After many leaks and rumors, the new flagship Android phone from HTC is finally here. At an event held today, HTC unveiled the HTC One, a 4.7-inch Android phone that for now is one of the top dogs when it comes to hardware specs. HTC failed to really shine with the One X and One X+ but the company is not throwing away the “One” name. Instead, it’s sticking with the name “One” and removing the other letters or characters.
The leaked photos are spot on, including the available color options. The highlights of the HTC One are the 4.7-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display (boasting 468 dpi and protected by Gorilla Glass 2), and the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The display is a good compromise for me since 5-inchers proved to be too big for daily use and 4-inchers are sometimes inadequate in terms of screen real estate. The fact that the display on the HTC One is full HD should make a lot of people happy. HD displays seem to be the norm these days and HTC wants to keep up with the trend. This is good for consumers but it remains to be seen if it will turn out to be a good thing for HTC as well.
The processor is paired with 2GB RAM so speed freaks will definitely rejoice over this. The rest of the main specs 32GB or 64GB of storage (no microSD slot), WiFi a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 2,300mAh Li-polymer battery. LTE versions of the HTC One will be released in selected countries.
HTC boasts of the One’s UltraPixel camera with a 4-megapixel BSI sensor and an f/2.0 lens. This rig gathers 300 percent more light. The One’s camera also has optical image stabilization the ability to capture HDR and 1080p video at 60fps. Up front there’s a 2.1-megapixel camera with 88-degree wide-angle lens capable of 1080p video.
The design of the HTC One is definitely gorgeous. It’s unassuming yet it’s obviously sleek and premium. HTC chose an aluminium body for the One but it’s said to weigh only 143 grams. That’s still relatively light for a 4.7-inch metallic phone. It features two speakers in front with a feature that HTC simply calls BoomSound.
Here’s a video featuring the HTC One.
For software, the HTC One runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC’s Sense 5 on top. Apart from the afore-mentioned BoomSound, other software highlights include HTC BlinkFeed, an app that features live feed and updates and HTC Zoe, a service for storing and showcasing photos and short videos.
HTC One Specifications
- 4.7-inch 1080p full-HD display (468 dpi)
- 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 32 or 64GB storage (no microSD slot)
- 4-megapixel camera with f/2.0 lens
- 2.1 megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- NFC, LTE
- 2,300mAh Li-polymer battery
- 143 grams
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
- HTC Sense 5 skin
- GPS and GLONASS
- IR Blaster
There’s no word yet as to pricing and availability in the Philippines.