On November 13, at a joint press event in New York City, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC along with US leading telecom operator unwrapped its next biggest best to take on the competition with all the 5-inch handsets prevailing in the market – the DROID DNA.
Talking about the handset's look and feel HTC Droid DNA is quiet identical to the Japan-exclusive HTC J Butterfly handset and specwise it is an Android phone packing current generation's hottest specs and solid hardware under the hood.
The monster device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS with HTC Sense 4+ on top of it, sporting a 5-inch 1080p HD Super LCD 3 display, Corning"s Gorilla Glass 2 protection, powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, Beats audio enhancements, 2,020mAh battery to power everything, micro USB 2.0, 802.11 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, NFC radio inside and a whole host of the Google services along with all the regular features of an Android phone.
Further, the handset comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 28mm wide-angle lens, 5-level automatic flash, backside illuminated sensor (BSI) and there"s a front facing 2.1 megapixel camera with f/2.0, 88-degree, ultra-wide angle and it can also capture 1080p HD videos.
Regarding the pricing and availability HTC Droid DNA can be preordered from Verizon for $199 (approx. Rs 11,000) with a new two-year agreement and will be available for purchase on November 21 (the unlocked version price of the handset will be much higher). Reportedly, HTC representatives have confirmed that the company will be seeing different versions of the HTC Droid DNA to other carriers around the world. The only thing is that the Verizon version will be the only one with wireless charging.
HTC Droid DNA: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Competitor?
Droid DLX being a 5 inch device can be categorized as a phablet with potential rivals including LG Optimus Vu, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Apple iPhone 5. However, right now, Note 2 being the hottest selling device in the phablet category it definitely will feel insecure with the release of Droid DNA at an affordable price range and an outstanding screen with1080p support and 440-ppi.
On the other hand, Galaxy Note 2 based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS has a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, improved S-Pen stylus 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/32GB on-board storage, micro SD card slot supporting 32GB, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth with A2DP and a massive 3,100 mAh Li-ion battery.
At the same time, Note 2 is equipped with the unique advantage of S-pen digitizer. However, HTC new device lacks one, which is considered quite essential by most users for a large screen devices.
Anyways, in the end it all depends on the performance, pricing and consumer's feedback for a device to become a hit. Hence, let us know in comments, is the new HTC Droid DNA a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 killer?