as a Droid device though it’s entirely possible that the secrecy surrounding the phone is thanks to re-branding.
Whatever the case may be, it appears that Verizon and third-party retailers are making the final preparations for an HTC One arrival and it could be that we hear more about the device sometime soon.
The device is expected to retain the same hardware and price tag as the other HTC One models meaning it should cost $199.99 and come with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, Ultrapixel camera, full metal design, 4G LTE data speeds and the new Sense 5 from HTC.