When geeks' dreams come true: HTC DROID DNA specs review

When geeks' dreams come true: HTC DROID DNA specs review
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, did you guys heard about this new HTC smartphone that will be available through Verizon soon? They DROID DNA they call it, and guess what - its 1080 x 1920 resolution screen will be a first! But of course, such a beautiful screen has to be complemented by a host of other high-tech goodies like a quad-core processor and an abundant amount of internal storage, otherwise it would largely go to waste. But thankfully, this doesn't seem to be the case with the HTC DROID DNA. C'mon, people, we're dying to take a closer look at the specs and features of that beast!


Design


If we have to be honest, a device cannot really win us with awesome innards alone. It has to offer an eye-pleasing appearance as well in order to make the package feel complete. That's why we appreciate the work that HTC has put into the design of the DROID DNA. The phone certainly looks eye-catching, with its slim, 9.7 mm profile and red accents here and there that contrast perfectly with the black body. HTC has always had a thing for design, and we do think that they've done a very good job with the DROID DNA.

Display

Now, this is where the HTC DROID DNA is going to leave its mark. This handset comes with a larger-than-life 5-inch screen, the key feature of which is the ultra-high resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. All of this means a never-before-seen pixel density of 441 ppi. If you still had complaints about the clarity of the current 300+ ppi screens (which we doubt), then this will certainly put an end to your "special needs." At this point, we can only guess if there's going to be much use in such a high resolution on a phone's screen, but you've got to admit, the number of pixels alone is enough to take a geek's breath away!

Not only is it going to be extremely detailed, but the DROID DNA's display will also utilize the so-called Super-LCD 3 technology, which is an advanced form of LCD. S-LCD2, as seen on the One X, was still among the best out there, and we can only imagine how much better this one's going to be. It's said that this new screen tech will be drawing considerably less power from the battery, which, if true, would be a very big thing. It also means users won't have to worry about the battery life of this monsterphone.

Processor and Memory

But you didn't think that with such an expensive screen, HTC is going to make compromises with the other components of the DNA, did you? Of course it isn't! The CPU powering the handset will be Qualcomm's heavyweight champion, the Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064! It's a quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz and coupled to a crazy-fast GPU - the Adreno 320. With this configuration under the hood, you can be pretty sure that each and every app available on Google Play and beyond will run flawlessly. And even if an app actually refuses to be executed, it'll probably be because it can't run as fast as your phone!

So, how does the DROID DNA present itself when it comes to memory? Very well, although probably not superbly. RAM will be more than enough at 2 gigabytes, but the internal memory will be fixed at 16 GB. While this will be enough for most users, we can already see some heavier ones wondering what to delete in order to free up some space to install that new game. There's no information about options with more internal storage, but we guess that if the DNA turns out to be a success, HTC will be quick to produce some. Unfortunately, the handset will not feature a microSD card slot for additional memory. This is one area where its rivals, the Galaxy S II and Note II offer a bit more flexibility.

Camera

It's too early to be talking about the camera quality, so we'll just focus on its specs here. The DNA will sport an 8MP shooter, which is pretty standard for a high-end phone nowadays, but the aperture will be quite good at F2.0. The camera will be complemented by an LED flash, which will not allow you to take great night portraits, but will still be much-appreciated whenever you try to shoot in low-lit environments. Naturally, the sensor will be of the BSI type, which is so popular nowadays, and you can expect all kinds of software goodies to let you take the most out of the cam, like an HDR mode and burst shot mode.

The front-facing camera will be an 2.1MP one and will do its best to take marvelous self-portraits for you, but, as always when it comes to cameras, you know that megapixels are not all that matters.

Connectivity

Oh, we can't wait to check out the browsing experience on the HTC DROID DNA! With this large, super-high-definition screen, we can imagine that it will simply be spectacular. We do hope that the HTC Sense 4+ UI will help in this respect as well, rather than hamper the experience.

It's not clear yet if the handset is going to support Adobe's Flash Player plug-in (probably not), but at least you can be absolutely sure that its connection to the internet will be blazing-fast, thanks to LTE support and Verizon's ever-expanding 4G network.

Confirming its status of one feature-packed device, the DNA will support Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi a, b, g, n and n 5 GHz, as well as DLNA, NFC and MHL.

Software

Sadly, the DROID DNA will not arrive with Android 4.2 out of the box, though we sure hope that an update will follow at some point. Instead, you'll be greeted by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is still fine for us. In terms of customization, however, HTC is putting its Sense 4+ UI, which is yet another attempt at optimizing and streamlining the custom interface. In addition to some multimedia enhancements, Sense 4+ also brings the new H Voice speech recognition service - HTC's own take on voice recognition.

