HTC has made it its unworldly flash into the smartphone market by launching its new high-end flagship Android smartphone HTC One. Every technology wizard in the world is static on the beast because of its perfectly carved build architecture, along with brushed aluminum finish which has a sexy black variant too.
The latest offering from HTC; after HTC One X and HTC One X+ which have already proved top notch smartphones because of their perfectly designed aesthetics, builds a prior competition to the Galaxy and iPhone sequels which are arriving soon and also gears up the challenge for the smartphones which already rule the smart-market.
Let’s have a look at the HTC ONE and see if it sets a new benchmark in the ever flourishing smartphone industry.
Design & Dimensions
The smartphone feels extraordinarily slim and thin in respect to its size- weight distribution of the inner components. It measures just 9mm at its thickest point further extending to 5mm at its ends. On paper it measures 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm and weighs 143g which is proportionally a bit heavier than iPhone 5 at 112g, the Samsung Galaxy S3 at 133g and the HTC One X at 130g. It features a silver, brushed aluminum chassis and will be available in Black & Red variants also.
HTC One has a unibody aluminum body which gives it a premium and sturdy finish. The Stereo speakers are placed on the top and bottom front which gives a new design to it as well as are better for audio output. The Power On/Off button is placed on top edge which also behaves as an IR sensor. Additionally, the Volume keys are located on the right edge of the device. There are only ‘Back’ and ‘Home’ capacitive keys placed adjacent to a HTC logo below the screen.
Display & Interface
HTC One houses a brilliant 4.7 inch Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 fused Super LCD3 display with a full HD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels) and a jaw dropping pixel density of 468 ppi, even the iPhone 5 has 326 ppi density.
The Display sports exactly the same lamination as that of HTC One X, which helps the smartphone to have an excellent viewing angle irrespective of the tilting.
The HTC One runs on butter smooth Android Jelly Bean (4.1.2, upgradable to 4.2.2) out of the package integrated with a newer HTC Sense UI v5 which is obviously better than the previous iterations but the UI brings in a lot of new features keeping it as simple as possible resulting in a very familiar Sense UI.
One of its pretty much volatile feature is the HTC BlinkFeed which is a new home screen integrated beautifully in the UI. It allows a user to receive news feeds in the form of pictures which one can easily scroll down through to see. Furthermore, users can customize it by selecting the specific feeds one prefers to receive. It has an option for Facebook integration too which allows a user to quickly access all of the updates from the Facebook app, the catch being that you won’t have to open the Facebook app hence saving time in return.
Next of it, comes a feature called HTC BoomSound, which is a revised innovation done to HTC Beats Audio technology. As a result, the stereo speakers are transferred to the front face of the Smartphone which provides a better sound clarity and great audibility in noisy conditions.
The new Sense UI also combines of HTC Sense TV (remember the IR sensor I mentioned above!), which functions as a TV remote.
HTC is also providing its customers a Cloud Storage of 25GB for a period of 2 years on Dropbox. One can have more than enough content stacked in it.
The new Sense UI v5 is undoubtedly great and users are going to become fond of it.
There had been certain talks originated much before HTC One’s launch about the new camera technology and yes it is there in the One as Ultrapixel sensor. HTC took a brave move by dropped the megapixel count; which has always been consumers obsession, and focused more on a sensor. So the autofocus snapper is held at 4 megapixels providing a resolution of 2688 x 1520 pixels.
According to HTC, every 4 million Ultrapixels absorbs a surprisingly 313% more light than an average 13 megapixel sensor resulting in far better images in low lit conditions.
The original notion is to focus on an individual pixel size rather than pixel count, as the latter doesn’t essentially mean better pictures, although we understand that the UltaPixel camera will have a 4 megapixel sensor but wait, HTC has its own reign on aperture scale elaboration giving away f/2.0 lens, iPhone 5 has a f/2.4 lens and Samsung Galaxy SIII has f/2.6 lens; This makes HTC One rich of specifications at sensor level. It clearly defines that HTC One is innovated with the thought of low light photography, which is therefore fantastic in terms of moderate conditions.
The Camera also constitutes Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a User can record HDR footage in 720p High-Definition at 60fps & in 1080p at 30fps which is just amazing to have.
HTC has also introduced a feature called Zoe Mode named after ‘Zoetrope’. For those of you who do not know about Zoetrope, it is a device which creates a video like illusions for pictures. On the HTC One it enables a user to simultaneously shoot both high definition video and still images in burst mode records both before and after the shutter button is pressed. By performing this action, the device is capable of creating ‘Zoes’ which is a 3-seconds video clips, where each of frame can be isolated as an individual shot.
Additionally, the Zoes can be shared to HTC’s Zoe Share portal, where it will be live for 180 days for free. There is not any proposed plan further after this free service as reported from HTC.
Processor & OS
The HTC One bags a powerful CPU combining a Quad Krait 300-core at a clock rate of 1.7GHz fabricated on the Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset.
The Adreno 320 is the integrated GPU which is wonderfully capable of rendering media, graphic motion activities and 3D games. The hardware is further supported with a 2GB RAM.
On the networking connectivity front the device boasts of Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, A-GPS support and GLONASS.
Storage: The HTC One comes with an option to choose between internal storages of 32/64GB but it lacks memory expansion.
It contains a non-removable Lithium-Polymer 2300 mAh battery which is somewhat sufficient for normal everyday use.
HTC One is unbiasedly an excellent smartphone, for sure. It feels pretty awesome when looked at its well-built and beautifully cherished aesthetics. It sports what matters the most. HTC has used its styling culture again, very intelligently I must say, so well that is makes a point when one owns it.
We actually don’t want to get ourselves buried into pre-phone physics as it is yet to be made available. The features are the quotients which define a smartphone’s destiny but having said that, we will certainly review it ones it come ashore.
HTC One will start rolling out globally starting March. In India, HTC has tied up with RCom (Reliance Communications) making it the Indian carrier but we think HTC ONE will be available factory unlocked as well.