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HTC One First Impressions - TheTechN

HTC One First Impressions

Yesterday saw the announcement of HTC’s latest flagship device – the HTC One. Despite all the critical acclaim and the abundant fanfare, the One X just didn’t seem to be able to take a bite into the 2012 smartphone market, undoubtedly the cause of the nose-diving revenue

 HTC hasseen over the last twelve months. That all seems like it’s about to change though, with HTC’s new, redesigned handset setting high standards for upcoming smartphones to beat.

With a unibody polycarbonate design giving way to a machined aluminum shell, the HTC One looks stunning when it comes to the exterior. At 143g it does weigh in about 30g heavier than the iPhone 5, but unlike the iPhone, the HTC One marries balanced weight with enough heft to make it offer that premium feel.

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In front are two aluminum bands (top and bottom) separated by a vast sheet of Gorilla Glass 2 covering a gorgeous 4.7-inch 1080p (468ppi) Super LCD 3 display. This layout is similar to the Z10 and the chamfered, polished edges are similar to the iPhone 5. Both of these bands feature a matching set of perforations that conceal a speaker (and likely a mic in the bottom piece). The top piece also incorporates the proximity / light sensors, a notification LED and a 2.1 megapixel with f/2.0 wide-angle (88-degree) front-facing camera capable of recording 1080p video.

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When it comes to the back camera, HTC’s scrapped the whole “megapixels” idea and has rebranded them as “UltraPixels”. While the HTC One technically only has a 4 megapixel camera, HTC’s said that consumers need to get over the “megapixel myth” and has promised that the f/2.0 aperture lens and sensor are capable of gathering 300 percent more light than competing smartphone camera sensors—that’s saying a lot when Nokia’s PureView is in town.

In addition to a completely redone sensor, HTC also developed multi-axis optical image stabilization to help users capture the best possible HD video.

Powering the HTC One is a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, running at 1.7 GHz. For storage, there’s no microSD card slot, but instead 32 or 64 GB of internal memory and the phone also comes with 2 GB of RAM. It’s running Android 4.1.2 with a brand new version of HTC Sense too.

Personally I think the phone is pretty awesome. It looks sleek, it’s got good specs and comes with a heap of neat features such as NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Beats Audio and LTE. The only criticism I have is that the backtrack in megapixels may prove a hefty price when it comes to sales. Sure, more megapixels doesn’t mean a better camera, but for your average consumer “more numbers equals better”. Who knows though? Maybe HTC will be setting a new trend.

The HTC One will be available across the world from next month on most major network carriers.

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