HTC One is official: Android’s latest baby has 4.7-inch 1080p screen (468ppi), quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon, 2GB RAM, and ‘UltraPixel’ camera


After all the rumors and leaks, HTC has officially announced their latest flagship phone, the HTC One. The phone features a 4.7-inch 1080p screen at 468ppi, making it one of the highest — if not the highest — pixel density in the smartphone market (for now anyway). Other specs include a quad-core Snapdragon 600 running at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, and even WiFi 802.11ac.

Despite those being some pretty awesome specs, it’s still the usual spec-bump that we’ve come to expect. HTC hopes to different this handset through a couple of things, the first of which is the camera. If you remember, HTC teased a “new sound and camera experience for 2013.” Turns out the camera experience that they were talking about is the ‘UltraPixel’ camera. The HTC One’s camera has a custom-made sensor that can take in more light than the usual 8-megapixel camera, which will significantly boost low-light performance. The drawback, however, is photos on the device are limited to 4 megapixels in size. The camera also has optical image stabilization and an HDR video mode.

The new sound experience on the other hand is what HTC is calling the “HTC BoomSound.” The phone has two stereo speakers on its front, with the largest sound chambers on a phone ever. It also features the HTC-norm Beats Audio integration and dual microphones for HDR audio recordings. Another neat little trick is the phone’s power button — it also works as an IR emitter, allowing it to be used a TV remote.

Top that all off with the latest version of HTC’s Android skin, Sense 5, which is making its debut with the device. Notably, it also lacks a microSD slot. Luckily for demanding users in the Asia-Pacific region, a 64GB version will be made available at a later date.

HTC is aiming for a global late-March release, and they have already signed up a total of 185 carriers. This includes US carriers of T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T.

So, what do you think? Is this your next phone? Let us know in the comments!

[via EngadgetThe Verge]

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  • Uriah

    Having seen the Droid DNA a while back, I can say that 1080p displays are definitely brilliant. I’m looking forward to seeing the HTC One display when it comes to the US. I stream my favorite live and recorded shows a lot while I’m on my way to and from work at DISH, just to keep myself busy. I can do this using the DISH Anywhere app on my phone, and it would be awesome to watch them on a 1080p display.

  • lovejoy


    Me because I was so new to smartphones having only used them for about a couple of years that I was nieve in a big way and believed what the sales guy said and not knowing any better until just recently I thought it had phone storage and external storage with a exchangeable battery, but it was the way they put it over that meant I misunderstood.
    He never actually lied just left a few essential words out and added others in which made it sound better than it was.
    There’s still plenty of people like me who are over 50 that take a lot of stuff on trust.
    Fool me once and once bitten twice shy etc etc
    but I’m still pretty gullible at the best of times

  • lovejoy


    Maybe they should call it :

    “hTC One x2”

  • Sammo

    [@AFPhy6] Exactly. I really like my current HTC but the battery life issues and future models lacking the features discussed here will cause me to get another LG or Samsung next time.

  • BearPup

    It is a commentary on our evolving (?) techno life that this phones’ specs are almost as good as my 4 year old Dell mainstream laptop. The only differences: I have a 14″ screen, USB ports, and a replaceable battery. Sigh! But, I’ll keep the 9 pound laptop (it was cheaper anyway, I bought it used!).

  • BR

    I agree about poor battery life. I have purchased an aftermarket battery as the battery in my old HTC Inspire has ended up only lasting 6 hours between charges. I am waiting for Nokia to release its new phones (March sometime) to decide what my update will be – I am already two months after the end of my existing contract too!

  • AFPhy6


    Why in heck would these folks NOT include a replaceable battery and SD card capability? Those are two essentials, in my very wise opinion. Who would buy any device that excluded such features?

  • Enrique

    [@Ashraf] Looking forward to it!

  • Ashraf

    [@Locutus] [@Enrique] Wait till you see my opinion piece later tonight!

  • Enrique

    [@Ashraf] The HTC One has a 2300mAh battery. At least they’ve trying… Not sure if it will be enough though.

    [@Locutus] Nailed it! They really should’ve went with a new naming scheme this time around. Or you know, maybe calling it the HTC Two or something.

  • Ashraf

    [@Locutus] Excellent comment. This is exactly what I meant in my comment #3 above. Does HTC have no one with basic marketing skills around?

    P.S. How is the Nexus 4? I was thinking about grabbing one when it came back in stock in January but decided to wait for Googorola Phone X.

  • Pop quiz time! This one works best with the average consumer population, the ones who haven’t read in the news about the HTC One.

    If I offered you a free smartphone from this list, which one would you choose?
    — HTC One X
    — HTC One S
    — HTC One V
    — HTC One X+
    — HTC One SV
    — HTC One

    I tried this a few times today. It was actually pretty entertaining; most people chose the One X+ because it had the Plus. Thanks, HTC marketing!

    In all honesty, though, I hope this is the phone they need and that the people want. I’d much rather have lots of manufacturers than only Samsung and Apple.

    sent by a happy Nexus 4 owner

  • Ashraf

    [@jack] Battery life is one of the biggest reasons HTC phones fail. HTC just can’t get it right when it comes to battery.

  • jack

    I’ve got a hTC 0ne X and I’m tied on a contract for another 18 months.

    However having used this baby for six months now I know it has a very poor battery life and not being able to stick in a fully charged spare battery really sucks and makes it even worse.

    And the 32Gb storage sucks too as it is really just 25GB or thereabouts and not being able to swop out microSD cards to change music while out somewhere away from home is another annoyance but that is sort of cancelled out by the fact that by the time I’ve played halfway through one load of music on the SDcard the battery is already pretty much discharged anyway!

    Needless to say I now know I made a booboo when I took this phone on even though the phone itself works great and accessing the internet is smooth and easy these pluses do not stack up enough to override the nonchangeable battery and no external swoppable microSD card

    the Android platform is superb though so after having had a sony ericsson, a blackberry, an iPhone, then this hTC One X as well as having gifted my 11 year old the top of the range Samsung Galaxy Note for Christmas after which I have been allowed to play around with it the odd five minutes or ten here and there I’m just a little teensy weensy bit jealous of an 11 year old and his superduper better than mine phone.

    At which point I have to finish cos my tears are going to flood out my laptop in a few moments……waaah….sniff…… where are those tissues…sob sob sob….

  • Ashraf

    One thing that will go in favor of HTC One is the fact that HTC has managed to launch it on a large number of carriers, unlike their last year flagship HTC One X.

    The thing that will hurt HTC One, however, is if it has terrible battery life. HTC devices tend to have terrible battery life.

    And why the hell did HTC name it ‘One’ when last year was ‘One X’? So bloody confusing.

  • Ashraf

    [@Sammo] A sacrifice more and more manufacturers are willing to make in the name of design and thinness. Samsung and LG seem to be the holdouts so far.

  • Sammo

    No replaceable battery. No sd slot. Definitely will be passing on this one.