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HTC DROID DNA Poses for Cleanest Press Shot Yet (Updated)

With November 13’s  press event from HTC and Verizon nearing, it only makes sense that an official press render for the HTC DROID DNA would appear. Thanks to @evleaks, the picture above is the cleanest we have seen to date. Is it just me, or does it really look like a new version of the original HTC Incredible? 

Nothing new is necessarily revealed from this press shot, other than how beautiful of a device it appears to be. As you all know, the display measures in at 5″ with a 1080p resolution and 440ppi. The software is Android 4.1 with HTC’s Sense 4+ skin on top. Inside, we have a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and 4G LTE.

Update:  As a reader in the comments pointed out, the wallpaper on the device matches the teaser image in the press invite. If there were any doubts about next week’s event not being for the DNA, this should squash them.

The DNA should be a heck of a device.

And yes, I see that the date on the display says “December 7,” but no, I do not believe that’s a hint at the release date.

Thoughts on the design?

Via:  @evleaks

  • Clar

    I have used many HTC phones in the past and they all sucked. Their touch screen was unresponsive and i never kept any of those phones beyond 3 days until the current generation of One X and One S. The One X and S have both been great phones with little to no weakness. I am looking forward to this DNA beast!

  • as long as the battery is better than my old droid X i will be happy.

  • middlehead

    I’ll probably check it out when my upgrade comes in a couple months, but I just can’t imagine keeping a 5″ phone in my pocket.

  • BigFonz

    Does it have a kickstand?

  • Symbiotx

    I’ve heard that the HTC cameras are pretty good. Anybody have something to say about that? Motorola’s cameras disappoint me.

  • uncle paul

    Sick of Verizon and paying $160+ a month for 2 phones, + 1 dumb phone.

    Verizon has done ZERO as far as network upgrades in the extreme northern NJ and North east PA areas.

    3g speeds are GARBAGE..

    I have 0-1 bar at my home. network extender sucks.

    Launch day Gnex here. If i upgrade I lose my unlimited data…

    Why am i still with them?

    How the hell can i get out from under Verizon.

    • flosserelli

      What good is unlimited data if you can’t use it? Sounds like you need a different carrier.

  • Will Short

    If this baby has an unlockable bootloader I am down! With these specs, this phone will be a beast. I just want to get it and put a nice AOSP JB Rom on it! It would be perfect

  • Steve Benson

    Verizon’s red accents are just tired and old looking. The dark stylized bad-ass days of the “Droid” brand that gave Android the popularity that it has today are long passed.

    The majority of users want a device that is elegant and has awesome specs at the same time. Hold the One X and the DNA side by side and 90%+ would choose the One X.

  • Looks like my EVO LTE. I would expect the same with this phone as my EVO. Sense load times, GApps like Talk and Voice working intermittently, android error reports. The list goes on and on. I dont have any of these probs with my Nexus 7. The build quality on the EVO LTE isnt amazing either. The phone has a slight bend to it that has happened over time. Shoddy at best.

  • ManBearPig618

    So sick of ‘Droid’ branding

  • Pacific Islander

    Guys, did you ever try to turn off your data when you sleep and turn it on after you wake up? It works! It only consumed less than 5% battery life of my EVO 4G, Check it out!

    • zUFC

      Don’t you charge your phone at night? if not when do you. How can you not want a full 100% charge each morning for the day. Especially seeing how these phones can’t get us through a a day. If your trying to save battery during the night time, when in the heck to you put the phone on the charger. I never understood that

  • GET RID OF SENSE. Its so 2010 and looks completely out of date.

    HTC recently = Amazing hardware design, absolutely pathetic software design.

    • flosserelli

      Agreed. HTC phones would be so much more competitive if they offered the choice of AOSP. I bet a lot of people wouldn’t mind having a locked device as long as they didn’t have to use Sense. Maybe one day HTC will wake up and smell the coffee.

      • 68% down from last year. They better smell the coffee while they’re still profitable & before its too late.

        • cocamoxb

          I hope they’re brewing the Nexus flavor of joe!

          Just imagine the universal head explosion if we got “Droid Nexus DNA”!!!

