The Verizon HTC One is coming to store shelves "this summer" according to Verizon. Sadly as of Friday June 21st, it is officially summer and we're still waiting for more news from Big Red regarding the device. It's safe to say that by now many potential buyers have moved on to the Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5, or even moved over to AT&T for their HTC One fix. So what's the deal Verizon?
HTC announced their impressive new HTC One flagship smartphone back in February, and it eventually made its way to US shelves and launched on all major carriers in April, except for Verizon. AT&T got the stunning new smartphone back on April 19th, and the rumors around if and when Verizon would offer the top-tier device floated around for almost two months.
Nearly three weeks ago Verizon finally confirmed on Twitter that they'd be carrying the 4.7-inch 1080p HD display packing quad-core smartphone, and that's basically all they had to say. That's it. Stating the HTC One was coming "later this summer" and the entire device or launch date has remained a mystery. Summer is here, people are planning it out, getting ready for upgrades, so you better act fast Verizon.
What gives? With AT&T 4G LTE nearly catching up with Verizon, phones arriving sooner, updates not being a mess, is there a reason to wait and stay? Who knows. What we do know is competition is strong and only getting stronger. Announcing phones 2 months later than the competition, then leaving potential buyers wondering for weeks (or months) isn't the best way to go about it. This is just my personal opinion, and many comments we've received over the past month feel the same way.
Summer is technically from June 21st to the end of September, so we could be waiting a while for a Verizon HTC One. They did say "later this summer" which means nothing. One of our sources states Thursday, July 18th could be the release date, but so far Verizon has nothing set in stone, and are taking their sweet time. They aren't too concerned with bringing this phone to market, it would seem.
We've also been told the recent update from HTC to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean could be part of the problem, as we all know Verizon has a thorough testing phase for updates. If they were nearing a release and had to delay it for the update, that would make sense. 4.2.2 was rumored for the HTC One in mid June, and we're expecting the Verizon flavor to have the latest OS out of the box.
Summer is finally here and we're expecting more details or an actual release date soon from Verizon, but don't hold your breath.