HTC One Smartphone Review: Android Empowered

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Introduction And Specifications

After some delays in manufacturing, the highly anticipated HTC One smartphone is officially here.  Although this high-end smartphone has not received the same amount of buzz as Samsung’s much-hyped Galaxy S 4, the One has many compelling features that will give Samsung some serious competition among savvy consumers.

The HTC One features a full-metal, zero-gap unibody design along with a number of software features that set the phone apart, including a new home screen with HTC BlinkFeed, and HTC BoomSound which combines front-facing stereo speakers with dedicated amplifiers and Beats Audio integration.

HTC also incorporated a unique camera sensor and software into the HTC One. With the HTC UltraPixel Camera and HTC Zoe, you’ll get the ability to capture high-resolution photos and video in various lighting situations and the software on the device offers some cool editing features not found on other phones.

As the flagship smartphone in HTC’s line-up, the One features a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor along with 2GB of RAM. The phone is available in both 32GB and 64GB models, depending on your carrier. There is no microSD expansion card slot, so the onboard storage is all you get. The phone also features a vibrant 4.7-inch full HD 1080p screen with an ultra-high pixel density of 468 ppi. Out of the box, the One runs on Android 4.1.2 with HTC Sense.

Specifications & Features

Processor and memory
1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
32GB or 64GB internal storage

Operating System
Android 4.1.2 with HTC Sense
HTC BlinkFeed

850/900/1800/1900 MHz
T-Mobile (US): 850/ AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 42 Mbps
AT&T: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 21 Mbps
Sprint: 1900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 14.4 Mbps
3G - CDMA:
800/1900 MHz for Sprint
4G - LTE:
T-Mobile (US)/ AT&T: 700 MHz and AWS band
Sprint: 1900 MHz
Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
Digital compass
NFC capable
Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled
802.11 a/ac/b/g/n

Ports and expansion
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
microUSB 2.0

4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI
Size and weight
5.4 X 2.7 X .37 inches
5 ounces

Cameras and multimedia
HTC UltraPixel Camera
BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3'
Dedicated HTC ImageChip 2
F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Front Camera: 2.1 MP, 880 wide angle lens with HDR capability
1080p Full HD video recording with HDR Video
HTC BoomSound
Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
Beats Audio

2300 mAh Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
Talk time:
Up to 18 hours for WCDMA
Up to 19 hours for CDMA
Up to 27 hours for GSM
Standby time:
Up to 500 hours for WCDMA
Up to 496 hours for CDMA
Up to 479 hours for GSM

Pricing and Availability
Sprint $99.99 with new line of service (32GB)
AT&T $199.99 with contract (32GB)
AT&T $299.99 with contract (64GB)
T-Mobile $579.99
**Available Unlocked on Amazon

The HTC One is currently available from AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. You can also pick up the HTC One from a number of retail stores nationwide. In this review, we’ll take a hands-on look at the HTC One from Sprint. Our handset came in silver; a black version for AT&T and Sprint with 32GB of storage will also be available.

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