Verizon officially announced the DROID DNA by HTC, the first smartphone in the US market to have a 1080p Full HD touchscreen display. The DROID DNA is Verizon’s variant of the KDDI au’s HTC J Butterfly, and there are some minor differences in features and design details. You will not be able find IPX5 water-resistance and microSD/SDHC card slot on the DROID DNA.
As you may already know, the DROID DNA gets a 5-inch 1920x1080p Super LCD3 display with a 440ppi pixel density, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. It is boosted by a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 Pro quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The 8 Megapixel main camera has a 28mm wide angle f/2.0 lens, BSI sensor, 5-level automatic flash, ImageChip for enhanced image processing, Full HD video recording and VideoPic that captures video and still images at the same time. Its 2.1 Megapixel front-facing camera is also capable of 1080p Full HD video recording and has a f/2.0, 88-degree, ultra-wide angle lens. Without microSD slot, 16GB onboard storage is probably not enough for users to store apps and media files. Let’s see if the company will release 32GB and 64GB models.
Like other HTC’s offerings, the DROID DNA includes Beats Audio for studio quality sound. To deliver even better sound, HTC adds a unique, 2.55-volt, built-in headset amplifier and dedicated amp for the external rear-speaker to help boost the audio signal .The handset also packs dual micrs for noise cancelation. The Full HD DROID supports Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, dual-band WiFi 802.11b/g/n, NFC as well as MHL. It works on Verizon’s LTE 4G and CDMA 3G network and is global-ready with support for quad-band GSM and UMTS mobile networks.
The DROID DNA comes with a 2020mAh battery and supports Qi wireless charging. It runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 4+. To be released on 19 November, the DROID DNA is available for $199.99 with 2-year contract.