As HTC launched its latest generation of the HTC One Smartphone last night, Mobile Geeks were fortunate enough to get hands on time to compare the new design with the original. Watch Roland do a side by comparison for us from the launch event in London:
The new HTC One is marketed by the company as more of an incremental update than a wholly new and redesigned product, but we Mobile Geeks know better. True, the core concept of the HTC One is little changed from its original incarnation, but look closer and you’ll find that the new One is a substantial upgrade from the original that arrived a little over a year ago.
The original HTC One genuinely established HTC as a company that could compete in terms of design quality, and provided the company with some well needed respect at a time when it really needed it. The solid, uni-body aluminum chassis felt better in the hand than anything we’d encountered before on an Android device, the display was beautifully crafted, the audio was best in its class, while the camera array was an audacious attempt to market a lens without mentioning the Megapixel count. The result was, in the opinion of many including ourselves, that the HTC One was the best Smartphone money could buy.
So how do you update and improve on a device this successful? Certain features were easier to predict than others; for example the SoC has been updated to Qualcomm’s current high-end SoC offering, the Snapdragon 801. The fact that this was backed by only 2GB of RAM, is interesting only in light of Sony’s Xperia Z2 which sports 3GB.
The display itself has grown from 4.7 inch Full HD, to a 5 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080), which makes the device overall a touch larger than its predecessor, but this is also giving you a larger 2,600mAh battery. Overall the new device is slightly heavier at 160 grams compared to the 143 grams of the original, but in terms of thinness, HTC have done well to keep the new One only 0.1mm thicker at an impressive 9.4mm.
Check out this full M7 vs M8 comparison video for a real taste of what HTC have done to improve on the original design:
Here’s a full comparison table which also features the larger HTC One Max:
HTC One Comparison Table
|HTC One||HTC One Max||HTC One (M8)|
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801|
|RAM||2GB DDR3l||2GB DDR3l||2GB DDR3l|
|Storage||32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB|
|microSD||None||Up to 64GB||Up to 128GB|
|Cameras||4MP & 2.1MP||4MP & 2.1MP||4MP plus BSI & 5MP|
|Weight||143 grams||217 grams||160 grams|
|OS||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean||Android 4.4 KitKat|
|UI||HTC Sense v.5||HTC Sense v.5.5||HTC Sense v.6|
Obviously, one of the main selling points of the new HTC One is the duo camera setup, which doubles down on the original Ultrapixel concept. The addition of a second rear facing camera that senses depth information adds a whole new layer of possibilities and is backed by plenty of effects in the new HTC Sense v6 camera app –check out our full hands on video for a look at how the new HTC duo camera system works. HTC have also given the front facing camera a bump in quality, with a 5MP cam that should ensure impressive selfies.