HTC-Droid-DNA. Image credit: HTC

HTC-Droid-DNA. Image credit: HTC

Following the release of the flagship One X+, HTC has just announced a new big daddy in its growing repertoire of smartphones – the oddly named HTC Droid DNA. Just last month, HTC released the similarly spec-ed J Butterfly in Japan (again, oddly named!).

Namesakes aside, the Droid DNA is a highly spec-ed phone, and by specs alone, at least on paper, looks to beat everything else in the market, Android et al.

The Droid DNA comes with a 5″ Super LCD 3 high-resolution screen (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display, with a pixel density of 440PPI. Did you just read 440PPI? That’s right. That’s 114PPI more than the iPhone 5‘s Retina Display (326PPI). That effectively means, it has the highest pixel density on any mobile screen. Ever. The new Super LCD 3 (also on the HTC One X+) offers an improved viewing angle of 80 degrees and is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.

440PPI is outstanding. That’s a lot of pixels crammed into an inch of space. Don’t be fooled of course, our eyes can effectively decipher around 300PPI. Anything more isn’t distinguishable. Novelty, or bragging rights, still impressive tech.

The display isn’t the only spec that impresses. Powering the 5-incher is the 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor that’s also used in the Nexus 4 and One X+, making it one of the fastest smartphones out there. In addition to a generous 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 4 on top, this baby is packed with performance bits. It also packs an 8MP rear camera with up to f/2.0. Other goodies? NFC, Beats Audio, wireless charging and Verizon’s 4G LTE.

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Unlike Samsung’s GALAXY Note II though, it doesn’t come with a stylus and is bundled with only a 2,020mAh battery.

The Droid DNA isn’t positioned as a ‘phablet’ although that space created by Samsung has seen a few contenders namely LG and Sharp. 

The Droid DNA will be available for pre-order today at a price of $199 with a Verizon contract. The phone will officially be released next Wednesday, 21 November.

It is rumoured that the Droid DNA will be marketed as HTC DLX (for ‘Deluxe’) in Asian markets.

So what do you think of the Droid DNA?

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