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Verizon’s HTC One Appears in First Press Shot

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Well, there she is – the Verizon HTC One. It looks like…an HTC One, only with Verizon’s 4G LTE logo in the notification bar. Otherwise, we’ve got the same silver and all-metal color scheme, HTC’s Sense 5.0, BoomSound front speakers, wide-angle front camera, and that love-it-or-hate-it navigation button setup. 

We still do not know when this phone is arriving, other than “later this summer.” If you are one to buy into dates displayed on a phone, then you could potentially  throw Thursday, September 5 into the ring. How often have those been correct over the years, though?

Still excited for the arrival of the One on Big Red?

Via:  @evleaks

  • Dorian Brooks

    After six months of negotiations Verizon couldn’t get HTC replace their logo with Verizon’s between the back & home button.

  • Ryan Patrick McAvoy

    The 4GLTE looks blurrier than the rest of the notification bar… shopped? I spoke with a vzw rep today and she said they keep hearing by end of July.

  • Tim

    The device just got approval in Bluetooth SIG yesterday. Anyone know if there’s a general timeline for release after Bluetooth approval?

  • Ravishing Rick Dave

    If Verizon doesn’t get this thing until September it would be a major bummer. I recently ditched Verizon and my unlimited data plan and went to ATT to get the 64gb version of this phone. Such a great device, I would highly recommend it.

    • Knlegend1

      I ditched them a few weeks ago. Went to att and this is by far the best phone I’ve ever owned.

    • samari711

      I was just in a VZW shop to get a replacement phone for my wife and they said they were expecting the One to be in mid July. No idea how accurate that might be but they didn’t even hesitate when I asked.

  • Tyler

    Was really hoping that Verizon would get an upgraded DNA being the Butterfly S.

    • TylerChappell

      Ditto, with it’s red accents and stuff, it looks like the DNA and the Rezound had a baby who may or may not have also been fathered by the RAZR HD MAXX’s battery.

  • disastrousrainbow

    Mmmmm. What a sexy phone. But with no memory card support or removable battery, sorry, not gonna happen.

    • callumshell1

      Thanks for sharing.

      • disastrousrainbow

        Thanks for caring.

  • Liderc

    If this phone didn’t have such stupid button placements, I’d probably buy it even though it’ll be old by the time it comes out. I’m honestly going to have to leave Verizon, they have terrible phone choices.

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    • abrego47

      that is also the s4 version too

  • Brandon.

    Can I just say, this feels exactly like the Droid Bionic release? Eerily similar. The device was outdated when it came out, and I ended up waiting for my GNex. Battery life wasn’t a concern for me as I just ended up getting another battery.

    I’m not sure what I’m going to do now. I was going to buy the HTC One outright when it came out, so I could save my unlimited, but even the store rep is telling me he thinks that they will be getting rid of unlimited in about a year. I use around 10-12 gb a month, so I don’t really want to pay for that. But this is getting a little ridiculous. The phone was released months ago, and surely will be outdated by the time it is released. I mean I’m sticking with Verizon due to the coverage, just like many other people.

  • JohnBergman

    Anybody else think that this would be ridiculously easy to photoshop?

  • master94

    Lack of VZW logos. is the world ending? got to love HTC leaving no space for VZW marking

    • Nicolas Pipitone

      After reading this it all makes sense as to what motivated the innovative front facing speakers. *Maybe not innovative cause my old LG V had front facing speakers… but i digress. This is how the conversation when for sure.

      CEO – How can we keep Verizon from putting an ugly logo on our phone.

      Design – We could just cover the front with stuff so there wasn’t any room.

      CEO – Ok, but what? We have the camera and a big screen already.

      Design – Hm… well what about tossing in some grills with speakers behind em.

      CEO – Ok! Good thinking! That’ll keep their tattoos off our little girl!

      Design – Yeah! ….. It’ll probably sound pretty good too.

      CEO – Hm, good point. Let’s market it like that. That sounds way better than telling Big Red that they can’t date our phone.

      The End!!

  • steve30x

    I actually don’t think im gonna be as excited when I see the release date. I bet its sooner than we all think. I guess a mild smirk will do. sigh…

  • sith77

    By the time Verizon gets going the HTC TWO will be out ………….. Or even nexus 5 ………Why bother ?

