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We'll be live at HTC's February 19 event, come along for the One and the Ultrapixels!

0. phoneArena posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:41

Just a reminder, folks, that we'll be covering live HTC's awaited February 19 event in New York City. We are expecting to see the long-rumored HTC One announced, and an Ultrapixel or three should be making a cameo, so tune in at 10am Eastern/7am Pacific for the festivities...

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posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:52 15

1. p5yb0rg (unregistered)

How about SD Card or Battery size? Those are critical factors when choosing between phones.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:25 7

6. Igneel (unregistered)

HTC tends to forget about them though. Let's just hope they won't spoil this flagship :P

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:25 6

7. rishabh2795 (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

and user removable battery

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:56 8

10. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

If the battery is 3000 mah or more then there is no need for it in my opinion BUT it would'nt hurt to have the option.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 21:02

44. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

sometimes a device crashes that a battery pull is necessary but agree if it has 3000+ then i think people will be fine

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:35 5

8. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

HTC admitted sd card is important, and implemented it in their flagship butterfly. But hell I prefer 64gb internal over sd card anyway. And id be okay with non removable if it lasts a whole day with moderate/heavy use, but most preferably waterproof if it already is non removable!!!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:55 1

9. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

I've been saying that for weeks that the phone can have all the best specs in the world but if the battery life sucks (which HTC has been notorious for) and there is no SD card slot the phone will not do as well as it should.

If they give me a 2500/3000 mah battery with and SD card slot or the option for 32 gb or 64 gb internal space im sold. If not i guess i have to place my hopes in the X or the S IV.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:57

13. techtruth (Posts: 30; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

this is just dna with improved camera.. that's it!! hope i'm wrong

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:09 2

14. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

well the DNA was already a pretty good phone. I don't see why they need to change something that was already extremely good

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:25

21. shirtlessrabbit4 (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)

Well....... theres sense 5, better pixel density, and hopefully better battery and sd card slot. Soooooooo........ a bit more than the camera will improve

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 07:57

46. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

the most important thing when chosing a phone for me is,
1- Display
2- Performance
3- Camera
4- Battery life

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:56

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Maybe someone know, if there will be an live video stream?

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:10

41. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

yes, some HTC Elevate members get to see them live.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:07

3. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

why do we need such high ppi?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:14 8

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Why do we don't need such high PPI ?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:17

16. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I phone makers would have said things like that then we would still be carrying around huge candybar phones.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:12

42. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

because it's better to look at well printed magazines than newspapers.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:17 2

5. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Between the SoLux display, S4 Pro and Sense 5 I think the battery should manage a normal day of moderate to heavy use. Stereo front facing speakers, UltraPixel camera and probably the touch-sound technology for calls ;) they have been hinting to it on their blog.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:10

11. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

As a voice for us PhoneArena users, I hope Micheal H and his team, are able to ask HTC what their plans are for removeable batteries and SD slots. This greatly affects my decision in continuing to be a customer of them. I also bring this forward in response from fellow constituents.

No SD Slots, no removeable batteries equals no more HTC purchases.

John B.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:15

15. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

I agree that those are major concerns that need to be addressed. If HTC gives me a very large built in battery AND and SD card slot im good. If no SD card then i should have the choice for a 32gb/64gb option or higher.

I think HTC needs to realize that they are really screwing over there customer base and have no legitimate exscuse as other manufacturers like Motorola can make a phone smaller then the DNA with a large batter and sd slot.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:02 2

19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

HTC already put an SD card slot in their flagship (Butterfly), just when it went to the US, Verizon took it out. As for battery, as long as it's big and can be easily replaced, you'll be fine; it won't be as easy as just popping off the back, you might need to unscrew some things, but that's not too difficult. I would rather have a solidly built handset than one with a removable battery.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 14:35

23. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

Yes your right the DNA did not have an SD Card slot which at this point was probably Verizons decision. If they install a large battery like the Maxx its no big deal. The average smartphone user is not going to be removing a BUILT IN BATTERY as it will void the terms of the warranty on there $600/$800 smartphone. So no that is not a good option for most people.

I want a well built HTC device that has all the specs they have published plus an SD Card slot and a large internal battery like the Maxx HD or Note 2. Thats not much to ask for when im dropping $700 for a phone.

Oh and a phone can be solidly built even with a removeable battery it just ends up being a little bit larger than having a built in battery : )

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 15:19

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

True, the average user won't replace a built in battery, but it's still an option if your battery dies on you (as in won't charge/hold a charge) and you don't want to replace the whole phone.

Don't get your hopes up for a Note II/Razr Maxx sized battery. The Note II only got a 3,100 mAh battery due to its huge size, and I believe the Maxx only got its battery in such a small package due to a special process that Motorola has patented, correct me if I'm wrong though. I expect no more than 2,500 mAh from all the flagships of this year that aren't huge in size or made by Motorola.

