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HTC Announces Droid DNA Smartphone With 5'' 1080p LCD

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Handset goes on sale on November 21.

Verizon and HTC have, as expected, announced their Droid DNA smartphone during a New York event.

The smartphone features a 5-inch screen, Super LCD 3 display with 440 pixels per inch, runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and is capable of playing 1080p HD video. HTC said that the device's screen rivals traditional HDTVs, with the pixel density being among the highest available on any smartphone.

HTC's Droid DNA boasts a quad-core, 1.5Ghz Snapdragon Qualcomm processor, as well as having 4G LTE integrated into the device. The handset is also capable of wireless charging and full HD video chat, NFC support, accompanied by an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera.

HTC ImageSense and HTC ImageChip are integrated in order to deliver faster image processing and better quality photos, in addition to a quick-launch camera option. The Droid DNA also offers Beats audio and two amplifiers -- one for the headphone and one for the device's speaker.

The Droid DNA, which will be distributed exclusively through Verizon, will be available on November 21 for $199.99 with a two-year contract, with pre-orders commencing today.

“It’s no secret that people depend on their smartphones more and more every day which rightfully raises expectations for performance, speed, and design," said Jason Mackenzie, HTC president. "The DROID DNA by HTC embodies a smartphone that pushes the envelope in all of these areas with the first true 1080p HD display, latest quad-core processor, and Verizon’s 4G LTE network, all wrapped in a beautifully crafted design. The DROID DNA by HTC is sure to top wish lists this holiday season.”

 

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    _Pez_ , November 13, 2012 8:13 PM
    Ho yeah HTC might have read what I wrote in other webpage article about adding a tiny amplifier for headphone usage.. well because my G S3 audio is not enough for bigger headphones..
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    NightLight , November 13, 2012 8:13 PM
    nice specs, and nice price! i love my desire hd, 1.5 years on, it's still better than the latest iphone
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    _Pez_ , November 13, 2012 8:14 PM
    Anyway this phone really has all I would want with audio. It is a beautiful Phone loaded with great hardware.
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    kinggraves , November 13, 2012 8:19 PM
    Yup, this will be the new trend. Putting way too powerful screens on smartphones. "Our numbers are biggest"

    Do these companies ever actually research the tech they're using? Are they intentionally being wasteful or is this just ignorance? The human eye won't notice whether your screen is 300PPI or 440, so unless you're buying a phone for your pet owl the resources used to drive that resolution could be far better used on actual processing.

    That could be an interesting experiment. Test a phone running at 1080p and 720p using the same processor and see which one actually gets the job done faster.
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    thety6on , November 13, 2012 8:20 PM
    Oh man, I can't even imagine how bad the battery life will be
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    redeemer , November 13, 2012 8:23 PM
    Dude its a quadcore phone and this is a new screen tech (Super LCD3), so battery life and speed should not be an issue!
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 8:28 PM
    Beats audio sucks big time...worst choice out there. I rather keep my phone and music player separately as audiophile.
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    sliem , November 13, 2012 8:29 PM
    Very impressive.
    Soon smartphones will be powered by mini nuclear reactor and able to do 3d holographic projection with many and many of terrabytes in storage. Hopefully it can still make and receive phone calls without disconnections.
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    jcurry23 , November 13, 2012 8:33 PM
    I bet you can tell a difference between the 2 screens
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    shloader , November 13, 2012 8:36 PM
    More credit to Linus Torvalds' arguement on Desktop monitors and their pixel density not progressing since 1999, though they very well could.

    As to the phone... luv my HTC One S... even though it's the S. It seems every once in a while HTC slaps something out on the market that raises the bar, even if they don't support it software-wise for much more than nine months (little better than LG in that regard). Battery life has become much more solid since the EVO line but natural evolution in phone processor efficiency has helped that.
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    halcyon , November 13, 2012 8:41 PM
    _Pez_Ho yeah HTC might have read what I wrote in other webpage article about adding a tiny amplifier for headphone usage.. well because my G S3 audio is not enough for bigger headphones..

