HTC’s (2498) J Butterfly, known locally on Verizon as the DROID DNA, has been a hot seller for the company since it debuted last fall in Asia and North America. The smartphone has experienced impressive sales in Japan, even surpassing Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 on KDDI’s network in early December, and the company has struggled to keep up with consumer demand. According to Focus Taiwan, Benjamin Ho, HTC’s chief marketing officer, revealed that the company is now planning to release a second-generation Butterfly to capitalize on the smartphone’s success. Earlier rumors suggested that Verizon was preparing a DROID DNA sequel, known as the DROID DNA Plus, although it featured the exact same specs as the HTC One. The executive did not give a timeframe for the second-generation Butterfly smartphone.
Verizon (VZ) and HTC (2498) partnered in November to offer the DROID DNA, arguably one of the company’s best smartphones to date. The handset was the first device to be equipped with a full HD 1080p screen, setting a new bar for manufacturers and smartphone displays. Despite the high-end device, HTC has continued to struggle in the mobile market and is looking for the next big thing to compete with Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930). Recent reports have suggested that the company is planning to announce a new flagship smartphone, code-named M7, later this month. With the relatively new DROID DNA still being sold in Verizon stores, it was speculated that the carrier may not offer HTC’s latest device. This doesn’t seem to be the case, however. More →
HTC (2498) has already launched its 5-inch full HD smartphone in two markets, but it appears the device won’t be heading to additional markets in the near future. Despite a number of recent leaks, the HTC Deluxe, a variant of Japan’s J Butterfly and Verizon’s (VZ) DROID DNA smartphone, will not launch in Europe according to a spokesperson for HTC Germany. No specific reason was given, although there is a possibility that the device will be released under a different name. Along with a beautiful 1920 x 1080-pixel HD display, the HTC Deluxe was expected to feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. BGR reviewed the DROID DNA last week and called it one of the best smartphones available today.
Things haven’t been going well for HTC (2498). The company continues to lose market share to Samsung (005930) and Apple (AAPL), among others, and has seen its stock plummet over the past year. It was only a short time ago that HTC was riding high in the mobile space — in the third quarter of 2011, the Taiwanese manufacturer led Samsung to take the top spot in the U.S. smartphone market. The company couldn’t keep its lead, however, and sales of its One-series smartphones have been less than spectacular. HTC needs a game-changer and it believes it has found it with the DROID DNA smartphone on Verizon Wireless (VZ). In a crowded mobile market, is HTC’s latest effort too little too late? More →
Good news for those of you in the market for a top-notch new Android device: HTC’s (2498) new DROID DNA is now available from Verizon (VZ) for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement. For those of you who need a refresher, the DROID DNA looks like an absolutely killer smartphone with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 2GB of RAM, LTE and NFC connectivity, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. BGR will have its official review of the DROID DNA posted shortly, but in the meantime you can read our first impressions of the device where we called it “something special.”
I’ve been an Android fan for years now, but the latest crop of Android smartphones released this fall had left me feeling decidedly underwhelmed. It seemed as though every single big-name Android device to get released over the past couple of months has had some serious flaw that has kept me from taking the plunge. Motorola’s Droid RAZR M looks like a terrific device, but I really have my heart set on having a quad-core processor and the RAZR M only has a dual-core. The Nexus 4 seemed like it would be the clear choice until I discovered that it lacked LTE connectivity. As for Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note II, well, it’s just too big. I know, lots of people like phablets, but they just aren’t for me. More →
Verizon (VZ) and HTC (2498) have done something special with the DROID DNA. Following the joint press event in New York City on Tuesday, we were able to get some hands-on time with one of the latest and most powerful Android smartphones. The handset, which BGR exclusively revealed this past April, screams high-end from every angle, it is light weight, it feels great in hand and has some of the best specs of any smartphone to date. Read on to find out more. More →
HTC (2498) and Verizon (VZ) on Tuesday took the wraps off of their latest smartphone, the DROID DNA, at a joint press event in New York City. The two companies were interested in going back to what made the DROID franchise what it is today with a high-end smartphone that is “on the bleeding edge of technology.” The device is equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor and includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 2020 mAh battery, Beats Audio technology, wireless charging, LTE, a 2.1-megapixel front facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The smartphone’s most distinct feature, however, is its display. The DROID DNA has a 5-inch Super LCD 3 full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display with a whopping 440 pixels-per-inch. The handset is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and includes HTC’s Sense 4 Plus user interface. The DROID DNA can be preordered now from Verizon for $199 with a new two-year agreement and will be available for purchase on November 21st.
We are only a day away from HTC and Verizon’s joint press event in New York City and anticipation around their latest Android offering is building. The two companies are expected to announce the DROID DNA smartphone, a device BGR exclusively reported details on this past April. The handset is believed to be based off HTC’s J Butterfly smartphone and is expected to feature a 5-inch display with a full HD 1920 × 1080 resolution with a staggering 440 pixels-per-inch. The DROID DNA may also be equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and include a micro SD slot, 4G LTE connectivity and NFC. More →
It looks like the HTC (2498) Droid DNA will be launching on Verizon Wireless (VZ) sooner rather than later. A newly discovered listing on a Verizon support page clearly lists a device called the “HTC Droid DNA ADR6435” that is listed as not having a removable battery. Additionally, the always-reliable Evleaks has posted an image of the Droid DNA “ADR6435 Deluxe” with a target release in early December.