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HTC One to come with metal chassis, stereo speakers and $199.99 contract price

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HTC One to come with metal chassis, stereo speakers and $199.99 contract price
We are eagerly awaiting next week's HTC One announcement, as the phone will likely have the best pixel density in its class, and come with some novel for Android phones camera technology that bins pixels together as Ultrapixels to mimic what Nokia uses for the 808 PureView.

Not only that, but we are also expecting a new and streamlined Sense 5.0 interface, along with anything else HTC decides to throw at us. About the only major piece missing from the HTC One puzzle is the pricing scheme.

According to an insider tip, the One will cost the usual $199.99 at T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint for the 16 GB version, while the 32-gigger will set you back $299.99.

Moreover, there's additional info on the chassis - it will allegedly be metal, and come in black and white/silver coloring, with front-facing stereo speakers. The soft-touch plastic stuff we saw before, is apparently a prototype mule, and the final design should resemble the metal glare we saw in the teaser video below.

source: HTCSource

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posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:46 14

1. papss (unregistered)


Awesome... I'm excited for this beast... HTC don't mess this up

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:13 17

9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2106; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Doing right is the first step, selling right is the second. They need to create an major and accurate media campaign so ppl. will actually buy the devices, and here's hoping for that.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:19 11

10. a22matic (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


+1. Let's hope the new Marketing guy gets it right...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:44 5

14. sid07desai (Posts: 249; Member since: 03 May 2012)


say goodbye to nfc

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 13:43 1

23. mrblah (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


nfc is a gimick anyway

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 18:45 3

34. Twisted247 (Posts: 197; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


How would you know your Iphone doesn't have it?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:52 1

39. mrblah (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Because I'm not poor like you and I have multiple devices, some which do. NFC is useless.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 09:35

40. OBK1352 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


I have used NFC to pay for things at the store, and have tags at home and my car to set the phone to turn on programs and toggle wifi and gps.. doesn't seem that useless to me.
NFC is as useful as you make it.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 13:15 2

21. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Im excited enough to see what htc has to offer this year,ill certainly be interested in perhaps getting the htc one.

As much as i hate to say it the one x and particularly the one s were problematic handsets,the one s having alot of sim card reader and connectivity issues. HTC really really needs to get this years models to have littl errors like these

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 15:38 1

27. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


No micro sd for me = no buy 100%. Why did HTC start copying apple and switch to unibody...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:23 2

31. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I'd be surprised if Htc didn't have an sd card in their top models this year. Last year there was a big outcry over the lack of them. I was talking to a Sony rep recently who said Sony had listened to extensive feedback and realised the error with the u p and s models and decided to give the public what they want and brought the sd card slot back in the xperia t and now the z also. I'm thinking Htc is the same as the 2 most recent models the desire x and one sv all have an sd card slot. Personally I'd never use cloud,sd card is the one way

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:47 5

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


A metal chasis that made up of... Plastic!!! Lol

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:58 11

15. kirholstov (Posts: 135; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


ba dum tsss

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 01:28 1

38. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


It's probably metal-painted plastic.. agree.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:55 6

3. ghanemsam (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


cant wait to see the mighty "M7"

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:58 6

4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Idk why they don't just include a removable battery and sim card slot. Even my sister who knows crap about phones was turned away from the One X because it didn't have an SD card slot.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:06 3

8. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Right! I sure cloud computing is still the "next big thing" but with shrinking data plans and sky high overages, the lack of expandable memory just isn't very appealing to some. Just put the d*mn SD slot in it already!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:01 3

18. Slammer (Posts: 969; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I'm increasingly growing tired of manufactures trying to eliminate SD slots and removeable batteries. Having been an HTC owner for many years, I have waited patiently to see a return of these two crucial elements or I will not purchase one of its products ever again.

I fear that I may become one more defector if HTC can't get this right. I have written to them several times and have received confirmation that my concerns are not alone. Yet, HTC fails to capitalize on these complaints. They make a great product but are now consistantly choosing to ignore interests.

John B.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:49

19. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 978; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I turned away from HTC because of battery life and lackluster OS. Its a shame that they were on top of their game about 2 years ago (which is 30 in technology years lol). I even turned away from the DNA because it doesnt have a removable battery, no SD card slot and the battery life is less than the S3!!

