So here we are! MWC 2013 happened! So lets get started with what was hot and we’ll work our way down to what was not. Suffice it to say, a lot happened. And we’ll have to cover the stuff in parts. This is Part 1. And its only fitting to cover the HTC One! See what I did there?! Boooya!
THE NEW HTC ONE
This is one device that everyone’s been keeping an eye on long before MWC even started. I’ve covered its rumored information once as well. But I have to admit, the rumors haven’t been that far off. Anyways, we’ve finally got a lot of exposure now. Check out the hands-on at MWC.
The HTC One sports the new generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC at 1.7 GHz, a 4.7″ SLCD3 1920×1080 pixels (469 ppi) screen, an all-aluminum shell construction (which is pretty darned impressive) crafted from a single block of aluminum. Stereo speakers on the top and bottom parts of the front face featuring HTC’s new “Boom Sound” system, a 2.1 MPixel front-facing camera that is capable of 1080p recording at 30fps AND HDR. The back of the phone is where the magic really happens. As we mentioned earlier, HTC has completely jumped out of the Megapixel race by dumping everything they had on previous smartphones like the HTC One X, and has decided that its not the number of pixels that matters, but rather the quality of those pixels. So they’ve decided to keep the sensor size the same, throw in a revamped image chip, and increase the pixel size. HTC claims that this way, each pixel absorbs 300% more light improving overall image quality both in natural light conditions and low light conditions. HTC also claims that noise is also reduced. So on paper, the new HTC One has a 4MPixel rear camera. Don’t let this technical detail throw you off though. I have some image comparisons with the iPhone 5 to let you see how these new approaches have effected the final results. HTC calls this new setup “UltraPixel” technology.
Without further explanation. lets just get into the meat of it. Is this device worth getting? Lets see some image comparisons.
HTC One VS. iPhone5 camera comparison [Courtesy CNET Asia]
Keep in mind that the HTC One is still using pre-production software, and the final software will probably be tweaked for better results
So whats the verdict? HTC has a solid device here. I like the fact that HTC stuck to basics. No unnecessary gimmicks. The screen size is at the sweet spot (4.7 inches is probably the best screen size for a smartphone as it doesn’t make the dimensions of the phone roll into “Phablet” territory). Very few device manufacturers are catering to this class of users these days. Everyone seems to be jumping onto the 5 inch plus band-wagon, and while these screens look beautiful, they are really not as usable when it comes to one-handed operation. And in my opinion, a smartphone should be usable in one hand. Other than that, I’m definitely a fan of the construction. Metal is the way to go. Of course, the pixel density is one of the best in the business and the screen has always been HTC’s signature specialty. No exception here. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset blows any current chipset out of the water (at least until Tegra 4i comes into production units). I will be covering that chipset in my MWC Coverage blogs. Stay tuned folks. Life is good!
UPDATE: For the Uber nerds out there, check out the numbers on the benchmarks…yep. The folks over at Androidcommunity.com have posted some seriously bad-ass quadrant scores!