Is this new DROID DNA actually Verizon's HTC M7?

News Tony Crammond 02:48, Feb 05 2013

Leaked specs for a new Verizon DROID DNA appear to mirror those of the upcoming HTC M7 -- could they be one and the same?

A next-gen version of HTC’s DROID DNA has leaked online, and news that the device will be running on Verizon’s network has prompted speculation that this could be the network’s very own version of the long awaited HTC M7 – a device that has been generating a lot of interest in the run up to its release, which is slated for Feb. 19.

The leaked device bears the codename 'DLXPLUS,' which eagle-eyed smartphone aficionados among you will recognize from the original DROID DNA’s pre-launch title, which also bore the ‘DLX’ prefix. The device looks set to be strikingly similar to the upcoming M7, if the divulged specs prove to be right.

According to the Twitter user @LlabTooFer, who has been a reliable source of information on all things HTC in the past, users can expect the device to feature a 1.7GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 CPU, 13-megapixel primary camera, 2GB RAM and a 4.7-inch 1080p screen, along with HTC’s Sense 5.0 and support for SD cards -- a feature noticeably absent from the original DROID DNA.

So what are we looking at here? Is this really Verizon’s very own HTC M7 or are we just seeing an incremental upgrade, like the One X/One X+? 

If pressed, we’d say the former, or at least we'd like to think so, as the DROID DNA’s only been on the market since November. But if we’re wrong then the question of why HTC didn’t simply put this device out initially, rather than rolling out something inferior just to take users' money, might well be asked.

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