updated 11:11 am EST, Tue February 19, 2013
Unibody design, 468ppi pixel density, Snapdragon 600 processor
HTC has launched its new flagship smartphone in dual events in London and New York, one with a number of Sense-based refinements. The HTC One, previously called the M7 in rumors, houses an optically bonded 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with a full 1080p resolution and 468ppi pixel density inside a machined aluminum unibody, with Gorilla Glass 2 protecting the display.
Inside, the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 running at 1.7GHz is supported by 2GB of RAM, a 2,300 Li-polymer battery, and fixed storage at either 32GB or 64GB depending on region. Connectivity is provided by Wi-Fi up to 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and over LTE, and navigation through GPS and GLONASS.
Audio is provided through HTC BoomSound, which uses a pair of front-facing speakers and large sound chambers to produce sound, along with integration with Beats Audio and two microphones providing HDR audio recording. HTC Sense Voice takes advantage of the dual microphones, and helps boost the call volume and quality when used in a noisy environment. HTC Sense TV effectively turns the HTC One into a mobile program guide and remote control, using an Internet connection to find what is showing on various channels, and can also change the channel using the IR emitter that also acts as the power button.
In a change from the usual high-megapixel sensors seen in new devices, the HTC One instead uses a custom-developed sensor that is capable of taking in three times the amount of light than a normal 8-megapixel sensor is capable of. The UltraPixel technology allows the HTC One to take low-light images, though photographs are limited to a 4-megapixel size. It has optical image stabilization for both the rear and front-facing cameras, while the software side includes a HDR video mode, photo editing. Also included is a new HTC Zoe option, where five frames are captured before pressing the shutter as well as the next 15, offering 20 images to select the best image from, plus a three-second video clip of the moment.
The onboard HTC Sense has also received some changes. Sense 5 introduces a new interface called BlinkFeed, which aggregates news, data, and various social updates into a single live stream, allowing users to view what BlinkFeed believes is the most relevant information to provide at that time without needing to change applications. More than 10,000 articles a day from more than 1,400 media sources will be used to create the BlinkFeed stream, which will go alongside Facebook and Twitter postings.
The HTC One will be going on sale in March for an undisclosed price, with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Cincinnati Bell, and Best Buy receiving the handset in the US.