Mind-boggling full HD display – check. Decent battery, at least considering the size and resolution of that panel – check. Absolute software freedom, spiced with unlockable bootloader and kernel source code released – check, check and check.
HTC and Verizon’s Droid DNA was already extremely appealing for the masses, with its quad-core power and gorgeous 1080p display, but for the beast to really reach the hearts of hardcore Android enthusiasts there still remained one detail to sort out – custom ROMs.
The fact that the HTC Droid DNA comes with a locked bootloader may have deterred some from going to the stores to pick up the 5-inch super phone, but those who stuck by HTC’s side will be thrilled to hear that a workaround has been found – one that allows them to get on with their Android tinkering lifestyle.
Just a few days ago we showed you a new set of press images for the HTC Deluxe DLX, which appears to be the name of the international Droid DNA / J Butterfly version. But now we hear the Deluxe DLX may not hit European markets, and the news comes straight from HTC.
The HTC Droid DNA is already available from Verizon in the USA, and from KDDI in Japan, where it’s known as the J Butterfly. But what about other international markets? When will the rest of the world receive HTC’s 5-inch Android flagship smartphone?
There was a lot of excitement surrounding HTC’s Droid DNA – the first 1080p smartphone to hit the “Free World” – before its unveiling, but once the 5-incher got introduced, the excitement started to tone down in the wake of two major concerns popping up.
From rumors (lots of ‘em) to reality, HTC’s answer to the gigantic phone race is finally within grasp. Starting today, you can buy the HTC Droid DNA from Verizon’s brick-and-mortar and online stores. If you’ve been craving for the Droid DNA’s 5-inch 1080p display, be prepared to shell out $199.99 to get the phone.
XDA Developers reports that the HTC Droid DNA no longer has an unlockable bootrom, which was the case with pre-release devices. Unlocking the bootloader through the HTCDev bootloader tool will no longer work. How soon until developers are able to root the phablet?
Recently there have been quite a few rumors going around about two upcoming 1080p 5-inch handsets, known as the Sony Odin and Sony Yuga. Now it seems that we have a new leak that gives us the overall dimensions for the two Sony smartphones.
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