HTC has made it public that their next flagship smartphone the improved HTC One or HTC M7 will be unveiled next week on Tuesday 19th February in New York and London according to the countdown clock on HTC’s website. We also know that the phone will hit the shelves in the US on March 22nd on three major carriers – Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile with Verizon likely to make the phone available later (this is to avoid conflicts with the other high end smartphone the HTC Droid DNA that the company is offering at the moment).
Before you set some cash aside to buy this smartphone next month or before you dismiss it, read this post to know the features and specs it boasts of in the rumors mash up ahead of the phone’s release in a few days.
Display: 4.7-Inch Super AMOLED display
The HTC One does not come with a 5 inch screen as earlier rumored. Unlike the HTC Droid DNA which features a full HD 5 inch screen, this smartphone comes with a 4.7 Inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels giving a display density of 468ppi. At such resolution and display density, the images and text displayed on the One should be among the crispest, sharpest and clearest of any devices. That’s not all; the phone also features a capacitive multi-touch touchscreen and light and proximity sensors.
Processor: 1.7 GHz quad-core Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
When it comes to the processor, the HTC One is a massive improvement from the HTC One X+. However, as the rumors on HTC One’s major competitor Samsung’s Galaxy SIV surface, we find out that HTC could have done better if they wanted to win over all the performance geeks. The Samsung Galaxy SIV is rumored to come with a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor whereas the HTC One will feature a 1.7 GHz quad-core Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with an Adreno 320 GPU. This in itself is very impressive and should handle all the very demanding graphical games on the market and multitasking pretty well.
Memory: 2 GB RAM; 32 or 64 GB internal memory
To match e high performance 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, the M7 comes with a 2048 MB of RAM (dual channel) and a choice of 32 GB or 64 GB onboard memory to store all those HD videos and pictures, music and downloadable videos and games. Note that the main dividing factor between the two HTC One models is the internal memory size.
Cameras: 13 megapixels ‘3 x 4.3 megapixels ultrapixels’ rear and 2 megapixels front
No modern smartphone comes without a camera – it is an essential addition to every handheld device today. The M7 does not disappoint in this field, not with the dual cameras – one in the front for video calls and another at the back to take HD videos and still images. HTC introduces a whole new technology in video and still image capture with their 3 ‘ultrapixels’ sensor cameras which is basically an overlay of three sensors with 4.3 megapixels each to make it possible to take amazingly clear and crisp pictures. The rear camera (also the primary camera) is an ultrapixels 13 megapixels, Immobile and features a LED flash and Auto focus. The camcorder can take videos up to 1920 x 1080 1080p High Definition videos while the front is a 2 megapixels 1080p capable camera which also supports enhanced image quality, HDR video capture and super slow motion.
Software: Android Jelly bean and HTC Sense 5 interface
The HTC M7 or HTC One smartphone will come pre-loaded with Google’s latest operating system 4.2 Jelly Bean although some quarters hinted that the phone may actually feature Android 4.1. If this is the case, I am certain HTC will find a way to update the software in the near future. The good news is that the smartphone will be the first to feature HTC’s own Sense 5 user interface which promises to offer exceptional custom user experience and a whole new look and feel for HTC lovers. HTC promises that their new interface brings all the amazing features and aesthetics of Android 4.1 and 4.2 to the user while maintaining the high performance of the hardware.
Phone options: Beats audio, black and white and silver colors and a 2300 mAh battery
Beats Audio isn’t really an option, it is inbuilt in the phone – just like all modern HTC phones. Quite a large percentage of smartphone customers go for HTC because of the high quality Beats audio hardware. What’s new though is that the M7 or HTC One has a stereo speaker system with speakers placed on the front of the device – making it a perfect smartphone to use for multimedia playback and entertainment even without headphones. The phone will also be available in two color options: Black and a combination white with silver. The battery is a 2,300 mAh power pack and is non-removable.
The phone has all the standard connectivity options including NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, MicroUSB, DLNA, HDMI/MHL and a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack. Aside from these, it is worth mentioning that the phone also has GPS and A-GPS with navigation and Accelerometer and Compass sensors.
The HTC One (M7) has been the source of many rumors in the tech and Android circles over the last couple of weeks. It appears that this new HTC flagship device will be a modest improvement or upgrade of the HTC One X and One X+ that hit the market last year and are still favored by many Android and HTC fans around the world. HTC M7 or HTC One will be retailing for $200 on contract for the 32 GB model and an extra $100 for the 64 GB model.