HTC One. That’s the name of HTC’s next premiere Android device, and it’s the phone that will have to carry the company through a very competitive smartphone landscape. Considering all the rumors of ultrapixels, 1080pHD, and a new HTC Sense that have floated for several weeks, is the HTC One good enough to live up to the hype?

HTC included features that should go a long way towards its stated goal of returning the company to prominence in Android. The HTC One has a 4.7-inch display with Full HD 1080p resolution (468ppi) and a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor. Just like the LG Optimus G Pro, HTC opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor to power its device. It also kept pace with competing phones by including 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and a 2,300 mAh battery. The phone runs Android 4.1.2 with a new version of HTC Sense integrated, including a complete redesign.

The HTC One attempts to set itself apart with an ultrapixel camera. Rather than measure performance by megapixels, HTC uses a 2.0 ultrapixel image with BSI sensor that captures larger pixels that can let in more light and develop a customer stitching of the image to deliver a higher-quality photo. That leads to better action shots, up to eight shots in one second, and overall improved low-light photography. The HTC One also has a F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, HTC ImageChip for improved image processing, Optical Image Stabilization, HDR video, and 1080p HD video recording on both the front and rear cameras. The front camera has an 88 wide angle lens, and the rear camera uses Smart Flash that can apply 1 of 5 flash settings based on distance.

Other specs and features are included below:

- SIZE: 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm/4mm (max/min)

- WEIGHT: 143 grams with battery

- DISPLAY: 4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI

- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz

- HTC Sense with Android (4.1.2)

- HTC BlinkFeed

- Total storage: 32GB/64GB, available capacity varies


- GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA: 1900/2100 (B2/B1) MHz, CDMA: 800/1900 (BC0/BC1/BC10, Sprint),LTE: 1900 (B25, SPCS)

- microSIM

- SENSORS: Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

- NFC capable

- Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0

- Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled

- Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n

- DLNA for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer

- Support consumer infrared remote control

- micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile highdefinition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)

- Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers

- Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio

- HDR Microphone

- Sense Voice

- BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 �m, Sensor size 1/3?

- Dedicated HTC ImageChip 2

- F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens

- Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

- Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject

- Front Camera: 88 wide angle lens with HDR capability

- 1080p Full HD video recording for both front and back cameras

- HDR Video

- Continuous shooting and VideoPic

- Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback

- HTC Zoe with highlights and HTC Zoe Share

- Retouch with Object Removal, Always Smile, and Sequence Shot

- Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS

- Digital compass

- Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery

- Capacity: 2300 mAh

By Andrew Kameka