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Santa packing plenty of pixels for gamers in 5-inch HTC Droid DNA, first U.S. smartphone to feature 1080p

Droid DNA

This might be the gift for the serious gamer on your holiday shopping list. Take 1080p HD,  shrink it down to a super slim, 5-inch LCD screen, go mobile and pack a powerful quad-core processor in with Android Jelly Bean and you have the HTC Droid DNA.  It’s $199.99 from Verizon Wireless with a two-year service contract.

Verizon Wireless press release:

The crisp picture of a 1080p resolution screen has generally been found on televisions or computer monitors in homes. The new DROID DNA by HTC is the first smartphone to scale the resolution down to a five-inch display.  


For gamers, the highest screen resolution possible provides a sharper image for browsing and clearer animations when playing. The five-inch display on the DROID DNA means touch controls won’t get in the way of gameplay. Titles like Reign of Amira take advantage the quad-core processor in combination with the 1080p to deliver superior graphics during a game. 


With the holiday shopping season at hand, better resolution means clearer images, particularly useful for those scanning websites to compare prices and product details. Included on the home screen is a new icon, that offers a single point of access to several Amazon shopping apps in one spot.


The DROID DNA is designed with a built-in wireless charging back to take advantage of a wireless charger, one of this year’s best tech gifts. Charging the DROID DNA is as easy as setting it on a charging pad, eliminating the need for an outlet.  


The DROID DNA by HTC is available for pre-order starting today and will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores starting Nov. 21.