Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, did you guys hear
about this new HTC smartphone that will be
available soon? They DROID DNA
they call it, and guess what – its 1080 x 1920
resolution screen will be a first! But of course,
such a beautiful screen has to be complemented
by a host of other high-tech goodies like a quad-
core processor and an abundant amount of
internal storage, otherwise it would largely go to
waste. But thankfully, this doesn’t seem to be the
case with the HTC DROID DNA. C’mon, people,
we’re dying to take a closer look at the specs and
features of that beast!
Design
If we have to be honest, a device cannot really
win us with awesome innards alone. It has to offer
an eye-pleasing appearance as well in order to
make the package feel complete. That’s why we
appreciate the work that HTC has put into the
design of the DROID DNA. The phone certainly
looks eye-catching, with its slim, 9.7 mm profile
and red accents here and there that contrast
perfectly with the black body. HTC has always
had a thing for design, and we do think that
they’ve done a very good job with the DROID
DNA.
Display
Now, this is where the HTC DROID DNA is going to
leave its mark. This handset comes with a larger-
than-life 5-inch screen, the key feature of which is
the ultra-high resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. All
of this means a never-before-seen pixel density of
441 ppi. If you still had complaints about the
clarity of the current 300+ ppi screens (which we
doubt), then this will certainly put an end to your
“special needs.” At this point, we can only guess
if there’s going to be much use in such a high
resolution on a phone’s screen, but you’ve got to
admit, the number of pixels alone is enough to
take a geek’s breath away!
Not only is it going to be extremely detailed, but
the DROID DNA’s display will also utilize the so-
called Super-LCD 3 technology, which is an
advanced form of LCD. S-LCD2, as seen on the
One X, was still among the best out there, and we
can only imagine how much better this one’s
going to be. It’s said that this new screen tech
will be drawing considerably less power from the
battery, which, if true, would be a very big thing.
It also means users won’t have to worry about the
battery life of this monsterphone.
Processor and Memory
But you didn’t think that with such an expensive
screen, HTC is going to make compromises with
the other components of the DNA, did you? Of
course it isn’t! The CPU powering the handset will
be Qualcomm’s heavyweight champion, the
Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064! It’s a quad-core
processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz and coupled to a
crazy-fast GPU – the Adreno 320. With this
configuration under the hood, you can be pretty
sure that each and every app available on Google
Play and beyond will run flawlessly. And even if an
app actually refuses to be executed, it’ll probably
be because it can’t run as fast as your phone!
So, how does the DROID DNA present itself when
it comes to memory? Very well, although probably
not superbly. RAM will be more than enough at 2
gigabytes, but the internal memory will be fixed
at 16 GB. While this will be enough for most
users, we can already see some heavier ones
wondering what to delete in order to free up
some space to install that new game. There’s no
information about options with more internal
storage, but we guess that if the DNA turns out to
be a success, HTC will be quick to produce some.
Unfortunately, the handset will not feature a
microSD card slot for additional memory. This is
one area where its rivals, the Galaxy S II and Note
II offer a bit more flexibility.
Camera
It’s too early to be talking about the camera
quality, so we’ll just focus on its specs here. The
DNA will sport an 8MP shooter, which is pretty
standard for a high-end phone nowadays, but the
aperture will be quite good at F2.0. The camera
will be complemented by an LED flash, which will
not allow you to take great night portraits, but
will still be much-appreciated whenever you try to
shoot in low-lit environments. Naturally, the
sensor will be of the BSI type, which is so popular
nowadays, and you can expect all kinds of
software goodies to let you take the most out of
the cam, like an HDR mode and burst shot mode.
The front-facing camera will be an 2.1MP one and
will do its best to take marvelous self-portraits for
you, but, as always when it comes to cameras,
you know that megapixels are not all that
matters.
Connectivity
Oh, we can’t wait to check out the browsing
experience on the HTC DROID DNA! With this
large, super-high-definition screen, we can
imagine that it will simply be spectacular. We do
hope that the HTC Sense 4+ UI will help in this
respect as well, rather than hamper the
experience.
It’s not clear yet if the handset is going to support
Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in (probably not), but at
least you can be absolutely sure that its
connection to the internet will be blazing-fast,
thanks to LTE support and Verizon’s ever-
expanding 4G network.
Confirming its status of one feature-packed
device, the DNA will support Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi
a, b, g, n and n 5 GHz, as well as DLNA, NFC and
MHL.
Software
Sadly, the DROID DNA will not arrive with Android
4.2 out of the box, though we sure hope that an
update will follow at some point. Instead, you’ll be
greeted by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is still
fine for us. In terms of customization, however,
HTC is putting its Sense 4+ UI, which is yet
another attempt at optimizing and streamlining
the custom interface. In addition to some
multimedia enhancements, Sense 4+ also brings
the new H Voice speech recognition service –
HTC’s own take on voice recognition.

TechWrapZA

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