HTC and Verizon have announced the Droid DNA, the first smartphone to come with a 1080p resolution to be launched in the USA. Because that screen measures 5-inches though, it’s more of a smartphone/tablet hybrid, which means it’ll be going head-to-head with the current favorite, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and the slightly less popular LG Intuition.
Here’s how they specifications of each big-screen device compare.
Galaxy Note 2
|Size||151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 (mm)||139.7 x 90.4 x 8.4 (mm)||140.9 x 70.6 x 9.7 (mm)|
|Screen||5.5-inch Super AMOLED||5-inch HD-IPS LCD||5-inch Super LCD 3|
|Resolution||1280×720 pixels||1024×768 pixels||1920×1080 pixels|
|OS||Android 4.1 with TouchWiz UI||Android 4.0||Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 4+|
|SD Card Slot||Yes, up to 64GB||No||No|
|Processor||1.6GHz, quad-core Exynos||1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3||1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, EV-DO Rev.A||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, EV-DO Rev.A|
|Camera||Front 1.9MP, Rear 8MP||Front 1.3MP, Rear 8MP||Front 2.1MP, Rear 8MP|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.0||Yes, version 3.0||Yes, version 4.0|
|Charger||Micro USB||Micro USB||Micro USB|
|Marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Availability||AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint||Verizon||Verizon|
The result shows just not only how impressive the Droid DNA is, but also how much it and the Note 2 put the LG Intuition in the shade. Thanks to the Droid DNA’s excellent $200 (with a two-year contract, of course) price tag, the Intuition can no longer claim to be half the price of the other option either.
We’ve already seen the powerful quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip in the LG Optimus G, the Nexus 4, and the Asus Padfone 2, and it’ll easily match Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad inside the Note 2; however, we’re a little concerned by the small battery inside the Droid DNA, especially as it’s non-removable. The lack of expandable memory is a drawback too.
While the Galaxy Note 2’s wide availability will help it stay ahead in sales, on paper, the Droid DNA looks like an incredibly tempting proposition.