HTC One: Hands-On
The HTC One is the recently announced flagship device from HTC that could be the handset to cement the company as the top mobile manufacturer in the world. HTC has had some success with previous handsets such as the HTC One X but has always fallen short of achieving the same sales figures as Apple and Samsung.
So, has the HTC One got what it takes to beat other high-end flagship smartphones? Let’s take a look…
HTC One specs
- 4.7-inch 1080p display
- 1.7GHz quad-core processor
- 9.3mm aluminium casing
- Android Jelly Bean operating system overlaid with HTC Sense
- HTC BlinkFeed homescreen
- UltraPixel camera
- HTC BoomSound dual-frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
Super stylish design
The HTC One features a sleek and stylish aluminium casing which is only 9.3mm thick and weighs in at 143g. A 4.7-inch full 1080p HD display dominates the front of the device, and produces sharp, detailed visuals. HTC has done away with the usual Android homescreen app icons and widgets we are familiar with in favour of BlinkFeed, a live homescreen that can be adapted and personalised to the individual’s tastes. BlinkFeed offers the option to have news feeds, social networks, or anything else you fancy on your homescreen, in a similar way to Windows Phone 8’s Live Tiles.
UltraPixel and BoomSound technology
Both audio and photography fans are catered for by the HTC One, thanks to the device’s UltraPixel and BoomSound tech. The UltraPixel camera captures 300% more light than other mobile phone snappers for quality photos even in low-light conditions. On the music side of things, BoomSound dual frontal stereo speakers offer bigger sound with less distortion and more detail, so you don’t need to compromise on quality even when you crank up the volume.
All of these features are pretty impressive on their own, but put them all together in one unit and you’ve got a seriously amazing mobile. It remains to be seen if the HTC One will be a success, but if we had to hazard a guess, we’d say this could become the most popular HTC device ever released. To learn more about the HTC One check out our video, in which we get our hands on the new device to test out its features.
This guest blog was written by Abbi Cox of Phones 4u, who stock a selection of HTC smartphones at incredible prices.