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HTC Planning to Release a Butterfly Follow-up, New DROID DNA Too?

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When HTC first introduced the Butterfly last year, as one of the first devices on the planet to sport a 5″ 1080p display, our attention was grabbed immediately as it was identical to a device we had been tracking for months, codenamed the “dlx.” As you all know now, the “dlx” turned into the DROID DNA on Verizon and was indeed identical in specs to the Butterfly. Well, thanks to satisfactory sales numbers of the Butterfly, HTC CMO Benjamin Ho recently mentioned to a Taiwanese publication that they are planning a sequel. Naturally, our minds then wander into the land of DROID DNA follow-ups – perhaps the DLXPLUS? 

We have written about the DLXPLUS a handful of times now. Thanks to HTC insiders and stops off for certifications, the device appears to be headed to Verizon with identical specs to the HTC One, which Big Red passed on. We’re talking a 4.7″ 1080p display, 2GB RAM, UltraPixel camera, and new HTC Sense 5.0 with BlinkFeed, BoomSound, and Zoe.

It seems a bit silly to jump to the new Butterfly being the little sister to the DLXPLUS, but they were so similar last year, that we can’t help ourselves.

There is no current time table on a release for the DLXPLUS on Verizon, but a couple of reports suggest that it should arrive within the next two months, well after the HTC One has made the rounds.

Are you willing to stick it out and pass on the Galaxy S4 to get a hold of Verizon’s One-ish variant?

Via:  Engadget | Android Beat

Cheers androidian!

  • Chris King

    Come on moto make me a red phone

  • eli

    I’ve had enough..i’m selling my dna and paying full retail for an s4. This will be the last HTC phone I will ever buy. No support what so ever.

  • Papa CROSS

    I have to buy my next phone at regular price
    because I’m not giving up my unlimited data plan, which I use at least 12 to 17
    GB each month on a non rooted phone.

  • Papa CROSS

    NEED A PHONE WITH A MICRO SD CARD SLOT. WHY DO THEY MAKE PHONES WITH OUT THIS OPTION? NOT ALL OF US WANTS TO STORE EVERYTHING TO THE CLOUD.

  • JIm

    Please. You have learned nothing. It’s not HTC’s fault. It’s stupid Verizon strong-arming HTC to make the phone they want. Verizon is behind no sd card slots and small storage to puch people to use the cloud and more data.

    The SG4 is gimmickery at is finnest. Nothing more.

    The ONE is and will be the ONE phone to rule them all.

    • LOL_i_POP

      Just needs a (software patch?) fix for all its external design mistakes.

      BLINKFEED is how Android MUST NOT LOOK/feel.
      It’s a wrong direction. Totally.

      Actually BLACK 5″ GALAXY S4 is much, much, much better than gray/white 4.7″ HTC One:

      1) TouchWiz looks like Android, not like WP.
      2) 13Mp camera by SONY will defeat 4.3UP camera from nowhere.
      3) 2,600mAh REMOVABLE battery and power-efficient Full HD SAMOLED and Exynos and Snapdragon will last longer than 2,020 NON-removable One battery.
      4) just Smart Pause and Smart Scroll > Zoe.
      5) SAMSUNG doesn’t pay Apple.
      6) GS4 is Verizon-ready.
      7) GS4 is a global HEXA-band phone.

      more durable, bigger display, bigger battery.

      Black version of GALAXY S4 is just BEAUTIFUL!

      To be a hit 4.7″ HTC One needed to be more than aluminum material.

      • Knlegend1

        With a physical home button that ruins it all.

    • kg215

      Lol, even if that were true (and you are clearly making it up) it still ends up being HTC’s fault. If they were more successful and sold a ton of devices, Verizon would back off or have very few demands. Companies like HTC and Motorola had to bend over backwards to Verizon otherwise Verizon would have just said no thanks and the loser would not have been Verizon in that scenario it would be HTC/Motorola. The One will rule nothing, and neither phone is gimmickery at all, both have amazing hardware underneath. The difference is HTC made a lot of poor choices on the small things like the lack of sd cards/small non removable battery/etc. and the One has nothing that sets it apart.

    • Rex_D

      All the Motorola phones and Samsung phones on Verizon have SD slots, so do all their tablets. HTC is the only phone without and SD slot. I doubt Verizon pushes HTC to leave out SD slots. HTC does not put SD slots on their recent phones on other carriers either.

  • Knlegend1

    Verizon why not just get the freaking HTC One. Why haven’t they realized the Droid line is dead!

  • droidbeat

    Yes. When it gets the Snapdragon 800 CPU and wireless charging.

  • Henry Babcock

    Release it as DNA-Plus with One specs (front speakers, camera) but proper Android button layout (like DNA), and upgraded battery (2500+ at least) and 64gb option, and I’ll seriously consider this. Otherwise it’s looking like X-Phone or bust.

  • Daveydog

    Verizon is going to butcher that beautiful aluminum phone

    • michael arazan

      It won’t even be aluminum I bet, it’ll have the same version of the DNA’s body, verizon hates change.

  • http://twitter.com/GamerTimeUSA SupremeKing_Of_U

    The Screen is going to get smaller!?!?!?!?

  • Alex

    I’m at least interested to wait and see what kind of leaks come as we get closer

  • http://twitter.com/Vizualize a.d.AM

    I used a DNA last night briefly and it was all lag city and sense bloat. What a downer.

    • allan m

      Right….

