The HTC Droid DNA and the 1080p alternatives to look forward to

The HTC Droid DNA and the 1080p alternatives to look forward to
Can you believe it, folks? In just a few days, the HTC Droid DNA will launch through Verizon, becoming the first smartphone with a 1080p screen to land in the U.S. That's a whopping 1920 by 1080 pixels – as many as a modern HDTV has, packed on a screen measuring only 5 inches in diagonal! There is no doubt that graphics displayed on the latest Droid will look stunningly sharp, and more than a few Verizon subscribers will be tempted to grab the device mostly because of that single outstanding feature.

But are any HTC Droid DNA alternatives due to arrive anytime soon? Is any other manufacturer going to introduce a smartphone with a 1080p display? You betcha! In fact, we believe that more than a few of them will be coming in a few months.

Rumor has it that Sony is working on a couple of high-end devices – the C660x Yuga and the C650x Odin. It is speculated that both of them will have displays with resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, and will be powered by Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip – specs identical to those of the Droid DNA. However, these two are not likely to be released anytime soon. It will be at least a few more months before we see these two hit the shelves, if they are indeed meant to see the light of day, that is. 

Another company that is expected to release a smartphone with a 1080p screen is LG. It already demonstrated such a panel, measuring 5 inches and made using a technology called Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS for short). Unfortunately, we don't really have any clues indicating that the manufacturer is indeed working on such a handset, although it won't be surprising if leaks and rumors start circulating the blogosphere sooner than later. If LG is really going to launch a Droid DNA rival, that will surely happen no sooner than H1 of 2013.

Samsung will probably join the party as well, and that is expected to happen at some point next year. Reportedly, the Korean manufacturer will start manufacturing 1080p screen panels in early 2013. However, it is said that they will be made using Super AMOLED HD technology, which is quite interesting to hear because until recently, the tech did not allow such high pixel densities to be reached. Which device will be graced by such a display is not yet clear, although a Samsung Galaxy S IV seems like a plausible guess.

Sharp also deserves to be mentioned for it already announced the Aquos Phone SH930W. It has a 5-inch screen with resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and made using IGZO display technology. But getting the device might prove a bit tricky because it is meant to be offered on the Russian market. Moreover, it is speculated that its hardware might not be capable of handling all those pixels at high framerates as the device sports a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip with Adreno 225 graphics.

So in conclusion, there will surely be alternatives to the HTC Droid DNA. Other smartphone makers will definitely announce devices with 1080p screens of their own, but there is no guarantee that those handsets will be available for purchase anytime soon. Therefore, if the Droid DNA has already won your heart, just go ahead and grab it! That impressive display will likely guarantee you at least a few months of bragging rights, and your geeky friends will probably turn green with envy once they see it. Speaking of which, is anyone thinking of getting one already? Let us know down in the comments!

Related phones

  • 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)



1. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

what about the phone from oppo find? it is 6.65 mm thick

7. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011


11. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Articles have already been released about the oppo find 5. It is no longer 6.65 that was pre production. The model that will release will be 8-9mm thick. Search here on PA you'll find it.

24. linneti15

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

The original oppo find didn't have 1080p and was 6.65mm thick, it was production though not pre-production. The newer Oppo Find 5 has 1080p but while still very thin, is about the same as other high end smartphones these days

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I think this is about as good as it gets for the 5" 1080p.

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

any reports for an international version?

8. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Maybe the HTC J Butterfly.

9. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

japanese exclusive :\

13. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Yes, but the designs of both DNA(US) and Butterfly(Japanese) are identical and the hardware is the same :)

14. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Micro sd card on J though :) Hopefully 2500 and sd card for an international!

15. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

I hope galaxy s4 to sports 5" Super Amoled FHD plus(real RGB) screen, but this is a new story.... :)

16. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

doubt RBG, pentile most likely. too hard for amoled

23. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

actually to answer my own question its going to be the HTC DLX. Hopefully 2500mAh with 64gb!

27. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Ilyushka, what are you smoking? Can I have some of that, please? Zvuchit otlichno, buddy!

30. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

I'm ill right now, maybe it's from the pills :D

3. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Sob, a 1080p Note 3 at 5.8" would be slick as all hell.

12. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

and probably 4000mAh battery.sweet!

17. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

At 5.8" I can't imagine any hardware buttons. 2013 is going to be the year of 1080p.

5. redsox420

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

if HTC wants to make money again, they will make this available to ALL MAJOR US carriers ASAP.. I would get this over the Note 2, if ATT had it. But nope. HTC is bleeding hundreds of millions each year and they stick to 1 phone per carrier. Any battery mention is it still 2020 mAh?

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i agree with the "expanding availablity" part that would indeed gain peoples interest and would help make this a HUGE success as it is already a success in my for the 2020 battery? Well they are saying the screen is supposed to help out on not draining battery as much so lets hope this is true.........all in all we gotta wait for a NON BIASED review on it.........still worth the money imo

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

The J Butterfly might make it here, but don't expect it to exactly match the Droid DNA in specs, something will be changed and omitted. This phone would be killer if that batter was at least 2500mAh, I don't care how miserly the screen technology is, the fact that the screen is so large and believe you me owners will be on that thing like crazy 2020mAh is just too small. HTC should have realized that if you give someone a smart phone with such high specs odds are they are going to use that thing quite a bit and the Droid line is known for touting power and performance...the Razr is a performance and power king, no less that 2500mAh should be allowed on 4" screen phones. Who wants a powerful phone that you can barely use and worse yet when that battery charge runs crappy in a year and a half you can't get a new battery because it's a sealed phone...bad idea. It's still an impressive phone though if the battery tests prove to be on the good side I might get this instead of the Razr HD Maxx.

21. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

indeed cant deny that im waiting to see how it holds up in the battery department either.........hopefully its "good" like the rest of their phones.......not great but decent........and thats "hopefully" it is........we'll see though soon enough

20. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

The problem is HTC will not do that, Droid DNA is not a flagship phone. The Droid line is a Verizon exclusive. Just wait for the DLX

18. dla0052

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

2020mAh battery, no expandable storage and non-removable battery? Why does HTC keep on shooting themselves in the foot with the new phones they have been releasing lately? They need to go back to 2010-2011 when they were relevant and rediscover what made them successful. The original EVO was an awesome phone, they should have kept building on that instead of trying to get too fancy! I get the specs are on par and even exceed the Samsung Galaxy line but some of these features are make or break for a large chunk of consumers.

19. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

so true. +1

22. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i like the sharp technology the best!

25. maxout

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 20, 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

28. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012


29. blackspot

Posts: 102; Member since: Nov 14, 2012


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