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HTC DLX for Verizon Revealed in First Photos

There she is, the HTC DLX that is headed to Verizon. We have been following the “dlx” saga probably longer than any other site, so it feels fantastic to finally see it floating about in the wild. This is HTC’s 5″ 1080p phone, similar to the J Butterfly that was announced in Japan, only this one should be launching on Verizon in a month or so. We had heard from a couple of sources of ours that this was in VZW testers’ hands, so the first set of leaks popping up is no surprise. 

What do we learn from this new leak and first set of photos? It looks about like we would have expected it to, with a matte or soft black finish, red accents, and Verizon branding. The display looks massive, and is at 5-inches. There is an 8MP camera on the back, 2MP camera on the front, 4G LTE branding, a BeatsAudio logo, 16GB of on-board storage, 2GB RAM, 2500mAh battery, and a quad-core processor, which we are assuming is the Snapdragon S4 Pro.

It’s running Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) and Sense 4+.

We still have no release date or official announcement from either Verizon or HTC. Rumors peg it for a November launch, which we can’t wait for.

Is this the phone you have been waiting for? Can it top the Galaxy Note 2?

Via:  Android Central

  • Fazor

    As a user who purchased the original Droid Incredible on launch day and still loves it, I welcome this ‘incredible’ new phone! I remember when the DInc first came out and was sold out in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. because it had the best specs for any phone at that time. Nowadays, companies like HTC fragment the market with phones like crazy so you can’t expect for any one new phone to have everything people ask for; that is how they keep consumers wanting the next big thing. I have intentionally not gotten a new phone in 2 1/2 years because nothing has wowed me in that time. I love HTC phones but the Incredible 2 wasn’t much of an improvement, the One X was powerful, yet still ugly. Motorola fragments the market more than any other brand and their phones are not that great. I have been waiting for the next big phone with impressive specs and here it is with the DLX. I know this phone will be marked down to $100 after just a few months so I will pick it up then. Anybody who buys a phone at full launch price is a fool!

    • alex

      Careful! If you got it spend it!

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Had my DInc for 2 years, moved to HTC Rezound (which was not so good at launch but they released ICS for it and now it’s fantastic!)… very curious about this new offering — can’t wait to get some hands-on time… might be replacing my Rezound.

  • HTC1

    Hard keys! Sorry HTC. I guess i’ll wait till you catch up with the times. I don’t even mind Sense. But those hard buttons should illegal.

  • William_Morris

    Hrmm… capacitive touch keys, possibly locked bootloader courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Crappware courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Can’t dig this phone.

    If bootloader can be unlocked, I could reconsider.

  • Joe Cool

    when did phones with 5inch screens become cool?

  • Dragon

    How does one become a tester? That sounds like an awesome job

  • Steve Douglas

    Hmmm I’m really torn. The note 2 and this are going to be great phones. The note 2 has some really clever software (split screen, the stylus, screen staying on algorithms) but not sure if the note 2 will be pocketable enough. And I’m a fan of HTC….Decision Decisions

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    I WANT THIS!!! It reminds me of my old HTC Rezound which I loved!

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Yep, this could replace my beloved Rezound… I really enjoy HTC’s phones (have gone from DInc to TBolt to Rezound) — have high hopes for this one!

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        I loved my Thunderbolt but Asurion ruined it through the POS replacements they sent and I loved the Rezound until HTC ruined it through the POS ICS update! I gave up a LOT of features (battery life, beats audio, hd screen,etc.) when I switched to the Droid Razr but I have to have a phone that actually WORKS as a PHONE! I hope HTC can win me back with this device!

  • Daistaar

    While the specs are gorgeous, has Sense evolved enough to compete against Sammy’s new Touchwiz features like S Share and S Beam or their innovative gestures? I’d love things like flip to mute and lift to call on this but might just have to see if Sense is still in 2011 when this comes out.

  • rohmbd

    Hardware soft keys, really?

