HTC's One X+ and Droid Incredible 4G LTE are both solid Android phones, but neither of them really did Anything Samsung wasn't already doing at least as well in its Galaxy series. The Droid DNA, announced today and available on Verizon beginning November 21st. The device may help HTC in its battle against arch-rivals Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc, to which it has heavily lost ground in recent years.
Every major hardware and software improvement HTC has come up with lately are also thrown in there, like Beats Audio and dedicated speaker amplifiers, wide-angle front camera, the ImageChip ISP and latest Sense 4+, plus HTC has wrapped it all up in a very slim and elegant for this screen size chassis.
With a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 (1080p) Super LCD 3 display, a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, LTE, NFC and built-in wireless charging, the Droid DNA's specs match or exceed its competition in just about every category.
The phone barrels through the Android churn with the highest density display in the U.S. market, a HD display that sports 440 ppi (pixels per inch). To put that into perspective, the iPhone 5 has a pixel density of 326ppi. HTC shoved a S4 Pro quad-core 1.5Ghz processor and 2GB of RAM into the Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) phone. And because it’s HTC, it has Beats Audio for all your jams. For no reason, it would be a quite amazing device to enjoy HD movies on HTC DNA.
The Droid DNA will cost $199 to customers who sign a two-year contract and goes on sale November 21, the day before Thanksgiving, the un-official start of the shopping season. The phone will be exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the United States. A similar device is being sold in Japan under the Butterfly brand, HTC said.