  • Bobby Buttons

    Why does it take so long for them to release the same thing? Does it really take them 6 months to load their crapware on it? Are there timed exclusives on other carriers?

    • Detonation

      Politics. They want to get all the sales they can out of the DNA before they sell a better phone in its place. People that don’t follow tech news/blogs have no idea the One is coming and will still buy the DNA.

      • TylerChappell

        This is exactly the case. Most people just go into the store and think that everything in the store is all that is available. Or worse yet, they go into one of those tiny kiosks in the mall which have an even smaller subselection. The only phone the typical consumer is aware of a release within a couple months of them buying a phone is the stupid iPhone. It’s so depressing seeing people still buying the iPhone 5 despite how antiquated it is just because they are so eager to get iOS7 as soon as it’s released and are too impatient for the iPhone 5S.

    • Skittlez

      they didn’t want to release it until 4.2.2 was ready

  • Tyler Casilio

    Is this an official one?

  • NorCalGuy

    There goes my hopes for the butterfly replacing the ONE for Vz.

  • PhotogAndrea

    Check out the date on the phone, possibly the release date- Thursday, September 5. Verizon often releases things on Thursdays. Hoping that’s just a randomly selected date, because as you can tell, I’m going nuts waiting for this damn phone!

    • Skittlez

      yesterday, a rep hinted 30 days to my friend

  • Raj Bhatt

    I kinda hate that the 2 best phones on VZW when my contract ends both have wonky hardware buttons. After the GNex, I really like on-screen buttons.

    From reviews I’ve read, the One is better construction but the SGS4 is a better phone right? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    • pubasnacks77

      I’m torn between the two myself. I also have a GNex and am looking to upgrade (full retail cause I don’t want to lose unlimited data) but I can’t decide either to get the One or the S4 or even hold out a little longer for something better

      • ToddAwesome

        Same position here, I need more info on the hero model of the X phone before I make any decisions.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/fitman88 Fitman88

        Same here, I’m hoping the x-phone is compelling. I personally couldn’t care less if it actually turns out to be “mid-range.” As long as performance is sharp, battery life long, and screen bright and accurate I may pass on the One and GS4.

        Another factor to consider is that I can almost guarantee that the GS5 will have beautiful hardware and front facing speakers. (no one saw the hardware of the HTC one coming and now theyre all scrambling to compete…) If I get the GS4 I’ll feel shafted in T-minus one year.

    • Paul D

      same boat. Probably holding out to see the Note3 or whatever Moto has coming

    • Mudokon83

      I went from a google nexus to an s3.

      i agree, i HATE pressing the giant button in my pocket by accident and turning the screen on, i like on screen buttons only.

      my only hope is that when i need a new phone, ill have that option again in the future with some motorola type phone.

    • Skittlez

      actually heard that despite the S4 being 1.9GHz, and the One is 1.7GHz, the Touchwiz userinterface makes it laggy, and i’ve heard no complaints whatsoever with the One.

  • Greg Chason

    day late and a dollar short again for the combo of VZW and HTC

    • TylerChappell

      Sad but true. While I am very happy with my Droid DNA, I bought it knowing that its specs would be on-par with the flagship devices of 2013(quad-core Snapdragon, 2GB RAM, 1080p screen), and I bought it solely so that I wouldn’t have buyer’s remorse and wish I would have waited, because I would have been waiting what now looks like an extra 7+ months for the phone I would have wanted, thanks to Verizon’s bs delays and lack of premium devices.

  • JohnBergman

    A couple days ago I jumped ship and took advantage of AT&T’s half-off deal. Killer deal, haven’t looked back and will definitely not be missing Verizon.

  • Derek Lockovich

    I can’t believe this phone is taking so long to come out. It’s going to be a good phone still, but I feel as though consumers will have moved on especially if it’s around the beginning of September. Isn’t that when Apple has their yearly release…?

    • JohnBergman

      I am one of those that decided to move on. I’m tired of having to pay subsidy when I’m eligible for upgrade simply because Verizon can’t get good devices in time. By the time I got a phone on Verizon, it was old. Unacceptable.

      • Raj Bhatt

        Which carrier did you end up going to?

