After numerous leaks and rumors, the newest member of the HTC One family has been officially introduced. Dubbed simply the "HTC One," this new device sports a design that's somewhat reminiscent of the DROID DNA, but with a few tweaks and a zero-gap aluminum unibody build. The One is HTC's new flagship smartphone, and so the company has decided to include some features with the handset that have never appeared in previous HTC phones.
First up is HTC BlinkFeed, which allows a user to build a stream of social media updates, news and other information directly onto their home screen, with the goal being that they'll no longer need to open up separate apps to keep up-to-date on the happenings in the world. BlinkFeed will include content from 1,400 media sources, including ESPN, MTV and Reuters, and HTC promises that it'll offer up more than 10,000 articles per day.
Unsurprisingly, another major focus of the One is its photo-taking capabilities. HTC has introduced its new UltraPixel camera with the One that features a f/2.0 aperture lens and a special sensor that the company claims can gather 300 percent more light than other smartphone cameras. The front-facing shooter on the HTC One is of the wide-angle variety, which ought to help improve all of those selfies that users will take, and both the front and rear cameras include optical image stabilization. HTC also announced Zoe, which allows users to "shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets." Zoes can be edited together with different cuts, transitions, effects and music and then shared through social networks or email.
As one could probably tell from staring at the face of the HTC One, the new smartphone also includes front-facing stereo speakers. HTC calls this "BoomSound." The speakers feature a dedicated amplifier to help improve the sound quality of whatever games or videos a user access, and of course, Beats Audio is also built-in with the One. HTC also included Sense Voice tech in the One that the firm says will boost both call quality and volume in noisy environments.
In addition to all of these new features, HTC also saw fit to include some high-end specs in the One to help it compete against the flagship smartphones from other firms. The list includes several specs that one would expect to find in a high-end Android smartphone, like 2GB RAM and a 1080p display. Also included is Qualcomm's new quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, which is expected to be more powerful than the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro found in the DROID DNA while also consuming less power. Here's the full spec rundown on the HTC One:
Then there's the all-important availability information. HTC says that the One will begin rolling out in March and will be offered at 185 operators and retailers in 80 different regions. As far as the U.S. goes, the company says that AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Cincinnati Bell and Best Buy will sell its new flagship smartphone. No exact launch or pricing details have been mentioned, but we'll likely see those announced by the individual carriers as we get closer to the release of the HTC One.
On paper (or on screen, I suppose), the HTC One looks to be an Android smartphone that can compete with everything else on the market today. It checks all of the high-end spec boxes and includes an aluminum unibody construction, which looks like it will give the One a premium feel in the hand. Availability on three of the four major U.S. carriers (so far) is also a plus. Of course, there are other flagship smartphones in the pipeline for the coming months, and so it'll be interesting to see how the HTC One stacks up against its new competition. I also look forward to seeing how the HTC One launches on U.S. operators and how it's marketed, both of which could help or hurt the One's chances at success. Now that it's officially official, what do you all think of the HTC One? Does it have what it takes to become your next smartphone?
INTRODUCING THE NEW HTC ONE®, A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON SMARTPHONES
HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™ Deliver HTC One’s Unprecedented New Smartphone Experience
London and New York City, February 19, 2013 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced its new flagship smartphone, the new HTC One. Crafted with a distinct zero-gap aluminium unibody, the new HTC One introduces HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™, key new HTC Sense® innovations that reinvent the mobile experience and set a new standard for smartphones.
“People today immerse themselves in a constant stream of updates, news and information. Although smartphones are one of the main ways we stay in touch with the people and information we care about, conventional designs have failed to keep pace with how people are actually using them,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “A new, exciting approach to the smartphone is needed and with the new HTC One, we have re-imagined the mobile experience from the ground up to reflect this new reality.”
HTC BlinkFeed: A personal live stream right on the home screen
At the centre of the new HTC One experience is HTC BlinkFeed. HTC BlinkFeed is a bold new experience that transforms the home screen into a single live stream of personally relevant information such as social updates, entertainment and lifestyle updates, news and photos with immersive images so that people no longer need to go to separate applications to find out what’s happening. HTC BlinkFeed aggregates the freshest content from the most relevant and interesting sources, giving it to people at a glance, all in one place, without the need to jump between multiple applications and web sites.
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. For more information on HTC BlinkFeed’s content partners, visit the HTC Blog.
HTC UltraPixel Camera with HTC Zoe
The breakthrough HTC UltraPixel Camera redefines how people capture, relive and share their most precious moments. HTC Zoe gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets. These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories. It also automatically creates integrated highlight films from each event comprised of Zoes, photos and videos set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects. These highlight videos can be remixed or set to different themes, and can be easily shared on social networks, email and other services.
To enable this innovative camera experience, HTC developed a custom camera that includes a best-in-class f/2.0 aperture lens and a breakthrough sensor with UltraPixels that gather 300 percent more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors. This new approach also delivers astounding low-light performance and a variety of other improvements to photos and videos. In addition, the perfect self-portrait or video is just a tap away with an ultra-wide angle front-facing camera which supports 1080p video capture. Multi-axis optical image stabilisation for both the front and rear cameras also helps ensure video footage smoother whether stationary or on the move. HTC UltraPixel camera adds many other features and effects such as enhanced 360' panorama, time sequencing and object removal.
The new HTC One offers the best audio experience of any mobile phone available today. HTC BoomSound introduces for the first time on a phone, front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier and an amazing full HD display that immerses people in music, videos, games and the YouTube™ clips they love. Beats™ Audio integration is enabled across the entire experience for rich, authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube video or playing a game.
HDR recording uses advanced dual microphones and audio processing to capture clean, rich sound that is worthy of high-definition video footage. Phone calls sound great on HTC One thanks to the addition of HTC Sense Voice™, which boosts the call volume and quality in noisy environments so that conversations come through loud and clear.
HTC Sense TV™HTC Sense TV transforms the new HTC One into an interactive program guide and remote control for most TVs, set-top boxes and receivers. Tapping the power of the cloud, Sense TV makes it simple and intuitive to see what’s on and find that favourite show.
Metal Unibody Design
Wrapped in a zero-gap aluminium unibody and sporting a brilliant 4.7”, Full HD (1080p) screen, the new HTC One features the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system and LTE network technology to offer blazingly-fast browsing in a package that combines premium design with breakthrough build quality.
Available in stunning silver and beautiful black, the sleek and crafted aluminium unibody sits comfortably in the hand and showcases HTC’s unique antenna technology, which helps people achieve a crystal clear signal. The display also resists scratches and reduces glare, whilst offering incredible 468ppi resolution and rich, natural colours.
The new HTC One will be available globally through more than 185 mobile operators and major retailers in more than 80 regions and countries beginning in March. For more information and to pre-register for the new HTC One, visit www.htc.com.
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