Questions Over the HTC Deluxe DLX’s Release in Europe

HTC DeluxeEver since the HTC Droid DNA was released in the USA in conjunction with the Verizon network, we’ve been waiting for word from HTC concerning its release in Europe. We knew it wouldn’t be coming under the Droid DNA name, due to Verizon’s ownership of the “Droid” licence in the USA, so what would it be called?

Several leaks indicated it would be named the DTC Deluxe, or the Deluxe DLX. The phone looked the same, and the specification were believed to be the same — a 5-inch 1080p screen and a quad-core processor being the headline features — however a new piece of the puzzle from HTC Germany has cast doubt on the Deluxe’s future.

Responding to a question posted on its official Facebook page, a representative for HTC Germany told a fan that “the Deluxe will unfortunately not come to Europe.” This is quite a blow, as if the Deluxe isn’t our Droid DNA equivalent, what will be?

On the positive side, this is an unconfirmed (by HTC’s headquarters) report regarding a rumoured device, so it’s difficult to treat the news as final at this stage. It could also be that the Deluxe may be for another Asian market, and the Droid DNA will be renamed again for Europe — it has also been linked to the HTC X5 name in the past too.

Looking at the news in a more negative fashion, it wouldn’t be the first time a Droid device has had a difficult journey to Europe. The very first Droid, made by Motorola, eventually appeared in Europe as the Motorola Milestone, however it not only took some time, but it also received a limited release, meaning many didn’t get the chance to buy one.

As for the Deluxe/Droid DNA’s fate, we’ll just have to wait and see.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars