HTC has announced their new flagship smartphone for the year, the HTC One. The specs are quite impressive: Full HD 1080p 4.7″ screen (468 ppi), Quad-core Snapdragon, 4G LTE, and perhaps the most compelling feature, an “ultrapixel” camera. HTC spends in great detail an explanation of this process. While the camera takes just 4MP photos, they claim it can let in 3x more light as the sensor is significant bigger and each pixel is larger. The demo photos look really good. Along with this new sensor, HTC offers some new photo options including the capture of a 20 shot burst for a photo (5 shots before the shutter goes off and 15 shots after) and the recording of a 3-second video clip for each photo which makes all your photos somewhat “active” (I’m guessing this would be in the preview mode).
The HTC Sense UI looks excellent as always (still my favorite of any user interface) and includes some very good new upgrades like ‘live/active’ updating feeds (they call it Blinkfeed). HTC has also incorporated a remote control function (finally, someone did it!) that can control your TV. The overall design also looks very attractive: full metallic body and dual front speakers.
There is enough here that could help the HTC One stand out from the competition. I do wish it had a slightly bigger screen as I’m used to a large phone/screen now and don’t really want to give up the space. But these new functions could tempt me to give it a try. I especially want to see how good this camera sensor is in low light situations. I’m not a fan of the name as their previous handset (which I owned) was called the HTC One X and there could be confusion over the different models, but this one is by far superior.