HTC’s latest attempt to upstage world class smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III was introduced Tuesday.
The HTC One, (formerly known as the M7) was unveiled with an all-aluminum unibody (made from one piece of metal) and arguably the sharpest screen announced thus far.
The roomy 4.7 inch screen displays full 1080p but with a record-setting pixel density of 443 per inch. That’s higher than the iPhone 5’s Retina display or Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet. And it’s higher than some recent super phones including HTC’s own Droid DNA that launched in December with a pixel density of 440 (though really, you can’t see the difference at that level) reports CNET.
Other features to note: HTC says megapixels don’t tell the whole story for achieving quality images. The One sports a camera that absorbs 3x times as much light as a typical smartphone camera. HTC claims the phone’s 4MP camera offers a higher quality image than most phones in its class. The One also has a 2.1 MP front-facing camera that captures 1080p video.
You also get a feature that lets you take 3-second videos when you take a photo. The camera captures 1 second of video before you hit the shutter button and also 2 seconds of video immediately after.
For audio, the One sports larger built-in speakers than found on most phones and a built in “dedicated amplifier” and Beats Audio, according to Computerworld.
The HTC One has a fast, quad-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz with 2GB of RAM. The phone runs a custom HTC interface based on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. It comes with either 32 or 64GB of storage.
It offers NFC but leaves out Qi wireless charging capability.
The One will be available in the U.S. at T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T in March at a price to be announced.