HTC Droid DNA: First Hands-On (Video)

HTC and Verizon hosted a modest gathering in New York City this morning to announce the product of their latest collaboration: the Droid DNA. As expected, this device is an Americanized variant of the Butterfly J, released a bit ago in Japan.

The device features a 5-inch, 1080p Super-LCD panel boasting a pixel density of 440ppi and viewing angles up to an 80-degree offset. HTC says it’s 50% brighter than the Galaxy S III’s display; while we didn’t have a light meter on hand to test this claim, the display is indeed quite bright in person, and the viewing angles are impressive.

Also a huge focus of today’s presentation: the DNA’s cameras. Though the optics of the primary shooter are the same as found on the HTC One X, HTC says the software optimization has been significantly improved on this model. The DNA also inherits the wider-angle front-facing camera from the Windows Phone 8X, and of course, Beats audio is present and accounted for, including the 8X’s dual-amplifier setup.

There’s much more to see from this morning’s event: click the video below and experience the magic.

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA. Read more about Michael Fisher!