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Droid features a lot of nice proprietary features, plus the mother-of-all HD displays

Stretching 5-inches and boasting a gaudy 1920x1080 Super LCD 3 high-definition display, the Droid DNA from HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) has been earmarked to the flagship phone of Verizon Wireless's Android lineup.  

Possibly slated for a holiday launch, the device packs impressive hardware, with a 1.5 GHz quad-core 28 nm Snapdragon 4 Pro chip from Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM), 2 GB of DRAM, LTE, and the same f/2.0 camera found in the popular HTC One X.  The device also packs the same image processing and audio digital to analog conversion chips as the One X+ and 8X Windows Phone.  The former chip allows you to save pictures from a video stream, while the latter Beats Audio chip enhances the quality of the sound piping out the headphone jack.

The phone will pack Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" (v1) with an upgrade to Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean v2) on the near horizon.

Verizon Wireless, a joint subsidiary of VerizonCommunications Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD), has long been the most active player pushing Android on the U.S. market.  While Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) also played a key role in early adoption, devices like the original Droid lured buyers onto the Android platform, and helped to ease the market's iPhone fever.

HTC Droid DNA
The HTC Droid DNA pushes the envelope for Android hardware. [Image Source: The Verge]

Overseas the device is also expected to land in Japan, branded as the HTC J Butterfly. The J Butterfly will launch on KDDI Corp.'s (TYO:9433) Japanese network.

Source: The Verge



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1080p
By CyCl0n3 on 11/13/2012 2:02:32 PM , Rating: 2
Why on earth would you put an 1080p screen in an 5 inch mobile device???




RE: 1080p
By Camikazi on 11/13/2012 2:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
Why not?


RE: 1080p
By CyCl0n3 on 11/13/2012 5:11:29 PM , Rating: 3
Because you need way more power in terms of energy and processing to utilize that resolution. Plus the effective difference between 720p and 1080p, on an 5" device, cant be that big to justify the sacrifice in the power consumtion and costs.


RE: 1080p
By tng on 11/14/2012 9:40:02 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
the effective difference between 720p and 1080p, on an 5" device, cant be that big

Wow, for most people, even the difference between 480p and 1080p might not be that noticeable for most applications.


RE: 1080p
By Pirks on 11/14/2012 2:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
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Because you need way more power in terms of energy and processing to utilize that resolution
Tell that to Apple who places ultra high res screens everywhere including not only phones but tablets and notebooks.


RE: 1080p
By Arsynic on 11/13/2012 3:02:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why on earth would you put an 1080p screen in an 5 inch mobile device???


So they can charge $300 for the phone.


RE: 1080p
By Dark Legion on 11/13/2012 6:02:44 PM , Rating: 2
It's $199.99.


RE: 1080p
By chµck on 11/13/2012 3:15:09 PM , Rating: 2
You fail to realize just how much help my penis needs to look big


RE: 1080p
By zephyrprime on 11/13/2012 4:22:40 PM , Rating: 2
The higher the resolution, the smaller it looks...


RE: 1080p
By Camikazi on 11/14/2012 10:05:25 AM , Rating: 2
But the more you can zoom in and not be pixelated!


RE: 1080p
By Salisme on 11/13/2012 3:35:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades


RE: 1080p
By inperfectdarkness on 11/14/2012 3:23:02 AM , Rating: 2
No...the REAL question is...why is 1080p the highest I can get in a display 10" larger?


RE: 1080p
By Pirks on 11/14/2012 2:18:35 PM , Rating: 2
Because you're dumb and don't know about MBP 13 with its gorgeous 13" 2560x1600 display :P


RE: 1080p
By Jeffk464 on 11/14/2012 1:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
Why on earth would you put an 1080p screen in an 5 inch mobile device

So people like me will drool over the specs and think - gotta have it

The only bumer is that its LCD, I find OLED displays to cause less eye strain.


RE: 1080p
By Jeffk464 on 11/14/2012 1:14:42 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone notice the display goes almost all the way to the edge, pretty sweet when your going with 5" displays.


Fool me once...
By SublimeSimplicity on 11/13/2012 12:47:01 PM , Rating: 2
shame on you, fool me twice...

"The phone will pack Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" (v1) with an upgrade to Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean v2) on the near horizon."

How about you unlock the bootloader and let me take care of stripping your bloatware off and getting that update before 2015?




RE: Fool me once...
By miccla on 11/13/2012 12:49:37 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Fool me once...
By SublimeSimplicity on 11/13/2012 12:52:14 PM , Rating: 1
I'm suddenly very interested and curious how VZ will inevitably screw this up.


RE: Fool me once...
By ebaycj on 11/14/2012 12:38:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm more interested if an unlocked version would be usable on Sprint's network, with its unlimited data plan (3G/LTE).

Pity they aren't getting a clone of this phone (at least it looks that way for now).


RE: Fool me once...
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 2:14:28 PM , Rating: 1
A good company developing a mobile OS will not cave to the carrier demands of corrupting its software. See Windows phone and iOS.


RE: Fool me once...
By elleehswon on 11/13/2012 3:17:12 PM , Rating: 2
That's why we unlock our boot loaders.


RE: Fool me once...
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 3:27:02 PM , Rating: 2
1. That's not a trivial thing.

2. You wouldn't have to if it was designed properly from the start and Google stood up firm to carrier demands.


RE: Fool me once...
By V-Money on 11/13/2012 4:30:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
1. That's not a trivial thing.

