In what PhoneArena calls a "leaked internal memo," launch dates for the Verizon versions of the HTC One and the upcoming Moto X are allegedly revealed - August 1st and August 23rd, respectively. It also adds to the growing pile of evidence that the Moto X will be coming to Verizon sans-DROID branding. Is there any reason to take stock in this rather generic looking document, though?


My gut leaning is "yes," but there are caveats to leaked internal communications like these. First and foremost, phone launch dates are always subject to change, especially when they're a month or more away. Barring major supply or other issues affecting the launches of these devices, however, you can probably pretty safely bet that - if this roadmap is the real McCoy - the Verizon One and Moto X will launch fairly close to the dates indicated.

The veracity of this roadmap is almost impossible to ascertain, though, as there is no internal Verizon watermarking, no imagery indicating a source, and no additional information provided about the context in which these dates appeared. My guess is that what we're looking at here is a document sent to the middle-management types at Verizon corporate stores and / or support centers. It's pretty common for carriers to give store manager early access to news about upcoming products and offers so that they can plan accordingly, so while we can't know what this roadmap really is, I'm not exactly inclined to doubt it, either.

Either way, we should know within a few weeks if that date for the One pans out.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Sqube

    No snark intended, but I genuinely can't remember the last time I saw one of those dates and it turned out to be accurate. That isn't to say that it hasn't happened; but it just seems that whenever I make it a point to remember when a device is going to come out because one of these leaked documents or a rumor or something along those lines, it doesn't happen.

    So, um... sorry in advance?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yeah, they're usually off by a few days to a week. They're definitely tentative, because plans and ship dates and marketing campaigns are constantly changing. I would call them "internal estimates."

  • qman

    If the X is indeed coming out of the 8/23 I would expect them to debut it within a week! There is always at least a month lag time between debut/preorder and availability. Coupled with the fact that Motorola doesn't have the distribution channels of Apple or Samsung and considering that there is some variability in the production of each device as they are supposedly some customizable components I'd say that I don't believe it. I want to believe it but I don't.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      They're assembled in the US, that dramatically cuts the lag time, which is mostly shipping.

  • projectmisha

    You would think if Verizon is releasing the Moto X at the end of August, the other 3 would have had it out a month ago.

  • Andy Stetson

    So, and this is just how i'm understanding this, is that the delay for the HTC One on VZW was so that it could be preloaded with NFL Mobile 2013!?!? Color me super excited!
    Still totally excited for the One, and to get rid of my fledging GNex.

  • jayray78

    Screw the HTC One and the Moto X, I'm getting the LG Exalt!

  • Ben Schoon

    I don't know if i can wait til September for the X

  • Lou

    So with the MotoX how much do you want to bet that along with the basic black model they will be selling they will also sell a "carrier" exclusive colour?

    Verizon Crimson
    T-Mobile Magenta
    AT&T Cobalt Blue
    and finally Sprint Gold

    What does everyone think of this?

  • Creme Brulee

    The handling of the Verizon One has been absolutely atrocious. I'm sure that most of the fault lies with Verizon, but I can't believe that HTC screwed up the launch of their hottest phone of the year on America's largest carrier. That certainly isn't the level of execution a struggling company can afford to make if they hope to gain ground on the likes of Samsung/Apple.

    The One launched on the other carriers nearly 3 months ago, and there is still no concrete info on pricing, availability, and changed specs/features if any. Even some real communication beyond "lol later this summer", between Verizon/HTC and their customers would have been appreciated.

    I'm surprised that AP and some of the other Android enthusiast sites haven't focused more on Verizon's lack of effort concerning Android for the past 1/2 year. Compared to the other carriers, Verizon seems to have developed an almost antagonistic view of Android products, and I'm not exactly sure what the deal is behind that relationship. The Galaxy S4 is literally the only new phone of note that Verizon has offered in 2013, and the year is already more than 1/2 over.

  • zalez

    I did receive a notice today in the mail about TEC going up