        • JohnBergman

          I first tried to go to T-Mobile, but while they contract-free deal is awesome, their service is terrible in my area. I ended up taking advantage of AT&T’s half-off deal and got the HTC One for $100.

          • Skittlez

            see, in my area, obviously, Verizon has the most amazing coverage everywhere and awesome speeds, but i tried the Nexus 4 on T-Mobes for a month, and i’ve had awesome speeds and coverage everywhere. I just don’t see leaving Verizon when i pay pretty much the same price, and still have unlimited data. it’s a tough situation, especially when you see phones like GPE One and GPE S4 releasing.

  • Chris

    Sorry VZW, no giant Verizon button on the front?! Pass…….

    • Sixy

      Automatic downvote for tired comments about Verizon logos.

      • Chris

        I often get down votes but hardly ever an explanation why…Thanks for the feedback!

      • Ian

        There is nothing automatic about it. You down-voting comments because they mention VZ logos is a very manual process. :p

      • T4rd

        Semi-automatic downvote for a negative comment in general. ;-)

      • feztheforeigner

        Automatic downvote for complaining about someone complaining.

      • LiterofCola

        Might as well add tired comments about Verizon encrypting bootloaders to the list

  • Matthew Merrick

    I’m probably the only person disappointed that they’re getting the same One as everyone else. I was hoping for a “one variant”, a butterfly s/DNA 2

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      SAME.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    FINALLY SOME LEAKS!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU

  • Mordecaidrake

    Shame Sense sucks :(

    • flyinggerbil

      so flash the google edition rom

      • Mordecaidrake

        To be honest I didn’t think of that, but I’ll be buying a S4 over the One.

        • Skittlez

          may i ask why?

          • Mordecaidrake

            HTC is dead to me after the Thunderbolt. Was such an awful device, no idea how they released it to the public.

          • TylerChappell

            I had a love-hate relationship with my Thunderbolt and it was almost a bad enough experience that I wasn’t going to give HTC another chance. I had it running incredibly stable and was getting excellent battery life with the extended battery + it was built like a tank and just wouldnt break. Until finally one day it started rebooting again almost as badly as it had when it was on Froyo after me not having reboot issues for many months. So I banged it on my desk in frustration, which rendered the vol+ button nonfunctional, and then after putting an ICS rom on it, it works great again, minus the vol+ button. A 2300+mAh battery inside the DNA would have made it damn near perfect, that and having a 32gb storage option.

      • Raj Bhatt

        Will that be possible since the Google Edition ROM is GSM? Someone would have to port it.

        • Jordan

          They’ve got it working on the sprint HTC one I’m pretty sure. So yeah.

        • Skittlez

          The only thing different is the radios, so yea. it’ll be really easy. considering you can flash the latest version to the GNex way before The VZW Gnex even gets a leak

    • JohnBergman

      I have the HTC One and I actually really have grown to like the new Sense 5.

      • Mordecaidrake

        I’m sorry to hear that =p

  • Zach Armstrong

    Not the Verizon version if it was the HTC Logo would be replaced by a Verizon logo

    • Sixy

      Automatic downvote for ridiculously tired comments about Verizon logos.

      • Ian

        STAHP!

      • TylerChappell

        You’re downvote comments have become ridiculously tiresome after just two of them, which must mean you’re pretty stupid. Seriously, no one likes ugly carrier logos on their beautifully designed devices. You must be a Verizon rep evangelist.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Boy, Verizon is really dropping the ball with devices. Not only are they losing out on key Android devices, the phones they are actually supporting (well, offering) are taking forever to launch. My contract with unlimited data is coming up this fall and then it’s decision time. I’m having a very hard time justifying my continued business with them, even with the killer network.

    • disastrousrainbow

      Is it worth having a key phone on a lame network? I made that admittedly stupid decision when Sprint launched the EVO 4G. Jumped ship to them just so I could have the latest and greatest KEY Android device at the time and while there was some instant gratification in having the latest device, it was less gratifying being the only one in the room with no 3G and shaky calling/texting performance.

      Times have changed, certainly, but the situation is still the same. My friend left Verizon for Sprint for the HTC One because he couldn’t wait any longer and the S4 didn’t interest him. He dropped by last night and I agree, the phone is amazing, gorgeous, all those words. His service? Deplorable. 3G with one bar. My S4 had three 4G bars. I can’t even imagine what the AT&T version is like.

