HTC One, the new flagship launched, set to become the new top dog in the Android market

Normally my reviews have been hands on based on true usage of devices, but have launched a new series of articles featuring releases of key products in the mobile arena.

Sony recently launched the cool Xperia Z, which for the first time for Sony featured state of the art processors matched with a nice design and some cool features (water proof, dust proof), etc.  However Sony’s glory was short lived, as HTC launched its new flagship now renamed simply as HTC One.HTC-One_Silver_Left-580x490

HTC seems to working hard at getting back its lost glory to Samsung, and the HTC One maybe the phone.  Samsung seems to have ditched quality feel, but improved to the top dog status (in the Android space) on the hardware, software and multimedia in recent times.

HTC meanwhile has continued with its great looking Sense UI, but competition has caught up with it, and the UI seems to be going the way Samsung’s TouchWiz went becoming more and more heaving ruining the interface performance, something most Android fans owners have to bitterly accept is way behind iOS devices.  Whatever project Butter from Google with the Jelly Bean released brought seems to have been lost with the heavier customizations of these custom skins. While HTC kept up on the hardware side, and improved on its multimedia, it was outdone as Samsung took advantage of its ability to manufacture chips by improving on industry platforms by offering a more finely tuned Exynos unit that gave it the edge over competitors.

The HTC One offers many things that would have most phone buyers drooling over and definitely puts it as the phone to have for Android fans (and Apple fans wanting to switch),

  1. The already great LCD2 screen in the One X has been improved with the new LCD3 that was featured in the HTC Butterfly phone now featuring on the HTC OneHTC-ProductDetail-Overview-Container4-02-bg
  2. The screen size remains 4.7” (thankfully, as anything larger would be phablet territory), but the resolution is now full HD (1080p), the resulting PPI means an even sharper screen
  3. Cutting edge chipset and graphics featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset which has 4 Krait processors (at 1.7Ghz) coupled to Adreno 320 graphics, and 2GB RAM to top it.  This should provide great performance that should top the charts until the new range featuring the A15 architecture (led by the Galaxy S4) come along.
  4. An aluminium build a move away from the current classy polycarbonate and anodized constructions featured with the HTC One X and One S models but should bring an ooze of class that the Samsung phones lack. Whether this will hold good with the current HTC One X owners will be the trial.
  5. Stereo speakers to provide loud and quality audio and maintain HTC’s quality audio focus. The speakers are said to be 4 times more louder than normal phone speakers, and feature totally new construction as well as having chambers that are twice as large current rival phones for better acoustics. HTC-ProductDetail-Overview-Container3-01pre-bg
  6. A large battery 2300mAh, and that will surely be required when you have such a high resolution screen and powerful hardwareHTC-ProductDetail-Hero-slide-05
  7. An extreme risky but innovative camera that it is marketed as a 13MP equivalent, when in reality its a 1/3” 4MP sensor (which can take over 300% more light than current sensors) with what HTC calls Ultrapixels technology and said offer better picture quality and low light shots.  Current samples are not all positive, but that maybe an issue with beta software, the final build and updates to come may make things far more rosy for the Ultrapixel sensor. The camera features also a f 2.0 lens which HTC owners of the current gen would already be familiar with.  The phone also features a totally new ImageChip that handles camera DSP.
  8. Features a 2.1MP front camera with a 88 degree view for group video and
  9. 2-axis optical image stabilization in similar lines to the Nokia Lumia 920, a feature that digital camera owners know is far superior to digital image stabilization, that should definitely aid far smoother video, and possibly better pictures under trying conditions.
  10. This will all be wrapped with a new UI, the Sense 5.0 which will premier with the HTC One, question is will HTC provide this update for the older One X / X+ and Butterfly units, we do hope so since loyalty is important if HTC is to regain its position as a top player in the android space.
  11. Dual microphones which automatically switch the range so that the sensitivity is adjusted based on the external environment

Will this HTC hold out and win the battle against Samsung when they release the Galaxy IV? Will the HTC One camera live up to its hype or face the reality as did Nokia with their Lumia 920 camera that said a lot but still only performed a bit better than the rest.

Loads to think but the HTC One does look good, and with it geared this time for a massive launch in March, it may ask many Galaxy S3 owners is it time to switch to HTC one again?

While technically the HTC One replaces the HTC One X, i have compared the temporary fix HTC did with the One X+ which in some way tried out some changes that are now featured in the HTC One (E.g. Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2.0, a larger battery).

The HTC Butterfly was the phone that truly brought most of the features other than the camera to the market, but it was launched only in few markets, but i fear with the launch of the One, if the Butterfly will get sidelined and loose support from HTC (something HTC sadly has a bad habit of doing).  The Butterfly may not have the fancy camera but it features nearly the same hardware, screen and has the added advantage it has a microSD card for expansion and quick transfers that the upcoming flagship lacks.

  HTC One X+ HTC ONE HTC Butterfly
Screen Size 4.7″ 4.7″ 5″
Type Super LCD2 Super LCD3 Super LCD3
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Protection Gorilla Glass 2 Gorilla Glass 2 Gorilla Glass 2
Chipset Nvidia Tegra 3.0 AP37 Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Processor Quad-Core Tegra 3 Quad-core Krait 300 Quad-core Krait
Processor Speed 1.7Ghz 1.7Ghz 1.5Ghz
Graphics Geforce 2 ULP Adreno 320 Adreno 320
Graphics cores 520Mhz    
memory 1GB Same 2GB
Onboard 32/64GB 32/64GB 16GB
MicroSD No No Yes
Camera 8MP Sensor 1/3″ 4MP UltraPixel sensor 8MP Sensor
Front Camera 1.6MP 720p 2.1MP 1080p 2.1MP 1080p
Speakers Mono Stereo Stereo
Battery 2100mAh 2300mAh 2020mAh
LTE support No Yes Yes
Sense Version 4+ 5.0 4+
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