HTC One unveiled


HTC M7 has been in the rumors for a long time now and HTC has finally announced the device. Most of the rumors and leaks were true, but the device is announced as HTC One. HTC has gone through a hard time last year, and it hopes that the One will help the company achieve the goals it has set for this year.

HTC One is a high end flagship device. So what’s special in the HTC One? Well, HTC has brought some big improvements in four main areas – the camera quality is stepped up with the help of new BSI camera with optical image stabilization and UltraPixel technology, a new metal unibody design, latest version of HTC Sense which gives better Android experience and stereo sound has been enhanced.

Below is a quick spec sheet of this flagship device:

• Size: 9.3mm thick, 137.4mm long, 68.2mm wide
• Weight: 143g
• CPU: Snapdragon 600, quad-core, clocked at 1.7Ghz
• GPU: Adreno 320
• RAM: 2GB
• Storage: 32GB/64GB, no microSD card slot
• Display: 4.7-inch Super LCD 3, full HD 1980 x 1080 resolution, 468ppi
• Rear camera: 4 Ultrapixels, OIS, HDR video, ImageChip 2
• Front camera: 2.1 MP, 1080p recording
• Connectivity: LTE/3G, Bluetooth 4, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, DLNA, MHL
• Sensors: GPS&GLONASS, Infrared blaster, NFC
• Battery: 2300mAh
• Operating system: Android 4.1.2, Sense 5 and BlinkFeed
• Sim card: microSIM

Several latest smartphones are coming with 5 inch displays with full HD resolution. Even the HTC One’s screen has 1080p full HD resolution, but what sets apart from other devices is that it comes with 4.7 inch screen, which means it has a pixel density of a whopping 468ppi, making it the best screen in the segment.

The device looks good in terms of appearance. Hiding underneath the shell is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with a quad-core 1.7GHz Krait 300 processor. If you didn’t know, the chip is also known as the APQ8064T and happens to be the 2013 successor to the Snapdragon S4 Pro. When the Snapdragon 600 is compared with the predecessor, the 600 has better performance by over 40%. The HTC One is one of the first devices to use this chip. Apart from this device, the LG Optimus G Pro is also confirmed to be using the Snapdragon 600 and it is expected to be coming in variety of devices that will be launching in second quarter of the year.

With this device, HTC has concentrated more on sound and camera experience delivered to the user. The camera sensor that is used in the HTC One contains three layers of “ultrapixels” which basically allows the device to capture sharper images with low noise even in low lighting conditions, though the resolution in that case will be decreased. The front as well as the rear camera comes with the optical stabilization systems, and this phone does look like a good competitor to the Nokia Lumia 920 in the imaging category, but what’s disappointing is the lack of shutter button.

The device will be coming to market in March, 2013. What are your thoughts on HTC One? Are you planning to buy this phone in near future? Let us know.