After a year of forgettable sales figures and dropping stock prices, HTC has put everything they have into the HTC One. It is easily one of the most anticipated flagship superphones this year and should continue to be one of the top 5 for at least a year. The best news of all? It’s officially hit Philippine shores.
The HTC One arguably has the best clarity of any screen on a mainstream flagship phone to date, measuring 4.7 inches with Full HD resolution, which equates to a crazy-dense 469ppi, all protected by Gorilla Glass 2. It’s powered by the quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz. And unlike a certain South Korean electronics giant that likes their phones in plastic, the HTC One is clad in a zero-gap aluminum unibody, giving it that premium feel that you want when you pay for something north of Php30k.
However, it isn’t just the hardware that allows the HTC One to really stand out. After all, if the best phone was simply determined the hardware, we’d have OEMs simply trying to out-spec each other. There are some new key features that should enhance the overall user experience when using the HTC One, each of which is beautifully executed.
The first and most obvious new feature that you’ll notice right away is HTC Blinkfeed. Many of use our smartphones to access social media updates and read news and articles from various sources. What HTC Blinkfeed does is aggregate all of these sources so that you can access them all from a single homescreen. I’ve used a number of apps like Flipboard and RSS Demon before, but this is like a feed aggregator on steroids!
Next is the HTC UltraPixel Camera, which is basically capable of capturing 300% more light when compared to other smartphone camera sensors. Not only does that make it capable of capturing images that have much better color reproduction, it will also fare better in low-light situations. It also has a best in class f/2.0 aperture lens.
[two_fifth]”The UltraPixel Camera and industry-leading 469ppi display are revolutionary”[/two_fifth]
In conjunction with the UltraPixel camera, there’s HTC Zoe, which is a software feature that allows you to take 3 second HD video snippets, rather than a traditional photo. From there, you can add effects and view them from a redesigned HTC Gallery app that will allow you to fully enjoy the mix of photos, videos and Zoes. You can also share them via social media or HTC’s own Share service that creates a URL that lasts for 30 days where your friends and loved ones can view them wherever they might be. Finally, Zoes can be exported as MP4 files that can then be uploaded to YouTube.
Finally, there’s HTC BoomSound, which is essentially a dramatically improved loudspeaker that virtually eliminates the tunog-lata effect that is typical of most smartphone loudspeakers. You don’t get one loudspeaker. They’re optimally placed on the front of the HTC One and have their own dedicated amplifier so you get rich, full sound while watching HD movies or YouTube videos or listening to your music library without a headset.
Rather than cram the HTC One with more features than anyone will ever use, the Taiwanese phone manufacturer has done well to add new features that just about everyone will be able to appreciate and start using regularly at some point. Some features, such as the UltraPixel Camera and industry-leading 469ppi display are revolutionary, while Boomsound is simply a product of practical design.
HTC One Specifications
- Dimensions: 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm
- 4.7” Full HD 1080p (1080 x 1920 resolution, 469ppi) Super LCD3 display with Gorilla Glass 2
- Android Jelly Bean 4.1
- 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 32Gb storage
- 2Gb RAM
- UltraPixel camera (4mp resolution), 2.1mp wide angle secondary camera
- WiFi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS with AGPS + Glonass
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz
- WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
- LTE 1800/2600MHz
- Micro USB with MHL support
- 3.5mm headset jack
- 2,300mAh battery
- Price: 32,990
Looking to grab one? It’s now available in stores for Php32,990 and you can buy it on all HTC stores nationwide. HTC One or the Galaxy S4? Let us know which do you prefer more in the comments below.