The HTC Droid DNA, with an amazing 1080p screen, launched in the USA

Droid DNANew smartphones are always exciting, especially when they’re high-spec powerhouses, but here’s one we can’t get too excited over as it’s not been announced for the UK yet. We’re talking about the Droid DNA, the latest device from HTC and US network Verizon, and after you hear the specification, we guarantee you’ll want to get your hands one one soon.

It’s going to be classed as a tablet/smartphone hybrid thanks to its 5-inch screen, which boasts — wait for it — a resolution of 1920 x 1080, or 1080p as it’s better known. That’s probably equal to your HD television at home, but here it’s squeezed into a panel that’s considerably smaller. This gives the screen a pixel density of 440ppi, beating the iPhone’s Retina display’s 326ppi by quite some margin.

Powering the phone is a 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, as seen in the LG Optimus G, Nexus 4 and the Asus PadFone 2. There’s also 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, plus the operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean complete with the HTC Sense 4+ user interface.

Other features include an 8 megapixel camera, a 2.1 megapixel forward facing camera, NFC, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0 and 1080p video recording. It’s not all good news though, as there is no microSD card slot to up the memory, and the battery is a small-sounding 2020mAh cell, which may have to work very hard to power all this hardware.

The phone will go on sale in the USA on November 21, but don’t think about trying to import one, as Verizon is a CDMA network, and is incompatible with Europe’s GSM network.

All is not lost though, as this isn’t the first Verizon exclusive phone, and others have been subsequently released as GSM devices in the past. All we have to do is wait for HTC to announce its plans.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars