Update: Here's a snapshot of that ridiculous 1080p display in action. Be sure to check out Ron's hands-on with the phone, in which he describes said eye-melting resolution.


Our own Ron Amadeo is live on the ground at the DROID DNA unveiling, but the not-quite-a-phablet phone has just been officially announced by Verizon. As expected, the DROID DNA's specifications (similar to the J Butterfly) basically position it as arguably the most lust-worthy Android phone on the market (in the US). Well, as long as you ignore the amount of internal storage, that is.

  • 5" 1080p S-LCD3 display (1920x1080, 440DPI) with Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2GB RAM / 16GB internal storage (11GB usable)
  • Android 4.1.1 with Sense 4+
  • 8MP f2.0 rear camera / 2.1MP ultra-wide angle front facing camera
  • 2020mAh battery (yikes)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with apt-X
  • NFC
  • Wireless charging
  • New 2.55v built-in headphone amplifier (should provide significant audio quality gains)

The DNA is slated to launch on November 21st, for $200 on a 2-year agreement ($600 off contract). Given the hardware, that's actually a little unexpected - I honestly thought we'd see Verizon breaching the $200 mark on this phone.



Anyway, if you're looking for the ultimate Android phone on Verizon this winter, it's pretty obvious what Verizon wants you to buy - the DNA is clearly positioned as the crown jewel of the DROID lineup. I'm not sure how hot on the name I am, or frankly, the look of the hardware, but those specifications are hard to argue with, especially being the first 1080p display smartphone in the US and all.

The phone's landing page can be found at this URL, and pre-orders begin today, and will ship by November 19th.



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.

The names of companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

    That battery suuuucks. They better have some serious power management going on - WITHOUT limiting the functions and intent of the Android operating system. Yikes is right!

  • ChrisLH

    Interested in checking this phone out.

    btw, the youtube links are missing the : when you click on them.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yeah, YouTube was giving me... issues.

  • Fissurez

    Pretty sure with 440 DPI you'd need to have the phone crushing your nose to see the pixels. Its a tad excessive.

  • Major_Pita

    No SD card and only 11GB available storage.??
    What the hell is wrong with HTC?

    • Chris

      I was going to buy this phone, until i heard about the lack of an SD slot. Bloody Morons. So close to being a great phone.... Oooh well.

    • RaptorOO7

      Lack of real storage was a big NO for me, if it had 32GB (Verizon's doing), had it microSD support (Google's doing) I would maybe consider it, but as i have already suffered long enough with HTC devices I just can't do it to myself again. HTC Thunderbolt user, day 1 never again.

  • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy


  • schmaltzy

    Quad core and 5" 108- screen with only 2020 mAh?!?!?!? Good luck with that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

    2020mAh? Thats not gonna last very long.

  • Vijay

    My contract is eligible for upgrade on Verizon in 9 days. They just lost my business. With a small battery and only 11 gb the HTC One X+ seems far better. Five cores, one for low level tasks, 64 gb storage plus a 2100 mAh battery! I have to blame Verizon for sabotaging the phone. They clearly don't want a larger battery and more storage competing with their Motorola phones.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    this looks amazing, but that battery... when will HTC learn. Kudos on keeping it at $199 though.

  • btod

    I so want HTC to succeed because I truly love their design aesthetic, build quality, radios, and I actually like sense. But with a 5 inch 1080p screen, its obvious this is for media consumption, why then throw in low storage (non expandable) and a dismal battery (non removable)?

    • not so great

      you like the build quality? i just finished soldering the wifi antenna on my One X

  • Vijay

    My contract is eligible for upgrade in 9 days. Verizon just lost my business. My previous post linking to ATT' HTC One X+ got deleted. The specs on the HTC One X+, while not having as an impressive display, are better in other areas. 64 gb storage, 5 cores, one for low level tasks, larger battery than this phone!

    Verizon clearly wants to sabotage their phones and keep Motorola/Apple as head of the pack.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Verizon wanted to be able to sell this thing at $199, and with that display, it meant sacrifices on storage by necessity. But I agree, the X+ is far more attractive to me, as well, regardless of the storage issue. The DNA is ugly, tethered to Verizon, and I'm already wary about battery life.

      The five cores thing is irrelevant, though. The processor and GPU in the DNA are significantly faster and more efficient than those in the X+, no doubt about that, at all. And it has more RAM. I can assure you with near absolutely certainty that the DNA will be the quicker phone.

      • troph

        I don't get it, why didn't they just bring the J Butterfly to the US? That is like this phone... but with microSD.

      • Vijay

        I have a HTC Thunderbolt, I know all about poor stock battery life with no custom ROM's. Agree with everything else, but why not introduce multiple versions like car manufacturers? One with some compromises, lower dollars, one with large battery, larger storage, microSD for more money. I think the market place would sort out which was more popular. We all know HTC has the technical and design ability.

        True, it will be faster, no doubts, but a phone with a working battery beats a phone with a dead or dying battery every time. I am not trying to be glib. My wife has a Droid Incredible 2 from Verizon and the poor battery life causes her to use the phone to 10% of its true potential. I would be most curious to see the battery life on this phone. If there was better battery management they would have mentioned it like AT&T did.

      • Vijay

        And thank you for responding David. Love the site.

  • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

    Hmm...terminate Verizon contract and get Nexus 4...or stay and get Droid DNA....LTE vs HSPA+. 1080p vs 720p....Verizon coverage vs T Mobile. Decisions Decisions. #firstworldproblems

    • Dominic Powell

      updates vs questionable updates =)

      • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

        True but my Nexus 7 would cover most of those bases in terms of vanilla 4.2 with speedy updates. I've only ever had Nexus devices (new to the android game. gnex for a year on vzw and a nexus 7) so I find myself actually wanting to go into the world of skinned Android to see if it's really as bad as most say it is. And the DNA seems like a great way to jump in

  • jonathon johnston

    No freakin way...if the rumored 2500mah battery was included then maybe. But 3 hours of screen on time will be pushing it with this large of a screen and LTE.
    And no SD card slot either? I was waiting on this or the Note 2 to use my upgrade, looks like I will wait for the Note 2 release.

    Another issue I have with both phones is the lack of on-screen buttons, maybe I will end up just settling for the Razr HD and it's lackluster specs (compared to the DNA or Note2) and camera.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    Oh man, I will be buying this phone and then returning it a week later for a Note II because of the tiny battery and no SD.

  • Parker

    Ships with 4.1.1? It's going on Verizon so it's not going to see 4.2 until what, 2015?

    • RaptorOO7

      Between Verizon, the fact that HTC pumps out so many Android phones (or used to) and Sense UI that they incrementally update with each new model of phone you MIGHT be lucky to see 4.2 by EOY 2013 and that is being generous. You won't ever see KLP though.

  • enoch861

    The bezel on that phone though... is amazingly thin.

  • spydie

    It has some impressive specs. Compared to the Note 2? Well, it does have a slightly better front camera, and better display (I doubt you can actually see the difference), and the wireless charging is something we've all dreamed about for years. But is it a real contender for the most desirable phone? I doubt it. first of all it's smaller than either the first Note or the Note 2 (screen size) but it's still trying to compete in the phablet field without the S-pen. Let's face it, half or more of the desirability of the Note is the cool things you can do with the S-pen. It puts it in a class all its own. The Note 2 has a 3100 mah battery. The original note (now to be called Note 1) has a 2500 mah battery and I can tell you from personal experience that isn't enough. This HTC monster has a little over 2000 mah battery... some of the small phones have bigger batteries. You will be cussing the lack of battery power unless the wireless charging is supposed to offset that. We'll see. The Note 2 has a 1.6 mhz quad core compared to this 1.5 mhz. Who needs a headphone amplifier? Never heard of anyone complaining about the volume on any phone with headphones. Both have NFC. Both have android 4.1.1. Both have 2 gb of RAM. Pretty similar phones EXCEPT for the lack of the S-pen and the UI that goes with it that defines the large phone/phablet genre. I don't see anyone rushing to the stores just to buy a large phone, especially when Verizon is selling the Note 2 also. Oh, and rumor has it that it has no SD card slot and non-removable battery? Geez, that puts NOTE 2 way out in front

  • TylerChappell

    Wow, it is the HTC Thunderbolt all over again! Only I at least can have an SD card in my Thunderbolt and a bigger battery if I want. And HTC wonders why its profits keep going way down, this is why. Whether or not I buy this phone is almost entirely dependent on the battery life, which isnt likely to be very promising.

  • John Goodman

    >that battery
    >that no sd card slot
    dammit all, htc, you could have so easily destroyed the S3 on all fronts, but noooo, just had to cripple it.

  • codr101

    The phone has some great aspects but the tiny battery and storage makes it unbuyable for me!

  • Davy Jones

    Lol at 11GB. What is that, 2 compressed movies at 1080p?

  • http://twitter.com/kfestus kfestus

    A phone like this demands a KICKSTAND... when will you people learn...

  • Devil

    it's great but no SD card is a deal breaker !
    i hope they add some microsd or extra built-in storage for international version!

    and 2020 mAh isn't that bad it's superLCD 3 and 28nm CPU&GPU Tech i think they know what are they doing!

  • Dan

    I don't understand why everyone is so confused about the lack of an SD card. Verizon doesn't give a crap about your desire to store lots of movies on the phone. They want you to STREAM lots of movies to the phone. Use the data, sign the check. Google and Amazon love streaming because you're paying them for the content. Verizon loves streaming because you're paying them for the pipe.

    Stop by a Verizon store in early December, act clueless and ask the salesman if you should worry about the amount of storage. I'll bet you a donut that he says it's no big deal because you can stream on Verizon's magical LTE.

  • RaptorOO7

    While I won't be getting this phone or any HTC devices in the future I can say "Hey Apple you HTC's bitch now". How's that feel. Retina is a six letter word for Apple Suckers. Bigger, better screen that simply will blow their minds. Its ok Apple you can hold onto the 4" screen for another 5 years or so while the world passes you buy again and again.

  • The Daily Informant

    You get multiple eyegasms from looking at that screen.