HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison

HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison
HTC just announced the Droid DNA monster of an Android handset, with the first 5" Full HD 1920x1080 pixels screen. That's photographic quality 440ppi density edge-to-edge display, where you can watch those 1080 movies and video capture in their full glory. 

It certainly marks the next fight in high-end phones, and by this time next year we can bet that most of them will be equipped with such displays. The new Super LCD 3 screen tech consumes much less battery than what we have now, explaining the fairly pedestrian 2,020 mAh battery.

Not only that, but HTC, realizing how a huge screen can impact the overall size, has made it very thin and compact, and the design is somewhat of a stunner, too, with red accents grill inspired by Lamborghini cars.

It is not a productivity tool like the Note II, as it lacks the integrated stylus and adjacent apps, just a pure big Full HD screen joy, so let's see how it stacks up in terms of specs to the other large display competitors on Verizon right now. HTC has thrown in the kitchen sink in this phone - quad-core S4 Pro with LTE, Beats Audio, Sense 4+, plus its wide-angle front camera and the 2.55v speaker amplifier known from the 8X. Do you think HTC is back with a bang launching the Droid DNA?

OSAndroid (4.1.1) Sense 4+ UIAndroid (4.1)Android (4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UI
Dimensions 141 x 70.5 x 9.73 mm5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 (151 x 81 x 9 mm)5.39 x 2.80 x 0.34 (137 x 71 x 8.6 mm )
Weight4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (117 g)
6.42 oz (182 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (117 g)
4.70 oz (133 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (117 g)
Design features Stylus 
Side KeysRight: Volume controlLeft: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock keyLeft: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock key
Colors Blue, WhiteBlack, Brown, Blue, White
Physical size5 inches5.55 inches4.80 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels720 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
441 ppi265 ppi306 ppi
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touch
FeaturesLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Proximity sensorLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Talk time 22.00 hours
the average is 8 h (507 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 8 h (507 min)
Stand-by time  8.3 days (200 hours)
the average is 19 days (464 h)
Stand-by time (3G) 10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 20 days (474 h)
Stand-by time (4G) 12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 11 days (257 h)
Capacity2020 mAh3100 mAh2100 mAh
Type Li - IonLi - Ion
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064Samsung Exynos 4 (4412)Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Quad core, 1500 MHzQuad core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processorAdreno 320ARM Mali-400 MP4 (Quad-Core)Adreno 225
System memory
2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 533 MHz)2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel)2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / DDR2
Built-in storage16 GB16 GB32 GB
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GBmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
Camera8 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile
Aperture sizeF2.0 F2.6
Focal length (35mm equivalent)28mm  
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Face detection, Exposure compensation, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, ScenesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Smile detection, Burst mode, Panorama, ScenesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Auto focus, Face detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
FeaturesVideo callingVideo callingVideo calling, Digital image stabilization
Front-facing camera2.1 megapixels1.9 megapixels1.9 megapixels

Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
Mobile hotspotYesYesYes
Wi-Fi Direct YesYes
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
FeaturesMass storage device, USB chargingMass storage device, USB chargingUSB Host, USB charging
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
HDMIvia microUSBvia microUSBvia microUSB
Charging connectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB
OtherNFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, DLNA, MHL, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
FCC approval
Date approved05 Nov 201228 Sep 201201 Jun 2012
FCC ID value: NM8PL83200 linkFCC ID value: A3LSCHI605 linkFCC ID value: A3LSCHI535 link
FCC measured SAR
Head0.50 W/kg0.24 W/kg0.35 W/kg
Body0.63 W/kg0.58 W/kg0.93 W/kg
Product Specific Use1.01 W/kg0.58 W/kg0.93 W/kg
Simultaneous Transmission0.93 W/kg0.82 W/kg1.29 W/kg
Officially announced13 Nov 201219 Sep 201204 Jun 2012
Scheduled release
21 Nov 2012 (Official)27 Nov 2012 (Official)




Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

5"?? = NO 2200 mAh battery = NO No MicroSD slot = NO _______________________ NO NO NO!!!!! And, NOOOO!

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Sh*t it really hurts me to see such a insanely spec'ed phone get raped in the battery & MicroSD card slot department. I know it's a typo but even the battery at 2200mAh is better than the garbage 2020mAh they put in to the HTC DNA. What DNA are they talking about anyways? What Homo Erectus DNA? I am sorry but this phone is a fail. What good is it to have a 5" 1080p SLDC 3 screen if it will only last you 6 to 8 hours on a single charge with its BUSTED 2020mAh battery? This is a sad day for HTC! :-( +1

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It's not just that it doesn't have a Micro SD slot, but that its storage is so pitiful. If it came with 64GB, or heck even 32GB there wouldn't be much of a problem. There's still a LOT that cloud storage can't do, people (yeah, I'm talking to you HTC, LG,and every other company that outfits SD-less phones with 16GB or less built in memory.)

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You know something, you are 100% right. In 2012 & going on 2013 in a month and a half, 16GB is just plain unacceptable. HTC, LG & anyone else should not force the cloud on people. 16GB is a JOKE!!!!! 32GB would have been sweet! +100 to you.

