HTC and Verizon have always been pretty tight, making the carrier’s apparent reluctance to pick the new One up quite bizarre. However, Big Red was a while ago rumored to be prepping an exclusive version of the new HTC flagship, named Droid DNA Plus or DLXPLUS, which would have explained a lot.
Only the DNA Plus didn’t come. And with the One almost confirmed to land on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile by the end of March, we started to think it was never real. Or is it?
Well, according to a newly uncovered Bluetooth SIG listing, an HTC6445LVW is being worked on and likely headed to Verizon, based on the “VW” in the model number. We have no sure way to know what kind of device this is, but given last year’s Droid DNA is known internally as the 6435LVW, we’re guessing it can only be a follow-up of some kind.
Now the question is will this be similar to the Droid DNA or the One. Previous speculations had it pegged for the latter, meaning it could come with a 4.7-inch Full HD panel, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 4 MP ultrapixel camera, 16 GB of on-board memory, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.0.
We’re definitely not ruling out the other theory though, so Verizon’s DLXPLUS could pack more or less the same hardware in a slightly larger 5-inch body. But if that’ll happen, wouldn’t setting the DNA and DNA Plus apart become a much too difficult task for Big Red potential customers? Oh, well, it’s not like the exact same thing didn’t happen last year with AT&T’s One X and X+. When will HTC learn, right?