HTC announces Droid DNA smartphone with 1080p, 440 ppi screen

HTC and Verizon announced a beast of a smartphone yesterday, the same day the Nexus 4 went on sale here in the US.

The HTC Droid DNA features a 5" IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (440 ppi); that's the highest density smartphone display on the market. Inside is a 1.5 ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It's got an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera for video chat. As this is an HTC device it features Beats Audio so it should sound better than most phones. A nice bonus feature is support for wireless charging.

So that's the good news. The bad news is that, as far as I have been able to ascertain, there's no microSD card for extra storage and no microHDMI port to push those great graphics to a large display. Also the battery isn't removable (I like the peace of mind that comes with carrying a spare battery on long trips) and rather than stock Android it has Android 4.1 with an HTC Sense 4 skin.

Unlike the Nexus 4, the Droid DNA does have LTE. The HTC Droid DNA is exclusive to Verizon and will be $199 on contract. Verizon is taking pre-orders now. The phone arrives on November 21st.

Not excited yet? Maybe this sizzle reel will help convince you:

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