HTC has announced the HTC One smartphone, a device that comes loaded with some impressive features. The HTC One offers a fast processor supporting the latest LTE network technology, is powered by the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system, and incorporates a nice bright 4.7-inch 1080p full-HD screen.
The HTC One is unique in that it is the first smartphone to feature HTC’s new UltraPixel Camera – an enhanced imaging technology that is designed to provide a significant leap in the quality of still images and video that can be recorded with a cameraphone.
HTC One Smartphone: Ultrapixel Camera Technology
The HTC One accomplishes these advances in image quality in part by employing larger pixels in the new sensor that can capture 300% more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors.
Rather than focus on the number of pixels that can be placed on the sensor, HTC has focused on increasing the size of the individual pixel. Compared to competitors models that offer 8MP to 13MP on a similar size sensor, the HTC One offers 4MP resolution (larger pixels take up more space on sensor). The advantage is that by absorbing more light larger pixels lead to improvements in image quality including providing better colour and detail.
The new HTC One, like its predecessor, offers the largest lens aperture on the market, with an f/2.0, which allows 44% more light through than the f/2.4 aperture on the iPhone 5, and over 90% more light than the f/2.6 lens on the Samsung G3.
Optical Image Stabilizer Technology (OIS): While OIS is not new to digital cameras, this is a significant milestone for smartphone cameras. HTC’s dedicated imaging gyroscope effectively detects the motion of the camera, and the lens will physically move in the opposite direction of the motion to counter the shake induced on a phone.
For taking videos, one of the biggest challenges has always been capturing smooth footage. When holding the camera with bare hands, even small movements are quite noticeable. With the 2-axis OIS in operation, background shakes are effectively removed, resulting in videos that look smooth and steady.
HTC One Smartphone Major Features
HTC BlinkFeed™. Your live home screen. With HTC BlinkFeed™, simply pick the social networks, news and feeds you want to stay updated on and they’ll all stream live to your home screen.
You don’t need to dig to find out what’s going on. Your live home screen can contain the latest updates on your friends, photos, social networks, calendar events, sports teams, music, news—and more.
HTC UltraPixel Camera Get perfect images with one-press continuous shooting, VideoPic, and a camera that captures 300% more light.
The camera built-in to the HTC One Smartphone also offers 1080p@30fps video recording capabilities, with HDR, stereo sound recording, and video stabilization.
4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI Screen: HTC One’s Infinity Glass eliminates glare and resists scratches.
HTC Zoe™ HTC Zoe gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets. These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life.
HTC Boomsound: On the average smartphone, sharing music or a video with friends is a frustrating experience. A tiny speaker will tame even the most ferocious track. But the new HTC One’s BoomSound™ changes all that. Dual frontal stereo speakers powered by built-in amplifiers deliver bigger sound with less distortion and more detail.
Sense Voice: Call clarity—even in a crowd: The world doesn’t include a volume knob. So talking on the phone in any loud, crowded environment can be a challenge. The new HTC One solves that problem with Sense Voice. It includes dual built-in microphones that detect loud ambient noise and will then dynamically boost the in-call voice to compensate.
HTC One Smartphone Press Release
HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™ Deliver HTC One’s Unprecedented New Smartphone Experience
New York City, February 19, 2013 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced its new flagship smartphone, the new HTC One. Crafted with a distinct zero-gap aluminium unibody, the new HTC One introduces HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™, key new HTC Sense® innovations that reinvent the mobile experience and set a new standard for smartphones.
“People today immerse themselves in a constant stream of updates, news and information. Although smartphones are one of the main ways we stay in touch with the people and information we care about, conventional designs have failed to keep pace with how people are actually using them,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “A new, exciting approach to the smartphone is needed and with the new HTC One, we have re-imagined the mobile experience from the ground up to reflect this new reality.”
HTC BlinkFeed: A personal live stream right on the home screen
At the centre of the new HTC One experience is HTC BlinkFeed. HTC BlinkFeed is a bold new experience that transforms the home screen into a single live stream of personally relevant information such as social updates, entertainment and lifestyle updates, news and photos with immersive images so that people no longer need to go to separate applications to find out what’s happening.
HTC BlinkFeed aggregates the freshest content from the most relevant and interesting sources, giving it to people at a glance, all in one place, without the need to jump between multiple applications and web sites.
To enable this new dynamic approach to the smartphone, HTC will provide both local and global content from more than 1,400 media sources with more than 10,000 articles per day from some of the most innovative media companies, such as the AOL family of media properties, ESPN, MTV, Vice Media, CoolHunting, Reuters and many others. For more information on HTC BlinkFeed’s content partners, visit the HTC Blog.
HTC UltraPixel Camera with HTC Zoe
The breakthrough HTC UltraPixel Camera redefines how people capture, relive and share their most precious moments. HTC Zoe gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets.
These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories. It also automatically creates integrated highlight films from each event comprised of Zoes, photos and videos set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects. These highlight videos can be remixed or set to different themes, and can be easily shared on social networks, email and other services.
To enable this innovative camera experience, HTC developed a custom camera that includes a best-in-class f/2.0 aperture lens and a breakthrough sensor with UltraPixels that gather 300 percent more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors. This new approach also delivers astounding low-light performance and a variety of other improvements to photos and videos. In addition, the perfect self-portrait or video is just a tap away with an ultra-wide angle front-facing camera which supports 1080p video capture.
Multi-axis optical image stabilisation for the rear camera also helps ensure video footage smoother whether stationary or on the move. HTC UltraPixel camera adds many other features and effects such as enhanced 360′ panorama, time sequencing and object removal.
The new HTC One offers the best audio experience of any mobile phone available today. HTC BoomSound introduces for the first time on a phone, front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier and an amazing full HD display that immerses people in music, videos, games and the YouTube™ clips they love. Beats Audio™ integration is enabled across the entire experience for rich, authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube video or playing a game.
HDR recording uses advanced dual microphones and audio processing to capture clean, rich sound that is worthy of high-definition video footage. Phone calls sound great on HTC One thanks to the addition of HTC Sense Voice™, which boosts the call volume and quality in noisy environments so that conversations come through loud and clear.
HTC Sense TV™
HTC Sense TV transforms the new HTC One into an interactive program guide and remote control for most TVs, set-top boxes and receivers. Tapping the power of the cloud, Sense TV makes it simple and intuitive to see what’s on and find that favourite show.
Metal Unibody Design
Wrapped in a zero-gap aluminium unibody and sporting a brilliant 4.7”, Full HD (1080p) screen, the new HTC One features the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system and LTE network technology to offer blazingly-fast browsing in a package that combines premium design with breakthrough build quality.
Available in stunning silver and beautiful black, the sleek and crafted aluminium unibody sits comfortably in the hand and showcases HTC’s unique antenna technology, which helps people achieve a crystal clear signal. The display also resists scratches and reduces glare, whilst offering incredible 468ppi resolution and rich, natural colours.
The new HTC One will be available globally through more than 185 mobile operators and major retailers in more than 80 regions and countries beginning in March.