HTC One: A Breakthrough?

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Thinking of a smartphone that really has something new to offer, save for increasing memory by a few bytes or few more hertz to the processor? Conceptually, the HTC One is a breakthrough. Let’s take a closer look at the device if you need further convincing.

It’s got a great body. The phone’s cover is made with nano-molded metal, and is almost seamless, with a gentle curve providing users with good grip. The display is 4.7” super LCD3 with a resolution of 1080p. It is very light, even with its supreme power. It has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 with a quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 processor.

First innovation: Blinkfeed
Blinkfeed is part of the new HTC Sense5. Basically, it does two things: ‘prioritize’ and ‘mashup’. Out of the thousands of apps and widgets available, we use only a handful and Blinkfeed puts the ones we use in front; these are the apps we are most likely to use. It synchronizes our social channels and relevant media to give us a personalized feed. The end result is that when you wake up in the morning, you see your friends’ updates, get to check the latest news from the site you last visited, see the news on categories you ticked, all without having to search for any of them. If you are not a fan of that method, you have an alternative.

The ‘Boom’
It is fairly simple; HTC One has two frontal speakers, with which it claims to deliver great stereo sound with amplified beats and good tremble. The music gallery also displays artist information and uses the cloud to deliver the song’s lyrics. HTC One claims to have a voice recognizer which will enable users to answer calls with clarity, even from toll free numbers, and when situated in noisy places by amplifying the recognized voice and not the noise.

The Foodies’ Ace
The HTC One’s camera comes in two modes: the normal camera mode and the zoe mode. Even the normal camera has a lot to offer because it uses what HTC calls ‘ultrapixels’ in the 4 MP camera’s sensor. Ultrapixels are much larger than any of the pixels available on the market, promising improved per pixel quality. In short, it produces better pictures in low lit places, as well as extreme bright outdoor spots. For video recording, it offers 1080p@30fps with HDR and an extremely good optical stabilization which is gyroscope based.

Zoe is an impressive innovation. It captures 3 seconds of video with 20 images. Once shot, we can keep it in the gallery as it is. The app also offers a lot more features, some of them being:

  • It allows you to slide through the timeline within 3 seconds and capture the ‘perfect’ moment.
  • It gives individual attention to all the faces present in the frame, so as to get the best expression which makes it particularly great for group pictures
  • It also allows merging of several frames, giving you the perfect sequence shot.
  • It allows any unwanted moving object to be deleted from the frame.

Besides, the gallery provides numerous editing options, one of them being the ability to add an effect or a sound or transitions to your album. The phone hits markets anytime between March and April. Only then will we will actually get to know what it is capable of. Surely we can hope for a phone that provides us with exceptional phone service, a treat for the eyes, and hopefully not cost as much as the other smartphones that are already available.