      • I like sense a lot, but I want the instant upgrade that AOSP/KP offer, HTC should really open source sense to make rom development easier. I bet they’d sell a lot more phones.

  • Why does HTC insist on making its android skin look like it came out of 2007? Why are they trying to make jelly bean look like froyo?


    • LionStone

      Haha…riight…Oh you mean because HTC uses a square dotted icon, centered in the dock for the app drawer instead of the six dots with a circle around it in the dock for JB!? Or maybe because in the pull down menu HTC uses a circular ‘gear style’ icon instead of the the 3 lines with marks on them for Settings? Wow, some of these comments are so funny.

  • fartbubbler

    hardware buttons in this day and age?

    • Steve Benson

      I know, it’s sickening. We’re probably going to have to tolerate hardware keys for at least another three-four device cycles. Manufacturers just aren’t adopting it as readily as Google and the common user hoped/expected.

      Motorola switching to software keys is a huge plus and should hopefully influence the rest of the industry. We just need Samsung and HTC to get over their need to differentiate themselves from the core of Android.

      • LionStone

        Hmm, so you’d rather have all Android look, feel, function the same? That is a sickening thought right there…kinda like iOS?… no thank you! Thankfully Android still means CHOICE.

  • Tim242

    Note 2 is launching Nov. 27 with multi window out of the box. The feature will be a Verizon exclusive for a short time.

  • Senseless

    HTC sense is so damn ugly. Just let it go, already.

  • Removable battery + microsd slot = my next phone.

  • Jared Nichols

    my two biggest question marks with this device are going to be 1. will they lock the bootloader which is not important to some but very important to me, after my GNex I never want another locked up device 2. with this being carrier exclusive will it have some decent accessories because having the S3 and the Note2 on all carriers means tons of great accessories. This is a tough decision, for the first time in like 10yrs. I’m considering leaving VZW for the freedom to go where I want and to try T-Mo’s truly unlimited plan because of the attitude and practices VZW lives by being the only carrier to lock the S3, the Note2, the horrible job they did with the GNex, the DNA will most likely be locked, full retail for phones to keep my unlimited plan and more just keep piling on everyday as a matter of fact with Google’s new model I’m beginning to doubt if VZ will ever see another Nexus device which makes me very sad.

  • angermeans

    I got a chance to play with this thing today and the display is absolutely amazing. Just wait til you get a chance to see this little beast.

    • Spider210

      sd card slot?

  • abqnm

    Could just be a bad render, but it looks like there will be a big red power button on the top center. Also, the red bar where the earpiece is at could be a huge notification LED window.

  • Q

    Sense = Do not want.

  • Akuma10

    Unlocked bootloader and i’m in there like swim ware. I do not like Sense and the 4.2 upadate is sick.

  • me

    On screen Buttons or no deal.

  • balthuszar

    as someone who is a diehard moto fan boy…this phone looks impressive, but i hate that clock/weather widget…is it delete-able?

    • Unless they’re departing wildly from previous versions of Sense, yes.

  • Nexus

    I really hope this isn’t coming out December 7th. I’ve been waiting long enough for this.

    • Jim

      It’s Verizon. I won’t be surprised at all if it doesn’t come out until December. Angry, but not surprised!

  • chris125

    I hope this phone can have the sort of impact the original incredible did. That was an awesome phone and it seems after that htc devices on verizon went down hill fast.

    • Steve Benson

      After the Incredible, all Android devices on Verizon went down hill until the G-Nex came out.

  • NorCalDroid

    Amazing specs. but it looks like an incredible or rezound or any number of devices in their portfolio. not to mention its the exact same experience on every UI. Developers will go crazy. Mainstream will say its the same as the rest. and mainstream is the reason why their profits are 63% below what it used to be.

  • mcblue

    So what do you think the odds are of this phone getting root and an unlockable boot loader? If I can get a custom ROM on this phone I will buy.

  • chris125

    Hopefully battery life is alright and hope they don’t have the issues with the power buttons like with past htc devices. They need to get rid of sense it is just ugly and way to much.

  • Michael swaim

    Woot woot I can’t wait

  • droidarmy


  • Meticode

    I have a HTC Rezound and I’m satisfied with it, but only after I was able to install a AOSP ROM. The battery life is lack-tastic. My next phone I’m going to do hard-core research and make sure the battery life is great. Overall the thing I’ve been impressed with the most on the Rezound is the camera. The camera is awesome. I liked Sense more than I thought, but nothing will be pure Android. I can’t complain though, I got it for $60 3 months after it had came out.

    With saying that I probably won’t get another Rezound phone unless it’s got a big developer base and AOSP is available on it. I’m not sure of my next Verizon phone, but I think battery life is going to be a top three reason for me choosing it.

    • flosserelli

      This phone has a 5″ 1080p screen, LTE and 2500mAh battery. You can probably guess what the battery life will be.

      • Ibrick


        Supposedly, the screen is more efficient than an equilvalent AMOLED screen, plus you add an ultra efficient S4 Pro processor, and battery life should be acceptable.

        If you need MAXX battery life, buy a MAXX.

        • flosserelli

          Or a phone with a removable battery.

  • anon

    Another great demo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAj-vcASu4w

    If we get the same specs as the Japan phone that thing freakin flys. The screen is gorgeous.

  • cooksta32676

    I hope it’s wide like an Evo, not tall and skinny like an ip5.

  • anon


    Sense looks fine and fast.

  • Ron_Swanson

    Note 2 still.

  • Hatyrei

    I prefer HTC J Butterfly color scheme…this 1 is like blah…. Black and red again? Reminds me of Motorola Q 9m music.

    • I must agree with the colors. I have that phone (Q9m) horrible, horrible, horrible phone!

    • flosserelli

      Use a phone skin. Problem solved.

  • Knlegend1

    zzzzzzZZZZZZZZZ….power specs….zzzzZZZ….verizon wireless……oh I had a nightmare!!!!!

  • dsass600

    NEXUS 4444!

  • PhillipCun

    HTC wonders why they’re doing poorly. Look at the design, the branding and UI and let me know what has changed since the first HTC Incredible. What? NOTHING! They put in a 5″ screen and make it “1080p” but for what? To look at how ugly Sense is? JB even looks better than that.

    This phone looks like every other HTC and every other Android phone on the market. What is unique? Not much. Here is why HTC will continue to fail unless they change drastically

    Designs – All HTC designs look the same, they keep pumping out phones with great specs but what separates their new phones from their old? A small tweak here and there. With so many Android phones released each year they can’t even make themselves stand out so why would the confused consumer pick HTC over the very well branded Samsung Galaxy line? NOTHING. HTC is not a big player anymore and they need to do everything right to wow consumers to convince them to take a chance on their products.

    Branding – HTC is a very capable company but they have not created a brand. Yeah they tried with the One line but they failed to make the phone available on all major carriers in as many countries as possible. Consumers are very simple people and if you don’t make it simple for them to digest they’ll just move on to something that is simple; the iPhone and Galaxy products have proven to be great phones in a global scale. These names are easily recognizable to consumers. Consumers will ask what is HTC and move on to something they already know.

    Sense – It’s been how many years and Sense still looks the same and very bloated. People are more aware of the UX (user experience) and Sense is much more dated now. It was a great solution to fill in those gaps where old vanilla came short, but this is 2012 and Android is a totally different animal. The sense design WAS sexy and sleek in 2010, but not anymore. Now with 4.2 and all the shift to Holo theme makes Sense look old and the UX less connected to new Android.

    HTC will need to wake up in 2013 or they’ll be far too behind to catch up. Samsung continues to thrive, Google’s Nexus line is picking up lots of steam and LG have been making many improvements (as seen in The Verge’s interview). How about HTC??

  • BakerDude

    Sense kills it. Android OEMs never cease to turn me off. This is a perfect example of why I cannot get excited about Android.

  • steve30x

    Im digging this but i know its only gonna come in at 16 gigs 🙁

  • Justin Swanson

    Also, their phone icon has some green on it so Apple will probably sue for that.

    • flosserelli

      Right after they sue for rounded corners, square icons, using fingers to swipe & interact with the phone, and the term “apps”. Because, as everyone knows, Apple invented all of that.

    • There’s no telling with Apple. They could sue for just about anything. Worrying about it is pointless.

  • Justin Swanson

    Does anyone else think it kinda looks like an iPhone?

    • NO.

    • flosserelli

      They’re both black, have a color screen & app icons, a clock, a front facing camera, and they both run on Verizon. Yeah, the resemblance is uncanny.


  • David asaro

    Looks like froyo to me lol. Outdated.

  • motta2003

    Every time I see an HTC phone I can’t help but think of my Thunderbolt and how we’re still waiting for ICS as promised. In the meantime just activated my Galaxy Nexus I got on eBay…

  • Radgatt

    That’s my birthday. Hopefully I will have it prior to that day.

  • The Thunderbolt was supposed to be one heck of a device.. That turned out well..

    • flosserelli

      It *was* a heck of a device, for its time. Remember, it was first-gen technology and all such products have their problems. Despite its issues (mainly the piss poor battery life), I thoroughly enjoyed mine. Liquid, Synergy and even DV MIUI were awesome on it.

  • baldypal

    come on OEMs, stretch the screen to the bottom and to the top. No more old school off-screen buttons and for the sake of everything that is wrong in this world already, Verizon, get rid of your logo on the front. the back is just fine!!!!!

    • hkklife

      What we really need is an aspect ratio (with software support, naturally) wider than 16:9 to enable “tall” large-screened phones. Remember Acer ahowed a prototype 21:9 handset a while back? I agree completely with you, though. Remove all those nasty chins, bezels, branding and wasted space on the front and give me screen size + battery capacity.

  • JoeInMO

    Just more cheaply made HTC Chinese junk.

    • carlisimo

      Taiwan is not China!

    • Oh look.. your head’s up your bottom!

  • Gotta love Sense….puke. Looks the same as it did 3 years ago.

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    Decisions, decisions… If I go with the Note 2, in a few months GS4 will be released with similar screen to HTC DNA and then I will be stuck with a HUGE phone that has a mediocre screen for 2 years, relatively. Also I see the S4 Pro being more future proof, the E4 processor seems like EOL out of the gate. Are either phones root friendly? or potentially rootable? This is such a hard decision, all I know is that my OG Droid Incredible is going away for good.

    • Daistaar

      I’d be careful with root on the HTC side. While the dev community is awesome and there is the Dev unlock from HTC, it took months for the One X to gain root. Something like a few weeks ago for a device that’s been around since April.

      • Ohiwastedmylife

        Zoinks Scoob… That is a really long period. I suppose I could get by with just a third party launcher. I really like some aspects of Sense but things like plain black app drawer wall paper, really outdated gradient shading, and ugly icons are making me question it. Note 2 looks amazing, the screen transitions just flow nicely and the app drawer looks nice, along with all the extra software perks & the S pen I guess. S pen is a gimmick except for mobile photoshop or writing notes I suppose.

    • hkklife

      I was just discussing this same dilemma yesterday with a friend who is itching to upgrade. The Note 2 seems to be the best shot for the time being but I have a feeling that the GS4 will essentially offer most of the Note 2’s goodness (probably a 5″ screen with no S-Pen) in a sleeker package and with the latest in camera/screen/SoC tech. I would not call the Note 2’s screen mediocre, however, as it certainly beats the GS3’s 720p screen.
      But yeah, the S4 is probably the best SoC on the market right now and the E4 does feel a bit dated and inefficient in comparison. Between the two I would go with the Note 2 if I HAD to choose one based on what we have seen and know so far…but honestly, maybe you should just pick up a cheap secondhand Gnex or S3 or RAZR to replace the OG DINC and wait to see what the GS4 brings next year?

      • Ohiwastedmylife

        The GS4 will most likely be supplied with all those new 1080p 5″ screens just like DNA. I have not seen a Note 2 in person yet but for the last 8 months I was waiting for the DNA and in the last month have fallen in love with the Note 2.

        I cannot pick up another phone unless it is 3G, I have the OG DINC so I need to lose my precious unlimited data plan so I can get a new 4G phone/4G plan. I see the unlimited data being removed in the near future anyways.

