The HTC One is a good looking smartphone, there’s no denying. Its full metal aluminium chassis is reminiscent of the HTC Legend and in the words of our very own James Laird, it is an impressive piece of craftsmanship and design.
It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 system-on-chip, one which is very similar to the APQ8064 found in the Sony Xperia Z, with one big difference. Its newer manufacturing process means that it is clocked at 1.7GHz rather than 1.5GHz. This 13 per cent speed difference will almost definitely give it the edge in benchmarks.
As expected, the Snapdragon 600 features an Adreno 320 GPU solution and since it doesn’t have any onboard radio, HTC is likely to have included a discrete radio, possibly the MDM9625, which means that, at least in the UK, it will be 4G compatible.
There’s also 2GB of DDR2 RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage. Note that, like the HTC One X, the HTC One doesn’t come with a microSD card slot but comes with a two-year subscription to Dropbox (with 25GB storage).
Other features include a 4.7in full HD display (which gives it a pixel density of 468ppi, on par with the Sony Xperia Z), NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, support for consumer infrared remote control, GPS, GLONASS and a 2300mAh non-replaceable battery, one of the biggest in any smartphone on the market.
A word about the onboard audio and the camera features. The HTC One uses Beats technology and a dual frontal stereo speakers with built in amplifiers, an audio ensemble which it calls BoomSound (perhaps in reference to the good ol’ Boomboxes).
The onboard cameras on the HTC One are also worthy of interest. HTC packs what it calls an UltraPixel camera, one with a 13-megapixel resolution, like the Xperia Z. It comes with a dedicated HTC ImageChip 2 for advanced image processing (Optical Image Stabilisation, HDR video, Slow motion video recording, HDR video etc). The front facing one is a 2.1-megapixel model (full HD) with an 88 degrees wide angle lens, which allows it to capture a wider surface.