HTC One (Quick Hands-on)

HTC has recently announced it’s latest addition to the Android Smartphone lineup, the HTC One. This is the new flagship model by HTC and is packed with features. In a special HTC One special preview session attended on 7th march, HTC’s Senior Manager for Online Communications of Asia Pacific said ” The specs war for top of the line smartphones is over in 2013. Every Smartphone manufacturer has launched smartphones with the best hardware possible in today’s technological world. From now on the most important factor will be the user experience and that’s what we have done with our New HTC One. We have put all our focus into the smooth and convenient use for the end user. ”

HTC claims to have revolutionized the way user will conceive the idea of a smartphone. They have introduced over a 100 new features that will hugely Improve the user experience. They have mainly categorized these new features into 3 categories: User Interface, Music and Camera.

Let’s take an insight on all these features:

User Interface: (BlinkfeedTM)

Blinkfeed is the latest innovation from HTC, that brings all your News and Social media onto your Home screen itself! No need to install various apps that will not only slow your device but also make it inconvenient to manages so many apps for all your news and social media needs. The major advantage of Blinkfeed is that you get all of the latest updates arranged into beautiful tiles right on your Homescreen. And unlike apps like Flipboard, Blinkfeed loads the entire story and not just a small excerpt of the entire story. HTC also introduces the latest Sense 5.0 UI. The entire focus of Sense 5.0 is around Blinkfeed.



Sound:(Boom sound)

HTC introduced Beats Audio to the Smartphone industry and are leading in the audio quality in smartphones. The latest HTC One seems promising with the Dual Stereo speakers mounted on the from top and bottom of the phone. They produce really rich quality sound! There is an Amplifier chip integrated to produce a wider range of frequencies of sound via the 3.5mm jack for the best music delivery on your headset. They have also introduces cool visualizations on their music app so that you don’t just listen to music you experience it.


HTC has gone far with the camera and made it possibly the best performing camera in the top of the line smartphones.  It has amazing performance in low light areas(even without flash!). The latest innovation from HTC is Zoe. Zoe is a new way to perceive pictures. Pictures are captures to relive memories. But memories cannot be captured in still photographs. So they have introduced Zoe (which means life) which makes your pictures alive (like the ones you’ve seen in Harry Potter movies). When I say that pictures come to life, what Zoe actually does is that it captures a 3 second full HD clip. Each frame of this clip can be saved as a still photograph. They have introduced a wide set of photo editing tools which include: Object removal,  Always smile, Sequence shot, Eye brightening, Eye Widening, etc. The Front camera also is quite powerful and has a wide focus to click group pictures. Though the camera is only 4 MP, truth be told the megapixel doesn’t define the quality of the image. The quality of the sensor and other hardware define the picture quality. The camera hardware on this device is the best you can get in smartphones. Even comparable to some budget digicams.

Lets have a look at the Technical Specifications:

  • Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU mounted on Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM, The device comes with two options 32 GB and 64 GB of internal storage.
  • 4.7″ Super LCD3 with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
  • GSM / HSDPA /LTE Network connectivity support.
  • 4 MP camera with 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, Optical Image Stabilization.
  • HDR video recording at 30fps with stereo sound recording.
  • Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Available in two cool colors: black and silver.

Take a look at the features in this video:

Final Verdict:

This is a phone to look out for and possibly the fore runner in top of the line smartphones of 2013. With a mind blowing 468 ppi this phone has possibly the sharpest display and one of the selling points will be the camera on this device. The full single piece metal body gives it the cutting edge. The aesthetics of the device are simply great, and from the moment I picked up the phone I didn’t want to give it back. If given a chance I would personally buy this phone without any hesitation. The only factor that can make or break this phone is the pricing in this competitive smartphone market. The price of the device isn’t yet revealed. It is expected to hit the Indian market in late- March.

I would rate it a good 4.5/5!

Here are a few more pictures of the device:

  • S21

    The HTC One is definitely an innovative device. Blinkfeed reminds me of the Windows Phone home screen, and that’s not a criticism! Zoe also looks fun, but I don’t think it will take off unless it becomes easier to share on Twitter & Facebook.

    HTC has made an excellent effort, but it will be very hard to challenge the Samsung Galaxy S4 when it launches later this month.

  • Katy Lawrence

    The Galaxy S4 is sleeker, the apple iphone is, well, Apple-ier, and also the Nexus 5 cost less. As well as the overall package of smartphone functionality and design, the HTC One stands mind and shoulders over the relaxation.