        I just need to decide if I want to hear “Is that a Note 2 in your pocket or are you excited to see me” everywhere I go.

        • hkklife

          But Is that actually verified? I haven’t been keeping up with stuff like that snce I went LTE last year. But could you really not just pick up a LTE phone new/used/not-on-contract and go into a store, get a SIM card, and move your account over (including your grandfathered unlimited)?

          You are probably right…VZW got rid of new unlimited lines on or around July 2nd 2011. Then around that same time this year they did away with unlimited renewals (I snuck in with my GS3 preorder right in the nick of time)

          So, yeah, I predict they will get rid of the grandfathered unlimited users, even if they pay full retail, somewhere around July of 2014 (when those final unlimited upgraders’ 2yr contracts run out) or at least force them into a capped plan when they change devices (regardless of how they get those devices). When that happens, I am saying adios to VZW after ~15 years and going with a T-Mob SIM plan and an unlocked handset or whatever the next best alternative is at that time.

          • Ohiwastedmylife

            I have asked around numerous times and I have never heard a definitive answer. I assume they would not let me upgrade my data plan to 4G since I have a grandfathered 3G plan. Even though there is no 3G/4G data plans anymore, they will probably want their money.

            I am thinking they will start trying to end unlimited data mid next year if they see it as an issue. There is probably only minimal percentage of actual normal Verizon customer who are remaining on unlimited, but money is money and who doesn’t need a few more billion !

    • steve30x

      I dont think it matters anymore, in the phone tech world as soon as you touch your new phone a new one comes out 2 weeks later that will blow the one you have out the water.. that or take good care of it, sell it and make up the rest to get a new one down the line.

      • Ohiwastedmylife

        Now that the next gen quad core devices are entering the market I agree that differences in hardware are going to continue to diminish. The next step in differentiation are going to be the software, and the brand platform or complementary products that tie into the device. That is the one reason Apple has been so successful, they provide products that complement each other and tie into every aspect of our lives, not just our phone. I think Samsung is going to do some amazing things in the future, especially with announcing a rebranding in 2013 and a push for innovation from the top down. HTC failed to become a mfg & supplier of parts and lost their crown once the market became saturated with high end android devices.

  • Unlocked bootloader and I would be all in. Too bad that probably will never happen.

    • Pretty sure they have unlocked almost all of the phones via HTC Dev since they said they would? Could be wrong but its just a matter of waiting a month or so for the unlock (legit or non legit)

      • calvin35

        Not on Verizon. This boot loader will be locked up tight by Verizon.

  • dreadnatty08

    No Chrome?

  • Buckeyes1212

    Wasn’t the rezound the first US phone with a 720p screen? Look at how that turned out…

    • brad

      Look how it turned out?

      The Rezound is fast, great screen, awesome camera…ONLY knock is battery life, which can be solved with a simple back-up.

      Why the hate?

      • chris125

        maybe because it is yet to be updated to ICS when most other devices that came out around the same time on verizon have been updated?

        • 4man

          Dude, it got ICS months ago, what are you talking about?

          • brad

            ICS made things better, faster and smoother….only negative to ICS was that it knocked the battery life down a bit more. I agree I wish they would pump out Jellybean though.

    • The Rezound was and STILL IS a beast of a phone! Verizon just decided at the time to shift all of their marketing department to promote the Droid Razr and left the Rezound as the red-headed step child of the bunch! HTC has been innovating with each reiteration they release to Verizon (starting with the Thunderbolt, Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone. Moving onto the Rezound which had the FIRST 720p HD display and now with the DNA with a full 1080p display AND quad core!) and I honestly wish I still had my Rezound instead of the crappy Razr!

  • triangle8

    I worry about battery life since the display resolution is 1080p…

  • Hope the graphics on the screen don’t look as horrible as this render makes them out. I must say it’s nice to see them going 5″ and going taller instead of just wider with it.

  • MotoRulz

    Specs of a beast.. Hope the battery can support it..

    • norrin_radd

      Yep. Battery life is going to be the big question mark here. If it’s not up to par, then I’ll probably bite the bullet and go Razr MAXX HD.

