HTC One Series Announced
No more speculation, it's now official - HTC's latest One series of smartphones have been announced, and here are the juicy details that were revealed during the earlier press conference.
Three devices, namely the HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V, have been revealed as part of the One portfolio. All three device will be preloaded with Google Android 4.0 and the updated HTC Sense 4.0 user interface. On top of that, HTC is also introducing HTC ImageSense, a suite of camera and imaging features. HTC claims that all three devices can, in just 0.7 seconds, take a shot, while its autofocus is rated at a mere 0.2 seconds. New features such as Video Pic lets users do capture a photo whilst they are shooting a video with the HTC One devices.
Beats Audio will also make an appearance on all three devices, and the audio enhancement will be utilized beyond its music player to YouTube or gaming on the HTC One devices. The new HTC Sense 4.0 shares much similarities to its earlier Sense 3.0 predecessor, but deep down, there's some improvements on its cloud storage. With Dropbox integrated into Sense 4.0, users get 25GB of online storage for 2 years.
Now, on with the main selling points of each device. The One X will be the company's first smartphone powered by NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 1.5GHz processor, recently renamed as Super 4-PLUS-1 to reflect the additional companion core within the quad-core setup. The device is crafted with a polycarbonate unibody design alongside a high gloss piano finish with a matte back. Similar to the HTC Sensation XL, the One X will have a 4.7-inch display, but with 720p resolution and protected by Corning's Gorila Glass. According to HTC, there will be a variant of the One X, which will be powered by a LTE-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5GHz processor in selected LTE markets.
The One S is designated as the mid-range device, with a 4.3-inch Gorilla Glass display. While the One S doesn't have the same raw processing power as the One X, its Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.5GHz S4 processor should suffice. What sets the One S apart, is the slim profile of 7.9mm. Both the One X and One S will be equipped with a f/2.0 lens, which promises to capture 40% more light than the usual f/2.4 lenses used in the current smartphone portfolio.
Lastly, the One V should be priced at a more affordable price range, as compared to its One siblings. With a unibody aluminum design, the One V is a nod towards the earlier HTC Legend with a similar design concept. It is powered by a 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB built-in storage which can be expanded via microSD. Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0 and IEEE 802.11b/g/n. The One S also comes with a 5-megapixel camera.
All three devices from the One series will see a global availability starting from April 2012 through more than 140 mobile operators and distributors. For the Singapore market, all three telcos, namely SingTel, StarHub and M1, have been named in the list of operators.