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Our own Ron Amadeo is live at HTC's New York press event right now, where the company has just unveiled its new flagship smartphone: the HTC One.

Update: Our hands-on with the HTC One is live: Hands-On With The HTC One - Great Build Quality, Great Screen, Odd Buttons [Video]

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The One is sporting a brand-new 4.7" 1080p LCD display, wrapped in an all-aluminum unibody housing that, I have to say, is genuinely striking - no other phone looks like this thing. HTC claims the antennas are integrated into the gapless chassis, so one has to wonder about the effect that'll have on signal.

Sense 5.0 is included as well, the highlight of which is a vertically scrolling tile interface called 'BlinkFeed' on the main homescreen. HTC appears to be deliberately obfuscating the version of Android the One is running, as neither the official press release, spec sheet, or announcement event have divulged that information. We're guessing Android 4.1.2, but obviously, we can't say that with any kind of certainty.

The One is powered by a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor at 1.7GHz, with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage in the base model (a 64GB model is planned as well), a 2300mAh battery, and LTE connectivity. Oh, and there's an IR blaster in there, too.

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HTC is making a lot of marketing bread out of the One's Ultrapixel image sensor, which allows the One's camera to take images with 'enlarged' pixels capable of absorbing around three times more light than those in other 8MP smartphone cameras. The upshot of more light, obviously, is better low-light performance. The downside is that because the pixels are so large, the maximum resolution of images taken with the One will be 4MP. The One also has optical image stabilization on both the front and rear cameras.

The front stereo speakers - which HTC calls 'BoomSound' - have the largest resonance chambers of any smartphone speaker, meaning they should sound markedly less awful than your average smartphone speaker. HTC claims microphones on the new One phone will provide a leap in noise-cancelling quality, as well, promising that you'll be able to hold a phone conversation in even the loudest of environments. The One is packing a new headphone amplifier as well, which should make your beats sound more meaty.

HTC has deals with 185 carriers worldwide to distribute the One, including Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T in the US. The One will be available in some markets starting in March.

INTRODUCING THE NEW HTC ONE®, A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON SMARTPHONES

HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound Deliver HTC One’s Unprecedented New Smartphone Experience

London and New York City, February 19, 2013 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced its new flagship smartphone, the new HTC One.  Crafted with a distinct zero-gap aluminium unibody, the new HTC Oneintroduces HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™, key new HTC Sense® innovations that reinvent the mobile experience and set a new standard for smartphones.

“People today immerse themselves in a constant stream of updates, news and information. Although smartphones are one of the main ways we stay in touch with the people and information we care about, conventional designs have failed to keep pace with how people are actually using them,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “A new, exciting approach to the smartphone is needed and with the new HTC One, we have re-imagined the mobile experience from the ground up to reflect this new reality.”

HTC BlinkFeed: A personal live stream right on the home screen
At the centre of the new HTC One experience is HTC BlinkFeed. HTC BlinkFeed is a bold new experience that transforms the home screen into a single live stream of personally relevant information such as social updates, entertainment and lifestyle updates, news and photos with immersive images so that people no longer need to go to separate applications to find out what’s happening.  HTC BlinkFeed aggregates the freshest content from the most relevant and interesting sources, giving it to people at a glance, all in one place, without the need to jump between multiple applications and web sites.

To enable this new dynamic approach to the smartphone, HTC will provide both local and global content from more than 1,400 media sources with more than 10,000 articles per day from some of the most innovative media companies, such as the AOL family of media properties, ESPN, MTV, Vice Media, CoolHunting, Reuters and many others. For more information on HTC BlinkFeed’s content partners, visit the HTC Blog.

HTC UltraPixel Camera with HTC Zoe

The breakthrough HTC UltraPixel Camera redefines how people capture, relive and share their most precious moments.HTC Zoe gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets.  These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories.  It also automatically creates integrated highlight films from each event comprised of Zoes, photos and videos set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects. These highlight videos can be remixed or set to different themes, and can be easily shared on social networks, email and other services.