      I guess I just don’t see why people would sacrifice reliability over desirability, especially when what’s desirable now will become undesirable half a year or a year later when a new model rolls around. Just roll the dice on something well-made and be content. I know with technology that’s easier said than done, but at the end of the day I think it’s a smarter thing to do.

      Of course, if networks are all the same in your area, by all means, jump ship to where you’re happy. I’m sure Verizon wouldn’t mind that versus having irritated customers ragging them because they don’t have every single Android phone under the sun in their lineup.

      • AndrewScottRox

        I know what you mean. In the past, I switched from Verizon to AT&T for the stupid original Razor flip phone. It was horrible and I couldn’t wait to go back to big red. However, you said it yourself, the times have changed. Wireless companies are investing more and more in their networks to offer key services like LTE. I wouldn’t go back to AT&T due to their crappy plans and horrible customer service, but their network is getting faster speeds than Verizon. Now it doesn’t mean squat if you aren’t in their area, but it will only get better for customers. Even T-Mobile is lighting cities up with LTE.

        It’s not that they don’t have every single android phone, it’s their lack of key android phones. In the past, a Verizon CEO (I think) said that they had to “earn the iPhone” before they can offer it to their customers. Where is this kind of thinking now? They really are a far cry from the Verizon that had the moxy to push the OG Droid to the masses. Verizon is clinging on to exclusivity like a dinosaur when they should be engaging customer’s needs/wants.

        • disastrousrainbow

          I think Verizon’s thinking right now is how it has always been and what their CEO said: Network first, phones second. The network had to be built to support the crazy influx that would come with an iPhone and that’s what they did and then some, because while they were prepping that they were implementing 4G resources as well, which is why they’re so far advanced now and only continuing that trend (LTE-A).

          As for phones, honestly, if you’re really analyzing what customers want, not what forum readers like us who, I mean, are customers too but a feverishly small percentage compared to the rest, they do carry everything for them. The S4, S3, and iPhone 5 are easily the most popular phones period, but they also have the Note II, iPhone 4, 4S, Motorola’s solid RAZR lineup, not to mention some solid Windows phones and BlackBerry’s latest, and even though the DNA’s on its way out, it couldn’t be ignored that it was very comparable to the One.

          The company hardly leaves their customers wanting, well, at least to an extent. Is the HTC One a brilliant phone? It sure is, but it’s actually the one (ha) that’s lacking moxie as far as Verizon, and to an extent the business world, is concerned. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending some of their ass-backwards decisions, and they’re certainly not infallible, but you can’t blame a business for prioritizing things that make business sense. After all, that network doesn’t pay for itself. Haha.

      • zurginator

        To be fair, Sprint is the absolute worst network. Their 3G is slower than T-Mobile edge…. Their 4g is at 3g speeds…

  • Finire

    The bezel on that thing is HUGE!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Man please

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

      I’d have to agree. The bezel is one of my least favorite things about the phone.

    • flosserelli

      If that is your biggest beef, then I’d say you are looking *really* hard for something to complain about.

  • Stephen

    I love the build of the phone, but i can’t go back down from a smaller screen than my droid DNA. It would just feel like a downgrade

  • thedonxr

    Took this long to encrypt the bootloader! Verizon is slipping…

  • Tyler Durden

    There’s no logo. So nope..not verizons

  • sc0rch3d

    looks like any other press shot of the phone….? It’s missing a big logo or any sign of VCast Music. I call BS.

  • BeLogical

    Battery life makes this not an option for me

    • Jordan

      Battery life has been more than enough for me. Off the charger at 6, not back on until about midnight. I’d say I use my phone way more than average. Never not made it through a day.

      • BeLogical

        Good to hear a real world usage case. I’ve heard the opposite about heavy users not being able to make it through they day. I had enough of that with my GNEX, so this was a huge concern for me.

        https://plus.google.com/105555694224602845621/posts/fHKxfzyG18Y

        • Jordan

          It’s leaps & bounds better than the GNEX. The GSM model is anyways. I had the Verizon Galaxy Nexus for awhile & it was horrid.

