HTC One specs et al confirmed, 4.7in 1080p, 1.7GHz quad-core, 4MP ‘Ultrapixel’ camera

HTC One specs et al confirmed, 4.7in 1080p, 1.7GHz quad-core, 4MP ‘Ultrapixel’ cameraLet’s face it; HTC wasn’t fooling anyone when it scheduled a major New York/London press event for just six days before Barcelona's Mobile World Congress.

Sure enough, the Taiwanese have launched not a new Desire or Wildfire or Incredible or Salsa (Jan’s favourite), but a spanking new flagship in the form of the HTC One.

Unsurprisingly, there weren’t a whole lot of surprises at the event. We’d already taken a peek (several peeks, in fact) at the flagship, been told it’d be called the HTC One, and been warned to expect a focus on camera and audio stuff.

Let’s dive in and take a look at HTC One specs. Yep, you know most of this off by heart by now. As predicted, it has a 4.7in 1080p Super LCD 3 display (468 DPI), quad-core Qualcomm 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, and 2GB of RAM.

Thankfully, HTC has opted to ignore the trend for super-skinny devices, and as such the HTC One weighs in at 143g, with a 9.3mm “zero-gap” aluminium unibody housing a 2,300mAh battery.

While HTC boasts of “the latest version of Android”, the HTC One comes rockin’ Android 4.1.2-flavoured Jelly Bean. No surprise really, but a few gripes here and there from über-nerds desperate for Android 4.2.

More annoying, for my money, is HTC BlinkFeed, a (presumably) resource-hogging “personal live stream” that integrates news and social stuff on your homescreen, negating – it claims – the need to move in and out of several apps.

On the plus side, HTC BoomSound introduces, for the first time on a phone, front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier.

As for the HTC One’s rear camera, it is indeed of the “Ultrapixel” variety (4MP), with a “best-in-class” f/2.0 aperture lens and a sensor that gathers 300% more light than “traditional” smartphone cameras. There’s also a 2.1MP shooter on the front.

HTC One connectivity includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (as you’d expect), alongside NFC (Near Field Communication) and LTE.

Finally, HTC One storage comes in at 32GB and 64GB, and – disappointingly, but entirely as expected – there’s no microSD slot.

Fancy it? The HTC One release date is looking like March, though there’s no specific word on HTC One price just yet. When it does finally land, it’ll be available in “stunning silver” and "beautiful black”.

Interestingly, there was no sign of the new HTC tablet. It was widely tipped to join the HTC One on stage today, but perhaps the Taiwanese have decided to save something for Mobile World Congress after all.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 16:48

Lovely appearance; great materials.
Blinkfeed a major feature? Hahaha... can you say "battery" and "data drain" before you blink? No offline caching, either.
Camera? Okay, I bet it's good. The UI is probably great?! But Chou isn't sending clones of his to every store in the world. HOW ON EARTH do HTC think they can get low-paid store workers to recommend a 4MP(!!!) Ultrapixel shooter over todays 8MP and 13MP devices?
NOT gonna happen. I know: the N95 can still outperform most of today's 8MPixlers, and the k750i still beats most 5MP shooters' output. But that's me (and some of you)... most customers and most store drones won't be able to digest all that dissonance.

Still... I will try ONE. Wanna try those new audio amps, the camera and see how well the integrated antenna copes in the alu unibody.

Again, love the looks. Will probably look really rubbish after 2 weeks of use :p

krogothnx  Feb. 19, 2013 at 16:52

i still just think this looks like a silver variation of the blackberry z10.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 16:55

25GB free Dropbox for 2 years.
TV remote built in (dealbreaker, no doubt :p ).

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 16:56

i still just think this looks like a silver variation of the blackberry z10.

What? If at all I think it looks like an iPhone with a rounded back... Z10 is a lot more angular.

One thing is for sure: looks-wise it beats the entire Galaxy range. And then some...
Still... I can't get over the Blinkfeed LOL

TJ Skywasher  Feb. 19, 2013 at 17:12

Looks like a cross between an iPhone 5 and a Blackberry Z10.

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 19, 2013 at 17:14

Does it have dedicated 2GB of RAM for "new" Sense?

Definitely looks good, but Xperia Z is water proof, has larger screen and SD card. Tough choice.

