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Verizon Starts HTC DROID DNA Training for the Holidays, No Mention of a Date

Training has officially started for the HTC DROID DNA at Verizon stores. Well, if not training than at least mentions by head honchos to sales associates that the device does indeed exist and will be arriving “soon.” Our sources have confirmed to us that the device is being tossed around at meetings and holiday kick-off events, however, we still don’t have an official date. Verizon seems to be keeping that note locked up tight, or hasn’t fully decided yet.

As you can see from the slide above, the name DROID DNA is being used as the final name.

The only potential launch date we have seen thus far points to November 20, which is the Tuesday before Black Friday. The device has also appeared in official DROID press photos and passed through the FCC. It shouldn’t be long before we hear something official.

  • bobsyouruncle

    Am I the only person who doesn’t want to use a stylus with my phone? I’ll definitely be getting the DNA over the Note II, and hoping they don’t jack up the price by including a stylus.

  • a.youth.in.Asia

    Samsung Galaxy Note II to HTC Droid DNA: “YOU AIN’T SH¡T!”

    • trob6969

      DNA to Note 2: oh really?! Lol! Give SPECIFICS on why?…go ahead and envy me for what you’re not!

  • dave

    I pre-ordered the Note 2, but i’m seriously considering canceling the order in place for the DNA. But my only concern is support from HTC. There losing and may have issues down the road.

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    The Note II has a screen calendar date of November 15th I wonder if that means anything.

    Ps who the hell made this thing? Different types of bullet points, different fonts, random capitalization, strange HTC text, and something NSFW in the right corner of the screen.

    • Ron_Swanson

      Nov. 15th was the date Samsung said it would be out by all carriers in the US. Yay for Verizon!

  • steve30x

    I love all the specs, worried about the battery.. and worried if this only comes in 16 gig models only..im pretty sure it will 🙁
    Considering the games that appeal to me that are nearly 2 gigs to 3 gigs, it wont take long to fill up memory after 6 or 7 games around that much space needed.

  • JC

    The rumored date is December 6th, not November 20th from what i’ve read everywhere else.

  • Give me my note 2 now!!!!!!!

  • Egotauron

    Will there be an unlocked version of this phone once its launched?

  • cocamoxb

    #1 “Beat Studio Audio”
    #2 “HTC Sense UA”
    #3 I don’t care, TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!!1111!1!111!!!!1!

    • cocamoxb

      Also, is it me or does the DNA look REALLY close to being edge-to-edge? Sitting next to the N2, it looks like it has a smaller bezel.

      I know, I know, I’ll get 100 bagillion-gazillion down votes, but I think this is a great use of hardware buttons. It makes the lower and upper bezel look useful and not just large blank chin & forehead space. Yes, I’m looking at you Razr M!

      • LionStone

        It looks pretty tight! Gettin’ closer!!….

      • ben7337

        You can’t be too far off. The GS3 is only .6mm less wide, and it has a screen .2″ smaller. At most, I’d assume this phone has a smaller bezel than the gs3.

  • michael c

    is it just me, or does the Droid DNA in the picture look wider than the J Butterfly? I was hoping for the dimensions of the two to be the same since the J Butterfly is pretty much as wide as the S3, which I can handle. I just don’t want something as wide as the Note.

  • beau

    is the whole unlimited data plan loss still happening if you use the subsidized upgrade? so if i buy one at full price i can still keep it? or is there a chance i can use my renewal and still sneak through with the unlimited

    • Ron_Swanson

      Nope. Full retail or it’s a no go.

  • Droid Burgundy

    Where is the obnoxious Veizon logo? This could be a fake…. >.>

  • sam sam

    Fake..look at the DNA’s bullet points first it says beat studio audio! It Suppost to be beats not beat and look where it say with HTC sense ua? Isn’t it Suppost to be sense UI? Just saying

    • btod

      considering this wasn’t meant for the general public and just meant to be passed around at the top, I think the typos might be excusable

  • J

    physical buttons.. why?

    • J

      Instead of down voting, perhaps comment on why you prefer physical buttons. I feel software buttons are far superior due to their ability to transform, disappear when not needed, etc.

      • Maureen Lipsett

        I agree. Physical buttons are unnecessary and I don’t really understand why new phones are still getting them.

        • J

          The one benefit I see to physical buttons still is more screen real estate.

          Looking at this phone, seems like the screen extends about as far as possible towards the bottom. The bezel is useful for physical buttons but would be wasted with sw buttons.. and SW buttons would then take some screen.


