As most of you have probably already heard, the HTC M7 is thought to be releasing under the rather confusing moniker of HTC ‘One’ upon final release. Further rumors have suggested that the One has already been confirmed for a US release on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, but Verizon customers may be disillusioned to hear that they could be left out of the party once again.
We informed you of this possibe eventuality in a previous report here, when it was revealed that the HTC One could be launching next month on March 22. This is after the device has gone on sale in Europe first of course, but Verizon customers may be and perhaps should be a little frustrated that HTC’s latest flagship could be absent from Big Red’s portfolio.
One main reason for this, is that Verizon may be planning to offer an upgrade to the Droid DNA instead. The 5-inch 1080p device is by no means an old handset just yet and Verizon could have decided that a HTC One arriving on their network would undermine their Droid brand.
One of the biggest flaws of the DNA despite its display strengths, is the fact that it only comes with 16GB of internal storage (around 12GB usable) and no option to expand due to the lack of a MicroSD card. If Verizon are really planning to skip the HTC One, but release a possible Droid DNA+ handset, then you would presume that MicroSD support would have to be a certainty this time around.
Aside from an inevitable storage upgrade though, it will be interesting to see if there are plans to bring some of the rumored HTC One design aspects to this Droid DNA upgrade – We’re talking about these front speaker grills on the top and bottom of the device that we keep seeing.
One fear in sight though is the fact that the HTC One is thought to be coming with a 4.7-inch display, not a 5-inch. Would Verizon users really be satisfied with a Droid DNA upgrade instead of the HTC One, which had a smaller display screen compared to the DNA?
Hopefully HTC’s press event on February 19 will give us the answers to these questions and help to alleviate some of the fears that Verizon customers may have.