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 19, 2013 at 17:16

Looks like a cross between an iPhone 5 and a Blackberry Z10.

If iPhone is rubbish and BB is the phone - you got it right.

TJ Skywasher  Feb. 19, 2013 at 17:19

If iPhone is rubbish and BB is the phone - you got it right

not what I meant.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 17:21

BGR:
In the short amount of time I’ve spent with the HTC One, I can already see that HTC has something special here — this is absolutely one of the best smartphones ever built. The metal case is gorgeous and the design is so sleek that it’s difficult to put into words.

http://bgr.com/2013/02/19/htc-one-hands-on-331081/?NS89

babylon  Feb. 19, 2013 at 17:54

BeatsAudio on the back, There go's any credibility they may have hope to garner.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 18:00

BeatsAudio on the back, There go's any credibility they may have hope to garner.
At least this time it comes with a bunch of dedicated audio amps and stereo speakers...
But the logo reeks that bit of desperation. Heck, Acer's Cloud mobile at half the price has Dolby mobile built in and sounds quite good when you ditch Acer's earphones for proper ones.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 18:39

Ahh, the HTC One, the first of this year's true competitors for the highly coveted "Matt's Phone of the Year Award".

Well, first off, I like it. The more I look at the design, the more it's growing on me, especially now I've seen the back. IMO, the silver one looks nicer than the black one, I also reckon it'll survive the test of time better, with marks and scratches showing up less, especially on the back.

Due to the phone being made of metal, it'll have that lovely, cold, premium feeling when you pick it up. Me likely very muchly. I think it looks like a high-end device should, Samsung could still learn a thing or two from HTC when it comes to the materials used to make their phones. Saying that, Samsungs tend to stay in one piece for an acceptable length of time, HTCs...erm...don't. I guess only time can tell with that one, though.

The UI, now, this is my least favourite part of the phone. I'm definitely not a fan of that stream thing they've got going on on the home screen, if I owned this phone, it'd be a definite candidate for CyanogenMod, or some other stock Android styled custom ROM.

To sum up, I think the hardware is lovely and a definite step up from what Android manufacturers have produced in the past, even HTC themselves who are known for using more high end materials in their phones. Unfortunately, I think the software is pretty poor. I don't like Sense and I don't like that stream thing on the home screen. Luckily, this should be fixable with either a custom ROM or at the very least a new launcher from the Play Store.

Pondlife  Feb. 19, 2013 at 18:50

The breakthrough HTC UltraPixel Camera redefines how people capture, relive and share their most precious moments. HTC Zoe gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets. These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories. It also automatically creates integrated highlight films from each event comprised of Zoes, photos and videos set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects. These highlight videos can be remixed or set to different themes, and can be easily shared on social networks, email and other services.

Sounds horrible. Parents will no doubt love it to record their darlings doing mundane things incessantly.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 19:01

Ahh, the HTC One, the first of this year's true competitors for the highly coveted "Matt's Phone of the Year Award".

Well, first off, I like it. The more I look at the design, the more it's growing on me, especially now I've seen the back. IMO, the silver one looks nicer than the black one, I also reckon it'll survive the test of time better, with marks and scratches showing up less, especially on the back.

Due to the phone being made of metal, it'll have that lovely, cold, premium feeling when you pick it up. Me likely very muchly. I think it looks like a high-end device should, Samsung could still learn a thing or two from HTC when it comes to the materials used to make their phones. Saying that, Samsungs tend to stay in one piece for an acceptable length of time, HTCs...erm...don't. I guess only time can tell with that one, though.

The UI, now, this is my least favourite part of the phone. I'm definitely not a fan of that stream thing they've got going on on the home screen, if I owned this phone, it'd be a definite candidate for CyanogenMod, or some other stock Android styled custom ROM.

To sum up, I think the hardware is lovely and a definite step up from what Android manufacturers have produced in the past, even HTC themselves who are known for using more high end materials in their phones. Unfortunately, I think the software is pretty poor. I don't like Sense and I don't like that stream thing on the home screen. Luckily, this should be fixable with either a custom ROM or at the very least a new launcher from the Play Store.


Agree. The Blinkfeed, by the way, is just one homescreen. You can just swipe away to a 'normal' android homescreen. Or, afaik, disable it completely. So really, it's just like a Flipboard widget....

