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More Droid DNA details trickle down from HTC and others: battery life, microSD slot, camera samples

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More Droid DNA details trickle down from HTC and others: battery life, microSD slot, camera samples
HTC took to Facebook to answer some pressing fan questions about the Droid DNA, camera samples appeared from a couple of hands-ons, and people in possession of the device clarified some issues like battery life, notification lights and so on.

To the numerous questions about the lack of a microSD card slot, HTC USA has posted on Facebook the following answer, which seems to have been subsequently pulled: "HTC USA U.S. customers have easy access to cloud storage solutions through Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network and ample access to Wi-Fi. This fact was balanced with the desire to make DROID DNA as slender as possible with an incredible 5-inch HD screen."

As for the battery life with the 2,020 mAh unit, users report more than 30 hours, as you can see from the screenshot in the slideshow below, but seemingly with light usage, and fell exponentially when the baseband radio was turned on. HTC itself replied to the concerns on Facebook: "The DROID DNA comes equipped with a powerful 2,020 mAh lithium ion battery, energy efficient processor, and power saving software that enables long lasting endurance."

That "energy efficient" Snapdragon S4 Pro seems to be doing a fine job powering the handset, however, as it broke the 8,000 mark on Quadrant, and achieved 30fps on the offscreen Egypt 1080p graphics test.

The sample shots and video look fine outdoors, and the tie stand picture in the end of the slideshow below is taken with the front camera to demonstrate its wide-angle nature. As for the screen, it is found to be sufficiently bright outside, with a slightly warmer tones than the standard gamut measure: "...the DNA's a little more red than the Nexus 4, whose whites are decidedly whiter. Both are better than the GNex."

There is a second LED notification light on the back, for those who were wondering what that dot on the rear was, and the loudspeaker is claimed to be strong and  "very good." Finally, HTC confirmed that the device will be only for the US now, and Verizon exclusive, but hope for subscribers outside of Big Red's circle of trust still exists, as the device seemingly comes SIM-unlocked.

source: HTC (Facebook), AndroidCentral (1) (2), GSMArena (1) (2), Anandtech

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posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:28 3

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


@superandroidevo is this sound good news for you? Lol

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:36

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol Thanks. Yes that is GREAT news indeed. I STILL want to hear this come from "Joooooohn V. here from phonearena.com", since I trust his reviews. He always come off as very honest & it's always refreshing to read, see & hear his reviews.

There are other sites I look at regularly, so WE will know soon enough. I have to admit I was all over the Samsung Galaxy Note II but this HTC Droid DNA DEFINITELY caught be off guard.

Let's HOPE this phone does pan out. I am rooting for HTC! Can't believe I am saying that! lol

+1

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:48 2

11. wendygarett (unregistered)


And I never thought you refuse the nexus 4 just because of the 4g lte...

Well Google just wanna make the powerful phone to the poor especially for Asian and 4g lte is not really a deal breaker... Google is not the charity company, they still want some profit tho... In order to make a beast to the poor... Then has no choice but to sacrifice 4g lte...

And I hope you compromise and know our feelings... Google just wanna take care the low wages user... We cannot afford the 4g lte... Don't blame Google my friend... Blame us the poor lol :)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:07 1

12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Companies that make BILLIONS like Google will not suffer from making a CDMA LTE Google Nexus 4. The US, China, Korea & Japan are MAJOR markets that have CDMA technology & by not servicing those markets it will hurt them more.

What is going to happen is that they WILL release a CDMA LTE Nexus 4 6 months from now but it won't sell because companies like Samsung will scoop up that missing market with phones like the Samsung Galaxy S IV. I still don’t get Google’s move but hey it is what it is. Right now I am only thinking HTC Droid DNA & Samsung Galaxy Note II.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:21

15. wendygarett (unregistered)


Hmm you're right about that lol
Just saw one of your frustrated comment about not having the 4g lte...

