At a glitzy event this week, American carrier Verizon unveiled the latest of its Droid branded phones: The HTC super-phablet, the Droid DNA.
The phone’s headline feature is its display, which uses Super LCD 3 technology to reach the highest pixel densities of any phone on the market. At a resolution of 1920 x 1080p and just five inches across the diagonal, the Droid DNA boasts 440 pixels per inch. At that kind of density, it’s impossible to glimpse individual pixels no matter how hard you squint, unless you’re packing a magnifying glass in your back pocket.
The phone’s display doesn’t just impress from a density perspective either - it continues the strong tradition begun with the Super LCD 2 display of the HTC One X, providing excellent colour reproduction and viewing angles that prove this more than just a novelty - the Droid DNA looks to have the best display ever made for a mobile phone.
The rest of the hardware isn’t too shabby either - on the whole, we’ve got basically the same as the LG Optimus G / Google Nexus 4, with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor running at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. On the multimedia front HTC distinguish themselves from those phones though, with an impressive 8 megapixel camera with ImageChip processor (as found on the One X), a 2.1 megapixel wide-angle front-facer (as seen on the 8X) and Beats Audio integration. All in all, it’s a heck of a phone.
All the hardware in the world doesn’t mean a thing if it’s crippled by terrible software, but the HTC Droid DNA looks strong here too. The phone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (making the phone as silky and responsive as you’d hope), although HTC haven’t added as many phablet-oriented apps as was the case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - there’s no multi-window mode or integrated stylus, for example.
The phone will be released exclusively on Verizon on November 21st, although hopefully we’ll get to see some form of it worldwide without that Droid branding before Christmas. The Droid DNA looks to be a powerful phone and should do well for HTC in a time where they really need a hero phone to step up for them.