  • Guest

    Calling it: Droid Incredible 4G HD

    • Brent Cooper

      LTE

  • nightscout13

    Looks like HTC wants to follow Samsung’s lead, and make 70 adequate devices, instead of 3 top tier devices.

    • Dave

      Exactly how many devices do you think Samsung has out right now?

      • nightscout13

        Close to 60, or more, if you could domestic and international Android devices

        • Dave

          How about we only count mainstream domestic launches, that’s all that really relates to our community. Most of those have nearly identical international versions.

          • nightscout13

            You must not be aware that Samsung releases other Android devices that are not talked about on US websites.

          • Dave

            I’m aware of that, thanks. GS2, GS3, GnX, GN2, GS4 are the only ones basically on this site. Technically you are correct, but for all intents and purposes these are basically it.

          • nightscout13

            If you look at this page http://bit.ly/11JdoIj you will see 5 pages of Samsung Android devices, and at least 20 per page.

          • Dave

            I see, but the vast majority of those devices are variants and exclusive devices for regional / monthly carriers. For the major carriers, if you exclude devices exclusive to a certain carrier, you’re really only looking at a large handful of devices over the last 2 years. Sorry if I wasn’t explaining myself all that well. Peace man.

          • nightscout13

            Even if we cut that number in half, to 50. That’s still way too many devices. Fragmentation at it’s best. BTW, I own the GS3, and before that, GNex.

        • Ben Johnson

          For the heck of it I added the releases from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG and Sony in the 2012 calendar year, I removed all carrier/regional duplicates that I could. HTC had the least at 16 devices. Samsung had the most at 36. Here’s the list if you are interested.

    • kg215

      They can’t follow Samsung’s lead, Samsung sells a lot of devices.

  • rodney11ride

    Fail… these htc phones with their 2009 icon dock….. geesh

    • http://twitter.com/_elemenopee_ Kavin Nguyen

      Fail… For complaining about something as irrelevant as icons. You have Android with a mountain full of icons and docks to choose from.

      • rodney11ride

        Fail for being you. jump off a roof. *and if you were to read the post i said icon dock.

  • XphoneTroll

    And this is why HTC is offering 100.00 to those who upgrade to any new HTC devices when they are due..

  • Bionic

    X phone

    • XphoneTroll

      Excuse me?

      • EC8CH

        M O R T A L K O M B A T

        FIGHT!

    • Jason Bittner

      X Phone is a lie, vaporware

  • Kevin McDole

    Just give us the One on Verizon please.

    • Austin Warren

      Nowhere to put the logo.

      • MatthewSimmons

        Buh that makes me wonder how they are going to molest the S4 when they get their hands on it. Puke.

        • Austin Warren

          Samsung won’t allow it this time.

          • Lactose_the_Intolerant

            uh, Verizon logo on Samsung Note 2 home button says “hi”.

          • Austin Warren

            I own one. No need to point it out. Samsung makes a huge amount of money for Verizon so they won’t deface it again.

      • Kevin McDole

        Do you mind not always trolling my posts? Your name annoys me.

        • Austin Warren

          It’s a legitimate reason. Not trolling. Stop getting so butt hurt.

  • chris125

    If the One wasn’t coming to verizon then no I wouldn’t wait for this I would go with the s4

  • chris125

    Hopefully it has a larger battery and more storage or at least an sd card slot

  • Tirionfive

    Looks like HTC has learned nothing.

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    • Austin Warren

      No more ultra pixels

    • BigMixxx

      And Won’t Learn ANYTHING….

  • Spider210

    I always make the mistake of purchasing first gen ugh

    • Captain_Doug

      I wish I had your problem. Still using the Dinc2 that I bought a year after it came out.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        STOP THAT!

      • tyguy829

        Whyyy? Those were the times where you had to choose between 4g or dual core (droid x2 or thunderbolt/revolution/charge)…and you chose neither! and if you say you got it a year after it came out, you could have gotten a droid razr, gnex, or rezound….

        • http://twitter.com/King_GeorgeG17 George Gennaoui

          I made the dumb mistake in getting the dx2. It’s ok, the GS4 is almost here!

        • Captain_Doug

          I went with cheaper. Definitely should have gotten the Gnex. However I really don’t like Amoled. My contract isn’t up until 3/06/14. It’s pretty sad. However hopefully joining the Air Force gets me out of my contract.

    • chris125

      Always gotta wait especially with HTC

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    • Tech Pro

      This will not be released until Q3/Q4. It’s going to compete with Galaxy Note3.
      So, HTC is just pulling a Samsung here. Actually, Apple seems to be doing the same thing, too. Big and Bigger Mix. Big at the beginning of the year and Bigger at the end of year. Question is: will butterfly 2 come with a pen or SD slot?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    If the ONE came to VZW *cough*and they brought back double data*cough*… I’d wait for the One and come back to VZW.

    @Kellex think we’ll ever see the Double Data Promo Again?

    • Tirionfive

      This is Verizon we are talking about here. Not a chance in hell.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I mean they did do it twice. Why not a third time?

        • chris125

          I think the double data was to get more users off their 3g network since they want all their users using a lte device so they can stop selling 3g devices. I wish they would bring double data back maybe another summer promo otherwise Ill just buy full price and keep my unlimited data.

          • tyguy829

            there is a chance they could run a half data promo for double the price. 1gb for $60 anyone?

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            LMAO

          • Tirionfive

            First Hearty laugh of the day, thanks :P

    • Dave

      It always corresponded with a big Moto launch.

  • Derr Herpp

    No