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HTC Droid DNA for Verizon is announced

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HTC Droid DNA for Verizon is announced
Here it is, guys! The moment we've been awaiting for the past few weeks has finally arrived. HTC and Verizon jointly announced the latest addition to the Droid family of red, shiny and mighty smartphones.

Enter the Droid DNA by HTC. Are you excited to meet her as much as us? We bet you are, so without further ado, let's cut straight to the chase. The smartphone has a 5-inch, Super LCD 3 display on its front, which is clearly among its best stand-out features. That is because it sports the jaw-dropping resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 440ppi. In other words, that is well into Retina display category and beyond. The panel is protected by a tough layer of Gorilla Glass 2. According to HTC, the screen on the HTC Droid DNA has better viewing angles than the screen on the Samsung Galaxy S III, all the while being 50% brighter. 

HTC Droid DNA for Verizon is official
HTC Droid DNA for Verizon is official

HTC Droid DNA for Verizon is official

This impressive screen panel is slapped in the front of a smartphone that is slimmer than the Galaxy Note II, or so does its makers claim. Its tapered edges give it an even slimmer look, and the red accents make the handset look as attractive as a sports car.

Inside the HTC Droid DNA runs a pretty capable processor, namely a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip running at 1.5GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. That more or less ensures that the smartphone will easily handle even the most demanding of tasks you can throw at it. At the same time, the silicon should be potent enough to drive all those pixels quite smoothly.

HTC Droid DNA

HTC Droid DNA

On the back of the HTC Droid DNA resides an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with f/2.0 lens and dedicated image chip capable of shooting 1080p video (naturally). The 2.1MP front-facing snapper also sports f/2.0 lens and a 88-degree viewing angle, just like what we saw on the HTC 8X. Simply put, you and a whole bunch of your buddies will fit easily in a self-portrait. A dedicated camera shutter button is placed on the device's side.

Further down the specs sheet of the HTC Droid DNA we see Beats Audio functionality, which is also present on a few more of HTC's recent smartphones. However, we aren't dealing with merely software tweaks to the way audio is being reproduced. The smartphone comes with two dedicated amplifiers - one for the loudspeaker and another for the headset jack.

It is also worth noting that you'll be able to charge the Droid DNA's 2,020mAh, non-removable battery wirelessly, just like most self-respecting high-end devices allow nowadays. There are 16GB of storage on-board, but a slot for a microSD card is absent. As expected, support for Verizon's 4G LTE network is present.

5-inch 1080p screen, quad-core Snapdragon S4 - yours for $200 on-contract
5-inch 1080p screen, quad-core Snapdragon S4 - yours for $200 on-contract
5-inch 1080p screen, quad-core Snapdragon S4 - yours for $200 on-contract

5-inch 1080p screen, quad-core Snapdragon S4 - yours for $200 on-contract



On the software side of things, we have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running on the HTC Droid DNA. Sorry, folks, no 4.2 out of the box, but an update should come sooner or later. On top of the platform we have Sense 4+ enhancing the user experience with its pretty looks and the additional features that it brings. HTC's custom interface improves the camera's face detection and smile capture features, while allowing superior HDR images. Another interesting feature is the so-called "sightseeing mode", which ensures that the camera is always ready to snap a photo without delay.

We suppose that some of you are already wondering who to give their money to. Well, the HTC Droid DNA won't land in stores until November 21, but you'll be able to pre-order one today. It is priced at $200 with a 2-year contract with Verizon.

source: Verizon

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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:22 7

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 1104; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I'm gonna buy Lumia 820.
Sorry HTC, I don't care now.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:45 17

22. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


well nobody cares for what you're gonna buy dude

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:53 6

29. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


nokia = irrelevant has been POS company that should die already.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:01 2

35. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


I still love my galaxy s3!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 20:16

78. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Actually Nokia has one of the best Research and Development teams out of everyone, especially with the limited budget they have in comparison with Samsung and Apple. Its just their business strategies/marketing which is terrible compared to Samsung and Apple...

