There can only be One: Verizon may replace DROID DNA with HTC One

There can only be One: Verizon may replace DROID DNA with HTC One
This has been a strange path for HTC in regards to Verizon. First, it was rumored that Verizon would be rebranding the One as the DROID DNA+. Then, we heard that rumor wasn't true, and that the One would be delayed on Verizon for "testing". Now it looks like the HTC One will be released on Verizon with that name, but it will replace the HTC DROID DNA on Verizon shelves. Or, at the least it may replace the DNA on Walmart shelves.

The leaked document comes from Walmart, and explicitly says that the HTC One will "launch in March", which seems to contradict the idea of the delay on Verizon. But, it also says that the HTC One will replace the "HTC DNA" on Walmart shelves. 

This makes sense though, because the HTC One is HTC's flagship, and that's kind of part of being a "flagship" phone is that there shouldn't really be any other options from the same company that are aiming at the same user. 

source: Droid Life via pocketnow

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38 Comments

1. apple.bb.htc.sony.nokia.rip

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I feel sorry to the HTC user

2. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

The only reason why I'm not speaking up for the HTC One is because us Verizon customers might get screwed. If this is true it changes everything. I'm not jumping ship for "One" phone. Eventually all these carrier specific phones will just disappear.

22. Alberto.GM

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I think they must disappear, people doesnt go with another carrier or stay with the actual carrier because of an exclusive phone they stay because they like their service or because they are stucked in a contract, but makin carrier exclusive phones make the companies spend resources they can use with a single flagship well advertised

3. rick2340

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

After seeing that GS4 launch Verizon needs to get the One ASAP.

4. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

lol why replace it just do what you did with motorola and come out with a htc maxx then maxx hd or a thin htc everyone kiss up to verizon.

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Ah Verizon, they rushed to get a high end device out for the holidays and now the people who bought that device are going to regret it.

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Not really, just cuz a seemly better product has doesn't mean your current one is any less amazing. Im sure the dna will be a great phone for quite some time

8. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Yeah, I'm sure it will be. Too bad the few units sold will lead to dead development in 3-6 months. (See: Bionic)

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Exactly. The Bionic was quickly outshone by the Razr and though they were very similar in specs, the Bionic is being left at ICS while the Razr is going on to Jelly Bean. When the One goes through to Verizon, I expect the DNA to get Sense 5 and Android 4.2, and after that will only be a couple maintenance updates. Sad to see such a nice and capable phone be in line for dropped development so soon.

18. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The Bionic is being left at ICS? Says who? I guess just because the Razr's had it's Jellybean update for...A SINGLE DAY that means the Bionic won't be getting it? Now there's a bloody RUMOR that something is replacing the DNA, and you people are already spouting off gloom and doom...

20. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I wish people who obviously don't know anything about the Bionic, or at least are too bitter to properly consider the fact would stop referencing it when trying to make a point. I mean 3-6 months? The ICS update rolled out about 5 months ago...that's quite a bit longer than 3-6months after the Razr's launch. And there are numerous other examples that contradict your assertion... Anyway it's a myth that just because a phone is succeeded that it will not continue to receive any support from the OEM.

32. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Did you have a Bionic? Solid development on the bionic lasted about 6-7 months from its release. Then xda and others became a place of tumbleweeds in the bionic forums. That's the reason I got rid of it. I don't want a phone that is only good for 6 months of development.

37. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I STILL have a Bionic. Development lasted longer than 6 months, it was not consistent, partially because of the hooplah going down at Motorola as well as the Google buyout, but it definitely lasted more than 6 months. There was a solid amount of leaked builds, and then ICS was pushed. What more exactly did you want? Lemme guess an unlocked bootloader and more ROMs than you can shake a stick at? Well too bad I guess. In my opinion given the way Android is, the Bionic has had plenty of support. If you're gonna claim that support for the Bionic ended 6 months after launch, then explain to me how the ICS update took place about 5 months ago? Not saying that thats good btw, but it is what it is

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You're kind of right. The DNA won't take too much of a beating in value when the One comes, but it'll really look stale until HTC makes the Sense 5 update for it, and even then you have to wait until Verizon puts it through testing for 3 months until you actually get it.

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Its android tho remember? Customizing your phone is almost limitless! look, i know the one is better in alot of aspects but you should find a way to be content with or with out the latest piece of tech, because soon their will be a phone that will make the one look silly, know what i mean? i can put money on it that if we werent following this site every day and didnt have a clue as to what the newest phone out was we would probably find the dna one of the best phones ever made but since we DO follow this site everyday we will probably be a slave to having the newest thing out. all in all find a phone you really love and be content with it because at the end of the day, its still jus a phone :)

13. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Ps : I'm using the photon q.....last years dual core technology and don't plan on upgrading to any of these beast phones simply because I love the keyboard it has. Hopefully well see more high end qwerty phones this year too :)

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

It seems to me that the days of high-end Androids with physical keyboards are numbered.

26. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Well that's what they were thinking before the photon q came along.....but then it did come along! Lol and we also have the q10 to try out from blackberry :)

28. g2a5b0e unregistered

I meant top of the line, flagship though. The Photon Q was upper-mid range to lower high-end at best when it debuted.

34. ECPirate37

Posts: 331; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Very well said! I still love my EVO 3D. I flash the rom any time I see a new one that I want to try out, and I still think it is a great phone. I think people that have the DNA will still be happy with the DNA once the ONE comes out. And, it won't take long for someone to release Sense 5.0 somewhere and they can flash it if they want. I specifically agree with you that people who do not keep up with this like us, won't know the difference. When I talk to my friends about phones, they usually have no clue what I'm talking about. A lot do not even realize basic things like holding the magnifying glass for voice commands. haha

7. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Leave it to verizon to screw us.

31. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You don't pay enough on your monthly bill, to justify updates :)

33. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Ha, you must be right. I guess I should just give them an extra 600 a year on top of the 2400 I already give just to get updates. i kid.

16. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I have the DNA and honestly, I don't regret getting it at all with the One coming out. They're not too far off from one another. Hopefully they do release the One and people can get the next HTC flagship when their upgrade is due. Verizon needs to stop pushing for carrier exclusives that are essentially overshadowed by the ACTUAL flagship that comes out with an OEM a few months later. What's the point of a carrier exclusive from an OEM when a better actual flagship is going to be release a few months later. Kinda how they dropped the ball with the S2. Hopefully they get their crap together. But this IS Verizon we're talking about. We'll see.

23. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

yes carrier exclusives are making it harder on people watching better versions of their brand phone, the only good thing moto did was hopefully open doors for more phones to have more options as far as battery concern that was a great idea one that only stayed with verizon.

21. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

I honestly don't know if I'd want the One over the DNA. I prefer the DNA's design, and it seems like the camera and battery are better. I don't really care for HTC's new Sense on the One either.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

The DNA will get Sense 5 soon enough.

25. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

1600mAh vs 2300 mAh?

27. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

1600? It has 2020. DNA has done very well in battery testshttp://blog.gsmarena.com/htc-droid-dna-takes-battery-tests-heres-what-it-scored/ although people who have used the One say it's battery life is good too. I forgot to mention that the One does have a superior screen to the DNA as well. It'd be a tough choice, the main point is I don't think Verizon dna owners will be that upset, they have a great phone.

35. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

wow i have no idea where i got that 1600 figure from.

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