HTC may not have had much success in the smartphone market, especially over the past couple of years. But the company sure does seem optimistic; judging by the amount of marketing it is putting in to spread the word about its latest flagship, the HTC One. The HTC One had been talked about for a while now, and finally HTC unveiled at an event a few days ago. With Apple already losing significant market share to Android, what impact would the HTC One have on the iPhone 5’s sales?
HTC One: Although we still don’t know the pricing details, we’re expecting it to be priced somewhere around that of the iPhone 5. But if you need something that looks good in your hands, we’d say pick the HTC handset. Like the iPhone 5, it is also encased in an all aluminum body, but it does have a larger 4.7-inch screen making it a bigger style statement, literally and figuratively. As an added bonus, there’s the magnificent resolution of 468 ppi on its display – it really doesn’t get better than that, not for now at least. Powering the HTC One is a quad-core 1.7 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. The Ultrapixels camera promises a far more powerful sensor to reproduce images that are more real, clear and sharp. There’s also a 2.1 MP front-facing camera and both cameras can record at 1080p. Choose from 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage on the HTC One.
Apple iPhone 5: When you look at the HTC One specs, and put the iPhone 5 next to it, there really is no comparison. The iPhone 5 has just a 4-inch display with a resolution of 326 ppi. It is powered by a dual-core Apple A6 1 GHz processor and has an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. Of course, only iOS fans and Apple loyalists will continue to prefer the iPhone 5 in comparison with HTC. The iPhone 5 can only survive against the HTC flagship on account of the Apple brand. But will that be enough?
They say if you don’t have a winning strategy, learn what your competition is doing right and tweak yours that way. Looks like that is going to be HTC’s plan for 2013. HTC didn’t manage to make too much of an impression in the Android market last year with its One X and One X+ handsets, which eventually just ended up confusing the consumers.
It started 2012 with the launch of its first flagship, the One X, which didn’t end up gaining much popularity mostly due to its inadequate 1800 mAh battery and dual-core processor. And shortly after its launch, HTC followed it up with an upgraded flagship, the One X+, which launched about 8 months later. The One X+ with its quad-core processor and bigger battery surely had good specs, but HTC loyalists who picked up the One X ended up feeling letdown, stuck with a more obsolete flagship.
Fortunately, HTC has realized the wisdom of its ways and decided to keep just one flagship for this year. So those of you who find the HTC One appealing enough can go ahead and pick it up without worrying about being shortchanged. It’s what Samsung did with the Galaxy S3 and look how well that worked out for the company. But will the HTC One do the same for HTC, especially with the like of Sony Xperia Z and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4?… Read the rest
HTC hasn’t had much luck in the smartphone market over the past couple of years, despite creating remarkable handsets. Of course, 2012 remained the year of Samsung with its bestselling Galaxy S3. But 2013 seems to be more promising for HTC, thanks to the company’s launch of its latest flagship smartphone, the HTC One. It looks good, has quite a few good features, but the real question is, is it fancy enough to put a dent in the Galaxy S3’s sales?
HTC One: Let’s just start by telling you how much we love the HTC One’s overall design. Clad completely in aluminum, it’s got a premium, futuristic look and feel. Its 4.7-inch full HD display has a breathtaking 468 ppi resolution – the best resolution in a smartphone till date. The phone runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with an upgraded HTC Sense UI overlay. Powered by a quad-core 1.7 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM, you get either 32 GB of 64 GB of internal storage. The HTC One is fitted with a 2,300 mAh battery. What sets it apart in the market is its unique camera with Ultrapixels technology that promises sharper, clearer images with better color reproduction. It also comes with Beats Audio-enhanced stereo speakers for the music lovers.
Samsung Galaxy S3: Even though this phone has been in the market for a while, it still boasts of competitive specs. When it comes to the overall design, it does look good with its pebble-like curves, but we can’t help giving more points to the HTC One here. It does have a slightly larger 4.8-inch screen, but its resolution of 1280X720 pixels can’t compare with that of the HTC One. The Galaxy S3 is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and scores lower in terms of processing power too. It does have a fantastic 8 MP rear camera, but we wonder how it will fare against the Ultrapixels camera in HTC’s flagship.
