HTC unveiled their new flagship device, the HTC One, earlier this morning at a NYC launch event! It brings a brand new version of HTC Sense, a few new features, and a sweet design to the table. The event this morning was packed and quite fast paced. I got to spend some time with device and it is a nice device, but it seems to be bringing many features to the device that will differ it from other offerings on the market.
Let’s start off with the design of the device, at its thinnest point it comes in at less than 4 millimeters. However, the Galaxy S II is still thinner than this, but the One has almost a complete metal build. It has an aluminum gap less design and they even built the tools that are building the device itself. It has a curved back which makes it easier to fit in the palm of your hand, but it does have some weight to it at 143 grams with the battery. I really do like the design of the device in that it is very elegant and you can really tell that HTC worked very hard on it.
HTC Sense is back and has a bunch of new features, for instance you can hide applications now and exclusively for the HTC One(at least for now) you get BlinkFeed. HTC BlinkFeed is a very interesting element of the software, it is similar to Flipboard and your Facebook News Feed. It will let you see what you want to see and will let you use smartphone in a better way. At least this is how HTC is thinking about it, they have partnered with many different media organizations like ESPN, AP, and around 1400 other media sources. You can also through in your Facebook and Twitter feeds into the mix as well, and then you can scroll up and down.
You will see your entire feed, you can read the entire article, watch the video, listen to it, view the photos, and then share it with your friends. All from your very own HTC BlinkFeed. As of now you are limited to the 1400 media sources that HTC has chosen, and from that big list you can choose what you will allow and what you wont. I would like to see HTC allow you to add your own content like an RSS feed in the future. BlinkFeed is definitely a very interesting part of the software experience and I cannot wait to play around with at more in-depth level.
HTC announced BoomSound as well today and they made a good point with this. When you are watching a video on your phone the speakers are generally on the back and the waves go away from you. Well the HTC One has dual front stereo speakers with amplifiers. I think this is avery intuitive feature and should make the sound experience better. It has SenseVoice as well which will monitor the ambient voice around you and adjust it to make sure the person on the other end of the call can still hear you. This is paired with a HDR microphone as well.In terms of speed inside the HTC One you get a 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm SnapDragon processor with 2GB of RAM. The device was very quick when I was playing with it, and there was no lag that I could see. It will be running on 4G LTE where available.
HTC is making quite a big statement with the camera on the One, no longer do megapixels count was quite a large theme today. The HTC One has a UltraPixel Camera and this lets in 300% more light and I am hearing that it is around 4 megapixels. Which is mind-blowing as most new devices have at least an 8 megapixel sensor, some even going up to a 13 megapixel sensor. The UltraPixel Camera has a BSI Sensor, a 1/3-inch sensor size, a HTC ImageChip 2, 28 mm lens, F2.0 aperture, and Optical Image Stabilization. It still has VideoPic, Continuous Shooting SmartFlash, but they are adding HDR Video and HTC Zoe. HTC Zoe is a new way to share both your photos and videos, it also brings some new editing power to the table. It combines a shot video clip with photos, and then uses frames from the video as well. It will then automatically compile this into a Zoe, which essentially is quick themed slideshow. HTC is saying that this will help to capture life’s memories and I do see where they are coming from this. You can use different themes that are pre-loaded, but you cannot change the music that goes with each theme. Each Zoe will get its own shortened URL which can be used for sharing it. It is very similar to Instagram and Vine, but I am excited about it. One thing to note is that the URL will not last forever, it should last for around a month. You can keep the Zoe on your device or of course upload it your computer. I will say that I was surprised to see that they are no permanent though. Overall, HTC Zoe is a nice idea and will help when you want to create a quick slideshow. Courtesy of HTC Zoe you will now be able to do a Sequence Shot, Object Removable, and Always Smile. On the front of the device next to the big speakers you get a 88 Wide Angle HDR Capable Camera, this will come in perfect for when you want to take selfies.
The HTC One will come in either Black or White and you will choose from either a 32GB or 64GB model. Overall, I am very excited about the HTC One and it definitely is shaping up to be one of the best Android smartphones on the market. After I give it the full review I will be able to see if it is the best Android smartphone on the market, but for now it is certainly high up there on the list. I cannot wait to get the review unit and of course I will keep you updated with that. In the US it will be launching on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Globally it will be launching with 80 partners and this is HTC’s largest rollout ever. It will be available in March of 2013 and of course we will update you with pricing and availability as soon as it is announced. In the meantime check out the video, gallery, and press release below!
