Do you remember which phone was the first to market with a 1080p resolution screen?

Do you remember which phone was the first to market with a 1080p resolution screen?
In this era where 1440 x 2560 resolution screens are common, many manufacturers are giving their flagship phones and high-end models 1080 x 1920 FHD screens. That's because there is a question about whether the human eye can actually register the difference between a QHD or an FHD display. Speaking of 1080p displays, do you remember which handset was the first to spot one? Here's a hint. It was a Verizon exclusive that originally had a codename of DLX.

The answer? It was the HTC DROID DNA that was first to market with a 1080 x 1920 display. HTC went back in time and used red trim, a soft touch back and a Super LCD display (number 3). All of these things just might have reminded you of the HTC DROID Incredible. The Gorilla Glass 2 protected 5-inch screen, combined with the FHD (Full High Definition) resolution, to provide users with a striking 441ppi pixel density. You might not be able to tell a 1440 x 2560 QHD display from a 1080 x 1920 panel, but if you were used to phones with a 720p HD screen back then, one look at the DROID DNA made you realize that you weren't in Kansas anymore.

The rest of the phone's specs included a Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 under the hood, containing a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU and the Adreno 320 GPU. 2GB of RAM is inside with 16GB of native storage (11GB available to the user). An 8MP camera is on back, featuring an f/2.0 aperture. The 2MP front-facing camera handles selfies and video chats.
The phone is powered by a 2020mAh battery, which along with the camera, was a sore spot with HTC fans at this time. While it came with Android 4.1.1 out of the box, updates ended with Android 4.4. Eventually, Verizon replaced the model with the HTC One (M7) which originally was not offered by Big Red due to strong sales of the DROID DNA.

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1. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

isnt this the HTC Butterfly?

2. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It was called Droid DNA in the US.

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

The phone also has wireless charging.

19. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Droid DNA was verizon exclusive. Butterfly came much later and was the international version of this phone. Those were pretty exciting times though. S4 vs HTC One M7 was a fierce battle.

26. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

The DNA is just the Verizon version of its Japanese version the J Butterfly though, which came before the DNA, so it's only the first in the US.

38. deleon629

Posts: 465; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Thanks for reminding US readers that the Asian phone market was a bit faster at releasing 1080p phones. Speaking of which, was the Korean Butterfly BEFORE or after the LG Optimus Pro (which also had a 1080p screen)?

39. deleon629

Posts: 465; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Correction: Thanks for reminding US readers that the Asian phone market was a bit faster at releasing 1080p phones. Speaking of which, was the J Butterfly BEFORE or AFTER the LG Optimus Pro (which also had a 1080p screen)?

44. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The J butterfly came after the DNA, not before.

48. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

The Butterfly yes, the J Butterfly was released before the DNA.

4. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yep, I remember that following Xmas, I was taking pictures at a Tree Lighting in town and a guy next to me said, "Wow, look at that display!" Plus I'd get looks, oohs and ahs all the time. The camera was fine, I had no issues with it. Mine lasted over 2 years of rigorous use then the battery stopped charging, great phone!

7. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

those were good old days people were complimenting your phone all the time but today every fu phone is same s**t people just say today it looks like apple or samsung

49. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Oh because it's so important that people compliment your phone...

8. BobLawblaw unregistered

I get that with my LG V10. I must be the only person in Ireland with one..

5. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Aahh... Late 2012 days.... Remember when the HTC M7 was launched in March 2013 and took the crown for the phone with the highest pixel density (468ppi).

6. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

Regionally the htc butterfly aka droid dna.. Buy worldwide release including India was xperia Z followed by s4, original One

9. maddy996

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I thought it was OPPO Find5

10. faha1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Yes at the first glance i remembered its droiiiiiiiid DNA

11. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Oppo find 5 I thought was the first.

12. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I always thought that the Xperia Z was the first.

45. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The Xperia Z was the first popular phone with the 1080p display. Butterfly and Droid DNA weren't much popular.

14. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

QHD screens hurt performance and battery and your eye cant tell the difference. No thanks

33. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Same argument every resolution bump, still wrong. Your eyes can tell the difference (unless you have bad vision). But, we are getting close to the point where the human eye won't be able to discern the difference. Another 150ppi or so at average phone viewing distance.

43. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

don't bother to explain... this kind of argument only can be stopped if apple stop using 1080p and move to higher resolution...

18. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I still have my Butterfly :')

20. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

Xperia Z was the king of that era

46. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

LOL no. HTC One M7 and Galaxy S4 were both widely accepted to be much superior to the Xperia Z. The Z used a TFT display for god's sake, and the battery life was beyond mediocre.

21. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I had the phone for about two weeks. The screen then was so clear and crisp. I wanted to stick with it, but horrible battery life forced me to change.

23. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Missing my htc One M7 :(

24. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

1080p? thanks over kill. Pepper fridge farm remembers.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When are you guys going to ever learn? What question? Can the eye tell the difference between 1440p and 1080p? The answer is yes it can! On smaller screens it will be "harder" to tell the difference, but "harder" doesn't mean impossible. When it comes to resolution, there is a simple adage...SIZE DOES MATTER! My laptops 1080p display is very nice for a laptop at 17", but a 55" Smart TV with the same resolution certainly looks better. If you can't tell the difference, it means you need glass/contacts or a vision screening. Text is sharper, colors tones are sharper, do to more pixels creating the image. Can you not tell the difference of 720p vs 1080p? That is a small gap. Right? I can say with a certainty, when I set my Note 7's display to 1080p and then back to 1440p, I can certainly tell the difference.

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