New HTC One Hands-on and First Impressions
Nearly a week before MWC 2013, HTC has announced their new flagship smartphone. The New HTC One is a successor to the HTC One X that was announced last year at MWC. Under the hood, the new HTC one is packing some very impressive specs with a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, and a 4.7-inch full HD (1080p) screen with 468 ppi! But it’s not just the hardware that will impress users.
HTC has revamped HTC Sense and totally redesigned it. So instead of being focused on apps and widgets, this new U.I. is focused on a feed model. HTC is calling it blink feed, which provides a live streaming feed of images and content onto your homescreen. Blink feed turns your homescreen into a live feed that includes your custom feeds and social network updates. Zoe is what HTC has named their redesigned home screen which pulls in the blink feed.
Aside from packing in Beats Audio, the new HTC one combines 2 front speakers – plus an amplifier, transforming it into a powerful speaker for a smartphone. The phone also offers 2 microphones for HD recording, and it has special dynamic call adjustment technology to make sure that you can hear a caller – even in a noisy environment.
On the software front HTC has revamped the music player to include live lyrics. It’s kind of like having Sound Hound out of the box. They have also added a new feature to the gallery which takes videos and photos and automatically creates edited video highlights from it. This is similar in concept to several apps out there, including Magisto. You just choose the mood, and these highlight videos automatically set cross fades, edits, and add background music to your content.
One of the stand out qualities of the original HTC one was its camera. The New HTC one surpasses the original with a 4MP camera. But don’t let the “4″ scare you away. HTC is calling this an UltraPixel camera. They promise that it will offer better photos with better action shots, ghost-less HD video, HDR video, improved burst shots, and better low light photography. You can switch between front and back camera, simply by swiping on the screen
HTC is also introducing Sense TV, which essentially transforms the HTC one into a remote control for your TV, thanks to integrated RF.
With an excellent camera, display, and form-factor, the HTC One X was one of our favorite phones of 2012. The new HTC one really ups the ante and is a significant upgrade to its predecessor. For starters, it’s form-factor is a lot more attractive and does make the device seem like a more premium and polished device. The design of the HTC One is a bit similar to the iPhone and also the BlackBerry Z10. And it’s obvious that this is going to be the look for 2013. The phone itself measures less than 4mm thin and is made of virtually all metal materials with a zero gap construction. It’s also supposed to be the first ever all aluminum body design. The phone feels solid and tough in your hands, a lot more so than its predecessor. The display is also fabulous with bright and vivid colors, and an amazing 468 ppi! That said, wieghing at just over 5 ounces, it’s also a bit heavier than we would like it to be.
The new HTC one goes on sale late March in a choice of Black or Silver, in 32GB or 64GB at AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. It will also be available around the world. The AT&T model will come preloaded with the AT&T DriveMode app, a component of AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign that seeks to curb texting while driving—as well as AT&T Ready2Go, a free service that helps users set up and personalize their device with email accounts, contacts, and social networks from a computer.