HTC can keep their stuff because they lost me as a customer

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 00:00 1

37. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


The DNA has better battery life than the S3, maybe you should stop having preconceived notions of what battery life is, because it's certainly different from battery capacity.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 14:06 1

25. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Nicely put Slammer. I think more of us should follow your lead and tell not just HTC, but all OEMs how we feel about these issues.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 14:20

26. rallyguy (Posts: 530; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Nice job. I agree with you, I was really interested in the Evo LTE. But a non-removable battery just isn't acceptable to me so I went with the Galaxy Nexus. I'm not a fan of Samsung, but looks like I will be staying with them since they are the only one still using removable batteries.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:05

29. TMach (Posts: 349; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I'd take 32gb and no SD Card slot but better still 64gb! Don't care much for SD card/s. The only deal breaker for me is 16gb with no SD Card slot.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:59 4

5. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Front Facing Speakers or Smaller bezel?
I want both!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:01 4

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


"T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint"

Huh, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint... Seems like there's somebody missing, again! A certain carrier that tends to pass on some of the must have phones.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:01 7

7. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


HTCSOURCE says there will be a 32 and 64 GB for respectively 199$ and 299$, i hope that it's the case and manufacturers will kill 16GB versions even with an SD card. 64 GB should be the benchmark for high end devices.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:22 4

11. Fuego84 (Posts: 263; Member since: 13 May 2012)


No sd slot and no removable battery = a no buy for me. I'll Wait and see if Motorola X phone will have what I need.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:34 2

13. 14545 (Posts: 1094; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Short of a statement from HTC saying that every phone they produce from here on out will get the latest version of the operating system for two years, within 3 months of it's release, then it's a no go for me. XDA can only do so much. And I give them props for everything they do. But they never fully got a decent build of ICS up even a year after it was built. Then it took 8 months to get ICS officially on the rezound, where I am sure it will stay and die. So screw HTC. If you can't do any better than that, you don't deserve any of our business. I don't care much for samsungs build quality, or use of materials, and they can't build a radio to save their lives, but at least they seem to TRY and support their products after it leaves the shelves. Same can't be said for most of this crap sold now.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:59

36. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


Updates within 3 months of release, good luck with that. 4.2 launched in November, exactly zero non-Nexus devices have gotten an update to 4.2.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:32

12. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


199.99 for 32gb... hopefully without carrier branding... I'm not supposed to get a phone until 2014 but if that's the case, i won't mind considering getting M7 when it arrives

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:31 2

16. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I'm buying this thing before the ads ever air

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:41 5

17. Taters (Posts: 2649; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It's going to be a huge disappointment for sure.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:50

20. _VipeR_ (Posts: 46; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Ok, which one is it? This article says $199.99 for 16gb and $299.99 for 32gb. The article you released 30 minutes later with release date says $199.99 for 32gb and $299.99 for 64gb.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 13:41

22. mrblah (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


wait a few months and get a preowned for $10 like i did though att with a contract. but ill never get an htc again, poor quality

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 13:52 7

24. McLTE (Posts: 639; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Wait.. did I just read FRONT speakers?

it's nice to see a manufacturer FINALLY put speakers on the front. I'm SOOO sick of the stupidity of having the speaker on the back.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 17:56

33. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Agree. Should make using the speaker phone better, and I already posted about having to put my phone face down to hear alarms in the mornings.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 15:44

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6205; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


If htc add a sd card i wouldnt mine buyn one. But anyway still have my eyes on the xperiaz

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:18

30. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


accually 14545 HTC was the fastest manufacture to update their phones last year look it up!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 20:45

35. 14545 (Posts: 1094; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Actually, that's not totally correct.
http://news.yahoo.com/htc-upgrades-android-devices-faster-rivals-200002794.html

This didn't include devices like the thunderbolt which took like a year + to update. Where Moto and Samsung have accelerated their update schedules, HTC has slowed. Not to mention the Rezound, a barely year old flagship, will never see another update. Not officially anyway. Then, add that to the fact that HTC doesn't really believe in development, as evidenced by their BS "unlocking" policy.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 17:54

32. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


front-facing stereo speakers

One woulda been nice.....2 is even better. This I like alot. I hate having to put my phone face down so I can actually hear the alarm in the mornings.

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