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HTC One Unveiled

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HTC has been teasing this date for quite some time now, and many techies around the world would have known, to some extent, that HTC would be revealing their next smartphone today. The new HTC flagship smartphone has been unveiled at a press event in both London and New York, simply titled the One.

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The HTC One has a 4.7”, Super LCD 3 display, 1080x1920px resolution with an impressive 468ppi count. It has a machined aluminium unibody frame, giving it a premium look and feel, much like the Apple iPhone 5, which means that there’s a non-removable battery. The HTC One isn’t at all heavy, weighing in at 143 grams and measuring 137.4×68.2×9.3mm, thicker than the Samsung Galaxy SIII, LG Nexus 4, and equal to the BlackBerry Z10.

In front you will find a 2.1MP camera with 88-degree, wide-angle lens capable of 1080p video. The rear-facing camera is a less impressive 4MP BSI sensor, with LED flash, autofocus, image stabilisation, capable of 2688x1520px imagery. Don’t let the low pixel count fool you, though, the f/2.0 lens is meant to gather 300% more light than your average smartphone and HTC’s ImageChip 2 for HDR, 1080p/60fps video recording. HTC has also introduced a new feature titled Zoe, which allows users to capture and share videos via HTC’s dedicated site.

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The One also sports a Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU, the first chipset of its kind released in any smartphone. In addition, it also packs an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32 or 64GB internal storage with no SD-card slot and a Li-Po 2300mAh battery. In terms of software, the HTC One is pre-installed with HTC Sense 5 with Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. You would have already noticed the two front-facing speakers in the images above, which is part of HTC’s BoomSound concept, offering true stereo audio. In addition, the HTC One is also optimised to support Beats Audio. A particular point of interest is the reveal of Sense TV for the HTC One, which includes an IR Blaster integrated into the power button, allowing users to control their via a pre-installed Peel-powered app.

And there’s not long to wait before the first devices start shipping, with the HTC One expected to go on sale in March.

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