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The HTC Droid DNA is really only a surprise in that we now know when it is going to be made available and what it will be marketed as. For all intents and purposes, we knew pretty much all there was to know about the phone before today’s announcement, what with it basically being a Japanese J Butterfly – a phone that went on sale a few weeks ago. Still, it’s all official now, so let’s take a look.

Available to buy the day before Thanksgiving and costing $200 with the usual contract shenanigans, those really wanting to get in on the DNA action can pre-order their handset today. What you’ll get for your money is a 5-inch Android phone running Jellybean and HTC’s own Sense pasted on top. The whole thing moves along nicely thanks to a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip and 2GB of RAM. All this is needed to push pixels around that huge screen which packs a wonderful 440dpi arrangement of dots that give the very best on the market a run for their money. The 1080p Super LCD3 display, by all accounts, is gorgeous and we can’t wait to see one ourselves.

Camera-wise, we’ve an 8-megapixel shooter on the rear, complete with a 28mm wide angle lens and 1080p video recording. On the front, there’s a 2.1-megapixel camera that also records 1080p video and an ultra-wide angle lens. Fancy stuff.

All this will be juiced up by a 2,020mAh battery, and there’s Qi compatibility too, so wireless charging is a go.

Without a doubt, the phone’s biggest selling point and post interesting specification is that 5-inch, 1080p display. Whether five inches is too large, too small or just right for you will always be a personal decision, but it’s just a tad too large for us to comfortably recommend as a smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S III’s 4.8-inch display is just about on the edge for us, but if you’ve got large hands, the Droid DNA looks like it’s going to be a very impressive phone, at least as far as the specs sheet goes.

HTC DNA

Here’s hoping this LCD3 screen pushes the competition to produce even better screens moving forward, too. That’s why we love competition, after all.

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