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When geeks' dreams come true: HTC DROID DNA specs review

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When geeks' dreams come true: HTC DROID DNA specs review
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, did you guys heard about this new HTC smartphone that will be available through Verizon soon? They DROID DNA they call it, and guess what - its 1080 x 1920 resolution screen will be a first! But of course, such a beautiful screen has to be complemented by a host of other high-tech goodies like a quad-core processor and an abundant amount of internal storage, otherwise it would largely go to waste. But thankfully, this doesn't seem to be the case with the HTC DROID DNA. C'mon, people, we're dying to take a closer look at the specs and features of that beast!


Design


If we have to be honest, a device cannot really win us with awesome innards alone. It has to offer an eye-pleasing appearance as well in order to make the package feel complete. That's why we appreciate the work that HTC has put into the design of the DROID DNA. The phone certainly looks eye-catching, with its slim, 9.7 mm profile and red accents here and there that contrast perfectly with the black body. HTC has always had a thing for design, and we do think that they've done a very good job with the DROID DNA.


Display

Now, this is where the HTC DROID DNA is going to leave its mark. This handset comes with a larger-than-life 5-inch screen, the key feature of which is the ultra-high resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. All of this means a never-before-seen pixel density of 441 ppi. If you still had complaints about the clarity of the current 300+ ppi screens (which we doubt), then this will certainly put an end to your "special needs." At this point, we can only guess if there's going to be much use in such a high resolution on a phone's screen, but you've got to admit, the number of pixels alone is enough to take a geek's breath away!

Not only is it going to be extremely detailed, but the DROID DNA's display will also utilize the so-called Super-LCD 3 technology, which is an advanced form of LCD. S-LCD2, as seen on the One X, was still among the best out there, and we can only imagine how much better this one's going to be. It's said that this new screen tech will be drawing considerably less power from the battery, which, if true, would be a very big thing. It also means users won't have to worry about the battery life of this monsterphone.


Processor and Memory

But you didn't think that with such an expensive screen, HTC is going to make compromises with the other components of the DNA, did you? Of course it isn't! The CPU powering the handset will be Qualcomm's heavyweight champion, the Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064! It's a quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz and coupled to a crazy-fast GPU - the Adreno 320. With this configuration under the hood, you can be pretty sure that each and every app available on Google Play and beyond will run flawlessly. And even if an app actually refuses to be executed, it'll probably be because it can't run as fast as your phone!

So, how does the DROID DNA present itself when it comes to memory? Very well, although probably not superbly. RAM will be more than enough at 2 gigabytes, but the internal memory will be fixed at 16 GB. While this will be enough for most users, we can already see some heavier ones wondering what to delete in order to free up some space to install that new game. There's no information about options with more internal storage, but we guess that if the DNA turns out to be a success, HTC will be quick to produce some. Unfortunately, the handset will not feature a microSD card slot for additional memory. This is one area where its rivals, the Galaxy S II and Note II offer a bit more flexibility.


Camera

It's too early to be talking about the camera quality, so we'll just focus on its specs here. The DNA will sport an 8MP shooter, which is pretty standard for a high-end phone nowadays, but the aperture will be quite good at F2.0. The camera will be complemented by an LED flash, which will not allow you to take great night portraits, but will still be much-appreciated whenever you try to shoot in low-lit environments. Naturally, the sensor will be of the BSI type, which is so popular nowadays, and you can expect all kinds of software goodies to let you take the most out of the cam, like an HDR mode and burst shot mode.

The front-facing camera will be an 2.1MP one and will do its best to take marvelous self-portraits for you, but, as always when it comes to cameras, you know that megapixels are not all that matters.


Connectivity

Oh, we can't wait to check out the browsing experience on the HTC DROID DNA! With this large, super-high-definition screen, we can imagine that it will simply be spectacular. We do hope that the HTC Sense 4+ UI will help in this respect as well, rather than hamper the experience.

It's not clear yet if the handset is going to support Adobe's Flash Player plug-in (probably not), but at least you can be absolutely sure that its connection to the internet will be blazing-fast, thanks to LTE support and Verizon's ever-expanding 4G network.

Confirming its status of one feature-packed device, the DNA will support Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi a, b, g, n and n 5 GHz, as well as DLNA, NFC and MHL.


Software

Sadly, the DROID DNA will not arrive with Android 4.2 out of the box, though we sure hope that an update will follow at some point. Instead, you'll be greeted by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is still fine for us. In terms of customization, however, HTC is putting its Sense 4+ UI, which is yet another attempt at optimizing and streamlining the custom interface. In addition to some multimedia enhancements, Sense 4+ also brings the new H Voice speech recognition service - HTC's own take on voice recognition.

The HTC DROID DNA can be pre-ordered right now! It costs $199 with a two-year contract, and probably the best news of all is that it'll launch on November 21! So, who's getting this monster of a phone?