To enable this innovative camera experience, HTC developed a custom camera that includes a best-in-class f/2.0 aperture lens and a breakthrough sensor with UltraPixels that gather 300 percent more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors.  This new approach also delivers astounding low-light performance and a variety of other improvements to photos and videos. In addition, the perfect self-portrait or video is just a tap away with an ultra-wide angle front-facing camera which supports 1080p video capture. Multi-axis optical image stabilisation for the rear camera also helps ensure video footage smoother whether stationary or on the move. HTC UltraPixel camera adds many other features and effects such as enhanced 360' panorama, time sequencing and object removal.

HTC BoomSound

The new HTC One offers the best audio experience of any mobile phone available today. HTC BoomSound introduces for the first time on a phone, front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier and an amazing full HD display that immerses people in music, videos, games and the YouTube™ clips they love. Beats Audio™  integration is enabled across the entire experience for rich, authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube video or playing a game.

HDR recording uses advanced dual microphones and audio processing to capture clean, rich sound that is worthy of high-definition video footage.  Phone calls sound great on HTC One thanks to the addition of HTC Sense Voice™, which boosts the call volume and quality in noisy environments so that conversations come through loud and clear.

HTC Sense TV™

HTC Sense TV transforms the new HTC One into an interactive program guide and remote control for most TVs, set-top boxes and receivers. Tapping the power of the cloud, Sense TV makes it simple and intuitive to see what’s on and find that favourite show.

Metal Unibody Design

Wrapped in a zero-gap aluminium unibody and sporting a brilliant 4.7”, Full HD (1080p) screen, the new HTC One features the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system and LTE network technology to offer blazingly-fast browsing in a package that combines premium design with breakthrough build quality.

Available in stunning silver and beautiful black, the sleek and crafted aluminium unibody sits comfortably in the hand and showcases HTC’s unique antenna technology, which helps people achieve a crystal clear signal. The display also resists scratches and reduces glare, whilst offering incredible 468ppi resolution and rich, natural colours.

Global Availability
The new HTC One will be available globally through more than 185 mobile operators and major retailers in more than 80 regions and countries beginning in March. For more information and to pre-register for the new HTC One, visit www.htc.com.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • bondx99

    New Sense. Don't say that aloud too fast. hahaha :D

  • Stylus_XL

    I want One.

  • TheKaz1969

    Sweet! I can't wait to upgrade my Verizon pho-- er.. wait, what?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eTiMaGo Thomas Gires

    This may well make me reconsider buying an HTC instead of whatever the next Nexus phone will be... front stereo speakers a great idea!

    • http://profiles.google.com/bazker Vladslav Cherezov

      and stuck with android 4,2 ....

    • Joo

      My thoughts exactly! If the new nexus isn't worth upgrading I might consider buying this one instead!

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Unless the leaks come early and are clearly confirmed, you've got a LONG wait before you'll even know. I suspect HTC will release a refresh (the HTC One+ ?!?!?!) before the next Nexus is even announced.

  • TY
  • Matt McNair

    You know what I think is the smartest thing about this design? From the looks of the shots all the speakers are mounted on the FRONT of the device where the actual user will be! Good by hand cupping to hear it? YES PLEASE!

    • http://profiles.google.com/bazker Vladslav Cherezov

      You know.... I'm carring my phone in pocket. Screen to feet. And where are your speackers now?

      • Ashish Raj

        & why will you play music through it's speaker when it's inside your pocket???? Use a headphone!!

        • http://profiles.google.com/bazker Vladslav Cherezov

          what about ringer sound?

          • Matt McNair

            I usually place my devices on a surface face up as well. Ringer facing down by current standard. Also if it's in your pocket vibrate is usually my first indicator of an incoming call.

          • http://profiles.google.com/bazker Vladslav Cherezov

            ehm... i don't want to remember not to put it face down on my sofa, not to put it face down into my pocket, not to everething else... that is not right

          • Matt McNair

            I don't know, maybe I'm just a supernerd because I spend 90% of my time near my devices with the screen facing me. LOL

          • Ashish Raj

            Well, my current phone has speakers on back but that doesn't mean I can't hear it ringing even tho' I had placed it face up..