HTC One Hands-On Video
INTRODUCING THE NEW HTC ONE®, A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON SMARTPHONES
HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™ Deliver HTC One’s Unprecedented New Smartphone Experience
London and New York City, February 19, 2013 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced its new flagship smartphone, the new HTC One. Crafted with a distinct zero-gap aluminum unibody, the new HTC One introduces HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™, key new HTC Sense® innovations that reinvent the mobile experience and set a new standard for smartphones.
“People today immerse themselves in a constant stream of updates, news and information. Although smartphones are one of the main ways we stay in touch with the people and information we care about, conventional designs have failed to keep pace with how people are actually using them,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “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.”
HTC BlinkFeed: A personal live stream right on the home screen
At the center of the new HTC One experience is HTC BlinkFeed. HTC BlinkFeed is a bold new experience that transforms the home screen into a single live stream of personally relevant information such as social updates, entertainment and lifestyle updates, news and photos with immersive images so that people no longer need to go to separate applications to find out what’s happening. HTC BlinkFeed aggregates the freshest content from the most relevant and interesting sources, giving it to people at a glance, all in one place, without the need to jump between multiple applications and web sites.
To enable this new dynamic approach to the smartphone, HTC will provide both local and global content from more than 1,400 media sources with more than 10,000 articles per day from some of the most innovative media companies, such as the AOL family of media properties, ESPN, MTV, Vice Media, Cool Hunting, Reuters and many others. For more information on HTC BlinkFeed’s content partners, visit the HTC Blog.
HTC UltraPixel Camera with HTC Zoe
The breakthrough HTC UltraPixel Camera redefines how people capture, relive and share their most precious moments. HTC Zoe gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets. These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories. It also automatically creates integrated highlight films from each event comprised of Zoes, photos and videos set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects. These highlight videos can be remixed or set to different themes, and can be easily shared on social networks, email and other services.
To enable this innovative camera experience, HTC developed a custom camera that includes a best-in-class f/2.0 aperture lens and a breakthrough sensor with UltraPixels that gather 300 percent more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors. This new approach also delivers astounding low-light performance and a variety of other improvements to photos and videos. In addition, the perfect self-portrait or video is just a tap away with an ultra-wide angle front-facing camera which supports 1080p video capture. Multi-axis optical image stabilization for the rear camera also helps ensure video footage smoother whether stationary or on the move. HTC UltraPixel camera adds many other features and effects such as enhanced 360′ panorama, time sequencing and object removal.
The new HTC One offers the best audio experience of any mobile phone available today. HTC BoomSound introduces for the first time on a phone, front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier and an amazing full HD display that immerses people in music, videos, games and the YouTube™ clips they love. Beats Audio™ integration is enabled across the entire experience for rich, authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube video or playing a game.
HDR recording uses advanced dual microphones and audio processing to capture clean, rich sound that is worthy of high-definition video footage. Phone calls sound great on HTC One thanks to the addition of HTC Sense Voice™, which boosts the call volume and quality in noisy environments so that conversations come through loud and clear.
HTC Sense TV™
HTC Sense TV transforms the new HTC One into an interactive program guide and remote control for most TVs, set-top boxes and receivers. Tapping the power of the cloud, Sense TV makes it simple and intuitive to see what’s on and find that favorite show.
Metal Unibody Design
Wrapped in a zero-gap aluminum unibody and sporting a brilliant 4.7”, Full HD (1080p) screen, thenew HTC One features the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system and LTE network technology to offer blazingly-fast browsing in a package that combines premium design with breakthrough build quality.
Available in stunning silver and beautiful black, the sleek and crafted aluminum unibody sits comfortably in the hand and showcases HTC’s unique antenna technology, which helps people achieve a crystal clear signal. The display also resists scratches and reduces glare, whilst offering incredible 468ppi resolution and rich, natural colors.
The new 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. For more information and to pre-register for the new HTC One, visit www.htc.com.