HTC One is the new flagship phone from HTC that improves a lot over previous generation quad-core HTC One X phone from last year.
HTC One is top of the line phone in the market today, way above Sony XPERIA Z. This, however, may not be true after Galaxy S IV hits the market in mid-March.
HTC One Full Specs:
- CPU – Snapdragon 600 1.7Ghz quad-core CPU
- GPU Adreno 330 ~ Tegra 4 CUDA cores(twice as fast as Adreno 320 found in S4 Pro e.g. Xperia Z, Nexus 4)
- RAM: 2GB SDRAM
- Display: 4.7″ 1920×1080 (1080p) 468dpi, Gorilla glass 2, Super LCD 3 display
- Camera Rear: 4MP UltraPixel camera, captures 3x more light + F2.0 aperture lens. Video in 1080p @60FPS (slowmotion), True HDR
- Camera Front: 2.2MP front camera with 90degree wide angle view, 1080p video
- Storage: 32GB, 64GB
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi 802.11 a / ac/b/g/n, NFC
- Data: 4G LTE
- OS: Android 4.1.2 Jellybean (upgrade to 4.2.3 coming soon)
- Weight: 143 grams
- Dimensions: measuring 5.4 (137.4mm) x 2.7 (68.2mm) x 0.37 (9.3mm) inches
- Battery: 2,300 mAh
- Expansion slot: None
- Microphones: 3
- Speakers: 2 speakers in front (stereo), Beats audio
HTC One Review, Photos
HTC One ditches plastic for high grade machines aluminium body designed to impress. It weight at 143 grams but fits wonderfully in hands.
At 9mm thickness this metallic beauty is on par with devices like iPhone 5, Blackberry 10, Galaxy S3. It feels slightly heavy unlike other phones in its class, but it feels sturdy. The curved metal back makes it super comfortable in hands, and the front two speakers are a bliss to experience in landscape mode.
Both of HTC One’s antennas reside inside the metal casing and could potentially suffer iPhone 4 like reception problems, but HTC is not worried, they seem confident with what they’ve designed.
This phone is a masterpiece when it comes to beauty and appeal, but the surface might be susceptible to scratches when rubbed against rugged materials.
HTC One has a tough Gorilla Glass 2 for protecting the screen even under extreme conditions. It protects a monster display powered by Super LCD 3 technology that assures high contrast and good color reproduction without punching them too much. Display resolution is one of the finest at 1080p at 4.7″, making it world’s highest density smartphone: 468dpi. Everything you see on the display is guaranteed to be super sharp and detailed.
One sports a 4-megapixel CMOS sensor. Yes, you heard that correct, its a low MegaPixel count for a smartphone but HTC is betting big on quality and low light performance than the Megapixel-myth.
Why? Each pixel measures four square microns (2 microns on each side), compared with the 1.96 square micron pixels on the One X’s 8-megapixel sensor. The idea is that because each pixel is larger, it lets in more light, which means better snaps in dark conditions. Combine that with F2.0 lens, you can capture day like photos at night. This also means goodbye to those ugly looking photos even during day. Each photo shot with this camera is smaller in size, but way better in quality.
Another feature in HTC One’s camera is called Zoe camera. Its like a burst mode on fire. In this mode, the phone camera remembers footage from before you press the shutter.
You basically shoot a video, which is available later in a frame by frame slideshow from which you can choose the still photo you wish to keep. This is great for shooting objects in motion e.g. sports photography.
The Gallery app
Coupling the great intuitive video and stills is an intuitive Gallery app that automatically combines your sorted videos and photos into a 30second preview video. It automatically creates a preview of what you shot and is available everytime you open the gallery app.
You can then add music and photo effects on top of it. If you’ve used iMovie on OSX, or MovieMaker on Windows, this is essentially the same, without even touching the phone.
The Sense 5 UI: BlinkFeed
Sense 5 is the HTC’s new OS UI customization. There is a new homescreen that grabs your attention for 30-second bursts, its called BlinkFeed.
BlinkFeed is like Flipboard, and it takes data from news websites, social networks, phone camera and puts them into nicely rendered tiles that you can scroll down through. Tapping on one opens the item in fullscreen. You can customize feed sources, connect social networks to suit your needs.
If this is information overload to you, you can get rid of it by swiping to the left to see a normal Android homescreen.
Rest of the Sense 5 feels very familiar if you’ve used Sense 4.0.
The phone is very well designed and would immediately attract masses. Fromt he display, to the processor, everything is built to be industry leading. Battery is not designed to impress, but time will tell us the true story. HTC has gambled with a 4MP camera, which may not impress MegaPixel freaks, one can easily underestimate it’s potential. But features like Zoe camera and 60FPS video are impressive.