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 19:03

PS Nobody mentioned the potential for antenna mayhem, yet? Funny, considering Appple's antennagate... HTC embedded the antennas in the alu unibody...

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 19:24

Ahh, the HTC One, the first of this year's true competitors for the highly coveted "Matt's Phone of the Year Award".

Well, first off, I like it. The more I look at the design, the more it's growing on me, especially now I've seen the back. IMO, the silver one looks nicer than the black one, I also reckon it'll survive the test of time better, with marks and scratches showing up less, especially on the back.

Due to the phone being made of metal, it'll have that lovely, cold, premium feeling when you pick it up. Me likely very muchly. I think it looks like a high-end device should, Samsung could still learn a thing or two from HTC when it comes to the materials used to make their phones. Saying that, Samsungs tend to stay in one piece for an acceptable length of time, HTCs...erm...don't. I guess only time can tell with that one, though.

The UI, now, this is my least favourite part of the phone. I'm definitely not a fan of that stream thing they've got going on on the home screen, if I owned this phone, it'd be a definite candidate for CyanogenMod, or some other stock Android styled custom ROM.

To sum up, I think the hardware is lovely and a definite step up from what Android manufacturers have produced in the past, even HTC themselves who are known for using more high end materials in their phones. Unfortunately, I think the software is pretty poor. I don't like Sense and I don't like that stream thing on the home screen. Luckily, this should be fixable with either a custom ROM or at the very least a new launcher from the Play Store.


Agree. The Blinkfeed, by the way, is just one homescreen. You can just swipe away to a 'normal' android homescreen. Or, afaik, disable it completely. So really, it's just like a Flipboard widget....

Yes, after watching some hands on videos with the HTC One, I realised that you could just swipe across and go back to a standard home screen. Maybe I shouldn't have been so hasty with my mini-review thingy.

The antennae issue will be interesting, maybe HTC have found a way to fix the issue. It has been nearly three years since Apple released the iPhone 4, that's a lot of time for development.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 19:27

True...
And I like the looks...

AhmadCentral  Feb. 19, 2013 at 21:02

No removable battery, no micro sd........ grrrrrrrrr!

But looks a good phone, looking forward to the camera results. And i wonder if the screen will look good compared to the Z which i have found a bit dull so far.

Other specs are standard, Price is surprisingly low.

Pondlife  Feb. 19, 2013 at 21:04

Well it's ok, a bit Sony Walkman c1995 for me, now if they made it in a nice blue ;)

Pity they couldn't trim the bezels more it's still a bit wide for my liking.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 21:05

No removable battery, no micro sd........ grrrrrrrrr!

But looks a good phone, looking forward to the camera results. And i wonder if the screen will look good compared to the Z which i have found a bit dull so far.

Other specs are standard, Price is surprisingly low.


Interesting re screen... I found Xperia S and T not very impressive. Only if you crank it up to max and look straight at it.

AhmadCentral  Feb. 19, 2013 at 22:18

No removable battery, no micro sd........ grrrrrrrrr!

But looks a good phone, looking forward to the camera results. And i wonder if the screen will look good compared to the Z which i have found a bit dull so far.

Other specs are standard, Price is surprisingly low.


Interesting re screen... I found Xperia S and T not very impressive. Only if you crank it up to max and look straight at it.


Same with the Z. Don't get me wrong, the 1080p screen has the best sharpness/quality/viewing angles/colours etc... but the brightness is abysmal. Even my phone on 40% was brighter than the Z on Max. It can make the colours look washed out at an angle and makes the screen look really dull. I know why they've done it though.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 22:28

Why

AhmadCentral  Feb. 19, 2013 at 22:32

to save battery i guess.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 20, 2013 at 00:35

No removable battery, no micro sd........ grrrrrrrrr!

But looks a good phone, looking forward to the camera results. And i wonder if the screen will look good compared to the Z which i have found a bit dull so far.

Other specs are standard, Price is surprisingly low.

It's the One X all over again, the same missing features (bar the battery, which they seem to have fixed, unless the constantly updating home screen ruins that) and the same slightly lower than most high-end devices price tag.

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 20, 2013 at 08:12

Why, why, why no SD Card? It's really, really small. How do they expect end-users to transfer their music and backups?

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