HTC Launches the HTC One flagship device, but is it the One?

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HTC has unveiled its new flagship smartphone today; after the launch of various rival Android devices, the HTC One is HTC’s attempt to stay in the smart phone war ahead of MWC in Barcelona.  Available for preorder but not available till March, it has some features that might allow it to stay in the game.

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Official Specifications:

  • Snapdragon S4 Pro Qualcomm 1.7GHz quad
  • OS Jelly Bean and new HTC Sense
  • Display: 4.7” 1080p Full HD
  • HTC UltraPixel sensor, dedicated HTC ImageChip 2
  • Front-facing 2.1 MP wide angle f/2.0 camera
  • Memory 32GB
  • 2GB RAM
  • Battery 2300 mAh embedded
  • Optical IS built in for smooth, pro videos and crisp blur-free photos
  • 1080p Full HD video record for both cameras

With Google’s latest Android Jelly Bean coupled with a 4.7in 1080p 468ppi display and ultrapixel camera it might just be able to compete with the likes of the new Sony Xperia Z.  Without the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S4 to compare with yet, it does stand up well against the current Samsung Galaxy S3.

It is embodied in an aluminium housing giving it a good feel, premium look with front-facing stereo speakers; the HTC One X received a lot of positive reviews from major tech writers including GadgetsBoy but struggled to perform well on the market against its rivals, hopefully the HTC One will woo over Android fans looking for a change.

Similar to the timelapse feature on the new Blackberry Z10, the HTC One has a feature called HTC Zoe, it captures short high definition videos instead of still images before and after the camera shutter is pressed, creating some sort of timelapsed images for users to chose from; users can pick the best picture to capture from the pictures. Just a little like Vine app, HTC Zoe can turn a gallery of still images into a collection of mini-videos.

Instead of stacking up a large camera megapixel, the HTC carries an “ultrapixel” camera and competitors need to acknowledge the  low-light performance the HTC One is capable of producing. The HTC One’s rear camera’s sensor is bigger than those traditionally fitted to smartphones, and its pixels are also larger than normal.

To produce less noise in low lighting it only has a 4MP resolution, however HTC says it is not about the pixel size, it is how well it performs boasting it can perform as well as most 13MP camera handsets such as the Xperia Z on the market today.

Blinkfeed is another feature very similar to Blackberry Hub where all your social networks can be aggregated into one place.  General first impression is that it is as good as the Samsung Galaxy S3 at least, but if Samsung do bring out the S4, it might not be sufficient to compete in a market with the S4 and Sony Xperia Z.

 

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