HTC Droid DNA Plus might come in lieu of HTC One on Verizon
The reason seems to be the fact that Verizon has already got the HTC Butterfly, an exclusive 5-inch 1080p phone by HTC, so it probably does not want to water down its sales.
But lacking the One is still a sore omission. The solution? Verizon might be preparing the HTC Droid DNA Plus for launch, an upgrade over the original Droid DNA that will make up for the lack of the One. Actually, the HTC One looks much like the original Droid DNA in terms of design, so we just expect a bump up in specs and a few other new features.
The Droid DNA Plus has now gotten Bluetooth certification, and seems one step closer to becoming a reality. Whether it’d indeed get a Snapdragon 600, the new Sense with BlinkFeed with Zoe, and the new UltraPixel camera, are all questions we don’t have the answers to just yet. We expect to find out soon, though, so stay tuned.
source: Bluetooth SIG via Ameblo, Android Authority
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4183; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Please put a removable battery HTC. Please.
12. Slammer (Posts: 675; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Those that thumbed you down, evidently don't have multiple handsets shoved in drawer with broken USB ports never to be used again unless 150 dollar deductable is coughed up.
I wish no bad luck on people but, I wonder what these same people will do when their handset's port or battery dies just two months away from new contract? At least with a removable battery, you can nurse the phone until upgrade and save that money toward a new phone at upgrade.
14. izim1 (Posts: 62; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I've own cell phones since the startac days. What's that, 15years? Not once have I ever owned, used or have need for an extra battery. No broken usb ports or ports of any other kind. Your experiences are in the minority, it seems.
17. McLTE (Posts: 588; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Until I got my Note II, I've had and used secondary batteries in EVERY smart phone I've had. It's saved my hide more than once too!
These days I wouldn't consider a HTC phone without a removable battery, their power consumption has just sucked for too long.
Hopefully in the future things will change, but for now I also demand removable batteries!
22. Slammer (Posts: 675; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Anything under 50% is considered minority. But at what percentage do we consider here? It's hard to tell. However, it would be extremely insensitive to think just because you haven't experienced the issue, that no one else has. My wife has a Samsung Epic with broken port. I had an Evo with a broken port. Two of my friends have broken ports. One is a Motorola and one is an LG. Two other friends expereinced premature battery deaths. I even had another friend who has an IPhone 4 where the battery failed prematurely in the middle of nowhere. He had to wait to get to a city a day and a half later in order to exchange his phone while on a business trip. He estimates he missed 15 to 20 important business calls within this time. Then if you go into some other forums and here about battery complaints, you find this problem also falls outside of my nucleous of peers.
Before you dismiss the importance of removable battery, it would be best to experience the issue before judging the minority. This is a serious omission on the part of manufacturers. In my 27 years of owning cell phones, I don't think it is something to take lightly. My original Antel bag phone suffered premature battery failure as well. Luckily, it could be replaced.
26. jcarrigan (unregistered)
the dna plus is rumored to have a 4.7inch screen compared to the dna having a 5inch screen. how is that an upgrade? the only upgrade about this is that it will have a memory card slot.
20. ECPirate37 (Posts: 68; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
I don't understand why someone would thumbs down a request for a removable battery. I have the EVO 3D (which I love), and I've rooted it, upgraded the software, and even use battery saving software coupled with SetCPU (to keep the speed down when not in use) and my battery will last about 8 hours during normal use, but only 3-4 if I am playing games, surfing the internet, etc. The battery in my phone now is a replacement battery I bought 5 months ago because the original battery had gotten to the point that even if I wasn't using the phone, it would die within 4 hours.
I work at a job where I do not always have access to outlets, but always need access to email, business websites, and the ability to call/text. Having a replaceable battery is very important in my buying decision. I agree that for 90% of users, it probably isn't a necessity, but when I can be out on assignment for 16 hours in a day without an outlet, I need a replaceable battery.
23. Slammer (Posts: 675; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
I expect thumbs down from those that haven't experienced the problem or don't really care. Preaching to phone geeks that only look at asthetics, does no good.
