In its recent review of T-Mobile's HTC One S, AllThingsD noted in passing that a Verizon spokesperson mentioned that "the carrier's next phone wouldn't be part of the One series." Indeed, all signs point to the rumored Droid Incredible 4G LTE launching soon without any "One" branding to be found — but is it about branding or underlying specs?
We reached out to Verizon and were told that "the Droid brand means the device is not part of the One series," but that there are also "other differences that [they] aren't yet prepared to discuss." Two obvious differences between the awkwardly-named Droid Incredible 4G LTE and announced members of the One line are in the processor and display: Verizon's product page for the Droid had it pegged with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 4-inch display. The One X and One S both use 1.5GHz processors and 4.7- and 4.3-inch displays, respectively, so the guts have certainly been altered — and like Sprint's Evo 4G LTE, the Droid doesn't physically resemble existing One models, either.
It stands to reason that HTC would probably push to align Verizon's offerings with the rest of the world in the long term. Subscribers hoping for a One X clone within the next few weeks, though, seem to be in for a disappointment.