HTC and Verizon Announce DROID DNA Release Date & Price

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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

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

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.


  1. tivo

    11/13/2012 at 10:03 am

    2020mah non-removable batt and only 11gb usable storage without xtra SIM.
    you’d have to wireless charge that thing constantly with the high powered screen.

    fail, fail, fail!

    • B.j. Fox

      11/20/2012 at 3:04 pm

      Regardless of the size of the battery, the 12.5 hours talk time is still great when compared to iphone 5 having only 9. If you want a better battery Motorola has that department on lock down, but you wont get the usability of HTC. This thing has hardware unseen ever before too. I sell Cell phones for Verizon and I can not wait to see this in action!

  2. Adam

    11/13/2012 at 10:57 am

    Verizon’s per-order page says only 16GB of storage, not the 32GB listed in your post. If it came with 32GB, I would preorder it despite the small battery capacity.

  3. Gee

    11/14/2012 at 3:48 pm

    I would it preorder if it came in 32gb

  4. healthlifestyleportal

    05/24/2013 at 2:57 am

    I love HTC & have had my last 2 phone from them on Sprint with the EVO 3D and WiMax gets 10-15 DL and 3-4 UL (great) but in Sept. as of now probably either the Samsung Note II of the Note III if the price is not on the moon. Give me screen size Micro SD and spare battery from one of the best and I am there. Even my EVO 3D has spec’s that are working really well for me now and the phone is like new still.

  5. logjim

    06/08/2013 at 5:35 am

    Why can’t I tether with European SIM? Currently I cannot use my European data on my PC in situations where wifi is not working.

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