HTC’s Droid DNA smartphone/tablet hybrid has finally shown its sleek Super LCD 3 touchscreen face in the mobile marketplace and the reviews are starting to roll in. When leaked photos and specs surfaced earlier this week, tech junkies speculated that the “super phablet” would be among the most powerful devices available. It looks like they might be right. The only problem is the battery life (2,020mAh) which looks to drain pretty easily but only because the $199 Droid DNA has faster LTE connectivity and much higher resolution display than competitors. But don’t take it from me, take a look at what the pros have to say.

Complex Tech: “HTC crushed all odds by assembling what is by far the most powerful Verizon handset and mobile phone of 2012. Quad-core benchmarks are unmatched and the visuals generated by the 5-inch display is exceptional. Its size might place it under the phablet category, but the truth is the DNA stands as a well-sized handset that doesn’t pretend to be anything more than a powerful smartphone. At $200, it’s the best smartphone deal right now and anyone due for an upgrade would be a fool not to jump on it.”

The Verge: “The HTC Droid DNA does a good job of impressing you on the surface. The 1080p screen is to die for, the svelte design minimizes the phone’s large footprint, and it sports one of the fastest processors you can get in a smartphone today. It’s also the best smartphone HTC has had on Verizon in a long time. But once you get beyond those initial impressions, the cracks begin to show. The DNA offers a lot for the $199 asking price, but the miserable battery life and occasional performance hiccups are reason to pause before hitting that purchase button.”

MobileTechReview: “Look out Samsung Galaxy Note II, there’s a new kid on the block, at least if you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, and that’s the HTC Droid DNA. Variously rumored as the HTC DLX and Butterfly J for the US, the HTC Droid DNA is one of our top smartphones for 2012. It has a slim and elegant design and it’s relatively narrow, which makes holding this 5″ Android phone easier than you might think. It trounces the Note II and every other smartphone on the market with its 1920 x 1080 Super LCD 3 display. That’s 440ppi pixel density; significantly higher than the iPhone 5’s Retina display and the lovely Nokia Lumia 920 332ppi display.”

CNet: “The $199.99 HTC Droid DNA has a winning combination of stylish design, devilish good looks, blazing performance, and a lovely screen, all for a good price. Its great camera is icing on the cake but enough to edge out the Motorola Droid Razr HD. Frankly, the DNA is HTC’s best smartphone — and Verizon’s best Droid — yet.”

Specs:
The Super LCD 3 screen is is a 1080 x 1920 display with 440 pixels per inch for extreme clarity. The CPU is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processors, one of the most efficient out there today. There’s plenty of storage and memory space for added gaming, computing, downloading, and web-surfing, with 32GB and 2GB apiece. It boasts two cameras, an 8mp rear-facing cam and a 2mp front-facing cam; features NFC capability and LTE connectivity; and the entire device runs on Androids 4.1 operating system– Jelly Bean OS.