As a consumer advocate, I've estimated that 12-15% of cell phone users experience battery failure or USB charge port failure before the contract is up. This is not a small figure and I've written to congress on how this could potentially affect user's insurance claim dollars before end of contract. Hermetically sealing the phone so no one dare get to the parts, creates more trips to the store and increases insurance claims or repair costs. Having removable batteries would retain the customer's control in popping in a new battery for quick operation. This also allows the customer to nurse the phone for two to three months until contract is up to purchase a new phone.
29. firelightx (Posts: 71; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
As a former rep with Verizon, I can say this:
Batteries that are built in like such are covered under the warranty, not the insurance. Both Sprint and Verizon use TEC (total equipment coverage) which means the warranty that is normally 1 year is extended indefinitely, for as long as you pay for the insurance.
I can't speak for the other carriers because I'm not as familiar with their insurance options. But with Sprint and Verizon, there is NO deductible for battery problems.
25. alouden (Posts: 150; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I agree. I have never considered owning a phone without a removable battery. I might consider a Motorola phone without one, but NEVER HTC. I have owned too many of their phones. Loved them all, but they are all battery sucking black holes....
28. Slammer (Posts: 675; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
I hope the editors of this and other forums take note of the people that really are serious about phones having removable batteries and SD Cards. Because for every one person that takes the time to write about these concerns, there are probably 10 others thinking the same but feel their voice is not enough.
If these forums could be used as leverage for the manufacturers to listen to, a more serious view might take shape.
I see no reason why a manufacturer can't design an elegant phone and still keep these two essentials. In fact, I will be the first in line to purchase one that does.
2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2375; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Gonna be a hell of a year
Sony HTC and moto for 2013......screw Samsung!
7. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 155; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
Cheers to SONY Xperia! :DD
SONY Xperia Z ftw!
(dust/water resistant + sleek and elegant + durable glass body)
3. sportsinger75 (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
See, this is why I don't buy HTC phones anymore. They just can't seem to keep a flagship a flagship. This is ridiculous, the DNA was released what, four months ago? Good thing I just sold my DNA, I can just hear the value of them crashing down. What a joke.
5. kvk066 (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)
What can HTC do if carriers are insisting whta they want.....
10. pwnarena (Posts: 438; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
sell it through their own store. unfortunately, they don't have that many. i wish htc falls and then merges with sony. htc delivers enviable displays i wish sony uses.
4. tiara6918 (Posts: 1105; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Isn't this a bit too soon HTC, you released a handset that hasn't even been out for six months and now you're planning to release another one?
9. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
and as usual htc forgets their other products and focus on their new ones.
8. bluescreen (Posts: 139; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
no micro sd card slot and no removable battery? i'll keep my money thanks though
13. Slammer (Posts: 675; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
More thumbs down for a reasonable request as a necessity for phones? I question the intelligence of those that only seek looks over retaining functional control for their phone. These are computational phones people. Imagine a computer with no removable battery and broken charge jacks.
30. alouden (Posts: 150; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Has the absence of the SD slot been confirmed?
15. BattleBrat (Posts: 853; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
No Sony and no HTC one for Verizon.... Why? I understand no Nexus, Verizon dropped the ball last time...
16. rick2340 (Posts: 21; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
No Lumia 920 either. Verizon has the worst phone selection.
18. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Should be a Lumia 922(I think) or something similar coming to Verizon soon. Given the closeness of the number designation, I would hope that it will be a device very close in quality to the 920. Let's just hope it is as good in build quality and has 2013 specs.
19. McLTE (Posts: 588; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
HTC seriously needs to adopt the Apple and Samsung methodology here.. Moto listen up also!
Create ONE series of phones and put it on all carriers.. enough of this carrier exclusive crap! A big part of the reason the S3 is so successful is it is available on all carriers.
21. supersammyfans (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
Honestly, will anyone buy this crap after Sammy release the mighty SIV??? I don't think so....
24. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1330; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
HTC, please make a 5.5" and SHUTUP AND TAKE MY MONEY