Anonymous leaker of all things phone, evleaks, took the lid off a press render of an upcoming HTC device, which evleaks calls the Deluxe (this is likely just the codename, not the official release branding). Deluxe is a word we've heard before, if it sounds familiar: Verizon's DROID DNA was widely reported as being named the "DROID DLX" before the DNA name started popping up, so that gives Deluxe yet more credence, minus the silly Verizon spelling (yuck).


You'll probably also recognize this phone as a dead ringer for the Japanese market HTC J Butterfly, unveiled last month, though without HTC's Japan-specific UI overlay. Given that the J Butterfly and the DNA obviously share a platform, and that this phone is clearly positioned as king of the HTC smartphone kill, it seems eminently likely that a global version will emerge at some time or another. This looks to be that phone.

Undoubtedly, we'll be hearing and seeing more of it in the coming weeks.


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  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    I'm not an unlocked phone guy & I loathe the lack of SD expansion but if I were to go unlocked, this is what I'd get.

  • JG

    Just what I needed.... Another option.... I was already spending a lot of processing power trying to decide between A.) Staying on Verizon & getting a DNA or B.) Leaving to T-Mobile & getting a Nexus 4..... Now I have C.) Leaving to T-Mobile & getting a Deluxe...

    Though checking out the specs again, it looks like the DNA only has a 16GB option, so unless HTC decides to do a 32+GB unlocked GSM version, and/or slaps in an SD card slot.... The only thing it really has going for it is a larger screen.... And no speedy updates, so... Maybe I will just stay with A and B...

  • Karthik Kumar

    Ok HTC, you have a gem of a phone (in terms of specs and BUZZ) on your hands. How about releasing it ASAP before Samsung starts to garner vibe for the inevitable Galaxy S IV.. It IS already November, you know. 32GB should be enough for you to forego a microSD slot, but please put on a decent battery in it.. with this much processing power and display size, anything below 2100 mAH isn't going to cut it

  • Zreh Sahukar

    Just hoping with, but if somehow someway HTC could price this competenly

  • pocketwhale

    The render has been identified as a fake already, unfortunately