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:31 6

2. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


This is gonna be the Device than put HTC back on the map ,
Juicy 1080p screen , 1.5GHZ Snapdragon cpu with Adrenos 320 GPU , 2GB ram , Android Jelly Bean , nice and thin design , beats audio and all that for a price of $199 on contract . Thats one hell on a deal , Crapsung will fall and HTC will rise again !
If you are on Verizon and you want an Android phone you pick anything over this you are a complete idiot . If you are on Verizon and you pick the iphone 5 over this i bet $10 bucks that you still live in a cave

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:33 12

3. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Storage and battery are the only things that can hold this device back.....

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:36 6

7. flyboy21 (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Size: 143 x 71 x 9.1mm
Weight: 140g
5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1090 resolution, 440ppi and 80 degrees viewing angle
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
2GB of RAM
16GB of storage
microSD support
8-megapixel camera with LED flash, F 2.0 lens, 1080p video recording and dedicated image chip (advanced camera features included)
2.1-megapixel front-facing camera
4G LTE support
802.11a/b/g/n dual-band (5GHz, 2.4GHz) Wi-Fi
GPS
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
Mobile Hotspot support for up to 8 connections
microUSB connectivity
Beats audio support
2020mAh battery
wireless charging support
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 4+ on top, upgradeable to Android 4.2

specs are from android authority

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:37 5

9. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


NO microSD card slot!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's super LCD3, not IPS LCD.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:41 2

13. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


It does say microSD support right below the 16GB storage on his specs list. If it does have microSD card support, I could care less about that battery!=P

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:45 1

20. flyboy21 (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


i don't know for sure this is just what i saw on android authority

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:27

52. SkOne (Posts: 95; Member since: 02 May 2012)


LCD 3 IS IPS

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:37 1

10. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I am just hoping now it comes to south east asia by march/april

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:38 3

11. flyboy21 (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


htc all ways f.... up with something 2020mha battery

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:41

14. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


If it last above 8 hours , i dont give a sh*t .
Its nice and thin . Its a pretty ad fashionable device and thats cool

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:05 2

59. johnriii (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


exactly. those specs will eat that battery like a fat kids eats waffles. HTC STILL has no idea what the hell it's doing.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:10

39. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Either they are wrong or phonearena is wrong. Phonearena states it has no microSD card slot, while androidauthority says it has one......

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:14 2

41. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


there's no micro sd slot people. the HTC one x didn't have it in the first place.get over it already.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:20

46. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


This site says there isn't one, androidauthority says there is in it's official specs list. You may be right, but atm it appears that particular issue isn't for sure yet.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:29

54. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


On Verizon Wireless' website, it's official, no SD card slot........*facedesk*

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:11

60. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)


SCLD 3 is less power efficient than the displays we are using now. Thats what htc claims. Lets see

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:36 1

5. chrisbo5 (Posts: 31; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


battery should be on par with s3. common users don't care about storage. this is the king of phones.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:39 2

12. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Well, I'm not a common user, and I do care about storage. I have a full 32GB microSD card in my Rezound, to go with the 16GB internal storage, and I use the majority of the storage in both locations. I just don't think 16GB storage can do it for me, no matter how good the other things are....

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:44

17. chrisbo5 (Posts: 31; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


i have the rezound too, and i have 5 gigs used. i just use google music alot, but i definitly understand where your coming from. my gripe is that i thought it was a 2500 mah battery, not a 2020. im a little skeptical now

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:44 1

18. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I think HTC will release a higher memory version of it soon . But for the PRICE , i think i will be okay with 16GB

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:45 1

23. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


According towww.androidauthority.com, it does support microSD cards, which means this is my next phone, 2020mah battery be damned!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 08:53

80. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


No it does not have a MicroSD card slot.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:05 1

36. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


HIlarious. I get thumbed down just for how I use my phone??? Sweet jeebus get a life! I don't criticize others for how they use their phone, b/c it is their business! Take a hint.......

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:13

62. smartphonelover (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


Go to the official specs on verizon wireless. There's no MicroSD card slot.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:50

64. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


At another point on this thread I posted exactly that.

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