      • Let’s face it, HTC doesn’t have a stellar reputation for battery life. Screens and Cameras, absolutely amazing. Battery life….keep a charger handy…

        • Owning the HTC Thunderbolt taught me to fit my usage to how long I needed the battery to last (If I had a late night function then I need to use the phone less, if I get off early then I can do whatever I please). The Rezound helped out a little but its still on the same principal of keep a charger near by (even that extra 3% from charging while waiting for your spouse to get ready and walk out the door can make a difference. Now I have the Razr which has taught me that Motorola should NEVER make another skinny phone again! I’m at 53% and its been off the charger for about 3-4 hours! But seriously after my experiences it doesn’t seem to be getting any better anytime soon, I just hope the DNA can last a full day on a charge with medium use!

          • why didn’t you get the razr max??

          • I had to exchange the Rezound through Verizon’s Certified Like-New program due to software issues after the ICS update and after 3 replacement Rezounds the Verizon rep gave me the option to change and the only option he gave me was the Razr. I asked for the Razr Maxx explaining to him all the trouble I had went through plus how much it inconvenienced me to keep having to receive / send out devices every two days due to Verizon’s apparent lack of attention to detail on the refurbished units but no luck! He even said the GNexus was too “new” when it was released all of THREE days after the Rezound (this was in July-August). Basically it was get the Razr or keep the Rezound with its buggy ICS upgrade! I would have preferred the Rezound but it is more important to me that the phone actually work as a phone and can last an entire day without randomly restarting!

        • Butters619

          I own an HTC phone…..and 12 micro USB chargers (bedroom, living room, gf’s bedroom, gf’s living room, work, glove box, gf’s glove box, car charger, car charger for gf’s car, and 3 for traveling/spares).

          Plus an Anker external battery in case I won’t be near any plugs.

          • TSY87

            LOL!!!! so true. I also carry 2 extra batteries around with me.

          • SetNick

            That’s crazy, but I have to be honest I am the same way. For my bolt I have 5 batteries. I charge 3 on a dock at home and keep two at work.

        • LionStone

          That was then…this is now…amazing what new technology can do.

          • Butters619

            I have a One X. It’s better, but I still don’t make it through the day.

    • I currently have an EVO 4G LTE and it’s never died on me before plugging it in before bed time.

  • xcodybx


  • In for the “zomg the phones totally sucks because it has capacitive buttons!!!!!11111!” comments.

  • Firelight

    What’s with the Gingerbread looking icon dock? Sense is so over, HTC. Get with it already! Ugh!

    • But But, its clear now!! That’s a true innovation!!

      • “icon dock”
        Not status bar. The status bar really is an innovation, though!!

    • LionStone

      Hehe, looks 10x better than Moto’s dock with the text crammed in there..please. So apparently, HTC IS with it.

      • balthuszar

        i’m not sure what text you’re seeing as being crammed into moto’s dock…the notification bar, sure(and that’s every phone)…but the dock doesnt having anything crammed into it…

        • LionStone

          This is what I mean…Sammie does it too…HTC doesn’t stick the text under the icons as these two are doing.

          • balthuszar

            I hardly call that crammed, and you can download icon changer and erase the labels

          • balthuszar

            I do agree with you about the icon labels looking cruddy, but it’s easy to remedy and is hardly worth using sense instead of motoblur because of

          • LionStone

            Okay, not crammed, maybe unnecessarily placed 🙂 Just trying to relate how “stock” Sense looks closer to JB than the other 2, in this regard.

          • balthuszar

            i’ll give you that…yes 🙂

  • Whew, I was worried that HTC was going to release something innovative. Nope, just a spec bump and a larger screen. Ugly Sense overlay, locked bootloader (assuming), and a copy of the Incredible design. Good job, guys; stay the course.

    • Dain Laguna

      I see where you are coming from…but honestly, you can blame verizon. Their need for bloat infested droid devices is the reason there is no oneX on big red. That is a gorgeous phone. Ill give credit for the dna’s screen however

  • ObviousNinja2

    If this phone doesn’t wow me. i’m probably gonna leave Verizon and get the Nexus 4. Verizon and their phone decisions are just horrible.

