So, what do we know about the HTC DROID DNA so far? The name, for starters, appeared in Verizon training materials, along with a handful of specs, so that's what we'll be calling it once the handset is official. The moniker was also present in a Verizon MAP that leaked not long ago, along with a $199 on-contract price tag attached to it. Pricing is subject to change, as usual, but the figure seems fit for a high-end DROID.
5-inch display with the jaw-dropping pixel count of 1080 by 1920 pixels. That would make the HTC DROID DNA one of the world's first handsets to be equipped with a screen of such high resolution, although not the very first as that title goes to the HTC J Butterfly – a device that seems quite similar to the DNA in terms of hardware. Still, it will most likely be the first smartphone with 1080p screen in the U.S., which is good enough to grant you with bragging rights for a while.
Next up we have a hardware feature that is almost as drool-worthy as the smartphone's display. That is its rumored quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, namely the APQ8064 with a maximum clock frequency of at least 1.5GHz, paired with 1.5 or 2 gigabytes of RAM. That's the very same piece of silicon powering Android heavyweights like the LG Nexus 4 and the LG Optimus G, so performance with the handset is expected to be top notch. Moreover, it is worth noting that Qualcomm's chip comes with Adreno 320 graphics. You have to have something powerful driving all those pixels, right?
Android 4.1.1 out of the box with the HTC Sense+ user interface on top. Last but not least, support for Beats Audio is present as well.
All in all, the HTC DROID DNA is clearly going to be a smartphone that nobody would mind finding under the Christmas tree. Verizon will surely release the device in time for the holiday shopping spree, and November 20 is quoted as a potential launch date, with pre-orders probably set to go live a few days earlier. Those who wish to do so may opt in for an exclusive HTC DROID DNA unboxing, scheduled for November 19.