So, after much speculation and what seemed like an endless wait, HTC finally unveiled its brand new flagship smartphone, the HTC One. And we are only too pleased with what the company has confirmed to be a truly spectacular and promising new entrant in the Android smartphone arena. But when it goes up against some of the more recent launches like the Sony Xperia Z and BlackBerry Z10, what could be the HTC One’s fate?
HTC One: The latest flagship smartphone to hit the market, HTC One features an absolutely stunning 4.7-inch full HD display with a resolution of 468 ppi – the highest so far in a smartphone. We do wish it had a slightly bigger screen though. It is powered by a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and 2 GB of RAM. You can choose from a 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage space. The HTC One ships with Android 4.1.2 but can be upgraded to Android 4.2.2. The phone is fitted with a unique Ultrapixels camera which the company claims can reproduce much higher quality images, even in low light conditions. It comes with a massive 2,300 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia Z: Sony’s flagship smartphone was announced during CES 2013 and is ready to hit the markets. The Xperia Z has a gorgeous 5-inch full HD display with a 441 ppi resolution. It is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM and runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Sony has put in 16 GB of internal storage in this phone, but has also included a microSD card slot in case you need more space. The Xperia Z is fitted with a 13 MP rear camera with an Exmos RS sensor and a 2.2 MP front-facing camera. Powering the Xperia Z is a 2,300 mAh battery which provides up to 14 hours of talktime. The USP of the Xperia Z is that it is dust and water resistant, making it a sturdy, reliable buy, especially for the extra-clumsy customers.
BlackBerry Z10: The former world favorite smartphone, BlackBerry, sure got quite a nice uplift and the Z10 looks a lot better than the older models. It runs on BlackBerry 10, an OS that is far better than the previous offerings and it looks like it can hold its own against tough competitors like Android and iOS. The Z10 has a 4.2-inch display with a resolution of 356 ppi, so in terms of display, it lags far behind its other two contenders. It is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM. Like the Xperia Z, it also has 16 GB of internal storage as well as a microSD card slot. Unfortunately, even in terms of camera, this one’s far behind with its 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front-facing camera. It is fitted with an 1800 mAh battery, which promises a talktime of up to 10 hours.… Read the rest
Well, HTC finally did lift the veil off its grand new smartphone, the HTC One. And from what we’ve seen so far, what can we tell you, the phone looks really promising. But the real question on everyone’s minds is if the phone is good enough to steal the spotlight away from current world leader Samsung and its range of amazing products like the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note II and of course, the upcoming Galaxy S4?
There’s no doubt that HTC has worked real hard on making this phone a brilliant gadget. Its specs are truly mind-blowing – a 4.7-inch full HD display with 468 ppi resolution, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, an HDR mic, LTE connectivity, an HTC Ultrapixel camera, a 2300 mAh battery and a variety of storage options to choose from. The Snapdragon 600 processor is especially remarkable in performance, although we don’t know how many Android apps can work well enough with it.
There’s also a brand new marketing initiative being set up by HTC under the new Chief Marketing Officer John Wang. The ad campaign of the HTC One features a bold tagline, calling it to be “Everything your phone isn’t”, but we are still unsure of how aggressively HTC will be able to market the One.
However, the phone does have a beautiful design and looks premium. Even the upgraded Sense 5.0 UI makes Android look even better on the HTC One – but we’re not sure if it will be well received among hardcore Android fans. Let’s hope the company meets with some success this time around.… Read the rest
Don’t blame us for getting the name wrong – after HTC’s CEO Peter Chou talking about the M7 at the company’s year-end party, we couldn’t help but think that that’s what HTC was planning to call its flagship smartphone. And so we and everyone else kept talking about the M7, its features, rumored release date, et al.
But according to the latest update from @evleaks, the HTC flagship phone will actually be called HTC One. And well, we can’t help but believe this information, because they’ve been pretty right about a lot of other such leaks. The HTC One is rumored to be launching at a press event on February 19, 2013. What makes this phone interesting is its 4.7-inch full HD screen with a resolution of 468 ppi – the highest so far. The One is expected to be powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM.
But, will the name drag the company down again? For starters, its previous One X and One X+ didn’t exactly set the cash registers ringing for HTC. Then why does the company still want to hang on to the One tag? Will the name mar the phone’s performance in the market, or will it still be a runaway success, as HTC is rooting for it to be?… Read the rest