November 09, 2012, 3:39 PM — It's been a busy week for Android news and gossip, with interesting information flying around about both hardware and software alike. Arguably the biggest news is the HTC Droid DNA - or possibly DLX - which is the first non-Motorola device to use the "Droid" moniker and the latest in the long-running series called "HTC is terrible at naming things."
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Unconfirmed but apparently widespread information posits that the DNA is going to be the U.S. release of HTC's high-powered J Butterfly smartphone, which was announced in Japan last month. If that's the case, the Android punditocracy is already predicting the Droid DNA will provide stiff competition to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
While most of the J Butterfly's components are standard for a top-of-the-line Android phone - quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8MP camera - its screen is anything but. Packing a whopping 1920x1080 display (yep, that's full HD, for those keeping score at home) into a 5-inch package is a truly impressive feat of engineering. HTC already has some of the best mobile screens on the U.S. market, and bringing the J Butterfly to the U.S. - even if the new name is just as silly - could extend that lead even farther.
The Droid DNA, or whatever it's going to be called, should run Jelly Bean out of the box. A joint HTC/Verizon announcement scheduled for Tuesday is rumored to be the official rollout of the device, which is said to be exclusive to that carrier.
As ever, it's disappointing that yet another impressive HTC phone will be restricted to a single carrier, but that just seems to be the way of things for the Taiwanese company, which is struggling mightily to regain lost marketshare in the Android sector.