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HTC DROID DNA Announced for Verizon – Available November 21 for $199 on Contract


This morning, Verizon and HTC took to the stage to announce the all new DROID DNA. Being labeled as the next step in the evolution of the DROID brand, the DNA comes packed with some of today’s hottest specs.

Powering this monster is a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, while being equipped with an 8MP back-facing camera, NFC, Beats audio, a 2,020mAh battery, Sense 4+, and running Jelly Bean. The display is a 5″ 1080p HD super LCD 3 that is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, which should look great from any viewing angle and also in direct sunlight. When it comes to specs, this thing is packing. 

The device is available for pre-order starting today, with release scheduled for next week on the 21st of November at $199 on a new two-year agreement.

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The first full HD 1080p display with the highest pixel density of any smartphone also features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE

and HTC Sense 4+ with Android Jelly Bean 

BELLEVUE, WA — Nov. 13, 2012 — HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, and Verizon Wireless today announced the exclusive DROID DNA by HTC, the ultimate smartphone and the first with a full HD 1080p display.  The DROID DNA by HTC will be available exclusively through Verizon Wireless through pre-order starting today and at retail stores nationwide Wednesday, November 21st.

“It’s no secret that people depend on their smartphones more and more every day which rightfully raises expectations for performance, speed, and design.  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,” said Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Corporation. “The DROID DNA by HTC is sure to top wish lists this holiday season.”

The Ultimate Smartphone

With technology rivaling the latest HD TV’s, the DROID DNA by HTC is the first smartphone to feature a true 1080p HD super LCD 3 display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 protection.  It boasts an extraordinary 440 pixels per inch (PPI) on a 5-inch screen for unprecedented in-hand HD experiences that delivers the maximum pixel clarity available on a smartphone.

Designed to accentuate the incredible display, the deep black, soft-touch back is understated, with the exception of a metallic red camera bezel, while the red microgrill pattern of the sidewalls hint at the phone’s DROID heritage and the power inside.  The beautifully crafted smartphone feels thinner than other devices of a similar size as the edges of the curved back taper to a mere 4mm for a comfortable feel in the hand or pocket.

The Qualcomm® Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, featuring a quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU and high-performance GPU, paired with America’s largest 4G LTE network from Verizon Wireless and a full 2G of RAM  enable the seamless use of multiple apps simultaneously.  With HTC Sense® 4+ and Android™ 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), you get great software experiences including Google Now. HTC Sense 4+ offers a wealth of easy-to-use and customizable features bringing highly sought after personalization to your phone and placing the most important content front and center.  A series of intelligent features powered by HTC Sense 4+ also provides a number of improvements to the camera.

Amazing Camera

The DROID DNA by HTC has a world-class camera that delivers fast image capture, great images even in low-light and an easy interface to capture stills and video. With an 8-megapixel f/2.0 28mm wide-angle lens, 5-level automatic flash, backside illuminated sensor (BSI), and superfast autofocus, you’ll capture amazing moments without the worry of missing a single one. Instead of choosing between photos and video, HTC VideoPic™ allows you to capture video and still images at the same time. And by simply holding the shutter button, Continuous Shooting takes multiple photos at up to four frames per second to catch all the action.

It also includes a new best-in-class 2.1-megapixel, f/2.0, 88-degree, ultra-wide angle, front-facing camera that allows more to be captured in self-portraits, and up to four people for group shots. Auto Portrait makes it easier to take photos of yourself and your friends with automatic face detection and a countdown timer so you can focus on your pose and not the shutter button.  Capable of capturing 1080p HD video, the front-facing camera also provides a sharper picture during video chat.

Authentic Sound

The DROID DNA by HTC has a unique, 2.55-volt, built-in headset amplifier and dedicated amp for the external rear-speaker to help boost the audio signal to deliver crystal clear sound with less distortion, even at maximum volume. The combination of amplified hardware and the rich, authentic, studio-quality sound of Beats Audio™ allows music to be heard the way the artist intended, and enhances the sound quality while playing games or watching video.

Additional Features

The DROID DNA by HTC is equipped with a 2,020 mAh battery and power saving software that enables long-lasting endurance.  In addition, the embedded wireless charging makes it easy and convenient to top off power throughout the day or fully charge overnight, simply by setting the phone down.  Finally, with near field communication (NFC), you can use the DROID DNA by HTC to share music and videos, add someone to your social networks, or download apps by tapping other NFC-enabled devices.


The DROID DNA by HTC will be available exclusively from Verizon Wireless through a pre-order starting today at www.verizonwireless.com/droiddna, and in-stores nationwide beginning Wednesday, November 21st for $199.99 with a two-year customer agreement. 

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About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by HTC Sense, a multilayered graphical user interface that vastly improves user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

  • cooksta32676

    What is the wireless charging that is listed as a feature on the VZ site?

  • Why bother releasing the best screen, best processor with 2GB of RAM and only leave people with less than 16GB!!!.. Who in HTC’s camp put this together and said yeah…. no extended memory is awesome!!! It’s stupidity like this that is making HTC lose money along with not releasing the phone to all carriers! Seriously was salivating for this phone and then the specs come out for the battery and no expandable memory (PASS). There really is no point in releasing a super “Entertainment” driven phone and then leave you without enough room to put anything on it after you install the usual apps and games. Holy fail batman!! They even gloat about the fact that games would be awesome on this…. too bad you can only have about 2 of the top games on the phone at a time. Most of them are in the GB range as far as how much memory they take!

  • It says this phone has wireless charging on Verizon’s website. Is that built-in or is it a case that Verizon has for some of their other phones?

  • LionStone

    Cool, got one on pre-order…$649.49. Yeehaw, DNA here I come!! 🙂

  • tomn1ce

    WTF 16GB of internal storage of which only 11GB is user accessible and a 2020mAh battery=DOA……….BlackBerry didn’t innovate on their phones and HTC isn’t innovating on their battery…

  • Diablo81588

    Lol HTC you’ve done it again.. 5 inch 1080p display with a 2000mAh battery.. What a joke, although I can’t say I’m surprised.

  • Nazzi_Muhammad

    Why bother with HTC’s crap when the Note 2 blows it away? Seriously, 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display, bigger battery, more storage, micro sd slot, great camera, quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz. I’ve had my share of HTC phones.

    No more….same issues over and over again.

  • George

    2020 mah battery quad code and 5′ 1080p screen = 1 hour talk time and 15 minutes of heavy usage for a company (htc) who’s infamously horrible with battery management this doesnt look good. whats the point of these specs if the phone dies within a few hours??

  • john

    9,73 mm thin with 2.020 mah on the dna vs 9,3 mm thin with 3.300 mah on the razr maxx hd. It’s a hard choice, or should i say “long live the battery”.

  • teevirus

    Guess I’ll have to wait for the HTC Droid DNA Max. Battery seems far to small for that much screen.

  • TPelt17

    Who else is waiting for CES to see what else is coming down the pipe?

    • Tyler Casilio

      When is it?

      • TPelt17

        January 8-11

  • trophynuts

    complete with that new gingerbread dock

  • FarmerTechno

    Still debating this vs. Nexus 4 on StraightTalk/AT&T. My biggest concern is can LTE be turned off? I have little to no 4G coverage here, and turning it off on my last 2 phones nearly doubled battery life.

  • Chuck Finley

    Seriously…couldn’t make the non-removable battery 2500+ mAh and the storage at least 32GB?
    Why tap into the “Maybe I Want a Phablet” crowd if you’re not going to go all in?

  • Radgatt

    I carry my charger everywhere anyway so I will get this phone. I don’t download large game apps and I use Google music for streaming my music. Unlimited data is all I need. Despite the battery, I’m happy to have this phone. I don’t root anymore miss HTC. I had the original incredible. I will be OK with this phone. As I saw on another site’s forum, this phone will be my one year compromise until next year when hopefully Verizon gets another nexus. If that doesn’t happen then I’ll figure something out. Either way, I’m getting this phone and I’ll be ok

  • No removable battery or expandable storage and HTC dares to wonder why Samsung is kicking their butt in the Android phone market!?

  • SpikedRed

    To anyone that says, “Oh, why do you feel the need to have an additional SD Card? You can get all your info from teh clowd, right?” WRONG. Examples: Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Tornadoes throughout the great plains, sunspots, hiccups in the electrical grid, a damned update to a newer phone via the cell towers from any carrier, “dead zones”, PICK ANY NATURAL DISASTER. The fact is, Verizon, At&t and other carriers refuse to upgrade the infrastructure when it comes to generators for every tower. Don’t believe me? Read the industry news *just* for Hurricane Sandy. We will NEVER be without a problem when it comes to interference with service interruptions.

    • Cloud storage should ALWAYS be a compliment to local storage, NEVER a replacement.

      • Ive been using the google music dont have music on my phone, but that wont be possible once I lose my unlimited data it takes up a ton

    • Add to the list “living in flyover country where carriers couldn’t be arsed to supply coverage.”

      • SpikedRed

        Added. It’s terrible isn’t it? I mean if you have Verizon, why couldn’t you have service on the same device in say Europe where Verizon’s parent company, Vodafone? Stupid telecoms.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Talking to a Verizon associate person right now, I asked about the battery and she says it will last 12.8 hrs when in use. I asked why, she said because she has a wireless battery agent….

  • ToddAwesome

    Stupid question. How do you reset and/or bring back to life a phone with a non-removable battery?

    • Tyler Casilio

      Actually, I was thinking that exact same question. Nice

    • TylerChappell

      I could be wrong but I think you simply hold the power button for much longer than normal?

  • haupman

    VZW reports a usage time which I think makes for good relative comparison:

    Droid RAZR HD MAXX: 32 hours
    Droid RAZR HD: 24 hours
    Galaxy Note 2: 22 hours
    Droid RAZR MAXX: 21.8 hours
    Galaxy S3: 15 hours
    Droid DNA: 12.8 hours
    Droid RAZR: 12.5 hours

    I don’t regard the actual times as relevant but I do regard the relative value of the numbers as relevant.

    • ToddAwesome

      and of course by usage they mean…..turned on, but never used, right? Either way, you’re right, they matter in terms of comparison purposes.

    • droidsung

      Did they post official numbers for Note 2 and DNA already? An earlier reviewer at phandroid claims DNA gets through a day with medium usage just fine.

      • Tyler Casilio

        Are you serious Clark?

  • steve30x

    I cannot believe that.. 16 gigs internal.. So three big games at 2 gigs, music added and some pictures and those 11 gigs usable.. Your looking at 6 or 7 gigs left.. Ugh…

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