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. It goes without saying that it comes with a two-year service agreement.

The tinkering type should note that the Droid DNA will ship with a locked bootloader. While we initially thought that the DNA could be unlocked using HTC’s bootloader unlocking tool, the phone maker apparently has taken that privilege away from users by altering the phone’s ROM, making the tool all but unusable.

If you don’t mind the extra work, given that it’s very likely that the folks at XDA-Developers will have a workaround solution, feel free to proceed to the cashier with the shiny new smartphone in tow. Just don’t call it a phablet.

As for folks outside of the U.S., you can look forward to the HTC Deluxe – the Droid DNA’s international variant — heading your way in the near future.

Anyone rushing to the stores to get the impressive HTC Droid DNA?

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