For a company that should stop producing high-end flagship phones for the foreseeable future, they certainly make a good argument that they should stay in the game. And this is with the HTC One.
This is probably one of their last flagship phones in their line and what a phone it is. Nearly everything you could ever want on your phone is right here. And with its release imminent on April 19th, now is the perfect time to show people what to expect.
This quad beauty is made of premium metal which really shows in the sealed unibody design. Combine that with a gorgeous 4.7-inch LCD screen, and you have a phone that’s sure to turn heads. HTC uses what they call Solux technology, which they say improves image quality and produces 468ppi. And while the phone is very thin, it doesn’t feel smooth. It actually looks very sturdy, which I think is because of the metal body.
A more advanced camera
Don’t let the 4MP number fool you. Megapixels are not the end and be all cameras. What HTC has used in this device is what they call an Ultrapixel Sensor. While it can only capture up to 4MP resolution, the sensor is actually bigger, giving you more detailed pixels. This new light sensor works with the improved ImageSense system and new ImageChip 2 hardware to improve image processing.
Like previous HTC handsets, the HTC One also has the latest version of HTC Sense which is layered on top of Jellybean 4.1.2. It may not be the latest iteration of Google OS but it has adequate Google integrations like Gmail, Google Talk, Google Plus and Google Drive.
The first addition that you will get from the new skin is BlinkFeed. It is very similar to Flipboard in that it displays dynamic tiles displaying your selected content from various sources like news, blogs etc. The not-so-nice part is that although it can be hidden if you don’t want to use it, it will still continue to run in the background consuming power.
It also has an IR blaster that can be used in conjunction with the HTC TV app and HTC remote software. This allows you to use your phone as a remote control and track your local programs.
Each carrier will likely add their own bloatware on the phone, so expect some unnecessary apps that HTC doesn’t produce.
Very fast device
All the beauty outside of the phone would be wasted if the hardware inside couldn’t back it up. Thankfully the specs of this device match its looks. The gadget is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip and has 2GB of RAM. To say that it was fast is an understatement. This phone is very fast. You can turn pages easily and open websites in seconds. Content streaming is very stable, making it not only a great business phone but also a great entertainment device.
The phone comes in 32GB and 64GB models. However, there are no expansion options.
The battery may not be on the level of the Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx, but it’s certainly no slouch in this department either. It has a built-in 2,300mAh battery that lasts up to more than 9 hours under moderate to heavy usage.
This is a beautiful phone that has the specs to back it up. If it weren’t for the carrier’s bloatware and lack of an SD card expansion slot, this phone would be perfect. But still, it gets pretty close.