      • Tyler Durden

        Power users are different. Sounds like you had minimal usage.

        • Jordan

          I wouldn’t say minimal. I usually have something like 2 hours screen on time. This was with a custom kernel, power saving mode, & sense. I’m running a GE ROM right now, I’ve not been using it long enough to comment much on its battery. I’ve got 5 & a half hours since unplugged, little over an hour screen on & I’m sitting on 81%.

          • trwb

            I get 3-4hrs screen on time on my GS3. 2hrs screen on time is not good for the size battery the HTC One has in it.

          • Jordan

            As I said I’ve yet to run it dead in a day… I’m sure it could go much longer.

          • trwb

            It’s all about screen on time though. You could use it for 2 days on one charge with only 30 mins of screen on time, and that would be considered minimal use.

            On a side note Greenify is a good app for conserving battery.

          • Tyler Durden

            Exactly. I don’t even get 16 hours with my Note 2. About 10 hours and 5 and half hours screen on. Music playing in background etc

          • LionStone

            Not true, tethering and phone calls use quite a bit of battery but don’t show their usage looking at ‘screen on time’. Sometimes I’ll only have 1 or 2 hrs screen time but an hour or 2 of phone calls or 3-4 hrs tethering.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    everything about that phone is gorgeous except for the screen area. I just don’t understand all the bezel. I guess I’m just spoiled on these edge to edge displays these days.

    • 4n1m4L

      How do you hold a phone with no bezel?

      • Tyler Durden

        Uh nobody holds their phone by the screen. Its always on top of my hand.

        Hopefully that was a rhetorical question. I answered anyways

      • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

        I guess if you don’t get what I mean then don’t worry about it. Put an s4 and an HTC one side by side and look at the screens and you will see what I mean. The One just looks clunky.

        • LionStone

          The One sacrificed a clean uncluttered face for BoomSound, which was a good move imho…looks acceptable to me considering the benefit of the speakers.

  • MichaelFranz

    i want to want it….but i think something better is already lurking…hate vzw right now

    • Eric

      Something better is always lurking. For the moment though you can’t go wrong with the S4. I got tired of waiting for the One and you get over the plastic feel.

    • Christian Felanopolis

      exactly, I have enjoyed my Rezound and I do like the feel of this over the SG4, but Vzw’s version is a bit dated

      • rich k

        I still use my rezound. Works very well. At present Verizon has nothing that i am interested in. Thinking of letting my contract laps and going with tmobile or att.

  • trophynuts

    i mean by the time it does land on VZW it will be 6 mos old right?

    • EvanTheGamer

      Which is why it’s best just to get a SGS4 and forget about the HTC One. haha.

      • XphoneTroll

        Or just wait for the note 3:-)

      • LionStone

        For a second I thought you were serious, because the S4 doesn’t really bring anything new and different, I mean I already have a quad core, 5″ 1080p screen on the DNA. But it’d be nice to have BoomSound, Zoe, and metal clad. I’ll probably still hold out and see what else crops up.

        • EvanTheGamer

          I have a Galaxy Nexus, so the SGS4 WILL bring something new and different to me that I haven’t yet experienced in a smart phone. So yes, I was being serious.

          • LionStone

            Of course, that’s all good, but your reply to the One being ’6 mos old’ comment, suggested the S4 should be the choice whereas what it comes with has already been done, (not talking about waving and blinking) just looking at the phone. The One is as future proof as the S4, some may say more because of the front speakers/sound quality. Have a good holiday!

    • NAM37

      And they will want $300 for it…

      • T4rd

        For an “exclusive” 16 GB version…

        • Sammy Kumar

          I believe you mean 32 gb, ATT has exclusive 64gb.

          • T4rd

            I believe you missed the joke. =p

          • XphoneTroll

            Hey be nice… Lol

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    • VinyTaco

      The device has only been out 2 months, if September is right, then it will be about a 4 to 5 month delay

    • MK17

      Should be long enough for them to etch the Verizon logo on the front somewhere. They may just fill in the bottom speaker grill and put it there.

      • michael arazan

        I wonder if the Verizon HTC One Dev edition will be out before this one

    • Tim Buchanan

      At least there’s not a huge VERIZON logo on the front.