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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