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The DROID DNA (or DLX ... or DIX) is a phone we've seen running around in leaked photos and Verizon MAP spreadsheets for some time now, but the date of an official launch has generally been elusive. Evleaks suggested early December, and given today's announcement of a Verizon/HTC event next week, that seems to be an increasingly likely timeframe.

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The DROID DNA is largely believed to be a DROIDified version of HTC's J Butterfly, a 5" 1080p, quad-core Snapdragon-packing beast of a phone. Of course, the "J" in J Butterfly stands for Japan [only], so it looks like for the first time in a while Americans may be getting a top-tier HTC phone before Europe, or even Taiwan. Quite interesting, indeed.

Our own Ron Amadeo will be there in NYC on the 13th for the unveiling, so when we know, you'll know.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthonylancer Anthony Mironenko

    git me sum dat gsm goodieness and im all down

  • Linch

    Hopefully the boot loader will be unlocked but seeing it's Verizon I highly doubt that. Hell the Inc 4g (my phone) had the HTC unlock for a very short period of time before Verizon made them lock it downand it's not even a high profile phone

  • Sqube

    If I can't have a lot of storage, please let me have a microSD slot. If I can't have either, I'm going to be very sad. I'm looking for an opportunity to spend my money.

  • Kenny O

    "we invite you to experience our latest collaboration " ok, so collaboration means filling with bloat ware, slapping an ugly logo on it, putting DROID in the name, and locking down the bootloader. Verizon can take their collaboration and shovel it up their a$$.

    • flosserelli

      You wouldn't love Verizon as much of they were any other way ;)

    • Josh Nichols

      All HTC phones ship with a locked bootloader.

  • whargharbl

    Lol @ the "oh my god that name is so bad" tag.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Really? REALLY? They scheduled their event to announce this phone on the same day that the Nexus 4 opens up for sale? Lame...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129440224 Christopher Ching

    This is probably the only phone out there that would have been in the running against the Nexus 4 for my next phone, but the bloatware, manufacturer skins, and carrier locks that will come with it as a part of the Droid line disqualifies it. With a phone like this, HTC should be pushing it out to every American carrier; lord knows they could use the revenue given their latest financial reports.

  • FrillArtist

    Yawn...more Verisuck bloatware.

  • 27yearold

    let's hope it has a qwerty because I'm tired of screen only phones which are always designed specifically for teenage girl type of uses and not for adults. There's more to smart phones than facebook, angry birds, and texting.

    • Kenny O

      I think we pretty much know there is no way this particular device will have a qwerty keyboard.

    • Freak4Dell

      One can always dream, but no, this won't have a QWERTY.

  • McLean Riley

    I came here fully expecting DIX jokes. I am let down by the DIX.

    • Freak4Dell

      "I am let down by the DIX."

      That's what she said?

      • onpoint G

        lol nice bringing it back

      • mikkej2k

        Of course Verizon would have an exclusive on DIX.

  • acejavelin

    Announcing it on my birthday?!?!?! I'll take it as a sign!

    • Larizard

      no, Nexus 4 ON SALE on your birthday. Now, THAT'S a sign. ;)

      • acejavelin

        If only it was on Verizon... where I live there isn't much choice if you want signal.

  • Kenny O

    I'm curious to know what kind of incentives an OEM like HTC gets to produce a carrier exclusive device. You would think companies would follow Samsung's model of releasing a flagship device on as many carriers as possible and selling the shit out of them.... I don't get it, no way any incentives for exclusivity can out do sales numbers.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Usually, it's the carrier committing to pay the cost of advertising the device. That's why you'll see way more in the way of TV/Movie/Print advertising for a device like this than you'll even see of the SGS3. Advertising is a pretty huge cost, and carriers are usually more than happy to advertise flagship phones in the carriers own advertising (kind of a two-for-one deal). Carriers love to be able to flash a cool device and follow up by saying "Get it today, only on Verizon".

  • Scott

    Where's the Nexus 4 review?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      It's almost done. It's not like you can run out and buy it right now or anything, there's no need to rush.

      • Scott

        Thanks, I've been waiting on a GOOD review. All the other reviews were all over the place and didn't make a lot of sense.

    • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

      Still trying to upload without lte.

  • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

    Well as I hope to finally get off the sinking ship that is Sprint and head towards the full red bar pastures of Verizon, this looks to be my all in one device. Get rid of the tablet and phone combo with an all in one hybrid with crazy specs. We will see.

  • heat361

    Crappy Verizon logo,shitty sense, no need for 1080p on a phone, crappy battery nexus 4 here I come