Today, HTC made official its next flagship Android-based smartphone, the HTC One, which promises an experience that HTC’s customers never enjoyed before on their devices.Just as previous rumors suggested, the device comes with a 4.7-inch touchscreen display on the front, capable of delivering a 1080p resolution and 468ppi pixel density, as well as with a 1.7GHz Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor inside.
The handset also arrives on shelves with 2GB of RAM inside, and will be released in 32GB and 64GB versions. However, no microSD memory card slot has been packed inside the device.
Featuring “a distinct zero-gap aluminium unibody,” HTC One was announced with an UltraPixel camera with 4-megapixel BSI sensor and f/2.0 lens on the back, capable of providing users with a brand new experience when it comes to shooting photos and videos on a smartphone.
The handset’s camera can receive 300 percent more light than other smartphone sensors, while also offering optical image stabilization, as well as HTC's ImageChip 2 for HDR, 1080p and 60fps video recording. It also sports a new feature, called Zoe, that can be used to shoot short videos.
The phone also comes with the usual set of connectivity capabilities packed inside, namely Wi-Fi a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and GPS receiver. The phone measures 5.4 x 2.7 x 0.37 inches (137.4mm x 68.2mm x 9.3mm) and weighs 143 grams.
On the front, the smartphone packs dual speakers with a dedicated amplifier, and the new HTC BoomSound sound technology, as well as Beats Audio integration.
There is also a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front, with 88-degree wide-angle lens capable of 1080p video, along with dual microphones, and an IR sensor integrated in the power button, aimed at turning the device into a multimedia powerhouse.
Additionally, the handset introduces a new flavor of Sense, aimed at providing users with more while on the go. The new user experience revolves around HTC BlinkFeed, designed as a personal live stream straight on the device’s screen.
“To enable this new dynamic approach to the smartphone, HTC will provide both local and global content from more than 1,400 media sources with more than 10,000 articles per day from some of the most innovative media companies, such as the AOL family of media properties, ESPN, MTV, Vice Media, CoolHunting, Reuters and many others,” the company claims.
HTC One runs under Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, and will arrive on shelves starting with March with HSPA and LTE connectivity packed inside, depending on the markets it will be targeted at. It will be released in silver and black versions, HTC announced.