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access_time February 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM in Mobile by Ramon Aranda

HTC One Announced by HTC; Coming in March


Folks in search for a new smartphone will want to keep an eye out in March for the HTC One, which was announced this week by HTC in New York City.

This new flagship smartphone from HTC not only has the specs to entice consumers, but also looks the part. Housed in a sexy aluminum unibody, the HTC One comes loaded with features and promises to deliver outstanding performance.

“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.”

Three new features that HTC is introducing with their latest smartphone are HTC Blinkfeed, HTC Zoe and HTC Boomsound. What are they you ask? Let me explain.

HTC Blinkfeed will transform the device’s home screen into a live stream of photos, news, social updates and more, that appear to take the Live Tiles found on Windows Phone 8 devices and improve on it greatly. This will allow users to customize their home screen in a way that won’t require the launching of separate apps to find relevant information. HTC says that BlinkFeed will aggregate “the freshest content from the most relevant and interesting sources”, with the company set to provide content from both local and global media sources from such companies as ESPN, MTV, AOL and more.

While the camera’s boasting of 4.1 megapixels might not sound too enticing, HTC is scoffing at the idea of more megapixels being better, as the company is using their proprietary UltraPixel Camera with f/2.0 aperture to gather 300% more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors, which ultimate means clearer and brighter pictures, even in low light situations. The wide-angle front-facing camera can also support 1080p video capture while the rear-capera also includes multi-axis image stabilization.

In addition, HTC Zoe will give users the ability to shoot high resolution photos that turn into three-second snippets. Zoes are displayed in a way that makes still images motion galleries.

Then there’s HTC BoomSound. From the image above, you may have noticed a pretty wide looking speaker. For the first time on a phone, the front-facing stereo speaker has a dedicated amplifier, powered by Beats Audio. HDR recording also uses dual microphones for clear stereo sound.

And now for the specs:

  • Size: 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • Display: 4.7-inch, full 1080p HD, 468ppi
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor
  • OS: Android 4.1.2
  • Network: GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Carrier: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile (All with LTE)
  • Battery Capacity: 2300 mAh
  • Front Camera: 2.1 MP, 880 wide angle lens with HDR capability
  • Rear Camera: UltraPixel Camera, Dedicated HTC ImageChip 2, 1080p HD Video (both cameras)
  • Memory: 32GB/64GB with 2GB RAM

You can also check out the full spec sheet from HTC here.


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