          • Freak4Dell

            It's really not that big a deal. It's not like sound just disappears if you don't have the speakers facing out. It will just be a bit muffled, but you'll still hear it.

          • QwietStorm

            How is your phone face down in your pocket?

          • bluevoodo

            Why would anyone place their phone face down? Scratches anyone?

          • Thin_Apple_Chick

            If a phone is designed properly, the screen is recessed 1mm in. It's impossible to scratch the screen no matter how many times you put it face-down. HTC didn't think of that simple design.

          • bluevoodo

            Yes they did way before, take a look at the HTC sensation, but more importantly, are you defending rear speakers? What kind of madness is this? Samsung does it on the tablet = Amazing. HTC does it on the phone, world goes ape shit. Dumb.

          • troph

            I've never had an issue with hearing my ringer, face-up or down, for any phone I've used.

  • Kibhen

    This or the Xperia Z? I wonder which is better a fit for me.

    • http://twitter.com/RyanDack Ryan Dack

      I too am torn between the One and the Xperia Z. My support hinges on developer support, which Sony has proved. HTC has to now prove itself. Having the Z be waterproof is also kind of nice. It will take me a while to decide.

      • tedleaf

        dev support ? have you ever been to xda forum ?
        is there the same for sony now.
        it all started with htc, it was htc only until last year !!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/sean.p.cummins Sean Cummins

    Quad-core Snapdragon? Sweet. 2GB Ram? Sweet. 1080p screen? Sweet. 32GB base storage? Sweet. 4 MP resolution? S...what? Really? Am I missing something?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yes, the entire paragraph explaining why, apparently.

      • andy_o

        Ironically, sounds exactly like reverse-megapixel war marketing. Everything else equivalent, bigger pixels don't make less noise in the whole picture; only when you're looking at 1:1 pixel mapping (100%), which nobody really should care about, but for some reason how most reviewers test.

        If you got the same number of photosites, but bigger, that way you'll gather more light, but if you've just got 1 replacing 3, you really haven't gathered more light, haven't you? Others have worked in making the photosites more efficient, that's what could make it actually better (or just brute-force it and make a bigger sensor).

        • MeCampbell30

          You're forgetting the dead space between pixels and also the fact that most "lens'" on smart phone cameras can't even resolve a full 8MP. You will have a better signal to noise ratio with large pixils on the same size die

          • andy_o

            Maybe "everything else equivalent" is a big caveat, or maybe not. I'm not sure the state of microlenses in small sensors. The thing is that the marketing is focusing on the size of the photosites, not the space between them, of if that's even non-negligible. There are so-called "gapless" sensors now, though I don't know how or if they're implemented in small sensors.

            Also, you can probably get better color resolution with more pixels due to the Bayer arrangement, even if the lenses don't resolve fully. And even then, it's better to be resolution-limited by the lens, than by the sensor (smooth blurriness vs. pixellated).

    • sukerio

      Actually it is 4 ultra pixel..its new

  • HellG

    and it has only 2 buttons rather than the regular 3, oh god why :'(

    • MeCampbell30

      Is the HTC logo a capacitive button?

      • HellG

        nope, it does absolutely nothing :/

  • Loren Cogar

    Awww man no Verizon? Figures, I would jump on this phone in a heartbeat!

  • Nick Schiwy

    After watching that video, I actually kind of fell in love with that phone. I have a Nexus 4 so there's 0 chance of my leaving it for the HTC One but that is a beautiful phone and that advertisement actually seems to do it justice. Maybe, if that ad makes it to TV, HTC's hail mary will have saved them, after all!

  • abqnm

    It seems from the press release that 4.2.x is in order, unless HTC included their own "enhanced 360' panorama" that is NOT based on Photo Sphere. I am sure the "enhanced" part is HTC, but the base is still likely 4.2 since the press release does say "features the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system."

  • i_am_dead

    lol .. live blink feed ..have seen that somewhere ..... ohh yeh i think windows phone :P
    But phone looks awesome ... full metal body i like it, 2300mah battery super like for a HTC phone which has always been bad at batteries, 4.7 inch perfect screen size not too big nt too small.

