HTC pronounces the brand new One with depth-sensing digital camera and bigger display
The “all new” HTC One has been one of many worst-stored secrets and techniques of 2014, however right now it is a secret no extra. The Taiwanese producer has taken the wraps off its newest flagship and followers of final yr’s mannequin (rely us amongst them) will not be disillusioned. The telephone boasts the identical aluminum unibody development as final yr’s mannequin, however with extra pronounced curves and much more metallic this time round. A full ninety % of the physique is manufactured from aluminum, fairly a bit greater than the 70 % on the earlier mannequin. Meaning it is about half an oz heavier, however it looks like a small commerce-off given the unimaginable design and spacious 5-inch display. That panel continues to be a 1080p S-LCD3 one, which suggests you’ll be able to rely on the identical vibrant colours and deep blacks. Plus the entire entrance is protected by a sheet of Gorilla Glass three. Oh, and earlier than we go any additional — the pair of capacitive buttons have been changed with the usual trio of Android delicate keys! (Phewww…)
Beneath the hood, you are taking a look at a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 and 2GB of RAM. Principally this telephone will snigger within the face of just about any process you throw at it. Edit photographs, put collectively video montages, play taxing 3D video games — this factor ought to churn by way of all of it with ease. So far as storage goes, you’ve got received two choices: both 16GB or 32GB. However when you really feel that is not sufficient, there is a microSD slot for including as much as 128GB extra. Plus, Google is throwing in 50GB of storage on Drive for 2 years, changing Dropbox. Until you are really abusive to your devices, there is no approach you need to run out of room to retailer stuff. A large 2,600mAh battery retains the entire thing chugging alongside for an estimated 20 hours of speak time or, with the brand new Excessive energy saving mode enabled, forty days of standby. Regardless, it is a good, however smallish increase from the two,300mAh one present in final yr’s mannequin. And, in fact, the anticipated set of radios and sensors are on board, together with Bluetooth four.zero, twin-band 802.11ac WiFi, AWS compatibility, LTE, NFC, an accelerometer, gyroscope and barometer.
In fact, the 2 massive distinctive options from final yr’s mannequin make a return right here: the entrance-dealing with stereo audio system with BoomSound and the UltraPixel digital camera round again. However each have been given vital upgrades for 2014. The audio system are related to a brand new devoted amplifier and a extra highly effective DSP chip. They’re additionally seated deeper within the telephone’s chassis, which ought to result in richer, louder audio with higher-outlined low-finish sound. The UltraPixel shooter round again is, for all intents and functions, the identical actual digital camera as final yr. The sensor is identical four-megapixel bottom-illuminated one with big 2µm pixels, however there is a new imaging processor hooked up and HTC has ditched the optical picture stabilization tech. However, it is also added a second digital camera to the again in what it is calling a Duo Digital camera array. Fact be informed, the second “digital camera” is not truly a digital camera within the conventional sense; it is a depth sensor. It permits the One to carry out all types of neat tips particularly in submit processing, reminiscent of blurring backgrounds or altering the main target level like a Lytro.
No new flagship telephone can be full and not using a vital software program replace, and HTC is not going to allow you to down. At its core, the One is operating Android KitKat four.four, which suggests it is received all the newest enhancements straight from Google. On prime of that, nevertheless, it is operating Sense 6.zero, which incorporates BlinkFeed and a heavy give attention to themes. A number of of its main UI parts have been given delicate redesigns that deliver a extra trendy and open look. Maybe most enjoyable although, BlinkFeed has been opened as much as builders, who will be capable of push info to your feed. For instance, Foursquare will have the ability to publish lunch suggestions or Fitbit can ship you exercise-monitoring knowledge. Apparently, the corporate has additionally damaged a number of of its proprietary apps freed from its firmware, akin to Zoe, which can discover itself on the Play Retailer quickly. That may make it a lot simpler to push updates to customers, which suggests options will probably be obtainable a lot faster.
A lot of the tweaks are comparatively small, however Movement Launch is a reasonably vital new function. When the telephone senses motion, it “listens” for prompts to launch specific apps or actions. For instance, swiping proper on the display will take you straight to BlinkFeed; holding the quantity rocker whereas turning the telephone into panorama mode launches the digital camera; and you may reply a name just by placing the telephone to your ear — all with out unlocking it first. The Dot View case, seen above, extends these options, by permitting you to faucet the case twice to obtain notifications with out turning on the telephone’s show.
The brand new HTC One might be obtainable in three colours (gunmetal grey, glacial silver and amber gold) beginning immediately, March twenty fifth.
Richard Lai and Brad Molen contributed to this report.
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- Key specs
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- Sort Smartphone
- Working system Android (KitKat [4.4])
- Display measurement 5 inches
- Inner reminiscence 32 GB
- Carriers (US) AT&T
- Dimensions 5.seventy six x 2.seventy eight x zero.37 in
- Weight 5.sixty four oz
- Launched 2014-03-25