    Its funny you mention that, I like to use a seperate headphone amp for best quality (a HeadRoom TotalBitHead). Its neat to see a manufacturer care enough about audio quality to put a headphone amp in their phone! Well done on that end.

    ...and I imagine that 1080p display isn't bad to look at either. I wonder if its as crystal clear and bright as the iPhone's Retina display. As much as I love my Samsung Galaxy gadgets and and as good as they are the displays aren't quite as clear as the iPhones (but they're bigger and they're still quite beautiful). It would have been neat for them to put a 1080p display on the Galaxy Note II (makes me wonder why they didn't).
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    joytech22 , November 13, 2012 8:59 PM
    thety6onOh man, I can't even imagine how bad the battery life will be

    Why? Qualcomms SOC is actually pretty damn good with Battery Life.
    The screen should use about as much power as most others on the market as well.

    Battery life should be just as good as the other high-end handsets.
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    IndignantSkeptic , November 13, 2012 9:32 PM
    I think this pixel density is ridiculous; you'd probably have to use a magnifying glass to not miss the
    detail with your eyes. However I suppose making the screen any bigger would turn the device into a tablet instead of a smartphone that can fit in a pocket.
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    masterasia , November 13, 2012 9:37 PM
    Ships with only 4.1 JB!?! Too bad it won't be getting any updates soon. Nexus 4 FTW!
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    Vladislaus , November 13, 2012 9:37 PM
    kinggravesYup, this will be the new trend. Putting way too powerful screens on smartphones. "Our numbers are biggest"Do these companies ever actually research the tech they're using? Are they intentionally being wasteful or is this just ignorance? The human eye won't notice whether your screen is 300PPI or 440, so unless you're buying a phone for your pet owl the resources used to drive that resolution could be far better used on actual processing.That could be an interesting experiment. Test a phone running at 1080p and 720p using the same processor and see which one actually gets the job done faster.

    Actually it depends. If someone has 20 by 20 eyesight or worse then you can't resolve the pixels on a 300ppi screen 10 inches away. However there are people with eyesight that far exceeds 20/20. There are people that at 10 inch they only stop resolving pixels when the screen has pixel density of 572 ppi or higher.
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    vkg1 , November 13, 2012 9:40 PM
    The iPhone is so inadequate compared to this. 5 inches compared to 4. Only old-fashioned idiots cling to the belief that size doesn't matter.
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    vmem , November 13, 2012 10:05 PM
    sooo, why do we still have 60" 1080p TVs for 1-1.5k? I want my 4K TV for say $3-5k please!
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    house70 , November 13, 2012 10:07 PM
    halcyon ...and I imagine that 1080p display isn't bad to look at either. I wonder if its as crystal clear and bright as the iPhone's Retina display. As much as I love my Samsung Galaxy gadgets and and as good as they are the displays aren't quite as clear as the iPhones (but they're bigger and they're still quite beautiful). It would have been neat for them to put a 1080p display on the Galaxy Note II (makes me wonder why they didn't).

    Since the display on the HTC OneX ( and the one on the X+) is already better than iPhone's display, I don't see a reason why HTC would regress instead of making this one at least as good as the OneX.
    As for the Note 2, they will probably make a Note 3 with 1080p. Or maybe they'll make one with flexible display, who knows. Samsung is really pushing it these days.

    AFAIK, the only problem with this phone is it's exclusivity with Verizon. HTC would be ill-advised to release this only on one network.
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    quangluu96 , November 13, 2012 10:17 PM
    What's the use of this Super HD small screen? It's not like everyone have hawk's eye to see the difference o.0 really?!javascript: void(0);
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    ikyung , November 13, 2012 10:56 PM
    HTC makes some really good screens, but WHY would they put in a 2050 mAH battery inside this beast that is not removable?! 440 pixels per inch, 1080 res, and 5inch screen. This phone needs at least a 3000 mAH battery. One HD movie and this thing would be running out of juice.
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