  • TheWenger

    I’m convinced Verizon knows nothing about the phones they sell.

  • romma

    Verizon and HTC have dropped the ball on ICS for the Dinc 2. Yes I am rooted and had ICS and JB roms on it, but without kernel source, the roms have gotten annoying to me after a while. And it is the fault of those that had promised to upgrade. I sincerely hope that Verizon gets another shot at a Nexus phone even though Verizon pissed off Google.

  • jonathon johnston

    I am due for my upgrade in 2 days (running Droid X still). I was going to go with the Razr Mazz HD but after seeing the specs and couple of reviews I do not want “this years” technology when I can go ahead and get a head start on next year with quad core processor and 2gb of Ram. I am looking at the Note 2 and the DNA, I *think* the DNA may win out depending on how soon they release.

    • jonathon johnston

      Battery life will help me decide too….Cannot wait to see the Verizon Note 2 review that would include detailed battery info that we were promised…

      • Droid Burgundy

        indeed.. I have yet to use any dual core phones from the past year and feel like they were sluggish or lacking in hardware (granted I dont play games) I think advances NEED To come in the form of battery life and the advancement of radios in use better speeds/less battery use. Who cares if the camera is marginally better or there is 4 cores now?

        • The Droid DNA is not going to even compete with the Razr Maxx HD in terms of battery life because of the display. The DNA has a full 1080p HD 5″ display that the processor / GPU have to be able to keep up with (the minimum clockspeed with display on will probably be in the range of 500mhz, most phones now run at under 300mhz when idling with the display on. This is what will be the major drainer of the battery).

          • trob6969

            Not necessarily, the screen tech used for the J Butterfly (Japan’s version of the DNA) is supposedly twice as efficient as the displays on the market now and the quad s4 pro it uses is also supposed to be more efficient than what’s out now…I guess we’ll see soon enough IF this is true.

      • Shadowstare

        Agreed. Battery life with be the deciding factor about which phone I get next. Razr Maxx HD, GS3 or DNA.

    • btod

      If you have an unlimited plan and want to keep it, you’re better off buying the phone outright instead of upgrading.

    • michael arazan

      can’t wait for the DNA review and hands on, i want to know if it’ll have a great battery

  • Tyler Casilio

    YES!!! Look at her…she’s beaut’e’ful

    • slide83

      Except that ugly verizon logo up top! I wonder if it can be scratched off without damaging the screen.

      • Tyler Casilio

        Probably but I don’t mind it

      • LionStone

        Good luck with that…with the logo at the top, I hardly even notice it. Now if you look at Moto and Sammie and putting it down by the keys where you’ll ALWAYS see it…blech! HTC does it right, one logo at the top on the face and 3 letters on the back, minimalist as you can get!

  • hfoster52

    I was hoping they were going the 12MP camera route.

    • Tyler Casilio

      Yeah me too but it’s still HTC 8MP which is really good

      • TSY87

        my droid incredibles 8mp camera is better than my galaxy nexus camera, hands down.

  • Richard

    Two phones I am torn between laid side by side. I am leaning towards the DNA but I may not be able to resist the Note II since it releases earlier.

    • TSY87

      the note 2 is scheduled to release nov 29? how is that later than the rumored date of the 20th for the DNA?

      • Richard

        Oh does it? I was just speculating since Note II seems to have already been released in other carriers.

        • TSY87

          its already out on a of US couple carriers… I played with my friends on t-mobile and its SWEEEEEEEET. but sadly VZW, as usual, is late to the game. You can preorder it now and it ships at the end of November, that is unless they decide to delay it again.

  • Ron_Swanson

    If this is indeed a Verizon exclusive, it seems unlikely that it is getting released after the Note 2. Honeslty, I thought the DNA release was the whole reason we had to wait a whole freakin month later for the Note 2. But who knows with goofy Verizon, they are a bunch of clowns.

    • BSweetness

      Not necessarily. Verizon will probably handle the Note 2 in the same way they handled Galaxy S III – they did virtually no marketing of the device themselves, and instead let Samsung advertise the S III while they continued to push the RAZR and MAXX. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of Verizon’s holiday advertising is focused on the RAZR HD and MAXX HD along with the DNA while they let Samsung do their own thing on pushing the Note 2. Verizon typically focuses most of their marketing on the Droid line, and I wouldn’t expect it to be any different this time around.

      • Paul

        Probably. It kind of makes sense that Verizon would advertise exclusive phones. Convincing people to buy a Note 2 doesn’t help convince them to be on Verizon.

        • BSweetness