First impressions of the HTC One

HTC OneWith the way things are turning out, it seems 2013 is going to be a great year for Android fans. Last month at the CES event, we saw Sony unveil its latest flagship Xperia Z smartphone featuring an impressive list of specifications and features. Now, HTC has officially launched its new flagship phone called HTC One to offer users the best of Android experience. In this article, we’ll cover the main features of this amazing handset.

Design

The HTC One comes with a beautifully designed casing made of aluminum with ceramic edges. With a 4.7-inch display on its face, the phone is hardly expected to be small, but HTC has done a great job to keep the handset impressively thin and compact for comfortable usage. It has a unibody measuring 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm which looks stylish and feels nice in the hand. Additionally, the phone is also quite light weight and slots in easily into your pockets.

Display

HTC One has a large 4.7-inch HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. That’s an incredible 469 pixels per inch which sets a new benchmark for smartphone displays. The screen offers users a rich viewing experience thanks to its bright, crisp and vibrant image quality. Furthermore, you’ll be able to view the content on the display from wide viewing angles and in direct sunlight without any problems.

Camera

While other companies are going after higher resolution cameras on their handsets, HTC has decided to buck the trend by offering only a 4-megapixel camera on its latest flagship phone. The company has termed it the Ultrapixel camera as it has larger pixels that gather 300% more light and capture more details than a normal smartphone camera sensor. The camera interface offers a comprehensive set of features like face detection, geo-tagging, continuous auto focus, sweep panorama, HDR, night mode and much more. The front-facing camera has a 2.1-megapixel sensor that can be used for HD video calling.

Performance

A Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset with a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor is at the heart of the HTC One. You also get an Adreno 320 GPU , 2GB of RAM and internal memory of 32 or 64GB (varies as per region). As for the software on the phone, there is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system along with HTC’s Sense v5.0 user interface. It is one of the best combinations of hardware and software you’ll get on any smartphone, so you’re sure to get a smooth and hitch-free performance. Furthermore, being a flagship handset, it is entitled to receive the latest software updates from HTC on a regular basis.

Availability and Pricing Details

The sim-free version of the HTC One will retail for a price of £479.99 in the UK. You can also get the handset for free by signing a 2-year contract deal with any service provider like Orange, O2, Vodafone, EE, etc. HTC also has a cash back program through which you can get a $100 Visa card by exchanging your previous smartphone for the HTC One.