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

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_
    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..
  • NightLight
    nice specs, and nice price! i love my desire hd, 1.5 years on, it's still better than the latest iphone
  • _Pez_
    Anyway this phone really has all I would want with audio. It is a beautiful Phone loaded with great hardware.
  • kinggraves
    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.
  • thety6on
    Oh man, I can't even imagine how bad the battery life will be
  • redeemer
    Dude its a quadcore phone and this is a new screen tech (Super LCD3), so battery life and speed should not be an issue!
  • Beats audio sucks big time...worst choice out there. I rather keep my phone and music player separately as audiophile.
  • sliem
    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.
  • jcurry23
    I bet you can tell a difference between the 2 screens
  • shloader
    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.