HTC's Droid DNA going international

The 5-inch HTC Verizon superphone may head to global markets.

The HTC Deluxe should be an international version of the Droid DNA. evleaks (Twitter)

As if it were any surprise, HTC looks to be readying an international version of the recently announced Droid DNA. A tweet from often-accurate @evleaks tells us the 5-inch smartphone will be released as a global edition and will be called the HTC Deluxe.

If the Deluxe name sounds familiar it is because that was one of the code names tossed around in the months leading up to last week's announcement. Some readers may recall recently hearing the phone tied to rumors of a HTC DLX moniker.

Reportedly, the HTC Deluxe will feature the same quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, and 5-inch 1080p HD display as the Droid DNA and Japan's J Butterfly. One gray area, however, is whether HTC will incorporate 4G LTE support or opt for HSPA connectivity for the device.

There's no indication yet as to which markets will see the HTC Deluxe, but I suspect it will be composed of the usual suspects. Considering how new 1080p HD displays are and how they put any phone using them in a class of their own, I'd expect HTC to cast a wide net. The real challenge will be if the HTC Deluxe rolls out in a timely manner. With the CES trade show taking place in less than two months, you can be sure that other players will announce their own 1080p handsets in an attempt to steal a bit of HTC's thunder.

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