You know what? The Apple territory like Singapore, the iPhone 4s remain the selling point... Even though the iPhone 5 is the 1st device with 4g lte in Singapore, they refuse to pay the contract and most end up buy the sim free version, because they cannot afford lte...

Mainly because this country has free high speed WiFi... And most advanced country has that so the lte is not the deal breaker lol

I understand your feelings, +1 for you lol

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:48

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


LTE is the future. In less than 10 years GSM & CDMA will become extinct. Voice & Data will be handled by LTE.

Right now LTE is expensive because it's "NEW" tech but as the "NEW" tech becomes standard then the prices will drop dramatically.

Man in 2013 Verizon will start to deploy 4G LTE Advance. Up to 100mbps is TRUE 4G. That is going to be insane.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:23 2

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


SuperAndroidEvo ExperiaKnight should be commenting soon... maybe another dispute argument?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:35 1

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol, nah. We are all entitled to our own opinions. I just don't like people who try to force feed their opinions down other people's throat.

He means well. I get the feeling is a VERY opinionated young man. I am not old I am 33 now but when I was say 20 or 21
I was like that also.

A lot of times he is actually right.

He by NO means is like taco50 or 530gemini. Those guys are in a league of their own. lol

+1

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 14:36 1

29. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2430; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Lol God bless you guys :)

Android EVO this is a blessing from google man please dont think for one second that google will suffer for not releasing a cdma version of this phone....google has billions of dollars man and if anything they will profit more with a phone like that because of the wisdom behind the move.......all I can say is .......sit back and watch the phone sell lol

and yes hopefully they will release a cdma version with LTE just for the sake of it

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:33

2. VJo003 (Posts: 323; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Will wait for some reviews before announcing Victory!!!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:40 4

4. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


great phone but going only for one carrier and the lack of a micro sd card and a battery turn me off. I will just get a note 2 thanks though!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:41 2

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Battery life does not look very good. Screen time over the first 24 hours was almost zero, the phone was barely out of the pocket, yet system and mobile connection (not synching) ate it down to ~65%. Then in the next 6hrs bars show roughly 120 minutes of screen time, one with GPS, and battery drops a full 50%. The screen chunk of about 40 minutes a little after 12PM with no WiFi or GPS chewed about 12% off. It would be foolish to extrapolate from screenshot observations and pre-release SW, but it does seem very power hungry when in use.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:45 2

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


How can you determine screen on time? There is always a separate screen that shows actual screen on time, yet they omit it in the pictures.

Yeah I am going to have to see what they ACTUALLY get from an actual review.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:46

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


"Screen on"

Agreed, wait on reviews.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:38 3

18. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


CNET already has review out and there screen on battery drain show 8 hour and 42 minutes. The S3 was 9 hour and 24 minute. So for a bigger screen and smaller battery it did pretty goof.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:50 1

22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wow I am going to CNET to see that right now.

Nice & awesome news ngo2dd.

+1

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 18:26

31. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea....battery life will be interesting.

The S3 has a 2100 battery....so for it to be better by 42 minutes and basically the same size battery....HTC shoulda just went with a bigger battery...

I believe it should get ppl thru the day....but it will fall short vs other phones with a similar battery. We will soon see when more reviews and user reviews come out. And I await Anandtech's battery review...

Its sad.....because HTC has been known for skimping out on the battery size on Android phones, WP phones too.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:48 3

10. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea....wifi was mainly used...and the screen wasnt on alot.....

They shoulda went with with at least a 2500 battery. 3000 for sure.

True we didnt see the actual numbers for screen on time, but that pic that shows History...Screen On is barely there and big spaces. Awake shows it was in some kinda use tho...