The HTC DROID DNA can be pre-ordered right now! It costs $199 with a two-year contract, and probably the best news of all is that it'll launch on November 21! So, who's getting this monster of a phone?


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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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75 Comments

1. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Not this geek (maybe an iGeek's dreams but, they have lower standards)!

61. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

And we thought the HTC ONE X+ was good! this things EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SOOO getting this phone at such an unbelivable price, WHHHOOOOO!!!!!

65. 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

70. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

hahaha guts for you americans!! International DLX is going to get all teh goodies like 12mp and SD card and hopefully larger battery!

74. maxout

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

HTC keep Buking around us and we will turn it in to blackbarry lolz.... It seems like HTC is playing some sick game of "Guess the Missing Feature". All of the latest phones from HTC has some feature that are just dead WRONG!!!

2. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

Apart from display ... whats geeky in it ??

5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Thank you, that's the only part that has me 'dreaming'. Besides, that display is going to wreak havoc on that battery; HAVOC, I TELL YOU, HAVOC!!

16. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

even the display ... i mean does our Eyes designed that way distinguish between such high pixel density display and normal retina display ??

27. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

No, only when you put an iMagniFying glass to the display; otherwise, the naked eye really can't tell.

44. thelegend6657 unregistered

Why you like to add i on everything ? It's not even iFunny

50. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

To you it ain't, to other's and specially me i lmfao when PAPINYC comments... Cause you'r a iFan.... it's his TradeMark...

62. thelegend6657 unregistered

Dead iTroll : in a Apple iArticle it's actually okay to do that . But on a HTC android phone article , really ? Besides adding i in front of anything won't make anything better , that's why apple their maps Apple Maps instead of iMaps , it's map don't deserve an i .

71. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

How coulDi be remiss, of course their 'Maps' don't deserve an "i", an "F -" would be more appropriate.

75. thelegend6657 unregistered

fTrue

30. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

S4 Pro + Adreno 320? Then there is the display, although I expect there will be those who question the need for that kind of resolution on a phone. Just don't be surprised if the display becomes the standard for 2013 flagship phones. IMO, the real problem for HTC is the BATTERY.

56. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

One additional item regarding the new display - there may be 'issues' with the new resolution and non-compatible apps.... With earlier apps migrating from the Droid X to (for example) the HTC EVO 3D, apps that hadn't been updated for the improved resolution (even in 2D mode) of the EVO were quite tiny when displayed on the EVO.

76. thelegend6657 unregistered

Just download tablet optimised apps for it , that would work , But thats one of the reason why i dislike android tabs , apps sometimes appear tiny in a black box and no way to enlarge it like in the iPad .

3. Aeires unregistered

Where's the "Battery" section?

12. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

they didnt mention how crappy the battery life will be for this phone!! AND why did they say that this is a "geek's dream" when other phones like the S3 and Note II are better than the DNA right now lol

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

How in the world is the GSIII better than this phone?

19. nwright94 unregistered

While the DNA does have amazing specs, I would personally still pick the note 2 or gs3 because of no touchwiz. And I can guarantee you the DNA will have a locked boot loader, Verizon tends to like their phones like that like their gs3.

45. thelegend6657 unregistered

Touchwiz sucks ! It's either stock or sense for me

72. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Ew TouchWiz.

73. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Its shipping with S-OFF. No more locked boot loaders !

20. nwright94 unregistered

While the DNA does have amazing specs, I would personally still pick the note 2 or gs3 because of no sense. And I can guarantee you the DNA will have a locked boot loader, Verizon tends to like their phones like that like their gs3.

21. nwright94 unregistered

While the DNA does have amazing specs, I would personally still pick the note 2 or gs3 because of no sense. And I can guarantee you the DNA will have a locked boot loader, Verizon tends to like their phones like that like their gs3.

22. nwright94 unregistered

Please ignore the triple post, my kindle fire had a lockup and posted a whole bunch.

24. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Why do we have to suffer because you couldn't buy an iPad? (joking(

37. nwright94 unregistered

Oh I have an iPad sitting in a drawer collecting dust right now. Got bored of it because I couldn't mod it like I can my kindle fire haha. Probably going to sell it soon to get a nexus 7 with hspa+.

46. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

then you'll get the repeated 4th and 5th post..

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