The rumour trail has been long, we’ve seen a number of designs, heard a number of names (such as the M7) and suspected a number of new features to grace HTC’s first 2013 Android flagship, but its final form; the HTC One is finally here.
The handset actually took to the stage simultaneously in New York and a London. Here in the UK, CEO Peter Chou was leading us through what we can expect from the HTC.
Made from aluminium unibody in black or white, the HTC One runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the new version of HTC Sense on top. BlickFeed is a new feature aggregating personal content and third-party content from HTC’s feeds, streamining content at a glance.
Hardware includes a 4.7-inch full HD screen, 1.7 GHz quad-core processor an and 4.3 Ultra Pixel camera, which uses a new type of sensor which uses three sensors on top of each other for superior colour reproduction. HTC Zoe captures photos that become three-second movie clips.
The HTC One X will be available from March 15th with pre-orders beginning in February.
What features does the HTC One have?
|OS||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5 overlay|
|Screen||4.7-inch Full HD (1080×1920) LCD panel|
|Processor||1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600|
|Storage||32GB onboard, 25GB Dropbox|
|Camera||4.3-Ultrapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel frint-facing camera, both with Full HD as wel as HDR video functionality|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0, I.R. transmitter with inteliremote functionality, GPS, WiFi, 3G, 4G (LTE), DLNA|
|Dimensions/weight||137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm/4mm/143g|
Where does it sit in HTC’s lineup?
HTC usually reserve two flagship slots per year in their device portfolio; with the HTC One X kicking off 2012 and the HTC One X+ coming about half a year later to serve as a timely refresh. With this in mind, the HTC One will serve as the company’s 2013 flagship but may well receive a fresh coat of paint once we get into the meat of 2013. Expect MWC to reveal the handsets to accompany the HTC One in other market segments.
When will the HTC One launch?
A late March-time arrival is on the cards following MWC. O2, EE , Three and Vodafone have confirmed they will be selling the phone, with Vodafone and O2 confirming a March 15th launch.
How much will the HTC One cost?
Pricing has not yet been revealed but based on HTC’s previous flagship handset costs and some of the most fitting rivals currently on the market, we suspect SIM free pricing at around £500 to £550.