And true.....we should wait for a detailed review.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:42 3

6. ryq24 (Posts: 486; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


No matter what excuses they made about the lack of micro sd card slot, this phone will be a dud because of that. that is why samsung is number 1 right now coz their phone comes complete with all major basic specs. hope the upcoming sony xperia odin or yuga will have micro sd card slot.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:47 1

9. Aeires (unregistered)


Epic fail. With the radio bands on and the screen only on half the time the battery dropped like a rock. 2020mAh, non-replaceable battery is pathetic. A phone with a screen like that would be great for playing games or videos on, but that's not going to happen for even an average amount of time.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:40 1

19. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


more like you are. CNET all ready show it can last about 8 hour and 42 minute on the battery drain test. The S3 is only about 40 minute more.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:02

24. Aeires (unregistered)


I guess the charts above are totally wrong then and CNet is right, who knew.

Were the radio bands on during those tests? Can't find a single bit of information if they were.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:12

13. redmd (Posts: 880; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I'm a bit skeptic about the battery life. what HTC device have a solid battery life?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 10:58

27. b1acktiger (Posts: 207; Member since: 19 May 2012)


HTC Desire C :D

2 days !

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:14

14. verybeo (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


just like htc sensation before, up to the top and down to the bottom

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:47 5

20. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm definitely not buying the battery life claims. I love the screen quality of my Rezound, but the stock battery was a major downer. I understand that they wanted to keep the DNA reasonably thin and light, but after seeing what a 720p screen did to a 1620 mAh battery, I can't imagine how a 1080p screen will drain a 2020 mAh battery. I like HTC's design and built quality, but they really need to improve their hardware choices. A 1-2 mm increase in thickness could have given it a few more hours of battery, and there would be a lot less squawking here.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 18:29

32. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea my kids mother uses my Rezound.....and her biggest complaint is battery life.

Seems the folks who said that screen was gonna need a bigger battery were right. And what is the chip clocked to?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:55 4

23. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Another company tooting its horn about its own battery life. SHOW ME REAL WORLD RESULTS.. Not some lab created test.

Battery life on a phone with these specs will most likely be 10-12 hours at most and more like 8 hours with regular use. The tasks we use will determine the battery life but this will just die fast.

HTC needs to do these 3 things: A: Make this available to ALL US carriers. B: Sim slot & removable battery. C: See A & B to be competitive in the United States market again.

1% outside of Sammy & Big Fruity own the US market.. Not good news for HTC who is loosing billions a years.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 10:39

26. SA_NYC (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Something that concerns me about this phone which I haven't seen mentioned is the long-term status of the sealed battery. Since lithium batteries lose their potency over time, what's the life going to be like in 6 or 12 months? I've already replaced both batteries I use in my Galaxy Nexus (I often carry a spare). Thoughts?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 10:35 3

25. rasinhussy (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


"HTC USA U.S. customers have easy access to cloud storage solutions through Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network and ample access to Wi-Fi..."

Wi-Fi is not always amply available, so not putting an expansion slot and Verizon forcing you on a limited plan for LTE is essentially screwing the customer over.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 18:33

33. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Whats also wild....is how many ppl do they think wants to use their data plan for everything? Everyone doesnt have unlimited data.

Wifi is amply available....and yet I have never found a place that I could access it during my daily routine. I might can with AT&T...but I have phone service on Verizon. (I have a PS Vita so I use AT&T data for that)

That response was a pure cop out and insulting to our intelligence.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 13:27 1

28. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Okay HTC, you might be right in not having micro sd slot in device for the aesthetic of device, but what in the world stopped you from putting 32 or 64 GB internal
Memory........?????

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 17:53

30. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)


i agree, they would have had me at ok with a 32gb internal no expansion, 16gb is really restrictive and for 199.99 they are just doing it to match apple now. someone will do the teardown for this phone and find out how to get more storage in it. at least i hope.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:54 1

34. johnriii (Posts: 225; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


LOL...WifI is not "amply available". if it were, people would not be jumping bridges over losing unlimited data. I live in Kansas city, and in my daily routine, I there is no "WiFi" available accept at my house. HTC, you have lost another customer. hello, motorola!!

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 23:55

35. htcm7review (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)


2013 will be a year full of surprises and one of the most anticipated events in 2013 is the unveiling of HTC most prominent smartphone, the M7 or HTC one.

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