The US version of the HTC J Butterfly has finally made it into the country under the name of HTC Droid DNA, courtesy of Verizon. The Android smartphone comes packed with virtually the same hardware as its Japanese counterpart, while its main selling point remains the 5-inch Super LCD 3 touchscreen that has a 1920 x 1080p resolution alongside 440 ppi.
This is one of the best display on the market, but such a high pixel density comes at a cost as HTC has scraped some lumens in the process meaning that the screen is not as bright as the ones found in competition’s high-end smartphones. However, if the users aren’t going to spend a lot of time in bright sunlight, then HTC’s decision will not affect them.
The smartphone will become Verizon’s flagship device when it becomes available a week from now. With a November 21st release date, customers can expect to pay $199.99 for the Droid DNA, and they will get a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB RAM, built-in 16GB flash storage, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with Sense UI 4+, and a 2,020mAh battery.
One of the biggest downsides of this handset is the lack of a microSD card slot. Although 16GB will be sufficient for some users, this is nowhere near enough for most owners considering the fact that the Droid DNA has Beats Audio support. Users will want to upload their music directly on the device in order to take advantage of the aforementioned feature, and it’s already clear that Android games take a lot of space. The Android community will not appreciate the fact that HTC has decided to follow the example of its own Windows Phone 8X handset which doesn’t sport a microSD slot.
HTC claims that it has “built the ultimate Droid,” and this may be true up to a point, but having a 5-inch display, the Droid DNA is more of a phablet. Sadly, it doesn’t have a hardware as good as the Samsung Galaxy Note II which includes a faster processor, up to 64GB built-in storage, up to 64GB microSD card, a bigger display, and a bigger battery. It’s also worth to say that the Galaxy Note 2 is backed by developers much more than the Droid DNA. There are already a lot of custom roms and ways to root the Galaxy Note 2, which is awesome for those passionate about hacking their devices.
It’s worth noting that the HTC Droid DNA also features a 4G LTE chipset, and an 8-megapixcel camera with full HD video recording capabilities.
Although we are satisfied that Samsung finally has a competition, we’re disappointed that HTC couldn’t do more. It’s well known the fact that the Taiwanese company is going through hard times therefore some fans are still wondering why HTC didn’t go all-in with this handset.