November 13, 2012Francisco Cheng
Verizon and HTC took the covers off of the Droid DNA today, and if there's one feature that could elicit goose-bumps from avid smartphone users, it would be the DNA's 1080p display—the first in North America. This 5-inch screen is nothing short of spectacular and using apps on its 1080p resolution makes content scream high-def. Packing that resolution into a 5-inch display means you're getting 440 pixels per inch, which is 25% more pixels than your average smartphone with an HD display. Now that's sharp.
It's how HDTVs are gauged, by rocking that 1080p moniker, and the Droid DNA will do no less by delivering similar picture quality on a smartphone. Unlike other 5-inch devices, the Droid DNA isn't massive in your hands. Not only is it sleek and thin, but it's taller and narrower than competing designs so that holding it in one hand is comfortable. But back to the screen.
The first 1080p screen on an HTC Smartphone is a unique proposition. For instance, it takes gaming to another level. Reign of Amira, a multi-chapter, epic game is preloaded exclusively on the DROID DNA by HTC, only from Verizon Wireless. Chapter 1 is available at no cost for a limited time. The game, if I do say so myself, looked magnificent at full resolution as I battled trolls and goblins in its beautifully rendered scenes. Reign of Amira was designed and developed by the Snapdragon Game Studio, our own in-house dedicated to making games for Snapdragon devices that showcase the very best in graphics and performance.
High-def videos looked great on Hulu, and even better when connected to my living room HDTV (via an MHL adapter). With web browsing, a higher resolution allows you to fit more onto the screen, which comes in handy when dealing with long web pages.
Rendering all 1080p content wouldn't be possible without the processing capabilities from the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro. This particular processor features four 1.5Ghz "Krait" CPU cores and a powerful Adreno 320 GPU, both of which are designed to take on any task thrown at it. Furthermore, the Snapdragon Pro excels when it comes to thermal efficiency, which is why you'll notice that this device is cool to the touch no matter how extraneous the task. The Droid DNA is also one of the few smartphones that run on the latest version of Android, called Jelly Bean. That means you'll get some new features from Google that haven't made it to other devices yet.
The HTC Droid DNA will arrive on Verizon Wireless, in time for the holidays. And if you've been longing for the ultimate user experience, big screen, and powerful internals, this is it.
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