HTC announces 5 inch Droid DNA for Verizon Wireless

HTC announces 5 inch Droid DNA for Verizon Wireless

Summary: HTC does a good job of making solid devices and the latest HTC Sense powered device is the Droid DNA. There is no stylus support so I am not sure how appealing 5 inches of smartphone will be to the general public.

HTC announces 5 inch Droid DNA for Verizon Wireless

HTC is holding a press event in New York today with Verizon and is finally bringing a high end Android device to rival the new HTC One X+ to the largest US wireless carrier. The Droid DNA by HTC looks to be the Japanese Butterfly phone from HTC with a 5 inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display. The Droid DNA does not have pen capability so it is not a direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note II, but it does have a larger display than most smartphones. Pricing and availability haven't been revealed yet, but the press event just started. The Droid DNA will be available for pre-order today with a fantastic price of $199. The DNA will be released next Wednesday, 21 November. It looks like a great device for Verizon and will appeal to the Android enthusiast.

Specifications are important for Android users and on this device you will find the following:

  • Android Jelly Bean with Sense 4+
  • 5 inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display (440 ppi - WOW)
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S 4 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage (11GB usable) with no expansion capability
  • 2.1 megapixel front facing camera with wide-angle lens
  • 8 megapixel camera with ImageSense technology
  • Beats Audio with integrated 2.55 V amplifier
  • Beats Audio with additional amplifier, like the HTC 8X
  • Verizon LTE support
  • Wireless charging (note the trend on Verizon's new devices)

While the HTC Droid DNA is being shown off in New York for Verizon, we see many rumors of this new device going to the international market as the DLX as well. If there was ever a phone to challenge my iPhone 5 on Verizon this is it. Unfortunately, I find the S Pen on my Galaxy Note II to be too compelling of a feature to go to a large screen Android device without it.

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  • Just pre-ordered the HTC DNA

    I really wanted the Nexus 4 but the Google play store did not cooperate for me. What is more important to me than a pure Android experience is LTE and world phone capability. According to the DNA has the needed radios. When I went through the pre-order process at VZW I was asked if the DNA would be used internationally and if I wanted to go ahead and enable that. I really loved the HTC One X on AT&T and I hope the DNA has some of the same qualities. Can't wait to find out.
  • Most Note users don't use the pen anyway

    Some do but it's plenty useful without one. Why such low storage though?

    A 1080p screen on a 5" device, crazy and likely a marketing device.
    • Not a marketing device

      It's already out in Japan as the HTC Butterfly. HTC may have its financial troubles, but there is no denying this is a gorgeous device.
  • I would really love this phone

    Unfortunately verizon won't let unlimited data customers upgrade anymore, looks like I'm going to be using my galaxy nexus forever, or will be buying one of these phones used off someone in a year or two. :(
    Jeff Krogue
    • You will eventually loose the unlimited data... regardless..

      Doesn't matter if you buy it used. I have unlimited data too and I was told by the crooks that as soon as I buy a new phone or transfer my number to a used phone my plan is reset to the new "no more unlimited data" model!!
  • Only Android Has Inbuilt Support For This Pixel Density.

    Meanwhile, back in the 20th century, IPhone 5 users are wondering when these black bars on all their apps are going to go away.
  • But here's the problem.....

    HTC is having enormous problems with rolling out updates to their existing platforms. ICS has been a nightmare for HTC owners, and Jelly Beans is shaping up to be pretty much the same trouble ( )

    Realistically, in light of this how can anyone trust taking a chance on their new device if the track record they carry isn't too good with regards to ongoing devise support and a seemingly weak approach to customer satisfaction? I fear that something is very wrong in their service delivery organization and until some sort of management change occurs I wouldn't invest in HTC. Not as a technology customer, and certainly not as a stock investor.