HTC One unveiled: UltraPixel camera wonder coming in March

HTC One unveiled: UltraPixel camera wonder coming in March
The HTC One is easily one of the most important devices HTC has ever released as it tries to regain its profitable positions and return it to positive dynamics, and now the One handset to help it achieve those goals has finally become official.

The HTC One brings big improvements in four key areas - camera quality with a new BSI camera with optical image stabilization and UltraPixel technology, a premium metal unibody design, a new simplified HTC Sense Android experience and enhanced stereo sound.

But first, here is a quick recap of the HTC One specs:



HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Dimensions

5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.69 oz (133 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Dimensions

5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.69 oz (133 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




HTC One’s new design, new Sense

New HTC Sense

New HTC Sense

The HTC One comes with a brand new design, one that reminds us the HTC Droid DNA and the iPhone 5 of course. Dominated by a 4.7-inch 1080p full HD Super LCD3 display protected by Gorilla Glass 2 and with a pixel density of the whopping 468ppi, it features two speakers for stereo sound on the front.

Overall, it looks premium all-around with an aluminum unibody crafted with what would instantly remind you of Apple - starting from the material and down to the two distinct strips where the speakers are located and the rounded chamfered edges. Looking at it, we’re wondering whether Apple is not already gearing up for another lawsuit.

On the inside, the HTC one is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a brand new and simplified HTC Sense skin. It stands out with the BlinkFeed feature, a home panel filled with large tiles of your latest updates from social networks and apps.

Additionally, HTC has baked in Sense TV turning your HTC One into a TV remote (using an infrared blaster built in the power button). The Sense TV feature also acts as an interactive program guide.

HTC One: the processor and internals

Powered by Snapdragon 600

Powered by Snapdragon 600

The HTC One is one of the first devices featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 with a quad-core 1.7GHz Krait 300 processor. The chip also known as the APQ8064T is the 2013 successor to the Snapdragon S4 Pro, and compared to it, the Snapdragon 600 is expected to improve performance by up to 40%. The Snapdragon 600 has actually already been confirmed to be in the LG Optimus G Pro, and we expect it to arrive in many more devices in the second quarter of the year.

The handset also features Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM, a powerful combination that will help for smooth rendering of the millions of pixels on the 4.7-inch 1080p display.

The HTC One comes in two versions with plentiful storage, one of 32GB capacty and a 64GB one. There is no microSD card slot to further expand on-board storage.

In terms of connectivity, the HTC One, of course, supports 4G LTE, but it also has an NFC chip and Bluetooth 4.0, along with the standard Wi-Fi a/ac/b/g/n and GPS with Glonass.

HTC One: UltraPixel Camera and improved BoomSound

A new HTC UltraPixel Camera

A new HTC UltraPixel Camera

Probably the biggest innovation in the HTC One however we saved for last - the HTC UltraPixel Camera. HTC does not name the official megapixel count, but what matters is not the pixels here, it is how HTC is using them.

With ultrapixels HTC dares put an end to the megapixel race and instead to the sensible thing of increasing pixel size, and thus the amount of captured light. The end result is drastically better low-light images as the new and larger ⅓” image sensor captures 300% more light than previously possible with conventional smartphone cameras.

The sensor itself is a 4-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) with f/2.0 aperture and a 28mm wide-angle lens. The camera is also relying on a new dedicated HTC ImageChip 2 for fast image processing.

Additionally, HTC is bringing a ton of little tweaks to the camera with new features HTC Zoe that creates 3-second animated short clips making your memories come alive.

Finally, sound is also given a boot with HTC BoomSound, the dual front stereo speaker setup (the speakers come with built-in amps) and Beats Audio support. Recording in videos is clearer with an HDR microphone.

HTC One price and release date: is it the One?

HTC has really improved every important aspect of the phone’s experience with the HTC One. At first sight, it is an absolutely brilliant phone with a gorgeous design. But last year HTC had a similarly brilliant One X as its flagship (truth is it had sub-par battery life), with a best-in-class screen and a beautiful design, and it still couldn’t make a dent in the Samsung-Apple duopoly.

The HTC One will be released in March on a whopping 185 carriers in over 80 markets. In the United States it will launch on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, with Verizon notably missing from that list.

And this year, HTC will hopefully market the new One enough to give it a chance against Samsung and Apple.

How do you like the new HTC One?



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  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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51 Comments

1. mydi.maus unregistered

aaahh my next babe!..

9. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

no sd card, 2300mAh, GS4 please...

11. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

It's a beautiful phone. I'll take this aluminum body over some cheap plastic any day. I hope the new sense is a major improvement, it is certainly...strange compare to other UI's. The specs are all there, now we just need to see it perform.

16. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

the design is definitely better than gs4, gs4 will use the same plastic whereas the one uses premium metal unibody and chamfered edge htc just needs more marketing

22. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Agreed, and while I would have liked the screen to take up a bigger portion of the front of the phone (lots of extra bezel), the aluminum design is sturdy and it's territory that HTC has been successful with. I personally prefer the One X's design and polycarbonate material, but if Samsung's GSIV looks anything like the GSIII than HTC will continue to make better built/looking phones.

23. paul48

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

and all boxes ticked, which they repeatedly fail to do, the most obvious being lack of SD expandable memory.

42. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

not everyone needs or wants an sd card if we can purchase larger options. when i worked in a Sprint Tech center most customers didnt even know they had a memory card.

19. mightyillidan

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

who needs an sd card when u have a 60 gig of internal 2300 mah lol the butterfly has 2000 and has good bettery life according to gsmarena so the yea gs4 will be a hit but not like every year since the only places where sammy could beat htc were battery life and performance and with 2300 mah and the s4 600 i dont think so gs4 no thanks jeff

28. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Htc one has 1080p screen, optical image stabilizator, like lukia 920 does, hdr video on both cameras, slow motion, hdr microphone, ultrapixel camera, 32/64 Gigs, and the probably will offer extra storage on Dropbox, highest ever ppi468, dual speakers...

47. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

it has 32GB of space...

48. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

if the design of the GS4 comes anywhere close to looking as good as this i'd be shocked. the plasticky s3 was horrible and looked like a piece of crap, but no one ever mentioned that.

51. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Says the guy with a Samsung phone for an avatar. Stop being a fanboy just because Samsung doesn't have the best phone right now.

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

OMG.......I just saw a short hands-on on youtube......... quite franky I wasn't expecting that it would be that slim...nicely done HTC. Only the battery hurdle remains crossing ....All the best !

2. lee480 unregistered

Xperia Z for me still.

6. drpain

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

enjoy the washed out screen and poor ergonomics "worst contrast ratio of any modern smartphone" lol

21. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Enjoy the washed out phone when anything else gets wet.

34. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Being an owner of the Acro S.... it is now that I come to appreciate the IP57 certification.... Just like when we never thought we would use so many mega pixels in cameras, or front facing ones... or gigas of storage... and after you have it, you start using it... I think I will never go back to a phone without IP57 certification... it is very practical and I really enjoy taking pictures of my baby boy when we are in the pool, without worries... No screen problems or contrast ratio issues here.. You shouldn't trust PA reviews wholehearted...

3. cas_shekhar

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Come to papa my baby

27. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Unfortunately now that I think about it, wouldn't someone just buy a Windows Phone if they wanted the new Sense UI? You buy Android to experience Android, why would they change it so drastically and seemingly similar to WP?

33. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

And who ever said it was like wp?

35. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Every reviewer that posted that it had live tiles....which, if you didn't know, is a Windows Phone thing.

38. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Like who? And I'm pretty sure the live thing was for the gallery no? Not for sense

39. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Go on to PhoneArena's hands-on with the HTC One that they just posted and you'll see this quote: Come to think of it, HTC BlinkFeed replaces the typical Sense homescreen we’re used to seeing with a very live tiled one instead. So yes, it does reminds us of Windows Phone a lot. Nuff said. EDIT: The live tile thing is actually a part of the main UI, not the gallery. Weird huh? I would have preferred stock Android Jelly Bean, a real shame.

41. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Actually blinkfeed acts like a widget, and you are allowed to have other homescreens. So....gives you an option? Yeah I think that brings the best of both worlds.

4. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Way too much bezel (bottom) and no SD slot, I'll Pass

14. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Why do people need more than 64 GB of storage? Though you're right about the large bezel, I do like the speakers on the front.

37. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Having 64GB internally makes the phone more expensive... I rather have 32GB with microSD or even 16GB internally... with microSD... Cards nowadays are very cheap...

45. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

64 GB doesn't have to be expensive. On AT&T in the US, the One X+ has 64 GB of storage and costs as much as any other flagship device, and much less than a 64 GB iPhone 5. Storage is actually relatively cheap, it's just some manufacturers (Apple) like to make tons of profit and overprice it.

18. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

no sd slot? it's 64 gigs...

24. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

I like the SD Slot on the LG Optimus G, on the outside, really easy to get to. To get the 64 Gigs it might cost $100 more vs a $60 64GB Class 10 XCSD Card. I do love the Front facing speakers

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