When geeks' dreams come true: HTC DROID DNA specs review

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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:02 3

1. PAPINYC (Posts: 2277; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Not this geek (maybe an iGeek's dreams but, they have lower standards)!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 21:57 3

61. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


And we thought the HTC ONE X+ was good! this things EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am SOOO getting this phone at such an unbelivable price, WHHHOOOOO!!!!!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 22:29 3

65. maxout (Posts: 32; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


PROS:
1. QuadCore
2. 2GB RAM
3. SEXY DESIGN/ Screen
4. 8MP Cam
5. Jelly Bean

CONS:
1. 16 GB Storage / 11 GB ONLY.
2. NO Micro SD
3. NO Micro SD
4. NO Micro SD
5. NO Micro SD

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 04:42

70. darkskoliro (Posts: 969; Member since: 07 May 2012)


hahaha guts for you americans!! International DLX is going to get all teh goodies like 12mp and SD card and hopefully larger battery!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 19:03 1

74. maxout (Posts: 32; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


HTC keep Buking around us and we will turn it in to blackbarry lolz.... It seems like HTC is playing some sick game of "Guess the Missing Feature". All of the latest phones from HTC has some feature that are just dead WRONG!!!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:02 11

2. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


Apart from display ... whats geeky in it ??

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:07 3

5. PAPINYC (Posts: 2277; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Thank you, that's the only part that has me 'dreaming'. Besides, that display is going to wreak havoc on that battery; HAVOC, I TELL YOU, HAVOC!!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:27 1

16. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


even the display ... i mean does our Eyes designed that way distinguish between such high pixel density display and normal retina display ??

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:57

27. PAPINYC (Posts: 2277; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


No, only when you put an iMagniFying glass to the display; otherwise, the naked eye really can't tell.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:31 4

44. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Why you like to add i on everything ? It's not even iFunny

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 19:14

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


To you it ain't, to other's and specially me i lmfao when PAPINYC comments... Cause you'r a iFan....

it's his TradeMark...

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 22:09 1

62. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Dead iTroll : in a Apple iArticle it's actually okay to do that . But on a HTC android phone article , really ? Besides adding i in front of anything won't make anything better , that's why apple their maps Apple Maps instead of iMaps , it's map don't deserve an i .

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:43 1

71. PAPINYC (Posts: 2277; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


How coulDi be remiss, of course their 'Maps' don't deserve an "i", an "F -" would be more appropriate.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 21:26

75. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


fTrue

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:25 5

30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5739; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


S4 Pro + Adreno 320? Then there is the display, although I expect there will be those who question the need for that kind of resolution on a phone. Just don't be surprised if the display becomes the standard for 2013 flagship phones.

IMO, the real problem for HTC is the BATTERY.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 21:13

56. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5739; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


One additional item regarding the new display - there may be 'issues' with the new resolution and non-compatible apps.... With earlier apps migrating from the Droid X to (for example) the HTC EVO 3D, apps that hadn't been updated for the improved resolution (even in 2D mode) of the EVO were quite tiny when displayed on the EVO.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 21:29

76. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Just download tablet optimised apps for it , that would work ,
But thats one of the reason why i dislike android tabs , apps sometimes appear tiny in a black box and no way to enlarge it like in the iPad .

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:03 9

3. Aeires (unregistered)


Where's the "Battery" section?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:23 4

12. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1003; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


they didnt mention how crappy the battery life will be for this phone!! AND why did they say that this is a "geek's dream" when other phones like the S3 and Note II are better than the DNA right now lol

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:31 18

18. E.N. (Posts: 2281; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


How in the world is the GSIII better than this phone?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:38

19. nwright94 (unregistered)


While the DNA does have amazing specs, I would personally still pick the note 2 or gs3 because of no touchwiz. And I can guarantee you the DNA will have a locked boot loader, Verizon tends to like their phones like that like their gs3.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:32 5

45. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Touchwiz sucks ! It's either stock or sense for me

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 11:04 1

72. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


Ew TouchWiz.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 13:07 2

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


Its shipping with S-OFF. No more locked boot loaders !

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:38 4

20. nwright94 (unregistered)


While the DNA does have amazing specs, I would personally still pick the note 2 or gs3 because of no sense. And I can guarantee you the DNA will have a locked boot loader, Verizon tends to like their phones like that like their gs3.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:38

21. nwright94 (unregistered)


While the DNA does have amazing specs, I would personally still pick the note 2 or gs3 because of no sense. And I can guarantee you the DNA will have a locked boot loader, Verizon tends to like their phones like that like their gs3.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:38 3

22. nwright94 (unregistered)


Please ignore the triple post, my kindle fire had a lockup and posted a whole bunch.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:44 6

24. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Why do we have to suffer because you couldn't buy an iPad?