  • austin

    Nice but lg and HTC phones need to adopt on screen navigation keys

    • asianrage

      That means they’ll have to redesign Sense, and that’s too drastic of a change. They’re only cool with minor iterative changes, not an overhaul of their chromed out style.

  • Charlie

    personally, i will take the razr hd maxx instead. i know that the quad core processors are much more efficient, but a giant, high-quality screen + 2500 mah battery is no bueno. i don’t want to ever have to charge in the middle of the day, barring very unique situations. at the least, i would need to see how the battery performs beforehand.

    • fartbubbler

      razr hd maxx = 1gb ram. That’s the dealbreaker for me.

      • Zach

        Won’t even matter. Touch Wiz and Sense are so bogged down today, they need a full 2 gigs. Blur is really light compared to the other skins. Won’t really make a difference. People just want 2 gigs to say they are on the cutting edge.

  • Slide83

    I can’t believe they bent over and let Verizon ruin the looks with that logo on the front.

    • asianrage

      I think they want to bed the Nation’s biggest carrier.

  • roberthenderson

    Oh, and It must have much better battery life than my rezound did.

  • Booyah

    You lost me at “Sense 4+”…

  • roberthenderson

    It’s it doesn’t have those stupid screen wasting on-screen buttons, it’s got a shot

  • Microdot

    Even though I love big phones and part of me wants to be all over this, i am a little gun shy of HTC after my thunderbolt experience. May have to hold out for the Note 2….announce it already Verizon.

    • teleclimber

      Yeah same here, but for me it’s the Inc2. Great phone and all, but we’re still on Gingerbread. We were promised ICS moons ago.

      I don’t think I can do HTC again, unless it’s a Nexus.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.leavell.3 Cindy Leavell

      NOTE 2, NOTE 2, NOTE 2 should I go on ????

  • Sobr0801

    Probably will be my wifes next phone if we stay with verizon.

  • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

    Oh hey, it looks like… every other HTC phone! =D

    • asianrage

      As opposed to, the iPhone? the Samsung GS3 Supreme? LG Samsung2? Motorola WideBezel?

  • dandar

    Sense + LCD screen? I’ll take the Razr Maxx. Thank you.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    It has sense…. Not interested.

  • http://twitter.com/Wil_Payne Wil Payne

    Those asinine softkey buttons hurt me.

    • cooksta32676

      At least you will get a true 5 inch screen.

      • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

        Is that supposed to be a positive?

        • cooksta32676

          For sure. You don’t lose .2 to .4″ with buttons.

          • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

            Heh, oh the horror! =P

          • QuadNexus

            THIS. going from a gnex to gs3. i didnt realize what a waste of space the onscreen nav were.

    • http://twitter.com/Wil_Payne Wil Payne

      I don’t understand the downvotes. I don’t understand why manufacturers choose to put things on a device that are obsolete. What is the benefit of wasting bevel on softkeys when you could meet up with one-year-old standards and have an on-screen set of nav buttons.

      • BSweetness

        When a manufacturer actually puts out a device with a bottom bezel that’s incredibly small, then I’ll be 100% ok with on-screen keys. But that has yet to happen. Every Android phone released to date with on-screen keys still has a sizable bottom bezel (and the LG Nexus looks to be continuing that trend in a major way), except for the RAZR M, but it has a very large extension of the casing below the bezel which serves the same purpose as most large bezels (making space for internal components rather than just for capacitive buttons). If the bezel is going to be there anyway, and it’s big enough to fit physical buttons, I’d rather have the physical buttons and retain full use of the real estate of the screen instead of having the bezel plus giving up .3″ of the screen for the on-screen buttons.

        It may all be personal preference, but that’s where those down votes come from.

