Yesterday, we saw the first official Verizon HTC One image leak out, an image that showed off the looks of the Verizon model for the first time and also started a firestorm thanks to a date that scribed on the front of the device. And while that September 5th date remains a possibility when it comes to the Verizon HTC One release date, those looking to buy shouldn’t count on it
Several weeks ago, HTC and Verizon announced the Verizon version of the HTC One, a device that is already available on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile and has been since April. At the time and in the days since, HTC and Verizon have remained mum on specifics, neglecting to offer any details on features, price or its release date.
Of course, the Verizon HTC One rumor mill has been hard at all though details remain scarce. Over the past few weeks, here is what we have heard about the Verizon HTC One release date:
- Very early on, after the official announcement, we heard that Verizon was trying to get it out by the end of June.
- We heard from someone who would have knowledge of a release date that a date wasn’t set in stone and that Verizon was taking its time.
- We heard that the device was about three to four weeks away from launch, back at the end of June.
Just yesterday, we saw two more revelations occur. The first, the Verizon HTC One passing through the Bluetooth SIG, one of the final roadblocks to its release. And more importantly, we saw the device leak out for the first time in the flesh with the reliable @evleaks unearthing a photo for the world to see.
The photo, while offering a glimpse at the device itself, also added fuel to the fire as it contained a date of September 5th. In the past, we’ve seen these dates correspond to launch dates and that notion has led many to believe that September 5th could be the Verizon HTC One release date. As we argued yesterday, there are plenty of reasons why that probably won’t be the case.
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) July 2, 2013
For those that need more reason not to count on September 5th, a date that would be three months after the initial announcement, @LLabTooFeR, a respected HTC insider and notable leakster claims that there isn’t any validity to the September 5th release date. And while he can’t say if it will be coming sooner or later than that, he does say that it will still be coming in the future.
Granted, he isn’t Verizon, but if he is skeptical of September 5th, it’s safe for prospective buyers to be skeptical as well. Summer stretches into September as well so it’s also possible that we could see it launch later than September 5th.
However, now that it has passed through Bluetooth SIG and now that the HTC One Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update has rolled out, it’s possible that we could see something emerge in the near future. Exactly when remains unclear but at this point, consumers shouldn’t count on September 5th being the official release date for the Verizon HTC One.