(joking(

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:23 2

37. nwright94 (unregistered)


Oh I have an iPad sitting in a drawer collecting dust right now. Got bored of it because I couldn't mod it like I can my kindle fire haha. Probably going to sell it soon to get a nexus 7 with hspa+.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:35 1

46. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


then you'll get the repeated 4th and 5th post..

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 21:46

59. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Ikr... S3- when did s3 has a better screen and powerful processor? Exynos have less advanced architecture design to the Snapdragon S4 QUAD CORE CPU.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:23

13. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


the unit which they got dint had the battery ... it actually had Nuclear Power Station attached to it :P

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:49 1

25. torr310 (Posts: 372; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


HTC still failed to pack the long-lasting battery with their lines.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:05

4. Sakeem (Posts: 138; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I have to see it in action first. Bring on the reivews. How much mah's? I keep seeing 2020 or 2500. Which is it?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:10

7. PAPINYC (Posts: 2277; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


No one really knows; it's somewhere between 2020mAh/2200mAh and 2500mAh.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:17 2

9. alouden (Posts: 190; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


It's 2020, sorry to say.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:10 4

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2441; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


don't worry HTC I appreciate this gorgeous and monstrous of phone as much as you do......thanks again!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:11 6

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


I still like the phone, but I wanted to love it, and the battery + no microSD card support makes me not love it.......

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:18

10. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Apart from resolution, nothing more exciting than 2012's flagships.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:22 4

11. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well at least have LTE which makes it a superphone..

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:05 1

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


Dude seriously? There are enough people on here who prefer android who are quite disappointed in this phone.......

The comment you just made is the very definition of what a troll does. If anyoen doesn't know you are a troll by now, they should after that.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 17:50 1

41. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


so because a few people disagree I cant have my own opinion. if you don't know what a $heep is. . by your comments.. now they know

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:35 1

47. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Go to hell ! People are wowed by this phone !
Ignore him Galito he is probably just another crapsung fanboy

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 21:50 1

60. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


apple and samsung fans.. are alike- both unreasonable and always siding their apple and sammies. they should be friends- i dont even count samsung fans as android fans.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 22:12

63. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Raymond , so agree . Samsung fans should be excluded from the android fans , giving us a bad name , instead if accepting a negative on a Samsung device they will just hate you . Very arrogant and not tolerant at all .

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 04:00

69. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


totally agreed!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 19:21 1

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


Well for sure Galli likes Nexus phones.. He dosen't Troll on Nexus devices, posts or comments!

Androiddownsouth you are wrong

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 22:15

64. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Troll : to be honest I love the nexus 7 more than the iPad mini . It doesn't have the usual negatives of a android device . Great specs , great price , great software update support and the old unpolished , slow , buggy android is now gone .
My father thinks the galaxy s2 is a better device than a galaxy nexus , he is so wrong I bet he will be happier with a galaxy nexus now .

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:24

14. Valdomero (Posts: 121; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Can someone explain why manufacturers sometimes don't put microSD card support in the phones?

When I was choosing between the Galaxy Nexus and the GS2, that little detail made me choose the GS2 over the Galaxy Nexus.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:26 3

15. Aeires (unregistered)


Cost cutting.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:29 1

17. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)


As well as "force" you to pay more money for the higher end version with more storage = more profit for them.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:51 1

32. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1355; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Also I believe they're trying to push us to use cloud storage. The problems with that is that we also have tiered data plans. You can delete stuff off and download stuff onto it using the cloud storage, but each time you do you use some of your data allotment. After that it'll cost you and quite a bit unless things change. I would bet its the carriers who are pushing for no external storage. Now if they all had 32GB+ of storage it might not be so bad.

The problem is all the signature games coming now needing around 1-3GB of space, and the future is bringing 1080p screens which if the games make use of that resolution will require even MORE space. Aside from gaming there is streaming video like YouTube, Netflix, & July, not to mention Verizon's plan to switch to Voice over LTE which will use data as well, and the data overages could be significant, if not the same cost as the phone itself. Which is what the carriers are counting on.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:52

33. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1355; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


That should've been Hulu, not July.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:36 1

48. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


You choosed the wrong phone , Galaxy Nexus is a better phone .
HD screen and better support

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:40 1

23. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Monster.
Too bad about the microSD...

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:55 6

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


If HTC wants to make me a believer.. you put the battery size on the specs before anything else...

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:10

28. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I wonder if they finally stop pushing the limits of displays. Above 1080p? No kidding. Maybe now they will put the focus on better batteries. We've got 2 gigs of ram, quad cores, 1080p display, unibody shells. DO THE BATTERY!!!!!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:21

29. zzzzz (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


what the heck dream?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:28

31. Carlitos (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I would deal with a no micro SD, but the battery size just is dissapointing. A larger display more pixels to push, and LTE will drain that battery in a matter of 6-8 hours

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:25

38. redmd (Posts: 882; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I say 4 hours at most on LTE.

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