        • http://twitter.com/Wil_Payne Wil Payne

          My hate for manufacturers including them is based in the use of a menu button there, which Google is trying to dispense. Now that I have seen clearer pictures and see there is a recent apps, but not menu button, I’m ok. Manufacturers and major third party app developers (Facebook, twitter) not developing for the current implementation of the menu button is a pet peeve of mine, like intentionally building devices that cannot update past at or below 2.3.

  • Bewara2009

    Going to sell my Samsung galaxy S3 for this baby. Can’t wait!

  • schoat333

    Great specs, but sense will make this phone trash.

    • fartbubbler

      root it and throw on some AOKP. That’s a beast phone.

      • schoat333

        How many VZW HTC phones have AOKP?

        • DiamondDave

          The Sensation and the Inc2.

        • evilstewie23

          HTC rezound has that and cm9

  • j

    no software buttons, no like. get with it htc.

  • jak_341

    Not bad. This in white, with the One X style ceramic would be nice. Capacitive buttons though? Really?

    • zionlion

      Totally agree. Honestly, they’ve been building the same phone since post-Incredible 1. The one X is very well designed, and is thin. But, it still looks like every other HTC made in the last 3 years. I’m surprised more people aren’t bored with them yet.

      • Stevedub40

        Amen to that. Apple is going to sue for “staleness” and “repetitiveness”

      • trob6969

        I couldn’t care less about the way it looks. It’s a PHONE not a tuxedo…besides, what more can you do with the looks of a flat rectangle that hasn’t been done already?

  • http://www.facebook.com/robstunner Rob Wisz

    Looks insanely tall but with insane specs. Albeit the 16Gb is a slap in the face unless they include a microsd slot

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      Verizon is at it again! They will release this device with minimal storage so they can push 1080p streaming options inorder to sell you a higher tier of data for more money!

      16GB would hardly hold 4-5 1080P movies!

    • trob6969

      The J Butterfly has a microSD slot and is waterproof…of course that doesn’t mean Verizon’s version will have these features though.

  • Jon Casson

    Has anyone heard if this will have a SIM card or be global ready?

    • JoshGroff

      It’s 4G LTE, it will have a SIM. As to the global ready question, I don’t know if the radio specs were released yet.

  • Butters619

    Are you sure about the 2500 mAh battery? The J Butterfly was like 2060, so i was just curious if HTC actually pumped it up for the Verizon version

    • LionStone

      It doesn’t really matter, people are already crying that its *only* 2500mAh and that it’s not enough! Wahh!!

      • Butters619

        2500 is a lot better than the 1800 in my One X.

        • LionStone

          Yep, this is most likely my next phone and my girl will get my Inc4…(which was the original plan all along :-)

  • Jose Lopez

    16gb? O well I have only used 5gb out of my 32gb Nexus. I wonder if it will be priced at the 299 price point.

  • Guest

    I’m torn. This seems like a fantastic phone, but now that I actually have ICS on my Bionic, I might be willing to wait out for something even better. I like the near-stock direction Motorola is going in, and I really like the LG Optimus G. I guess I’ll have to wait and see reviews.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      You have ICS finally? You do realize Jellybean has been out for months right?

  • http://twitter.com/spdivr1122 Stephen

    is the screen 5 inches, similar to the galaxy note? or is it 5 inches similar to more of an iphone like screen where its longer? it looks like its obviously bigger than my galaxy nexus, but it just looks longer than wider to me. looks amazing though

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Yeah, this is where I am torn — have to to wait until they release it into the wild. It does look unnaturally long…

  • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

    Note II is the winner for me.

  • r0lct

    Sounds like typical Verizon. They’ll try and get this in for the holidays with the Droid branding to push off the Note 2 instead of giving people both to choose from.

    RAZR/GNex all over again.

    Not saying this phone is bad, but that it sucks Verizon can’t let its customers choose what they want more and not just test their patience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hinder.portillo Hinder Portillo

    With that battery no thanks. Galaxy note 2 here I cum!!!

    • Paul

      The processor and screen should be more efficient than the Note 2′s. What makes you think the Note 2 will definitely have a better battery life?

