New rendering of the HTC DROID DNA gets hearts pounding

New rendering of the HTC DROID DNA gets hearts pounding
The Steve P. Jobs Trust is going to be happy to see a new rendering of the HTC DROID DNA. As we told you yesterday, Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm puts the Trust in a position to profit from the sales of Verizon's DROID branded phones. The rendering shows exactly what we would expect from a 5 inch phablet carrying the HTC name for Big Red, down to the red details on the device. The recently released Verizon MAP list hints at a $199.99 price for the phone with a signed two-year pact. While we're sure that Verizon would love to get this out before the turkey is cooked on Thanksgiving, serial leakers evileaks' tweet of the rendering included a hint that the HTC DROID DNA will launch in early December.

There haven't been any real specs released, but the latest that we know leads us to expect a 5 inch Super LCD 2 screen with 1080p resolution. That should produce an above average pixel density for users. The processor of choice should be the quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 which is what all of the other high-end devices are wearing to school these days. That means the phone should have LTE connectivity and quad-core speed. We expect to see 2GB of RAM  with 16GB of native storage inside, and a 2500mAH battery. We are unsure if an 8MP or 12MP camera will be on the back, but it seems more certain that a 2MP front-facing shooter will be on the device. Android 4.1.1 should be installed with Sense 4+ running on top. And yes, Beats Audio technology will be on board.

Sounds like a good deal for $199.99 if that MAP price is right. This would be the third 5 incher that Verizon customers will get to choose from with the LG Intuition (forgot about that one, right?) and the upcoming Samsung GALAXY Note II (pre-orders currently accepted). The LG Intuition is priced on contract for $149.99 and the Samsung GALAXY Note II is priced at $299.99 on contract so the HTC DROID DNA could be priced at the lower end of that range.

source: evleaks via AndroidCentral

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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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67 Comments

1. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

mmmm 2500mAH battery. I'm love that 2gb of RAM is starting to become the new standard.

17. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Love 'em or hate 'em...you've gotta hand it to HTC they really know how to build a sexy device!

53. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

they build the best without question! They just need to keep improving in battery life now that they've been improving in storage :) I personally would like to see top end Qwerty from HTC soon!

24. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Sexy Stylish Distincitive

2. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Hurry up and release this beast! The drool puddle beneath me is getting a little too large!=P

10. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

sell it to the black market

41. alouden unregistered

One thing about discovering this site is finding out I am not the only person who drools over a phone and demands that Verizon take my damn money :-).

42. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I manage an agent location for Verizon, so buying this phone will make me money since I'll have this device to show ppl how sweet it's going to be. Hate paying retail for it, but I definitely can't complain about my monthly bill lol!

3. mydi.maus unregistered

THATS MY DNA!!

4. alouden unregistered

They are saying early December for release....

38. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Not going to say where the email came from, but I got an email for our lineup this fall with this phone having a release date of 11/20. That of course could change, but I have an email with this date in it.

40. alouden unregistered

Well this makes my day. I can hang on until the 20th before making a choice. Of course if that date changes..... I just wish there were some details on its software capabilities. On a different point, I handled the Note 2 yesterday. It is definitely easier to handle than the original. Still a tad too large, but I could deal with it if some aspect of the DNA disappoints.

43. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

If the battery is at least 2500mah and it has a microSD card slot, I fail to see where this device could disappoint, unless the battery still underperforms. It does have to power a monster after all.=)

46. alouden unregistered

You are right. It wouldn't disappoint as a phone. I am just thinking of the features offered on the note 2. I should have phrased things differently. Funny thing is, I could deal with the battery if that's the only issue. They say the Rezound's battery life isn't good. But I have had no issues with it at all. And I use the standard battery.

45. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

And btw, for Verizon info, pay attention to KingKurogii. That cat knows his stuff too.

5. psysect

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

a monster phone that i need it..perfect.. i wish this produce internatinally.

6. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I want to see the projected battery life on this thing, it's either this the Note II or the Razr Maxx HD.

7. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

ROM time! Eliminates all bloatware (Sense counts). :P

8. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

look at that big arse Verizon logo on the top of the device, and so many people bitched about the tiny Verizon logo on the Galaxy Note 2's home button... toss off your bunch of sorry sods!

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's normal, branding on a button is just too much.

18. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

not really... I have used so many devices without the annoying carrier logo taking up the front of the device... I was really happy for VZW users when I saw it was pinned on the home button instead... Small and on the home button anyday > large and taking up screen realestate

20. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i don't agree. the branding on the home button is a real crammed effort. i don't mind branding anywhere there's plenty of room for it.

12. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

the logo on the toop doesn't exactly annoy me too much. a manufactuer logo would have been there. the button logo is so ugly. can't they just put it on the back?

22. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Man those logos really do ruin the phone.

25. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

but the branding is already on the back... and the button too? its too much

36. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

It is the price to pay to get awesome exclusives like this. The Note II was rediculous, because no one else had a huge branding, and Verizon put a branding in an annoying place because it can't be covered. No other carrier will put a worse branding on this phone, because they will not have this phone.

51. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

verizon should make the default and unchangable wallpaper a verizon logo. i bet thats what they will do next. then they theme all their apps red. replace EVERYTHING with bloatware. including "verizon contacts" "verizon browser" "verizon internet" "angry droids" then they will theme everything, touchwiz, even stock android with the cool blue color red then they will write verizon in huge windows 8 esk letters on the back of the phone. thats only the beginning

52. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

There are definitely trade offs. If putting up with carrier BS means I can continue to get 30 mb/s in my dorm room, then I can live with that.

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

aw yeah, the sick Droid branding is back once again! ;D this thing is actually rumored to have an LCD 3 display like on the J Butterfly. the battery is still too small for something like this.

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

i think lcd3 display is the same thing as lcd 2(fine with me) except 1080p

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