Have you unlocked a phone lately? It is automated for most phones so it actually is pretty trivial. That coupled with step-by-step walkthroughs and video walkthroughs it's not nearly as complicated as it used to be. I get what you are saying though, most people would be scared to do it for whatever reason, but that doesn't mean its not trivial.

quote:
2. You wouldn't have to if it was designed properly from the start and Google stood up firm to carrier demands.

Sounds like a Nexus device you are talking about there, if its not a Nexus device, Google has little say in how its designed or used. Being an open platform doesn't make it improperly designed, it gives you more options. If you don't want those options, feel free to buy an iPhone or Win8 device, that's the beauty of a free market.


RE: Fool me once...
By retrospooty on 11/13/2012 4:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
I dont get the issue anyhow... Bootloaders generally get unlocked within a few days of release. FFS, if you want to unlock it, you unlock it. It should be locked down so the technically challenged people cant break their phones. If you want to load a ROM, load a ROM. What modern smartphone was ever made that this couldnt be done?

As far as Google standing up to carriers? I dont even know what that means. I have a Nexus 7 wifi - no carrier at all, obviously nad its bootloader is locked. Well, it was the first 10 minutes I owned it. LOL. Just Got Android 4.2 on it today. Sweet!


RE: Fool me once...
By Pirks on 11/14/2012 2:26:10 PM , Rating: 2
Where did you get 4.2 for Nexus 7? Is it official from Google?


RE: Fool me once...
By retrospooty on 11/14/2012 4:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. Its the official JOP40C update.

Pirks, did you buy another Android device? =)


RE: Fool me once...
By retrospooty on 11/14/2012 5:13:42 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Fool me once...
By Pirks on 11/14/2012 8:39:01 PM , Rating: 2
Nah I didn't, actually going to get myself a Surface in a month or so, tried it in the local MS store and loved it.

Also a buddy of mine wanted to check out some Win8 hardware in local Staples, we paid a visit there today and he bought Samsung ATIV Smart PC tablet, 11" with Atom and Win8 Pro inside. I was impressed too, actually I don't know now what to buy, Surface is super slick but this Samsung 11" Win8 slate can run all Windows games (well not Crysis obviously) and software and has battery life similar to Surface. around 9 hours so... man these holidays are crazy, I was kinda thinking about trying out Nexus stuff but then I tried Surface out of curiosity and immediately lost interest for any Android stuff for now.

Even eyeing Samsiong ATIV S to replace my Galaxy Note, maybe, just maybe, not sure yet. But it's not sold anywhere yet so... we'll see how it goes. Ballmer kinda surprised me with Win8 to be honest, I was brushing Windows off as a stale OS that's dying with desktops and all but man MS has came out swinging October 26th. Now we're talking some REAL competition at last.

Definitely not doing any moves now like purchasing Android stuff before I see Surface Pro. But even without it MS has done enough to pwn Android and iOS quite a bit in my eyes. Granted I'm a PC user and got used to Windows but still... even with my bias one can see MS is slowly waking up from its decade of monpolistic lethargy and apathy.

So no, no Androids for a few months now :P Ballmer spoiled it all


RE: Fool me once...
By retrospooty on 11/14/2012 9:30:57 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, Win8 looks good. I still havent played with it, so waiting on that.


RE: Fool me once...
By Pirks on 11/15/2012 12:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
Check out Surface and any Atom tablet like Samsung ATIV 11", when you hold it in your hands I think you'll like it. ATIV is a desktop x86 Windows in your pocket (okay a large pocket but still...) and at last 100% usable by fingers because of the new friendly/easy UI and with full day battery life (unheard of for fast and responsive desktop Windows). And Surface oozes slickness, quality and polish, the main things I always liked about iPad and Playbook, and always found missing in Android.


RE: Fool me once...
By Jeffk464 on 11/14/2012 1:11:28 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, just installed a new custom JB 4.2 this morning. Try doing that if you have to wait on verizon.


Another Flagship HTC Phone.
By dark matter on 11/13/2012 2:34:31 PM , Rating: 1
Just wait six months until the "+" version is out.

Oh, and if the build quality is anything like the 12 HTC One X's I went through, count me out.




RE: Another Flagship HTC Phone.
By dj LiTh on 11/13/2012 2:54:50 PM , Rating: 2
I dont know what your talking about, my HTC One X is the bees knees


RE: Another Flagship HTC Phone.
By sprockkets on 11/13/2012 8:44:14 PM , Rating: 3
That's the problem. HTC's quality is hit or miss. My sensation is great, but my friend's creaks.
HTC probably blew their reputation on the first evo- no one went for an encore of reboots, freezes or non updates.

And now some phones from this year won't even get jelly bean.


GASP!
By retrospooty on 11/13/2012 1:31:31 PM , Rating: 2
A freegin monster phone! I cant wait to check it out.




Eh...
By BillyBatson on 11/13/12, Rating: 0
RE: Eh...
By Xplorer4x4 on 11/13/2012 5:30:48 PM , Rating: 2
I guess that's the great thing about Android(and to a much lesser extent WP). You have several new devices launching just in time for the holidays, and a ton of devices to choose from in general. The best part about it is they come in all different shapes, sizes, etc.


Not a holiday launch
By docnok on 11/13/2012 8:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
Available on the 21st. Pre-order today:
http://www.verizonwireless.com/droiddna/




Another Phone They Can Justify Charging $300 For
By Arsynic on 11/13/12, Rating: -1
By Omega215D on 11/13/2012 7:49:20 PM , Rating: 2
I take it you've never held an HTC device. Nice solid phones with a good contour feel to it. Much more comfortable than that Apple crap.

My only issue with this phone would be the battery life considering it has a high res 5" screen.


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