HTC and Verizon have announced the Droid DNA, the first smartphone with a 1080p resolution screen to be launched in the USA. It measures 5-inches though, which means it’s really a tablet/smartphone hybrid, however the overall size of the chassis isn’t much larger than the Samsung Galaxy S3, so anyone who uses that as their everyday phone, may be willing to accept the Droid DNA too.
|Size||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 (mm)||136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 (mm)||140.9 x 70.6 x 9.7 (mm)|
|Screen||4.0-inch LCD||4.8-inch Super AMOLED||5-inch Super LCD 3|
|Resolution||1136×640 pixels||1280×720 pixels||1920×1080 pixels|
|OS||iOS 6.0.1||Android 4.0 with TouchWiz UI||Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 4+|
|SD Card Slot||No||Yes||No|
|Processor||Dual-core A6X||Dual-core Snapdragon S4 (US)||1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, EV-DO Rev.A|
|Camera||Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP||Front 1.9MP, Rear 8MP||Front 2.1MP, Rear 8MP|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.0||Yes, version 4.0||Yes, version 4.0|
|Charger||Lightning connector||Micro USB||Micro USB|
|Marketplace||Apple App Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Availability||AT&T, Sprint, Verizon||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mob, Verizon||Verizon|
As expected, the Droid DNA has the largest screen and is the heaviest of the three, but in other areas — including the all-important cost — it’s a close-run battle. The Droid DNA’s processor is a quad-core monster and it has 4G LTE connectivity, while the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 both have dual-core chips, plus the Droid DNA’s 1080p resolution beats the other two on paper. Just how much better the Droid DNA’s 440ppi pixel density panel is than the iPhone 5’s Retina screen, remains to be seen.
However, the lack of expandable memory is a problem, but perhaps not as much as the battery, as it’s smaller even than the Galaxy S3’s; which doesn’t have a 5-inch, 1080p screen to run. We won’t know how much of a concern this will be until we get the Droid DNA out into the real world though.
However, there’s no denying the Droid DNA has been well-priced, and that amazing screen is sure to win it plenty of fans.