HTC’s mid February shindig is upon us and, as one can imagine, they’re gunning full force at Sony and LG’s latest handset launches with the announcement of the next generation HTC One.
The new HTC flagship is packing the latest specs. A 1080p, 4.7 inch display graces the front of the device while 2 GB of RAM, and a 1.7 ghz quad-core Snapdragon processor definitely feel like enough power to push the pixel dense display. Making sure you’ll be able to take full advantage of the brawny hardware is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5 enhancements. HTC promises an even cleaner and more refined experience and given the shots of the homescreen, appears to be headed in that direction at least from a visual perspective.
LTE is of course, a given on HTC One, but you”ll find support for the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standards as well. As far as storage goes, most countries will be able to get 32 GB models. Select Asia-Pacific markets will see a 2nd variant with 64 GB of storage as well.
So far it may seem like “just another spec bump” but the big news with this release is the camera and music experience. HTC One has what HTC is dubbing the “UltraPixel” camera. A 8 MP rear facing shooter, the UltraPixel camera system has a unique image sensor designed for optimizing low-light performance as well as optical image stablization for both rear and front facing cameras.
On the music front, HTC BoomSound tech promises to shake up smartphone audio. Consisting of two front facing speakers, Beats Audio enhancements, and HDR recording for your videos, it certainly sounds capable enough.
As one would expect from a high-end HTC release, seemingly all the carriers are on board for HTC One. In the US, expect the usual suspects with Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T at the ready with the device. Like the HTC One X, you’ll notice a name curiously absent. Verizon. Across the pond, the One will be available on all the major UK carriers. The handset should arrive mid March with your choice of White or Black exterior color options.
The thing is, will this 2nd generation HTC One be the one to stop the financial bleeding? After all, the original One X/XL and One X+ were also aimed at providing great camera and music experiences but buyers continued to look elsewhere.
Sounds like only time will tell.