HTC today announced its new flagship smartphone, simply called the One, simultaneously, at two different events held in New York and London. HTC One is not just another new smartphone with upgraded hardware, but one that brings several new innovative features that seem impressive.
First, let us run through the tech specifications, which are not really a surprise given rumors had been flying around for a long time.
- Display: 4.7 inch, full HD resolution, 468 ppi
- Processor: 1.7 GHz, quad core Snapdragon 600
- RAM: 2 GB
- Memory: 32GB and 64GB, with no provision for expansion
- OS: Android Jelly Bean
- Camera: 4 MP primary “Ultrapixel” sensor and 2 MP front sensor, both capable of 1080p video capture.
- Battery: 2,300mAh sealed unit
Arguably, the most significant feature of HTC One is its all aluminum body, much like the iPhone. This gives the One a premium feel and look, which HTC feels, will give their product an edge over all of its competitors, be it iPhone or Galaxy S III. But it definitely is a direct take against iPhone. Also like the iPhone, HTC has integrated the antenna into the metallic body, specifically the rear.
HTC One is a completely new generation of HTC, particularly in terms of its Sense UI. Gone are the boring flip clock, home screen icons and weather and widgets. The One features a Flipboard like tile based home screen interface called BlinkFeed that provides all the updates. The clock interface is simple, much like Windows Phone and the weather widget now has a modern and simple look as well.
HTC offers Beats audio with the One as well. However, the experience should be a lot better thanks to dual front facing speakers, which HTC calls BoomSound, that will provide true stereoscopic effect. The phone even comes with its own dedicated amplifier.
Finally, we come to HTC One’s much talked about revolutionary camera. As revealed by HTC before One introduces what it calls “ultrapixels”. The primary camera uses just a 4 MP sensor, which seems terribly outdated if we just go by the pixel count, however, each individual pixel in the Ultrapixel sensor is about twice the size of a regular 8 MP sensor, thus it will capture more light. HTC says, pixel count does not matter and that its 4 MP sensor will outperform cameras on the iPhone and Galaxy S III, and will perform much better than its rivals in low light conditions.