Remember the Droid DNA that Verizon accidentally unveiled the other day? Well they officially announced it this morning, alongside the complete list of specs, the release date and the cost. To be honest, I’ve found myself oddly impressed by the asking price and the full list of features.
The DNA is a whopping 5”, Android 4.1 smartphone with a true 1920x1080 HD display. If you must know, the screen is a Super LCD 3 panel, reinforced by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. With a PPI (pixels per inch) density of 440, the DNA currently has the highest rated pixel density in the entire mobile market.
Under the hood, is a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB of DDR2 RAM. There’s also the standard 16GB of internal storage, but HTC left out the micro-SD card slot, so there’s no option to use external storage. A 4G LTE radio means the DNA will make use of "Americas Fastest 4G Network."
The magnificent f/2.0 aperture, 8 megapixel camera and ImageChip processor from the One X are back, making another appearance in the DNA. It’s pretty much a given that the rear facing camera has the capacity to capture 1080p HD video, but the 2.1MP front facing camera can also capture video in HD too.
If you’re into the Beats Audio scene, then you’ll be happy to find that the Droid DNA is up to par on that front. Audiophiles will also be pleased to see that the DNA includes amplifiers to support the incremental boost in sound, through a headset or the local speakers.
HTC also outfitted the Droid DNA with wireless charging support, so you can drop the phone onto a charging pad to juice it up. Of course, the charging pad is sold separately so you’ll just be getting a boring, wired charger in the box.
There are plenty of other features too, namely HTCs new Sense 4+ UI which is a significant improvement over previous versions. HTC doesn’t have a product page for the DNA yet, so if you want more info you’ll have to hit up Verizon.
The HTC Droid DNA will be available for $199 with a new 2 year contract and service agreement, through Verizon (it’s hard to miss the obvious Verizon branding). You’ll have to wait until November 21st to get your hands on this bad boy, but you can pre-order beforehand, starting today. Although, the Verizon website does state that the device will ship by November 19th if you order within the next few days.
According to Verizon Wireless, they will still unbox the Droid DNA via a Google Hangout session on Monday, November 19th.
The lack of a microSD slot is a killer feature for me, but I'm still impressed by everything else the DNA has to offer. How do the rest of you feel?
UPDATE: HTC released a video that outlines the Droid DNAs biggest features. Check it out!