      • BSweetness

        The Note 2 will probably have slightly better battery life due simply to the shear size of the battery. But you’re right that the S4 Pro processor in the DLX will be more efficient (I’m not entirely sure if the screen will be, but it could), and that will make up a lot of ground between the battery size of the two.

        The big thing for me is that the battery here is not removable. The Note 2′s battery is. For many people, if not most people, that really isn’t a big issue since this battery will probably power them through a full day without any issues. But even the 3300mAh battery in the MAXX couldn’t get me through a full day, so I’d have to attach myself to an outlet or external battery pack while it recharged. Huge inconvenience. I’d much rather be able to take a few seconds to pop in a fully charged spare battery and be good to go without having to worry about being tethered to something for awhile.

        If the battery on this was removable, I’d seriously consider it over the Note 2, even if it lacks a microSD card slot. But when you combine the removable battery, microSD card slot, and S Pen functionality of the Note 2, it easily becomes the preferred device for me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/hinder.portillo Hinder Portillo

        how does a 3100 battery sound? and how does a 2300 battery sound?

        • Paul

          Battery mAh alone doesn’t tell you but so much, just like GHz for processors. Also, you pulled the 2300 number out of thin air.

    • KB Smoka

      Whatever you get make sure you update that sweet mirror picture in your avatar.

      • So Funny

        I am laughing my @ss off from this comment!! Hilarious!

      • http://www.facebook.com/hinder.portillo Hinder Portillo

        don’t ever judge a book by its cover I have that picture because it’s a picture of myself I use to weight 298 pounds and last year I made a promise to myself loose weight and here I am now my weight is 172 and I’m in good shape u speak and judge someone you might want to ask the question why did they do it?

  • EvanJ2462

    I want this as a nexus device so badly.

    • michael arazan

      And you know the updates on this will be sooo sloooow, HTC updates are bad enough then vzw on top of it, you’ll be lucky to get 1 update in a year. Aamazing phone, I’m happy HTC 2012 is finally moving in the right direction with the one series and this phone is apart of the one series., first time I’ve ever wanted an HTC phone.

  • http://twitter.com/TPelt17 Thomas Peltier

    Really deciding between this or the next Nexus

    • normmcgarry

      This would be the better decision until you get frustrated that it wont get Android 4.2 for 1-2 years.

      • http://twitter.com/TPelt17 Thomas Peltier

        Oh I know what I’m getting myself into. Have a Thunderbolt since the first day it was released, and I finally get an upgrade next month

        • http://www.facebook.com/mancubuszero Michael Crisci Jr.

          I hear you. I also have a Thunderbolt, and the only reason I’m running ICS right now is because I installed it myself. That’s the thing, though: you’ll at least have the option to customize to your liking if you get impatient with HTC/VZW. I’m very happy I did, and I’m seriously considering this phone for my next upgrade.

  • GNex

    First!!!

  • Radgatt

    This will be my next phone. Can’t wait!

  • Dave

    Hmm, should I get this or leave Verizon for the GSM Nexus? Sure I lose LTE but direct updates from Google is very tempting. Then again, that screen sounds like it’s going to be killer.

    • KleenDroid

      This years Nexus offering is nothing special with only 16 gig of storage. Yes I want a phone that can be fully unlocked like my Nexus but I want a minimum of 32 gig storage.

      The S3 is a better option and it can be fully unlocked since Samsung leaked an unlocked bootloader.

      If only Google would “leak” an un-encrypted bootloader for its Motorola Maxx HD. That would be a Christmas gift MANY would love to get. And Motorola sales would go through the roof.

      • Dave

        Storage isn’t a big deal to me and while I enjoy the S3, I’m getting to a point where I don’t really care for wanting to unlock boot loaders and load up a custom ROM anymore. It’s great to have that option, don’t get my wrong, but I rather have a no hassle stock Android phone. A direct from Google Nexus device is great for that purpose since my priorities have shifted.

