HTC and Verizon Announce DROID DNA Release Date & Price

Today HTC and Verizon announced the new 5-inch HTC DROID DNA at an event in New York.

The DROID DNA will go on sale next week on November 21 for $199.99 on a two-year contract, with pre-orders starting today.

The HTC DROID DNA is HTC’s first 5-inch smartphone, and the first phone with a Super LCD 3 1080p display in the U.S. The screen has a 440 ppi pixel density, which means more pixels per square inch than the iPhone 5. The screen also has a 178 degree viewing angle, making it easy to share photos and videos with large groups of people rom the device itself.

The phone, not a “phablet” uses a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the same processor as the new LG Nexus 4. It also has 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage space, an 8MP rear-facing camera, and an ultra-wide angle front-facing camera. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with HTC’s Sense 4+ skin.

HTC Droid DNA announcement

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The DROID DNA has almost the same profile as the HTC One X, which makes it easy to hold in one hand. HTC says the size makes it easy to use the phone as a normal phone instead of a device that’s somewhere between a phone and a tablet.

Like other high-end HTC smartphones the DROID DNA has Beats audio for enhanced sound and a ImageChip for enhanced photos.

Read: Galaxy Note 2 vs. Droid DNA (rumored)

The ImageChip brings the same photo capabilities of the HTC One X and other One phones to the DROID DNA. That means the phone can easily switch between video and photo mode and let users take photos while shooting video. The DROID DNA doesn’t have a physical camera button, but a new feature will let users bypass the lockscreen and go right to the camera instantly.

The DROID DNA looks a lot like a much larger HTC DROID Incredible from the back. From the front it looks like the HTC EVO 4G LTE with a similar shape and the same soft button design.

Update: corrected storage capacity to 16GB