The new HTC One has been eagerly anticipated in the last few weeks as HTC decided to let Samsung, Sony and others have the limelight at Mobile World Congress and CeBIT, charging ahead with their own launches in New York and London earlier today. But don’t be fooled into thinking that HTC is playing catch up, as the company will be rolling the device out on April 4th of next week, before Samsung and Sony roll out their recent announced flagship Smartphones. Mobile Geeks get hands on with the latest and greatest Smartphone from HTC:
So in the battle for flagship Smartphone leadership, where does the new HTC One fit in? It’s due to hit store shelves on April 4th next week for €679, but can it compete for the hearts and minds of us Mobile Geeks as much as the first HTC One device did just over one year ago? Let’s delve straight into the spec sheet and see what HTC have in store for us:
HTC One 2014: Specifications
• 5” Super LCD3
• 1920 x 1080 (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)
• Snapdragon 801 (Quad Core @ 2.3GHz)
• 2GB DDR3L
• 16GB /32GB /64GB Internal Storage Options
• microSD Support up to 128GB
• Duo Ultrapixel (2 micron) Rear Camera (4MP plus BSI Sensor)
• 5MP Front Camera
• Beats Audio Sound Enhancement
• HSPA+, LTE Support
• Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0
• Micro USB 2.0 port (MHL Compatible)
• 146.4mm x 70.6mm x 9.4mm
• 160 grams
• 2.600mAh Battery (non-removable)
• Android 4.4 with HTC Sense UI v6
HTC One, HTC One X and HTC One M8 Comparison
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|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801: Flagship Horsepower
So in terms of processing power the new HTC One exchanges the Snapdragon 600 from Qualcomm for the latest Snapdragon 801. The Snapdragon 801 is essentially a higher clocked variant of the Snapdragon 800, emerging in Q4 of last year. It is currently used in a raft of flagship devices that have come to light since CES 2014 back in January; these devices include the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2, two top-tier 5” Smartphones that will compete head to head with the new HTC One.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 is a 32-bit quad core SoC that packs 4 Krait 400 cores and an Adreno 330 graphics processor. On the new HTC One it is paired with 2GB of DDR3L and clocked at 2.3GHz, integrating 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi n/ac connectivity. All in all, the Snapdragon 801 is the high-end Smartphone platform of choice at the moment, so it’s no surprise to see HTC opt for it here also. In terms of benchmarks, you can check out the performance of the Samsung Galaxy S5 here – overall performance should be fairly comparable.
Dual Rear Facing Cameras
With the first HTC One, the company took a rather brave and unique approach to its camera design, opting to abdicate from the Megapixel race in favor using bigger 2.0 micron pixels compared to the predominantly 1.1 micron pixels in most 8MP and above cameras.
This time HTC have gone one step further, with dual cameras, i.e. one of the same 4MP cameras that works in tandem with a 2MP sensor to produce enhanced images using 3D imaging tools and a better depth of field. HTC is showcasing post-shot refocusing, something that again is unique to the Smartphone market. Check out the video above for a really good demo of the duo cameras on this device.
HTC Sense v6 on KitKat
The new HTC One also debuts HTC Sense v6, an updated version of HTC’s user interface that is built on Android 4.4 KitKat. HTC Sense v6 incorporates a revamped UI that incorporates a bunch of pretty slick looking wallpapers and themes. The camera app now has more effects available than before, many of which relate to the duo cameras, and Blink Feed has also had a revamp, looking better than ever.
Firstly it’s interesting to note that the official name of this new device is simply the HTC One. HTC have decided, wisely in my opinion, to steer clear of calling it the HTC One 2, or HTC One II or even the New HTC One and will simply be easing the new and updated version on the market as an incremental upgrade on the original HTC One.
The key components that have been upgraded are of course significant; the display, regardless of being only 3mm larger on the diagonal, is still heading towards a 5″ sweet spot for many users; likewise the SoC has been upgraded and although some will be disappointed with only having 2GB of RAM (note the Sony Xperia Z2 has 3GB…), the overall performance boost from the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 should give the device super smooth responsiveness and a top-tier Smartphone gaming experience.
But the big story has to be the dual rear cameras which, although not stacking big in purely megapixel terms, expand on a brave and alternative approach with a unique setup will give you the chance to experiment with after-shot focusing, 3D effects and improved depth perception overall. From what we’ve seen so far the new camera setup, it looks superb. Likewise, the new HTC Sense UI v6 looks great, the extreme power saving mode is also a useful feature that helps HTC keep in step with Nokia and Samsung.
Finally, let’s just add that the overall design quality is as good as it ever was. The solid aluminum chassis will feel as good in the hand as anything out there.