HTC seems to be growing restless with its One devices, recently showing off the impressive One X+ and now a new device called the HTC DLX.
Previously, we brought you news of the HTC J Butterfly, a 1080p, 5-inch smartphone that would only be available in Japan. According to Android Central, the DLX will come with similar specifications but be made available in North America. Verizon is the lucky carrier that will be offering HTC’s newest flagship device, a first for the United States’ largest carrier. Verizon originally shunned the HTC One line so it’s about time HTC returned to the service provider. The DLX (apparently pronounced “deluxe”) also physically resembles its Japanese counterpart.
The HTC J Butterfly and HTC DLX are the manufacturer’s first super-sized devices, boasting a 1080p 5-inch display with an incredible 440ppi pixel density. The DLX will pack either an 8MP or 12MP rear shooter (obviously we’re hoping for the latter) with a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. The processor is most likely the 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. As for battery, there’s a non-removable 2500 mAh on board. Android Central’s sources say the casing is similar to the Droid Incredible 2, meaning soft-touch rather than polycarbonate.
Verizon’s branding shows up in the usual way, with red accents on the bezel, volume rocker, and rear camera. There’s also the expected 4G LTE logo on the back. The DLX has nixed software buttons for physical ones here and they’re laid out in the typical HTC fashion as back, home, and recent apps. Rear speaker keeps the same design as the One X, and by the looks of the photo will continue to feature Beats Audio.
The DLX will ship with Android 4.1.1 even though 4.1.2 is already out in the wild — still better than Ice Cream Sandwich — but feature Sense 4+ because manufacturers still won’t let go of Android skins.
Hopefully this will be HTC’s last deviation from the One moniker. HTC’s been doing so well in keeping its products streamlined and easier to understand when compared to previous years when it was nearly impossible to tell HTC’s flagships from the mid and lower-range phones. It’s important to keep in mind as well, that there has been no official word from either Verizon or HTC as of yet but the sources are pointing to a November launch.
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