This morning in New York City, HTC and Verizon introduced the DROID DNA. There really weren’t any surprises since all the leaks seemed to be spot on. It will come with a 5.0-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) Super LCD 3 display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, NFC, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Sense 4+. My initial thoughts is that this phone is absolutely stunning. When I picked it up, I thought I was carrying a dummy unit it was so light. The display is by far the best display available on a smartphone, and I can’t wait to spend some more time with it. For now check out our hands on video from the event, of which, I am sure you will be as impressed as I am.
TalkAndroid is on the ground today in New York City where Verizon and HTC have just officially announced the new DROID DNA. The new device is intended to be the ultimate DROID device and the most advanced phone on the market. The hardware specs are impressive:
- 1080p 5-inch LCD3 display running at 440ppi
- Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ Read more
AT&T has finally announced the impending availability of two long-awaited HTC handsets. Beginning November 16th, customers can pick up both the HTC One VX and the HTC One X+ with a new two-year contract for $50 and $200, respectively. AT&T is also taking pre-orders for the One X+ beginning tomorrow, November 13th in case you’re too anxious to wait an additional three days.
The HTC One X+ is a mild refresh to the company’s One X that was released earlier this year, opting this time for NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz. Users will get the same marvelous 4.7-inch HD display along with a massive 64GB of internal storage, 2,100mAh battery and 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video. Furthermore, the device is running HTC’s new Sense 4+ atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
If the One X+ is a bit too fancy for your palette, the Taiwanese company’s budget-oriented One VX may be a suitable option. The device is essentially a toned down One S with a slightly larger screen, complete with a 5-megapixel ImageSense camera, NFC and a 4.5-inch qHD display. Although not shipping with Android 4.1, HTC and AT&T have promised an update in due course.
So, what are your plans for November 16th? Will you be picking up either of these devices, or will you be opting for Samsung’s Galaxy Camera?
We’ve got a few more details on that cross licensing deal between Apple and HTC. According to sources close to the tech giants, Apple will make close to $6 – $8 in fees per HTC phone sold. That equates to $180 to $280 million per year for Apple, based on HTC’s estimated 30 to 35 million phones to be shipped in 2013. These claims are also backed up by Wall Street, so it seems to be more than just a few rumors. Read more
HTC posted a Jelly Bean upgrade update and FAQ with good news for HTC One X and HTC One S owners. Both devices should get updated to Android 4.1 and Sense 4+ fairly soon but no date was given. HTC said it would first focus on bringing 2012 devices up to Jelly Bean then look at what 2011 devices would be compatible with the update.
The HTC One V and the HTC Desire C were the big update losers. HTC said devices with 512MB of RAM or less, like these two, will not be upgraded past their current version of Android. HTC made a point to differentiate between “Upgrades” and “Support.” While these lower-RAM devices will not see OS upgrades, HTC said it will continue to provide support in the form of software improvements and security fixes.
The FAQ made no mention of Android 4.2.
While we just about know everything we need to know about HTC’s upcoming beast here in the States, it seems there will be some slight differences in the overseas’ variant of the device. According to various reports, new renders have surfaced highlighting HTC’s new 5-inch device
will is likely to be identified as the DLX in Asia, likely based off the HTC J Butterfly in Japan, as opposed to retaining the DROID DNA seen here in America. As seen in the photo above, it seems as if the render matches up quite nicely with what we’ve already seen— so this tidbit of news indicates the DLX is possibly be the real deal. The render leaks also highlight some good news for those of you in the Asian markets– the HTC DLX is expected to debut in China on December 6th and later on in Taiwan on December 10th in white, black and brown color variations.
Ladies and gents, let the salivating of this device commence!
source: Phone Arena
I think we can all agree the endless patent lawsuits aren’t good for consumers. Well, hopefully Apple and HTC have seen this light, as they confirmed they’ve settled their patent disputes and have entered a 10-year licensing deal to avoid more lawsuits. The CEOs of both companies made statements that they are pleased to have reached an agreement and are ready to continue innovation, not litigation.
Apple has certainly abused the patent system lately, but this is a step in the right direction. No amount of patents and lawsuits are going to force consumers to buy your products, and I’m sure Apple knows that. Now we should all just hope for this kind of agreement to happen with some other Android OEMs as well. Hit the press release after the break for more about the licensing deal. Read more
There you go, folks. That’s about as good a look as you’re going to get of the upcoming Droid DNA, short of actually holding one in your hands. It’s consistent with the earlier rendering of the device we’ve already seen, so this is more than likely going to be what Verizon reveals on the 19th. With HTC’s recent drop in revenue, superphones like this are exactly what I think they need to earn back some smartphone market.
This morning Verizon Tweeted a link to the DroidDoes website announcing that they will unveil the DROID DNA via a Google Hangout next Monday, November 19 at 12:00pm EST. Of course it will be officially shown off to the press this Tuesday morning in New York City, and we will be their on hand to give you all the details. There shouldn’t be anything too surprised as most of the information about this phone has already been leaked. Plus, it’s essentially the J Butterfly, which was officially announced a couple of weeks ago for Japan.
We are expecting it to have a Super LCD 3 display with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution and 440ppi. If that’s not enough, it will also sport a 1.5GHz quad-code Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, waterproof, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s also supposed to come in at close to 9mm thick, which is very impressive. The only real question I have is battery. The J Butterfly sports a 2050mAh, but I am hoping for a little higher. That display will take its toll on any battery.
Earlier today we reported on plans by HTC and Verizon to hold a joint event in New York City on November 13th. Details are scant, but there is lots of conjecture out there that this could be an announcement of the new HTC DROID DNA. Consistent with the flurry of leaks and rumors about this new device, tonight we have a new render of the device that has surfaced. You might notice some red accents in the speaker and on the power button, which appears to be centered. Hopefully we will see next week how accurate this render is at the HTC/Verizon event.