24. Rydsmith unregistered

I myself have a Lumia 920, but with an Xbox Music/Zune subscription I don't really feel the crush of the lack of memory, however that being said in 2012 32GB should really be the minimum in a phone. Now on to the battery, I'm going to hope that is wrong. My Lumia 920 has about the same battery in it, with a smaller screen and a less resolution and though it makes it through the day without much hassle, I can not see a phone with a 1080p resolution blowing anything away in the battery life department. For those that choose this phone, congratulations on having a sexy looking phone, however good luck having a charger around you at all times.

13. Aeires unregistered

How could you build such a big phone and put a tiny battery in it? With all that space, how did they miss that?

23. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

it really is sad when you think about it!! Its too the point that it almost cant compete with the popular S3?? I thought HTC learned its lesson over the years of us comsumers complaining about their poor battery life on their otherwise good devices!! thats why im not going back to HTC because they dont care to listen to the comsumers' demands. Im going to Samsung in december once im AT&T eligible and im getting the Note II. The DNA would be the kind of phone id get if it went to AT&T, but id be as pissed off about the battery for the DNA as i am now with my current phone (Inspire 4G).......and yes you can laugh lmbo

12. hateftotti

Posts: 231; Member since: May 03, 2011

It is like joke against my Note II 2020mAh battery for 5 inch quad core phone??? Kidding me??? :)

17. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

You guys are killing me. LONG are the days gone of micro SD. Just get the hell over it. Time to start porting some of your data to the cloud.

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No that is not true, MANY people invested in MicroSD cards & are always going to want them. The OEM's will see reduced sales & will start to get MicroSD card slots BACK to their devices. Samsung is number one in the world in terms of Android sales because they give the customer EVERYTHING. They don't omit anything.

37. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I will stash my thing wheneever I want to. Not where manufacturers force me to.

20. FAW-Q

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

I never thought I'd see the day where Android fanboys would hate on other Android devices. Becareful Samsung Fandro!ds, you guys are becoming more an more like iSh33ps.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

No no no no from me2. What is wrong with Htc? Following Apple! Huge let down, with looks and distinction, and massive specs. Htc " Please listen to your customers, if you want to rise! Like SuperAndroidEvo said! Also why is Bootloader locked? Please you should merge with XDA.

45. youssefch

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

search for battery test htc one x vs samsung g s3

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

Closer in size to the S3 & no stylus. This phone is definitely much more comparable to the S3 than the GN2. The phone has killer specs & a great price point for what you're getting, but no micro SD, no removable battery, small mAh on the battery, & no stand out software features are too many drawbacks to call this phone the undisputed champion.

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You sir are 100% correct. EVERYTHING you said is on point. This is no champion. People are going to buy it for its insanely beautiful 5" 1080p SLCD 3 screen, but after a week or so they are going to hate it for ALL the things you pointed out. +1

15. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Guys...its only 4 mmm longer and has 0.5 mil les in width so common its a S3 contender not a note...omg..

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah but it's considered a phablet though, so it's ALWAYS going to be compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. It is what it is.

32. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Agreed Samsung does have everything the customer wants with the small exeption of signal/call quality and battery life. Moto still has that down on lock.

39. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

very true bro.........The problem seems to lie with people as I dont recall HTC saying this will indeed be the best phone

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The only thing the DNA has on the Note 2 is resolution. The Note still has huge advantages in functionality/services, battery, screen size, and arguably processor.

4. i_hate_my_life

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 17, 2010

WHERES THE LUMIA 920 vs iphone 5 COMPARISON?!?!?!?!?!?

25. Rydsmith unregistered

Don't have children.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What children?

5. ssk27

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

yeah. but the design part, most liked.

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

What?? No sdcard option? ..

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

This phone lacks in versatility, as you can't remove the paltry battery and the memory built in is rather low in capacity. I don't get why you throw in the top of the line processors and screen then screw up the memory, battery and versatility of memory upgrading and battery mAh upgrading. So you are basically getting that phone and nothing else, kind of makes the point of Android being customizable moot doesn't it? I really want to see what kind of hours they get on such a tiny battery, since the GS3 gets 15 hours with LTE in tow...this is a qualcomm chip and their LTE baseband solutions are always ahead of everyone else in power consumption. Come on PA someone get their grubby mitts on this thing, I'm still deciding on this or the Razr HD Maxx.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I can't help but feel fairly disappointed with the DNA. HTC could have easily made it so much better, yet they chose some very frustrating design features. 2020mAh battery!? Just 16GB non-expandable storage!? No real upgrade to Sense!? Sure, it has a great screen and processor, but there are areas my 6-month-old Evo easily surpasses it: battery (okay they're the same size, but the DNA has a much more power intensive screen), expandable storage, camera button, kickstand (a gimmick, but even so...), Sprint's awesome amazing LTE network... oh wait, never mind that last part! But still, I'm not exactly jealous that I don't have a DNA.

14. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

HTC's broken multitasking included at no extra charge!

16. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I thought that the multitasking is ok now in 4+ sense

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