Mar 7 2013
Recently I got a chance to get my hands on the yet to be released HTC One in an event hosted by HTC. I did not get a test device to bring home so I am unable to write a full review. But I will share whatever things I could test and whatever info I could gather from the event.
HTC One is a new Android phone which will be the successor of HTC One X+ and trust me the phone looks great! (yes better than HTC One X+ )
I know some readers of my blog are impatient so I am sharing the tech specs before I write anything more about the device.
Tech specs of HTC One
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600,quad-core 1.7 Ghz
Android 4.1.2 with HTC Sense 6.0
Total storage : 32GB/64GB, available capacity varies1
RAM : 2 GB DDR2
Supported Network :
- Europe/Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
- 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- EU: 800/1800/2600 MHz
- US (AT&T): 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz
- US (TMO): 700/AWS MHz
- US (Sprint): 1900 MHz
- Asia: 1800/2600 Mhz
4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI
Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
Ambient light sensor
- 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
- NFC capable3
- Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0
- Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
- Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n
- DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
- Support consumer infrared remote control
- micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection
- Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
- Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™
- HDR Microphone
- Sense Voice
- HTC UltraPixel Camera
- BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3′
- Dedicated HTC ImageChip™ 2
- F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
- Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
- Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
- Front Camera: 2.1 MP, 880 wide angle lens with HDR capability
- 1080p Full HD video recording for both front and back cameras
- HDR Video
- Continuous shooting and VideoPic
- Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
- HTC Zoe™ with HTC Zoe™ Highlights and HTC Zoe™ Share
- Retouch with Object Removal, Group Retouch, and Sequence Shot
Audio supported formats:
- Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
- Recording: .amr
Video supported formats:
- Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
- Recording: .mp4
Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
Capacity : 2300 mAh
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5 V and 1 A
Read the tech specs ? Now see the first look of the real device.
The phone feels very premium with its brushed metal body and crystal clear display on a full 1080p screen which is both technically and visually better than the iPhone Retina Display.
The default browser is great as it score a good number in HTML5 test.
It score 430 in HTML5 Test.
HTC’s new BlinkFeed™ is a nice addition to replace your default Home Screen, it shows content from all the things you like in one place, it also allows you to view your social network feeds, you can also post updates right from the BlinkFeed without opening dedicated app of the social media. And you can customize what content it shows , it can also show your local contents. And while you are browsing through the BlinkFeed , you get a call, after you disconnect you will be in the same position in the BlinkFeed™.
The camera is superb as it can take non stop shots if you go on clicking the shutter button like there is no tomorrow, it will go on taking pictures without bothering you with message like “Capturing…” or “Saving…” like most phones do. Another nice addition to the camera features is HTC Zoe™ which automatically captures up to 20 photos and a 3-second video which makes the photos come alive.
RIP MegaPixel , Long live UltraPixel.
Some interesting features I like about the camera of HTC One is the ability to remove unwanted objects from the pic, like when you taking a photo someone walks past your view. You can now remove that person from the pic with just few touches on the screen.
Conclusion, HTC One will be the premium segment phone, its build quality is top notch and is packed with everything (including Android Jelly Beans out of box) you want from a smartphone.
The device will be available in April 2013. (Price not yet disclosed)