Let’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.