HTC unveiled its flagship HTC One Android phone today. Formerly called the M-7, it features a new user interface, a news hub, and enhanced camera and sound, using a Snapdragon 600 processor with 1080p screen resolution.
The new HTC One features Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) with a new Sense UI and HTC BlinkFeed homescreen. It has an aluminum unibody shell, a 4.7-inch full HD 1080p display, LTE and runs on a quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, with 2 GB of RAM, a 2,300 mAh battery and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
The camera goes against the trend by keeping CMOS sensor size the same (1/3″), and moving to bigger 2.0 micron pixels, with the same F/2.0, optical system, which should result in dramatically better sensitivity in low light and better dynamic range. In addition, the HTC One includes optical image stabilization (OIS) and includes HDR video capture at 720p30, as well as normal dynamic range video at 720p60 or 1080p30.
AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA will carry it, but Verizon Wireless is noticeably absent. For connectivity the HTC One uses Qualcomm’s MDM9x15 baseband chip, and will come in LTE-enabled flavors for the appropriate operators. The specs don’t indicate any support for 2.6 GHz LTE. HTC announced a release set to begin in late-March 2013 on 185 different carriers internationally.
HTC has fallen behind in the last year or two as Samsung and Apple now dominates the market with Huawei and ZTE fast on the rise. According to research firm IDC, HTC captured 4.6 percent of the global smartphone market for the full-year 2012, down from 8.8 percent in 2011. HTC reported a 91 percent drop in net income in the fourth quarter and forecast continued declines in revenue.
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