HTC finally unveils its thoroughly leaked flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One. We may have learned of the ins and outs of the device prematurely, but it doesn’t take away from what looks to be an excellent phone. Up front, it looks like HTC is capitalizing on its licensing agreement with Apple, with the chamfered edges and the aluminum cappings.
Clad in a zero-gap aluminum unibody, a 4.7-inch LCD display with a full 1080p resolution (468ppi) blows away the competition. Inside, the One sports Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 600 SoC that runs four processing cores at 1.7GHz and is equipped with 2GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. It’s got all the bells and whistles, including Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and 4G LTE. It’s also got an IR emitter that lets you use the HTC One as a TV remote through HTC Sense TV that works with most TV boxes and receivers.
The HTC One runs on a custom Android Jelly Bean interface called Sense 5. It features a simplified interface and revolves around BlinkFeed — a live aggregated feed of social updates, entertainment, and news right on your home screen. That’s what we’ve been seeing on past images leaks of the HTC One.
Imaging is taken care of through HTC’s “UltraPixel” camera that includes a f/2.0 lens while its custom sensor gathers 300 percent more light, making leaps and bounds in low light photography. The front camera uses the same ultra-wide lens as seen on the HTC Windows Phone 8X, and also includes multi-axis optical image stabilization (OIS). HTC adds even more photo features to the One such as HDR video mode, enhanced photo editing options, and the HTC Zoe shooting mode. HTC Zoe captures both still images and high-definition video, producing sort of a short 3-second GIF.
HTC boasts its superior sound quality through HTC BoomSound, the two front-facing speakers that have a dedicated amplifier, as well as integrated Beats Audio and dual-mic HDR recording.
Available both in silver and black, the HTC One will be available in most regions beginning in March, though it seems that no Philippine carriers have been named yet. Hopefully we’ll be seeing the device on our shores pretty soon.