I have never seen or owned a solidly built handset with a removable battery. There's always some form of creaking in the back plate or around the edges.

I think the only devices I've owned with a removable battery that felt very solid were the HTC Amaze and Sensation; leave it to HTC to make a device beautifully crafted and still have removable battery. Any other device there's creaking on the back plate and around the edges, and whenever you drop it the back comes flying off...

But HTC definitely isn't going to gives this device a removable battery, I can guarantee that. SD card, maybe. If they don't fit it with an SD card they'll give it at least 32 GB of storage, probably 64 GB (like with the One X+).

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:35

26. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

Yes it is an option but not a good one for 95% of the consumers who use a smartphone. I would rather get it replaced, buy a new phone and then sell the old device. I'm also not concerned as i updrade once a yr so i've been fortunate not to have any battery issues.

I'm not getting my hopes up in regards to the battery as HTC has a really bad knack for having too small of a battery in there devices. I dont think Motorola has the process patented as another company just released a device with a 4000 mah built in battery.

The HTC phones ive had that are solidly built were the Thunderbolt and the Touch Pro 2 everything else from them and Samsung feel too lite and cheap. Once you start using a lot of plastic that will happen.

If HTC releases this device with either no removeable battery/not a large internal one and no SD slot with out storage options this phone will be DOA especially with the X, S4 and Note 3 being announced.

I hope i'm wrong and HTC learned there lesson but some how i feel we are all going to be disappointed to some degree.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 18:31

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Can you get it replaced then sell it? When I had my GS2 replaced they made me send it back and just gave me a new one.

They have relatively small batteries, but they have pretty outstanding standby time which more or less makes up for the sub-par on screen time. I wouldn't doubt that another company did make a battery that big in their device, but how thick/big is it? Also, how well known is the company? Smaller companies tend to use patented material for their products because they are much less likely to get sued than a direct competitor to Motorola.

The Sensation is a bit on the lighter side, but the Amaze and the Thunderbolt weigh about the same. The Amaze actually has quite a bit of aluminum on it, and it's probably the best built phone I have ever had the pleasure of holding; the design is sleek, the aluminum feels nice and cool to the touch after it's been sitting in the open for a while, there's no creaking whatsoever, and it's amazingly sturdy (no pun intended). If I could go back to any device I had, it would be the Amaze, my GS2 just feels way too light and cheap.

HTC could get away with a 2,300 mAh battery with their fantastic standby time and their new Sense 5.0 interface that's supposed to be much lighter and less resource heavy. Also with the new power saving chips out there, it could be a possibility. If they don't have an SD card in the One, they're probably going to put at LEAST 32 GB on board, with a 64 GB option. They've been putting more thought into storage with their latest devices; the One X+ launched with 64 GB of storage, and the Butterfly had a SD slot.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 19:44

29. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

I think it was ZTE or Lenovo but i can't remember. I got my Thunderbolt replaced CLN but it died so i asked Verizon to send me a GS 3. Luckily i had a Nexus so i sold the GS 3 and recouped some of my loss.

Yes the Amaze is sturdy but its also machined out of a block of aluminum so its going to be sturdy in comparison to a phone with a lot of plastic like the GS3.

In regards to the battery i dont think its a good idea to just get away with the bare minimum especially with how some of us use our devices. If they give me an option for larger internal memory then im good 32gb at the least and a good battery im happy.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 20:03

30. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

You mean the ZTE Optic? I think that's what it was called. It was released in 2012 and was a 7 inch tablet, 4,000 mAh is a standard for tablets that size.

I know it was a block of machined aluminum, I wish all devices with a removable battery were. Sure, it's more expensive and produces more waste, but it's so gosh darn good lookin'.

By "get away with", I didn't mean the bare minimum. I meant it as in, with all of these new battery enhancements that will probably be in the One; new non-resource heavy UI, new power saving processor, power efficient display, and a bigger battery, I think you can be certain there will be pretty great battery life with the One.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 07:57

36. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

It was the Huawei Ascends Mate. 6.1 inch display with a 4000 may battery.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 10:29

37. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Well of course, it's absolutely huge. Not too far off from a 7 inch tablet. It is a huge battery, but to condense it into a such a small device in comparison like the Maxx (HD) is a real feat; I know the current Maxx battery is 3,300 mAh, but imagine how big of a battery Motorola could fit in such a huge device.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 22:36

31. leekielowe (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

I agree. I hope HTC has an ear toward listening to the consumer. I fell in love with the Droid DNA. 1st class display, 1st class build quality but the subpar battery life forced me to go with the Note 2 instead. Nowadays, a full day of heave usage is welcomed on a smartphone since most people use them for pretty much everything. HTC PLEASE don't disappoint with this phone. I'm counting on you

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