At dual launch events in New York and London, HTC revealed today its flagship device for 2013. Previously known as the M7, the One embodies HTC’s efforts to turn itself around, after many months of falling market share and strategic missteps.
To compete with the formidable opponents it faces in the market, the HTC One must deliver the complete package – specs, features, design, and software. While the design of the device was not a big surprise (thanks to the repeated leaks), we weren’t completely sure about the specs of the device. But the wait is now finally over, as we are able to present you the official HTC One specs and features.
Judging from the official specifications, HTC delivered a solid, if not groundbreaking device. The highlights of the spec sheet include the new Snapdragon 600 SoC, Qualcomm’s new generation of mobile chips, which integrates a quad-core CPU, an Adreno 320 GPU, and an LTE modem. The only other device so far that comes equipped with a Snapdragon 600 processor is the LG Optimus G Pro, due to hit the first markets later this month.
The optical bonded display of the HTC One is super dense. At 468ppi, it easily beats the previous leaders, devices like the Sony Xperia Z and the Droid DNA. From the videos of the HTC One we've seen, the display looks breathtakingly sharp.
Just like last year, HTC emphasized the sound and camera experience provided by the HTC One. The camera sensor of the HTC One is made of three layers of “ultrapixels”, which enables the device to take sharper, less noisy images, even in low lighting, albeit at a lower resolution. Both the front and the rear camera on the HTC One are fitted with optical stabilization systems. Hopefully, we'll see a real competitor to the Nokia Lumia 920. Somehow disappointing, there is no shutter button on the HTC One.
The One features two stereo frontal speakers, which is a welcomed departure from the setup on most smartphones. The frontal placement of the speakers ensures that users will be treated with the best sound (an impressive 93dB sound level), without having to hold the phone in an awkward way. The Beats Audio integration comes as no surprise. The new sound technology on the HTC One is dubbed BoomSound. HTC says the One features the largest sound chamber in any phone.
Much to the dismay of some HTC fans, the new One does not break from the tradition of featuring a unibody design. This means that the battery is sealed and there’s no microSD card slot. Speaking of which, the 2300mAh capacity is a step forward from the 1,800mAh that powered the HTC One X. However, the One will likely not lead any battery benchmarks.
What do you think? Does the One represent a turning point for HTC? Or is it too little too late? Let us know by answering our poll.