  • paulmike3

    The device wallpaper directly correlates to the HTC/Verizon event invite background. Looks like this pic does reveal something new!

    • Ahhh good catch. Certainly does look to be from the invite.

    • Gotta say, now that you point it out, I like that background. I’ll need to adjust the colors, but still…looks nice!

  • Is that a big ass LED ala Razr HD?

  • Droid Burgundy

    so basically another Droid Inc? NOT IMPRESSED

    • palomosan

      How is this a Droid Incredible, it has 5in 1080p display, Quadcore Processor, 8mp back, 2mp front, the Indredible is mid range phone, this is a High End phone all around.

      • hkklife

        Droid Inc 1 was an AWESOME device for its time. I still know a few people rockin’ them. It had 8Gb of internal storage which is STILL common on high-end phones nowadays (Nexus 4, anyone?) and had a better screen than anything else at the time other than the N1.
        The Inc line’s reputation was just ruined by a flaky Gingerbread update and subsequent Incredible devices which were midrange efforts at best.

  • Looks like a souped-up EVO-LTE. That said, WHY oh WHY would HTC put the lock button on the top…and centered no less! I get that the top and bottom bezels look like the thinnest in a while, but that’s still going to be a rather uncomfortable stretch to the most-used button on the device. Note, I’ve never held it and I’m hoping that HTC has done their homework, but…really, I’m just scratching my head on that one.

  • edwoord

    Bring on an HTC nexus device than maybe!!! Still on my gnex though

  • Mike Kilar

    No on screen buttons? Pass.

    • Captain_Doug

      I want to thumbs you both up and down. I hate that almost no one is using on screen keys. That being said, this is most likely going to be the best phablet out there. So while your passing on an amazing phone, I understand.

      • JetBlue

        No that’s the LG Intitution. /s But on a serious note the Note 2 will most likely be the top phablet for the year since it’s on all carriers compared to this being on only 1.

        • Captain_Doug

          Maybe top selling. I apologize for being vague. I was being opinionated about HTC finally making a phablet. I get that the Note 2 is a great device with plenty of power and features but I can’t stand the feel of Samsung phones. That being said, I think the DNA will be MY favorite phablet so far. Great jab at the intuition btw. A 4:3 aspect ratio phone? I wish they had been kidding.

          PS: are you involved with Jetblue or just like the airline?

  • schoat333

    oh look, sense looks just as ugly on JB.

    • Hate to say, but I thought the same thing heh.

      • gabravo2005

        Can’t say that I’m impressed with this phone after this latest shot. I have an EVO 3D as a secondary phone and that thing has the WORST power button I have ever used on a phone, it is almost completely flush with the back cover. Sorry HTC, looks like my money is going to get the Note 2, even with that horrible VZW logo….

        • George264

          Samsung phones have really horrible cell reception, which is their only problem. I bought the Galaxy Nexus with my Rezound and the difference was night and day. My parents’ have the Nexus and it’s so bad for them. Signal issues everywhere. That and their plastic builds that are pretty bad. Consider those before chosing Note 2. I’m going with this, simply because I want good signal and I’m kinda addicted to Sense widgets. Oh, and their build quality 🙂

      • Will something like Apex Launcher layover? I really like the hardware aspect of this device but the latest builds of Sense just look ugly! Oh and will this device be able to use Beats Audio enhancers on all audio or just music played back through the default music application?

        • George264

          Apex works great on my Rezound, think it will run great on this. And Beats Audio works everywhere, but it’s mainly just better bass and vocals. So yeah, works in YouTube and whatnot, if this is Sense 4.1.

          • Thanks, I used to have the Rezound and loved the older HTC sense but this updated one looks ugly IMO! It could just be because the background doesn’t match right and the widgets on the screen just aren’t my style (what the heck did they do to the clock widget, I used to love the one on my Rezound and my older Thunderbolt!).

    • EC8CH

      Didn’t even notice it was JB

    • palomosan

      Throw Nova launcher and game over.

