HTC tells the design story of the One

HTC tells the design story of the One
The HTC One is - hands down - one of the best looking Android devices out there. Made out of a single piece of aluminum with a slightly curved back it is one step above the Samsung Galaxy S4 and other uninspiring plastic Android phones.

Yet even Samsung dared release its own promo vid telling us all about the benefits of plastic in the Galaxy S4 and speaking about its design approach. And now it’s HTC’s turn. The company has just released the design story behind the One and it’s an exciting look at the diamond cutters, electro-chemical etching and all the complexities that went into making the beautifully simple “zero-gap” construction on the HTC One.

It details everything about the phone - starting from the one piece of aluminum and how it gets formed into a phone-like shape down to the chamfered edges. Take a look below.

source: HTC America

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1. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Despite it's good materials and sturdy build quality, I think that the front facing stereo speakers look a bit strange, and also the S4 managed to fit a larger screen into a more compact body, so thus the S4's design is better, in MY opinion.

4. Furbal unregistered

the front facing speakers are part of the reason it has a larger body to screen ratio than the s4.

22. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

if anyone in their correct mind wanted to compare the screen to body ratio, would only think of xperia zl. but again. in CORRECT MIND.

26. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Nice video, Htc really putting in effort to designed their phones. No wonder it feels so special on my hand with my htc one.. lol

6. superstar

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

oh my Attack of the Samsung fanboys!

27. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Sammy pays Idiots to do that.

30. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

If your getting paid to troll on the internet that would be a nice job.

37. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

LOl, would that be your dream job?

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Put front facing stereo speakers on the GS4 and see how compact you can make it. The added size is well worth it.

10. Shaznek

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Front facing stereo speakers are way better to have than a slightly compact body.

14. pslee

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

i really think by the users first year of usage, all those speaker holes on the htc one will be filled with dusts and other particles and most likely has to be opened and cleaned. not sure how they designed it but holes on the front looks like a good feature but dust piling up inside the phone isnt so appealing to me.

17. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

but there are plenty of holes on other phones...

21. SoulEater1667

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Yes,the most of phones has jack 3.5,usb,microphone but no one has speaker like htc one in wich are plenty of holes that 100%% will be filled with dust.

31. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Real speakers are much better than phone speakers. The S4 has a wolfson DAC that will deliver higher quality audio to a pair of actually good speakers, the HTC One has the terrible built in snapdragon 600 one.

15. trexnkrumpets

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

I think the two eyes on your face look strange. Seems like something's wrong there. :P

16. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

in terms of looks, no one else thinks so. read the reviews.

28. smutty.puppet

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

sorry dude.with all respect but your opinion like a piece of horse sh*t

2. Note2waitingonNote3

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Gotta give HTC MAJOR CREDIT on it's Htc One device.


Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Phonearena you had already posted this stuff 2 months back.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I also already saw this video a few weeks/months ago but it still is good to be informed on how that zero gap HTC one was built

32. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Zero gap my ass, the build quality is horrible. Most people buying HTC Ones are reporting minor defects with gaps around the screen.

24. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

I guess the world needs to see the "one of the best looking Android devices out there." again. Sfall is just an phone to make some revenue for samsung. there is zero designed effort in it.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well done HTC! You are the ONE! :)

9. FlushGordon unregistered

Dude you are awfully cheesy lmao ....

12. nerdylish

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

He's just 14 lol

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I compliment HTC, and you say I'm awfully cheesy! (sigh) =_='

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

This video is conditionally very old, and there already was article with this video...

18. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Samsung "dared"? WTF. Obviously there are a whole lot of people who are not so completely turned off by Samsung's manufacturing methods. I have a Note 2 and I have no problems with the construction at all. I LIKE my removable back cover. Kudo's to HTC for putting out the One. It's truly a nice phone. I LOVE the front speakers, however I would like to see future phones make them a little more compact. Thank you though, HTC, for bringing them to market.. I hope front speakers become industry standard. As for the One's design.. I much prefer the way the S4 feels in the hand. While I like the coating on the phone, I find that for ME personally, i don't care for the phone's rounded back. I don't understand why people (PA) included has to be so pissy to one another about the various phones. HTC and Samsung both make great phones in different ways, which only gives us more choices. I hope HTC comes back and really challenges Samsung.. and they both stomp all over Apple.

19. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

They forgot to put the first part on vid, the xperia P and BB Z10 as theyre inspiration on design before it evolve into htc one

20. siluro

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Just please bring the black version to T-mobile (or offer it on your own website with their bands) please!

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