        However I respect the fact that people are disappointed in the potential storage options for the upcoming Nexus.

  • SAMBO

    This is definitely my next.

  • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

    Increased battery over the J Butterfly and 4G LTE? Yup this is my next phone

  • T4rd

    Meh, seems like a nice budget phone =p /s

  • moelsen8

    i’m holding out for the first 4k resolution phone

    • r0lct

      I’m waiting for the one that projects the imagine into my eyeballs.

      • feztheforeigner

        The eyePhone…

        • cooksta32676

          You are so sued

      • JoshGroff

        Now that’s retina display. ;)

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I think…. you may have just started one of those “internet trends” . . . . . . “Holding out for 4K res” . . . I’ll be stealing it now.

  • Captain_Doug

    2500mah? That’ll work.

  • triangle8

    TBD. Hopefully the battery doesn’t get killed by the 1080p display. That’s pretty crucial. I hope HTC can bring some significant improvements, especially to Sense, otherwise, I think the world will continue to move to Sammie.

    HTC should also bring this phone to all the carriers, not make it an exclusive. Samsung has really benefited from having the same model on all carriers, not this exclusive crap.

  • http://twitter.com/ezbbycame2play E. Echols

    This with stock JB will be a beast.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Assuming we an ever get stock JB on it. :P

      • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

        CM10 or AOKP should have something right?

        • KB Smoka

          Not necessarily

          • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

            I’m holding out hope. Replacing Sense with stock 4.2 (or 4.1.2) would make this just about the perfect phone on paper

    • LionStone

      It’s already a beast!

  • Greyhame

    Looks nice. Wonder how it feels in hand. Specs are unbelievable. Hope Sense doesn’t ruin it.

  • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

    Increased battery over the J Butterfly and 4G LTE? Yup this is my next phone.

  • Tommy Thompson

    While the screen sounds amazing, it doesn’t offer anything extra like the Note II.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I would tend to agree. Samsung is adding through software. For all we know, this is simply running Sense with no special features. But it looks sexy though. :P

      • Tommy Thompson

        Oh, I mean t more along the lines of hardware too though. The Stylus and Wacom digitizer.

        • BSweetness

          Indeed, but the custom software from Samsung is really what makes the hardware that provides the S Pen functionality something special. The custom software on the Note 2 is some of the best thought out, and the most useful, ever put out from an OEM.

  • zepfloyd

    It’s surprisingly not really all that much bigger than the GS3 width wise. Slightly.

    This is my next? 440ppi is going to be insane.

    • moelsen8

      except that your eyes really can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. i feel like all this would really accomplish is eating the battery faster.

      • zepfloyd

        Speak for yourself, but I can easily tell the difference. Since this is a IZGO/SLCD3 it will be the best mobile display, period. AMOLED’s can’t even do 720 in RGB yet, still waiting.
        I agree it probably will be over the top though for most though, and it remains to be seen what the battery impact is.

        • http://LaRouchePAC.com Adam Sturman

          Galaxy note2 is NOT-Pentile. It is indeed Full-RGB. http://www.oled-info.com/galaxy-note-2-uses-non-pentile-oled-display-267-ppi

          • zepfloyd

            No, it’s not full RGB. It’s not pentile, it’s RGB-like, the arrangement is still different.

          • Dorian_at_ATT

            Each subpixel is composed of one R, G and B. It doesn’t have to be stripe to be considered full RGB. The Note 2 is RGB.

        • LionStone

          “and it remains to be seen what the battery impact is.”

          What a sensible comment!…I’m laughing at all the ones from people that spew as if they’ve used this device already!

      • r0lct

        Just because you can’t distinguish individual pixels doesn’t mean you can’t tell a difference.

        • trob6969

          Exactly! You can easily see a difference in the overall image being displayed.

      • trob6969

        MY eyes can definitely see the difference between 720p and 1080p, easily.