      • hkklife

        Sense is still there, hogging CPU cycles and the (limited) battery power, no matter how hard you try to cover it up. I got burned 2x by HTC before and I have vowed to never do it again unless MAYBE it’s a HTC-built Nexus. Sense/TouchFlo was the thing to have back in the dark ages of smartphones but there’s simply NO place for it in this post-Gingerbread world.

        As far as the buttons, well, I am not at all surprised to see them still around. My general rule of thumb is that for any device with a screen smaller than 4.6 or 4.7″, I prefer capacitive buttons so that every bit of the usable/viewable screen space is maximized. But for anything 4.8″ or larger (give or take, certainly 5″ and above), I think virtual buttons are the way to go.

        • palomosan

          Root the sucker, throw AOSP and remove sense and the garbage.

  • I’m so glad I got two extra lines without unlimited data to sacrifice for this phone. Its either this or the GNote2 as my next phone.

    • Clayton Anderson

      I’m still buying the Note2. All that additionally functionality is more than just a hardware update.

  • EC8CH

    Is the power button top dead center?

    • Yep, appears to be.

      • palomosan

        And in Red, really???

        • At least it stands out, from the reviews that would have been nice on the 8X

    • TheCheapGamer

      A la Droid X

      • Symbiotx

        I’m using a Droid x now, so this will be familiar. Is it strange to be there?

  • TheCheapGamer

    Glad they didn’t go with on screen buttons.

    • Clayton Anderson

      Sarcams right?

    • On a 5″ screen, I’m perfectly fine with on-screen nav keys. It seems to work just fine on the RAZR M, and that’s 4.3″

  • palomosan

    This phone looks really good, I just hope the materials are on part the the One X and the models release in Japan last month, I really want HTC to make another Nexus.

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  • T_Dizzle

    I had the original Droid Incredible and it was a fantastic phone. If this phone is of equal quality, I would consider retiring my G-Nex for it.

    • HTC phones have never been down on quality. You should have no worries there. Battery life on the other hand…

  • 2001400ex

    Is the notification light going to be as terrible as the tbolt?

    • John

      Hopefully not

    • Daistaar

      What was wrong with the T’Bolt’s notification light? I thought it was way better than the Rezound’s and even the Razr M’s.

      • 2001400ex

        I don’t know about the rezound, I just know I can’t see it unless it’s at night or I look directly over it. Sitting on a desk, I should be able to see it and tell what type of notification, whether it’s work out personal email or text. No can do with tbolt. That, the battery life, and the proximity sensor are the only issues with the phone.

      • Steve Douglas

        IT was really hard to see… the grate hid it most of the time and you have to be at the right angle to see it. Annoying yes…

  • EC8CH

    So should I let my wife buy this renewing a contract and loose unlimited data…

    or, buy a used G-Nex on Craigslist off contract and keep unlimited data???

    • TheCheapGamer

      Buy it full retail and keep the unlimited data.

      • Not if its $650…I like eating something other than Ramen…

        • Captain_Doug

          Corn dogs, mac and cheese, and casseroles?

          • hldc1

            Captain_Doug gets it. Wanna spice it up? Throw some corn dogs in your mac and cheese. It’s like a whole new food group.

          • Captain_Doug

            Wow… never even thought of that. Sometimes I throw some sliced up lunch meat in there but wow, worn dogs in mac and cheese would seal the deal. Married sophomore college sudent. Definition of lower class.

          • hldc1

            I’m pretty sure corn dogs in pretty much anything would seal any deal you’re looking for. Worn dogs, however, maybe not so much.

        • They are $230 now off-contract at VZW. Just bought my wife one to replace her crappy Sense Rezound.

          • brad

            What did you hate about the Rezound? IF you hate sense, why not put on launcher pro or go launcher?

            The Screen, Camera, and Speed are great on the Rezound. Battery life is a bit below average, but you can buy a back up to throw in.

          • Sense is more than just a launcher.

  • Murphy

    Decisions, decisions…

  • Dont call it a comeback!

  • “…an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP rear camera…”

    HTC is really wanting you to use the rear camera…I assume that the 2MP is the front facing camera.

    • TheCheapGamer

      Nah, you just get crappy looking 3D pictures now 😛

      • Wait, 3D pics looked good in the first place?!?

      • Daistaar

        lol love it