Posts tagged with: Droid DNA

HTC's Droid DNA is the American version of the HTC J Butterfly, the manufacturer's first 1080p Android. The handset features 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, and 16GB flash storage. It has an 8-megapixel main camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facer, and arrives running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The five-inch HD display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2, and the phone is equipped with a 2020mAh battery.

  • by | June 24, 2013 2:55 PM

    Last year, the J Butterfly kick-started it all. Rumors of a next-generation HTC device had been surfacing around the Web for months, alleging that Verizon would carry HTC's 5-inch super phone, dubbed the DLX (or the HTC Deluxe). Several renders and images of the device had leaked, so we knew there was some truth to the rumors and already had a pretty good idea what the phone would look like. Then, out of nowhere, the J Butterfly was announced for Japan. The leaks showed a device bearing the Verizon branding, so it was fairly obvious the same device (with a few modifications) would come ...

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  • by | June 19, 2013 9:25 AM

    I didn't think much of it last year when HTC released the Butterfly alongside the Droid DNA, making up the manufacturer's first round of hardware featuring 1080p displays. After all, Verizon can be a serious prima donna, and if it had its way, it would probably only carry exclusive phones you couldn't get with any other carrier. Anyway, my interest was already turning to those HTC M7 rumors (which would eventually become the One), and that sort of arrangement with the Butterfly and Droid DNA was nothing like we hadn't seen time and time again. But this spring, I was surprised to already be ...

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  • by | June 4, 2013 1:10 PM

    The HTC One is still the company's flagship, but that hasn't stopped us from hearing rumors about a new Butterfly under development. The first Butterfly model (above), you'll recall, was the first 1080p smartphone and eventually came to the US as the Droid DNA. Back in March we learned that HTC wanted to develop a Butterfly sequel, and later we saw some possible evidence of such a thing, with signs of a model DLXPLUS in testing. Now a rumor is attempting to reveal just when the new Butterfly's launch might take place, and it could be sooner than we were expecting. The next Butterfly could ...

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  • by | May 30, 2013 4:59 PM

    Android 4.3 is very likely just around the corner, and while we've seen the platform running on Nexus devices, which is no big surprise, the more pertinent question may be which non-Google models will be seeing their own updates to 4.3 arrive. There's a list going around which purports to reveal some of HTC's update strategy, but we've got more than a few questions about just how accurate it may be. The list in question first surfaced nearly a week ago, but it's only really making the rounds now. As you can see, it identifies both whether or not 4.3 will be coming to specific models, and ...

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  • by | May 14, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the NVIDIA Shield, its price and release date. We later talk about the BlackBerry Q5 along with the news that BBM is now coming to iOS and Android soon. Later we go through the Verizon Droid DNA, which is now free after a two-year contract pointing to a probable HTC One reaching the carrier soon. Nokia is next as the company has just unveiled their new Lumia 925 along with other features. We end today's show talking about our Google I/O predictions and obviously your Google I/O predictions as well. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | May 14, 2013 2:06 PM

    Late last week we talked about a theory regarding the launch of Verizon's version of the HTC One. While it was heavily based on speculation, the idea that Verizon might take advantage of an event during the upcoming CTIA conference to announce the smartphone seemed pretty darn logical. Verizon continues to remain tight-lipped about the situation, but we get a little bit of circumstantial evidence supporting the One launch theory today, upon seeing Verizon heavily discount the HTC Droid DNA. After all, the predominant theory for why Verizon has kept its distance from the One concerns last ...

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  • by | March 18, 2013 11:42 AM

    Those of you who have been following the arrival of the HTC One have no doubt heard of the messy situation posed by the possibility of the phone coming to Verizon. First we heard that Verizon would pass on the One initially, in hopes to prolong sales of the Droid DNA. Then it was looking like maybe Verizon was going to get the One in the some general timeframe as everyone else, with evidence pointing to its availability later this month. Now we're once again talking about a Verizon without the One, thanks to a recent tweet from HTC. HTC's US branch responded to a question on Twitter by ...

