Best features of the HTC One

Features Richard Goodwin 13:56, 19 Feb 2013

We outline the HTC One’s five best features and attributes following its official launch. Is it enough to beat the Samsung Galaxy S4 in 2013 though?

 

We’ve seen plenty of leaked images of the HTC One ahead of its official launch, but nothing could have prepared us for the wealth of features and tweaks HTC included inside its latest flagship. 

Featuring a brand new type of imaging technology, a completely reworked Sense UX, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 600 processor, and a 4.7-inch Full HD 1080p display, the HTC One has enough bells and whistles to sit comfortably alongside handsets like Sony’s Xperia Z and the LG Optimus G Pro.

‘People today immerse themselves in a constant stream of updates, news and information. A new, exciting approach to the smartphone is needed and with the new HTC One, we have re-imagined the mobile experience from the ground up to reflect this new reality,’ said HTC CEO Peter Chou.

During 2013, the HTC One will go head-to-head with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S4, the Sony Xperia Z, and potentially a new iPhone handset. HTC needs to regain lost market share and reassert itself as a dominant player in the UK smartphone market.

That’s not going to be easy, not with Sony and Samsung firing on all cylinders, but the HTC One does have quite a few unique tricks up its sleeve. Here’s our pick of the handset’s five best features – things that we think will set it apart from the competition in 2013.

HTC One - HTC Sense TV

HTC Sense TV turns the HTC One via its infrared port, located under the power button, into an interactive program guide and remote control for most TVs, set-top boxes and receivers. With Sense TV the HTC One doubles as both your remote control and TV guide all in one.

Powered by Peel, it’s the first time we’ve seen this type of technology integrated inside a phone. It was previously put to good affect inside the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 previously.

HTC Sense TV is a novel solution to age-old problem. No more Radio Times and no more TV remotes. Perfect.

HTC One - Ultra pixel camera

The HTC One promises to provide a best in class imaging experience thanks to its custom camera that includes an f/2/0 aperture lens and sensor with UltraPixels. HTC says its UltraPixel camera gathers 300 percent more light than traditional smartphone cameras, vastly improving image quality and lowlight performance.

The HTC One also features multi-axis optical image stabilisation - bizarrely on both its front and rear cameras. Image stabilisation, as the name suggests, steadies the lens when the device is moving in order to get smooth footage and images. And while the HTC One is not the first smartphone to feature image stabilisation, that accolade goes to the Lumia 920, it’s certainly a welcome addition all the same.

HTC One - HTC Zoe

Based on the word Zoetrope, HTC Zoe is markedly similar to Story Maker aboard the BlackBerry Z10 in that it compiles your photos and video into a moving montage that can be exported as a video file or uploaded to YouTube or, if you fancy, shared via HTC’s Zoe Sharing service.

Photos and videos are set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects, according to HTC. These moving galleries – or Zoes, as HTC calls them – can be remixed or set to different themes, and can be easily shared on social networks, email and other services.

HTC One - Qualcomm 600

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 600 mobile processor features the company’s custom built quad-core Krait 300 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, and faster LPDDR3 RAM. Overall you’re looking at a performance uplift of around 40 per cent over Qualcomm’s S4 Pro. It also introduces support for new mobile and GPGPU compute APIs, such as OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL and Renderscript Compute.

HTC One - Metal Unibody + Crystal Clear Call Quality

Like most of HTC’s recent flagships, the One features a unibody chassis but unlike the HTC One X, which was made from plastics, the HTC One’s bodywork is constructed entirely from aluminium. 

LTE support is also included as is HTC’s new antenna technology which the company claims delivers crystal clear call quality. The One ships in either black or silver and features a ridiculous 4.7-inch SLCD 3 Full HD 1080p display that delivers an eye-splitting pixel density of 468ppi.

The HTC One will be available globally through more than 185 mobile operators and major retailers in more than 80 regions and countries beginning in March. 

 

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