Verizon HTC One Release: What Not to Expect
The Verizon HTC One release date is getting closer though a specific date remains unknown. With consumers desperately seeking information from HTC and Verizon, it’s only a matter of time before they finally deliver the goods. In the meantime, it’s time to take a look at what consumers shouldn’t expect from the upcoming HTC One release on Verizon.
Several weeks ago, after months of rumors and speculation, HTC and Verizon finally confirmed a device that many consumers were hoping was real. The device in question of course was the HTC One, HTC’s all-metal flagship that was announced in New York City back in February and which arrived on a host of American carriers back in April.
AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all boast the HTC One on their networks at the moment and the 5-inch HTC One is arguably the best available option on all three. Of course, the HTC One launch in the United States is not over and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will soon be joined by the nation’s largest 4G LTE service provider, Verizon Wireless.
For months, rumors of an HTC One for Verizon persisted and those rumors were finally confirmed a few weeks ago in a hasty announcement from Verizon on Twitter. The announcement confirmed the HTC One for the summer but it did not reveal any of the pertinent details in regards to the Verizon HTC One release.
Since then, HTC and Verizon have been dodging questions about the release, meaning, the Verizon HTC One release date, price and features remain a mystery.
We’ve already taken a look at what to expect from the Verizon HTC One release and now, ahead of its arrival, it’s time to take a look at what not to expect from Verizon’s upcoming HTC One release.
Verizon HTC One Release Date Beyond July
Verizon hasn’t issued a release date for the HTC One but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make some educated guesses as to when the device will touch down.
Previously, we heard from the reliable @evleaks that the device would arrive before the end of June. With 10 days left, it’s possible that Verizon will get the HTC One out before the end of the month. And while that may or may not be true, consumers should not expect a release date to fall outside of June or July.
Though August is a summer month, it’s unlikely to be the HTC One’s release month on Verizon. The carrier would be putting it too close to other big name smartphones launches like the iPhone 5S and Galaxy Note 3. We also likely wouldn’t have seen Verizon announce the phone that early if it planned to release it two months from the announcement date. If it was a new device, sure, but not an old one like the HTC One.
We’ve also seen signs of Verizon clearing out stock of the Droid Incredible 4G LTE and Droid DNA in anticipation of the HTC One’s arrival so at this point, consumers shouldn’t expect anything beyond July in terms of a release.
An offer that HTC is running for the HTC One, one that lists Verizon as a carrier, ends on July 15th. Perhaps we see a release by that date.
At this point, consumers shouldn’t expect a pre-order for this device. Verizon loves to offer pre-orders on big name devices but given how late in the game this launch is already, we expect Verizon to make the device and release date official and release the phone a day or two afterward.
The only way that Verizon offers a pre-order is if this phone is several weeks away from release and at this point, we don’t expect to see the device emerge anywhere past the middle of July.
So instead of a pre-order, consumers should expect to see the device land on shelves shortly after the official announcement.
A Sell Out
No doubt about it, there is great demand for the Verizon HTC One. The HTC One is a solid smartphone and Verizon’s 4G LTE network is the largest in the land. This is a phone that people have been waiting for and it’s a phone that is likely to get scooped up by thousands of people come release day. However, don’t expect a sell out.
Not only has HTC recovered from its supply issues but many of those that would have bought the Verizon HTC One in April have since moved on to other carriers or other devices. Translation: There will be demand, just not as much as there would have been had Verizon launched the device when it first came out.
Prospective buyers should expect to find ample HTC One stock as we don’t expect there to be any supply issues with this device when it arrives.
Though Android 4.3 is rumored for arrival sometime in the next few weeks, consumers should not expect it to be on board the Verizon HTC One when it arrives. First, the device has been rumored to have Android 4.2 Jelly Bean stock. Second, Android 4.3, if real, will first emerge for Nexus devices. The Verizon HTC One is not a Nexus device. And third, HTC’s own Nexus, the HTC One Nexus, will have Android 4.2 on board when it arrives June 26th.
Too many signs point to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean instead of Android 4.3. Fortunately, the update isn’t expected to be anything substantial though it should stlll offer some benefits that HTC One owners are interested in, particularly those that utilize Bluetooth.
Don’t expect any Verizon HTC One surprises. What we mean by that is, those hoping for a microSD card slot, a removable back, a 5-inch 1080p display, or Droid branding simply aren’t going to see it.
Instead, expect the HTC One that consumers have grown to know and love. That means a 4.7-inch display with 1080 resolution. That means a non-removable back. And that means 32GB of on board storage without the ability to expand.
HTC and Verizon would not have announced the HTC One as the HTC One if it were going to be something entirely different from the models that arrived earlier this year on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.