5-inch 1080p HTC Deluxe / DLX may not be sold in Europe after all
The HTC Deluxe (or DLX) is supposed to be the international variant of the device launched by Verizon as the HTC Droid DNA, and the Japanese-specific J Butterfly. However, the Deluxe may not be sold in Europe, as it turns out.
Someone posted an article about the Deluxe starring in new pictures that we showed you on Friday to the Facebook wall of HTC’s arm for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In the comment you can see machine-translated in the image below, an HTC representative clearly states that the Deluxe is not going to be sold in Europe.
Now this can mean any of a number of things. First off, obviously it could be true. HTC’s first phablet, and one of the first phones to sport a Full HD 1080p touchscreen, may in fact not be sold in Europe, not ever. That sort of thinking on HTC’s part makes absolutely no sense, but it could turn out to be true. After all, stranger things have happened.
But the Deluxe may help ailing HTC recover some of its incredibly big market share losses that it has amassed over the past year. And clearly, with the Samsung Galaxy Note II already passing 5 million sales in just two months, there’s a pretty big market out there for phablets. HTC’s effort is, spec-wise, in many regards equal to the Galaxy Note II, and yet comes with a higher-res screen. So it could be a great success. Which is why the decision not to bring it to Europe wouldn’t make sense at all.
On the other hand, the HTC employee that said this may just be misinformed. Maybe HTC hasn’t clarified its plans regarding the sale of this device to all its international arms.
Or, finally, it could just be that, as we already know, this phablet won’t be called ‘Deluxe’ when it launches. Countless times before, we’ve been told that ‘Deluxe’ and ‘DLX’ are just codenames, and the handset will be sold bearing a different moniker when it finally reaches international shores.
So, in that respect, the HTC rep could be right – the Deluxe isn’t coming to Europe. Yet he didn’t say something like “no HTC 5-inch device with a 1080p touchscreen is coming to Europe anytime soon”.
Let’s hope HTC doesn’t shoot itself in the foot once again.