HTC Unveils its New Flagship, the One

HTC One

After teasing it for months, yesterday HTC finally revealed its newest flagship, called the One, HTC One. The flagship boasts a 4.7 inch Full HD 1080p display and a first-in-its-class ‘Ultrapixel camera’. It runs on Android 4.1.2 coupled with HTC’s new Sense 5 skin.

Just like last year, HTC has again beaten Samsung, its nemesis, by unveiling its flagship first. Here are the specs in detail:

Design and Hardware

The HTC One is made of aluminium and is a bit heavy by current standards at 143g. It is 9.3mm thick. As you might’ve imagined, its a unibody design. It will be available in Red, Black and Silver colour versions.

At the front is the big 4.7 inch display and at either sides of it are stereo speakers which are quite loud at 93db, thanks to HTC’s BoomSound technology.

Under the hood, the HTC One runs on a 1.7Ghz Quad-core Krait processor with Snapdragon 600 chipset along with 2GBs of RAM. The GPU is an Adreno 320 one. The storage tops at 32 or 64GB along with 25GB of Dropbox storage but there is no microSD card slot onboard so expanding memory is out of question.

Display

The display of the HTC One is a 4.7 inches big Super LCD3 touchscreen. It is a Full HD 1080p unit with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which translates to a pixel density of 469 pixels per inch. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 2 plus HTC’s own ‘Infinity Glass’ which makes it even more resistant to scratches.

Software

The phone runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean which although isn’t up to date, will surely bring a lot of features to the pack. It is coupled by HTC’s newest Sense 5 UI. In this latest version of Sense, HTC has tried to make the overall OS a bit less childish and more mature but obviously more functional.

Camera

The camera is easily one of the most exciting aspects of the HTC One. Instead of flowing along with the trend by announcing a high megapixel camera, HTC chose the other way round by showcasing a new ‘Ultrapixel’ camera. According to HTC, Ultrapixels are larger than the normal smartphone pixels which improves image quality and allow more light to be taken inside. HDR and Optical Image Stabilisation are there too. Its a 4 megapixel unit and has an LED flash along with it.

A 2.1mp Full HD front facing camera is there too

The rest of the details

The battery is a 2300 mAh one and since the design is unibody, is non-removable. The connectivity package is complete Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (in some markets), microUSB 2.0, GPS, 4G LTE (I hear a lot of you sighing) and Wifi/ Wifi-Hotspot.

Speaking of 4G, the phone has a micro-sim card slot so regular, increasingly unpopular SIMs won’t work in this phone.

Specs:

  • Hardware:
    • Processor: Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
    • Chipset: Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
    • GPU: Adreno 320
  • OS: Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Design:
    • Dimensions: 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm (5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 in)
    • Weight: 143 g
  • Display:
    • Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    • 1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.7 inches (~469 ppi pixel density)
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 2
    • HTC Sense UI
  • Memory:
    • Card slot: No
    • Internal: 32/64 GB, 2 GB RAM
  • Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, NFC, Infrared, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 4 MP UltraPixels, 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    • Secondary: 2.1 MP, [email protected], HDR
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery

The phone will launch in March but no pricing details have been given yet. Of course, since its a flagship device, no one should expect it to come cheap or at least below Rs. 60,000.

With the HTC One, the Taiwanese brand is once again at the top of the table. With innovative features like an Ultrapixel camera and Infinity Glass, the company can finally watch the phone wind away from the competition for some time coming, or at least until the next Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S IV, or the next big thing is announced. As for now though, its HTC and Sony who are at the top of the ladder in the Android game.


  • no card slot?? a move like apple.

  • qazzafi

    Luks betta than SIII but at the same time HTC doesnt get such no. on sale as Sammy does.

    Lets c how it goes with ONe

  • geeKp

    Vendors are producing variety of superb Hardware, sometimes more than enough, what i really felt that from OS point of view there is no such massive development since all vendors are only Android specific why don’t these companies introduce something new or different. Even i would like to see major changes in Android. HTC or Samsung should introduce new features built-in in their version of Android OS. Till then its all boring if i bought S-III or this one i would be buying the same thing no much difference of features. Right now its all about the Hardware not the OS.

  • Allah Ditta

    HTC ONE is the new comers, with new specs not at all but slick updated. Every one desire to new one, there is some thing attraction, The mew commer htc one ‘ve 7- updated specs and many a apps.

  • fksysko

    This is insane, I mean a pathetic battery (2300mAh) in an unbeatable hardware/feature set. I’m excited and disappointed at the same time.

  • uni body design, no SD card slot, medium battery… every thing is inspired by Apple…
    capturing market by offering fancy products.. S3 and Note 2 have many thing built in which make them interesting.. otherwise there is no major difference between hardware… there is no need for such a high machine with less functions…

    • Umar

      Please don’t compare this diamond with the crap plastic Samsung.

  • Sami

    Vendors are more focused towards introducing better features than there competitors. For e.g. HTC One, now in this newly introduced phone the only improvement I’ve been able to see till now is the camera. After seeing Nokia 808 Pureview’s success they decided to take a step ahead, so now they have put a Bigger Sensor compared to previous models. Although it would result in very good low-light-low-noise photography but that is not what the majority is seeking. People look forward to something new and unique, not the same old things.