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  • by | March 15, 2013 2:25 AM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG's new strategy to compete with the Optimus G Pro against the Galaxy S 4, and yes HTC is in the same wagon. Then we move to some leaks suggesting that Verizon won't wait for the HTC One, and will launch it close to the rest of the carriers. Windows Phone 7.8 is up next as the new update rolled out today should fix all its bugs. We then talk about the US launch of the BlackBerry Z10 and which carriers get it first after their second event planned. We end today's show talking about Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy S 4 and what's cool and ...

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  • by | March 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    The Droid DNA puts Verizon in a tricky situation. With the One arriving, the carrier seemed hesitant to outright replace the DNA, which itself is still a relatively new phone, and when it didn't announce plans to carry the One at all, it seemed that it might let things cool off for a while before trying to integrate it with its lineup. More recently, though, we've been seeing signs suggesting Verizon could be throwing caution to the wind and preparing to sell the One, first as we saw what looked like the Verizon One get its Bluetooth certification, and more recently as we heard from a ...

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  • by | March 14, 2013 6:00 AM

    The HTC Droid DNA bears a confused and somewhat tragic legacy. Born of Verizon's desire for an "ultimate Droid," the device represented far more than a retooled HTC Butterfly when it was announced at a New York City event last November. Back then, the Droid DNA was the first -and the only- 1080p smartphone to hit the United States, and the first device to adopt a five-inch display while rejecting the burdensome "phablet" moniker. The Droid DNA could have been a superstar, but -as we discussed at length in our After The Buzz episode covering the device- carrier exclusivity and other factors ...

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  • by | March 13, 2013 5:15 PM

    The HTC One, as we mentioned in yesterday's unboxing and hardware tour, is a crucial device for the Taiwanese smartphone maker. The company's brand has suffered a steady decline since its heyday of the last decade, and HTC is -for the second year in a row- banking on a device titled the "One" to save it from the increasing pressure of the competition. The One of 2013 is similar to last year's One X in several respects, not least of which is the focus HTC has chosen to put on its camera. Last year, the company's marketing materials drilled home the message that the One X included an ...

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  • by | March 11, 2013 9:55 AM

    Most new-device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s follow-up coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | March 6, 2013 5:28 PM

    Around here, we're no strangers to wrist-worn smart devices. From bare-bones Bluetooth sport watches to full-on smartphones condensed to wearable size, we've seen them all. Problem is, we haven't been all that impressed by what we've seen. Whether by halfhearted design or a misguided quest for all-encompassing functionality, most of the intelligent watches we've strapped on have very quickly found themselves retired to the novelty drawer. Last year, a company named Pebble -formerly Allerta- burst onto the scene with aspirations to change all that. Pebble's halo product: an e-paper-based ...

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  • by | February 19, 2013 12:32 PM

    The HTC One is inevitably going to draw comparisons to the company's Droid DNA, its first 1080p Android in the States. While they share the same resolution, there's a lot that HTC's managed to improve upon since the Droid DNA launched last year, and at today's One launch event, we spent a little time taking a look at the two smartphones side by side to see how they really stack up. While the materials may differ, both phones share a largely similar look. Obviously, with a smaller screen the HTC One is going to be a little more petite, and as a result it fits in the hand just that much ...

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  • by | February 4, 2013 7:55 PM

    Last week, all the rumors I'd been hearing about HTC's M7 really started to crystallize, and between HTC sending out its save-the-dates for its February 19 press event (which, were I a betting man, I'd be placing some serious wagers on it serving as the M7's public announcement) and Peter Chou's impassioned cheerleading for the M7 at the HTC year-end party, the M7 really started moving from the realm of rumors to becoming something so much more tangible. As I thought about the rumors that the phone would be following in the footsteps of models like Samsung's Galaxy S III and coming to all ...

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