LIVE: HTC's big return with the HTC One
0. phoneArena 19 Feb 2013, 07:52 posted on
Today is the day for HTC. After a long and painful transitional period, HTC is now ready to begin anew in its life as a smartphone company. Today is the day when HTC will (most probably) announce the new HTC One - its new flagship Android smartphone...
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29. Slammer (Posts: 963; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
HTC better revive expandable SD memory slots and removable batteries. These manufacturers may think of this as a game, but I don't. I'm not some young consumer that only cares for bling. I take my devices very seriously. I've been a perpetual HTC purchaser for years. If it does not implement these crucial fearures, I'm gone. They want to know why sales are down? Start listening. I'm tired of contacting HTC only to be told my feelings are not alone, then ignore the concerns.
43. redmd (Posts: 865; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
GS3 and Note2 says Hi.
I had been thinking about getting a high end HTC device myself but was turned off by the lack of these "subjectively" important features.
86. ojdidit84 (Posts: 268; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
They may be crucial features for you and just about every single android poster here, but for the vast majority of the public, SD cards and removable batteries are the last thing they want to think about when buying a new phone.
Also, who the hell needs more than 64GB of storage on their phone? The majority of the public don't even use the storage that they have in their phones beyond pictures and apps.
Samsung's sales shot up because they recognized the power of advertising their products and showing things that their phones could do that the iPhone, their biggest competitor, couldn't do. Not because people just all of a sudden went into a store and saw a Samsung and said "look at that Samsung, I want that phone," because their phone designs have honestly been bland for quite a while and lacking in premium materials. It wasn't until they started advertising and putting all of their innovations into software that people took notice. Removable batteries and SD cards are NOT why Samsung is doing well. They marketed their asses off and put some real innovation into an attractive software package with the S3 and Note 2.
To gain customers again, HTC needs to market themselves to the public and give people reasons to want their phones. They have little to no advertising and what they do have isn't anywhere near as creative or compelling as advertisements put out by Apple or Samsung. Putting SD cards and removable or large capacity batteries isn't going to help sells one bit because those features sure as hell don't sell phones to the vast majority for anyone else.
31. Via108 (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
45. doZza (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
It will be a crazy surprise if the htc one is using tegra 4i :-o
46. Diego! (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Hey Ray! Are you alone there? No other member of PA is with you live-blogging? :O
55. Kakooli98 (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
2 capacitive buttons is a deal breaker for me, sorry HTC, you blew it. seems like a stupid reason but it is important to me
56. androidsbiggestfan (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)
Man, this live blog is terrible compared to the one on BGR.
57. Starscream9 (Posts: 10; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)
The biggest mistake they made is by naming it "Htc One" i wish it would've been named M7 anyway interface looks sleek and design is as usual one of the best design a smartphone has after the driod dna. lets hope htc Rises.
58. murad2010 (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)
did they say anything about colors that will be avalible?
60. redmd (Posts: 865; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
hopefully the blinkfeed will not be a battery hog.
61. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
BlinkFeed is a total rip-off of the supposed new Timescape. What exactly does this phone bring to the table apart from being unoriginal? This is so not catapulting HTC back in the game. Shame, shame.
62. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
They're all moving towards WP style layouts and attributes. But who will get credit, not MS. Apple and MS brought new innovation never before seen on the table and these folks take advantage.
63. murad2010 (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)
nice recording system i didn't expected that
65. pwnarena (Posts: 831; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
almost as big as xz (2 mm difference) but with a smaller display (4.7 in). the battery should be bigger since it's also thicker. those speakers should perform excellently tool.
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76. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
"The new HTC One is simply the most beautiful phone ever made."
77. Coolest4ever7 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)
NOOOOOO YOU CANT GET IT ON VERIZON!!!!1
78. Supaheight (Posts: 66; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
wait the phone is 4.3 mp so what's the matter with saying that it is groundbraking
80. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
This phone is the very definition of HTC. As in:
Hastens Their Cessation.
Halts Their Comeback.
Hasn't Toppled Competition.
Horrible. Terrible. Crappy.
81. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I was checking out the web site and I'm absolutely loving this phone.
The aluminum body is beautiful, the front may not look too good, but the back is impressive...
They seem to have finally fix the bulge out camera, that's a plus to me
So far everything look good to me, but the only thing is that they didn't provide more on battery specs and etc. It'll be a bit disappointing if the battery life is worse than SGS3 that's out in the market with high ppi.
85. TritonForceX (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
I kinda like the design of the One. And I think it's a little more natural for HTC to adopt similar styling to WP8, since they are big into that OS as well. I don't think they've gone to blatantly copying WP8, but tried to come up with a widget that can do for Android what the live tiles do for WP8, but maybe in a cleaner, more organized fashion. And I think the look of the skin kinda unites to make all of their phones recognizable to HTC specifically, Android and WP8.
The strength of HTC has been their attempt to distance themselves with audio quality, which is a respectable area to perfect on. If they nail quality with the camera, that'll be another way to carve out their own noticable niche. I think it's great to see someone coming up with a different approach to getting a better camera on the phone, but an actual hands-on review is the only way we're going to find out if the camera does in fact hold up.
The weaknesses do still seem to be the battery, which again a hands-on review would have to be done to get an accurate assessment, and the apparent lack of expandable memory, which really should be recognized as a standard feature. The whole "Zoe" clip concept seems to be an attempt at looking flashy, but will ultimately suck up CPU cycles to make the gallery and capture times for photos unnecessarily slow.
Overall I think it is a step up for HTC, but far from breakthrough or must-have. Just a good phone to upgrade to, especially if you're an HTC fan.
91. tiara6918 (Posts: 1341; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
This is the one true handsets I've been waiting for! Come to papa my htc one!