HTC DROID DNA disappears from Verizon web site

HTC DROID DNA disappears from Verizon web site
Is Verizon about to launch the HTC One? We were given an exclusive Verizon road map last month from a source and this information showed an August 1st launch for the HTC One on Verizon. But just the other day, new information came to light showing that the launch had been delayed until August 15th. One sign that Big Red customers will soon be getting their shot at HTC's Android flagship device is the disappearance of the HTC DROID DNA from both Verizon's full web site and from the carrier's mobile web site.

The HTC DROID DNA was the first device to bring a 5 inch 1080 x 1920 resolution screen to the party. When you talk about resolution, the 441ppi was the at the top of the industry at that time. The phone was available inside Verizon stores starting November 21st and it is believed that Verizon didn't want to waste all of the marketing dollars it had spent on the phone, so it held back from committing to the HTC One, especially since the latter has a smaller 4.7 inch screen. But because the resolution remains FHD, the HTC One has an industry leading pixel density of 468ppi.

Verizon had a promotion recently that offered the HTC DROID DNA for free with a signed two-year pact. That might have cleared the shelves in time for Verizon to start selling the HTC One on August 15th as the latest speculation suggests.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

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DROID DNA
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2020 mAh(12.8h talk time)

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34 Comments

1. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

The HTC one is a beautiful phone.. And with only the s4 against it on VZW its a viable option RIGHT NOW.. But it won't be once new flagships are announced in the coming months.. Its too late for the one to do any good

9. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

agreed. still a great phone. but if you want something that will be top-notch you have to wait.

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I saw Criss Angel.

2. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Very unfortunate and to think this used be a flagship device.

8. wafflemuncherr

Posts: 23; Member since: May 29, 2013

Is the One no longer a flagship device? I feel like the specs are still top-notch and unless you want a phablet, which seems to be the next wave of upcoming phones, I'd consider the One a top contender. I'm still hoping to upgrade to the One, I just wish it wasn't so delayed!

34. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

same.

10. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This phone is a flagship. There was no phone better until the One was released in April. 1080p, 5", S4 Pro. 2 GB Ram. That's better than the Moto X or any other phone excluding the S4 and One.

22. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

The HTC DNA nearly had it all at the time it was released, but its Achilles heel was the 16GB storage cap without an option to add on. How many people who have the demand for a top tier phone (like the DNA was) and don't require more than 16GB?

23. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

never had a problem with 16 gb limit.

3. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Soooooo..... I guess this means no 4.2 / 4.3 update till say Q3 of 2014???

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Butterfly got it's 4.2.2/Sense 5 update back in early July. Which means the DNA should see it by Q4 2013/Q1 2014.

4. scott5626

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 01, 2009

The DNA has been gone for a few days.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

dna just got served,..by htc's 468 ppi. now waiting for verizons logo on every ONE.(HTC).

11. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

served? perhaps you need a definition.

6. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

It makes allot of sense that The One's release date got pushed back. VZW needed time to make sure all supply of the DNA was gone first. The DNA was just too big of a phone. People weren't gonna buy it when they could get The One.

7. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It never felt excessively big when I tried it in store, but it is a very tall phone. Add on the BoomSound speakers of the Butterfly S (which could have been a DNA 2) and you get a 5" phone in a phablet body. It was a nice device, but HTC Droids have been a tough sell for the last couple years. Motorolas get all the attention - and the OS updates.

12. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

True. And the Motorola's screen sucks. Wish they would've gotten the DNA 2 and not the One.

13. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I've always felt the Droid DNA was underappreciated. It has great specs even today. 1080p, 5" screen, quad core processor, and 2gb of ram. Isn't it also getting Sense 5 in a future update? Hopefully HTC and Verizon won't abandon future OS updates on it too soon.

14. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

That's better!

17. Hamlet

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 03, 2013

I never saw the HTC DNA on verizonwireless for free. I kept my eye on it and before it was removed from the verizon website i ordered it for $49.99. It is still available on HTC's site to order (htc.com/us/smartphones/droid-dna-by-htc/) for $49.99 with 2 year contract. I think the HTC DNA is a better deal for $50 compared to HTC ONE for $199.99 (probably) from verizon. You get the better casing for the HTC ONE but you get built in wireless charging for the HTC DNA. I actually replaced my S4 for the DNA because of lag issues and dead pixels (on my model).

18. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Doesn't the DNA have horrendous battery life?

19. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

Oh yes, yes it does

20. Hamlet

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 03, 2013

I take it off charge at 6am and at 11pm i put it on charge with about 20-25% battery left. My usage is between moderate to high. Plus i have a qi wireless charger at home and at work, if its necessary (haven't used it yet as i was testing full day battery). I am also thinking of batteryguru from snapdragon as i heard it helps a lot with battery. I am just hoping i will get 4.2 with sense 5 soon.

32. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

I am right with you; just got the DNA at $50. Basically its too good at that price to wait and possibly lose early upgrade. Uploaded 3500 songs from my Rhapsody playlists....with plenty of room to spare. Sounds better through headphones than a 4th gen touch. KILLS the sound in my Lexus. Battery seems short...but who cares? Qi charging at home & office plus USB port in my car. Wireless charging is what leaves the one behind. Screen is best in sunlight I ever saw. Who cares about "angle"...but we all go outside once in a while. From an og RAZR bought 11/11/11....this is a cool upgrade.

33. Hamlet

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 03, 2013

It's a good choice especially for the price. It has almost no lag and wireless charging built in is awesome. I bought a couple of cases and with the case the wireless charing works fine. It wouldn't have been worth to wait for the htc one and pay 4 times more ($50 to $200) and lose those 2 things. The only thing htc one is better is newer software. Hopefully we'll get it soon as the international version (butterfly) has received it.

24. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

no it doesnt

25. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

It was free from bestbuy for a few weeks.

30. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I think the free offer was thru email to certain Verizon customer's, but u could sign up thru a page. It was never promoted free on the public page.

31. Geezy03

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

They had a promotion in may or June where it was free with a promo code. I cashed in on this deal but returned it once I found out Verizon would get the one

21. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Your "exclusive Verizon road map" has been found to be bogus. The new Droid lineup will be arriving by 8/20, the LG exalt still doesn't exist and the HTC One has past its due date. I would likely pass on publishing the next thing this "anonymous tipster" provides.

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