  • troph

    All naming and product gimmicks aside, this is a BEAST. I think they heard some of the feedback from the community. I'm sold. Good job HTC.

  • Jonathan

    I thought the One X was a beautiful design. This phone, on the other hand, looks like it was jumbled together from different parts from completely different phones, especially the front. Those speaker grilles might be more functional, but god are they ugly as hell.

    The white model in particular looks atrocious. From white metal (I assume that's metal) to glossy black glass bezel adorned with a chintzy logo and capacitive buttons (why in the name of god is there no recent apps button?) Does the HTC logo serve a purpose, because it's front and center between the other buttons and looks like a button by association. I bet that's going to confuse the hell out of some folks. Finally, there's the actual screen itself sitting in the middle of this incohorent design.

    As has been rehashed over and over again, it does look iPhone 5-ish, but it's like the designers said, "Let's take the iPhone design and make it look horrible." The back isn't horrible, but it isn't really eye opening the way the One X's was. In fact, it reminds me of budget phones' backs. However, at least it's a clean, coherent design. This contrasts directly with the noisy, cluttered, ugly front.

    The hardware is very competitive, but the design just ruins it for me. The One X might not have been a runaway hit of the caliber of the GS3, but it was a great, well-designed phone. It seemed at the time like HTC was doing the right things with regard to coherent, intelligent design, but this is a huge step backward. I don't even want to know what new ways they've come up with to ruin Jelly Bean. This is unbelievably disappointing.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bazker Vladslav Cherezov

      thanx. just saw theese "buttons"

    • QwietStorm

      Lol

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    I ve been following htc since htc touch and i have to say that all the devices i owned where awesome. I am currently on htc one x and i love it.. however htc lost me because of the low update rate.. I owned the desire which didnt get to ice cream and i think my desire hd took like for ever.. my old sensation never maked to jellybeans and i am sure that my hox wont get to 4.2.2 or klime..unfortunately although this seems like a good device probably i will be getting a nexus 5 as an upgrade next year. I hope that htc can deal with the updates faster in the future and maybe support the dev community..

  • FrillArtist

    RIP HTC. You tried your best but your best just wasn't good enough.

  • GazaIan

    At first I read "Oh, and there's an IR blaster in there, too."

    And I said, "I WANT IT."

    Then I read "the maximum resolution of images taken with the One will be 4MP."

    And now I'm a bit disappointed.

    • chlo1ber

      Apparently, reading isn't your strength.

  • http://twitter.com/AJVFox Philippe Dumas

    so a Zoe is what, a modern variation of an animated .gif? Maybe they're using .PNG. They were deisgned to replace .gif in every way.

  • GazaIan

    HTC is releasing this on T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T. Verizon just got shafted. My heart is warmed.

    • QwietStorm

      I don't think they got shafted. These things usually happen by Verizon's own doing, because they have to have so many specifics met.

  • Chronus719

    After getting nice and comfortable with my Nexus 4 and its timely updates, I don't think that anything will ever draw me away from them, especially if a phone releases a couple of versions behind.

  • Matt

    cant wait to see how the new snapdragon chipset performs, this version has an A15 core right? not like the previous s4 pro that was a hybrid of A9 and A15?

    • sillmacka

      No, Qualcom does not use A15 cores they this is an improved s4 pro core. 15% IPC improvement.

  • invinciblegod

    This does look awesome, though too bad the iPhone was announced with similar styling type first (black or normal all aluminum construction). That does take away the thunder somewhat. The real question is WHAT DOES THE HTC LOGO DO? The second question is HOW MUCH BATTERY LIFE WITH THAT SCREEN?

  • GazaIan

    As for Boomsound, I really hope it sounds good. I have a couple of Android devices from HTC, Huawei, and Samsung, and I can say that the speakers on HTC phones were absolutely terrible. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 had the right idea, with front facing stereo speakers with good sound quality. Lets hope the HTC One can redeem itself here.

    And no Beats Audio? Finally that crap is gone.

    • chlo1ber

      Yeah, that's why there is no BeatsAudio logo on the back.

    • Melissa Peterson

      Actually if you pay close attention to both videos, the beats logo is actually there so no they haven't given up yet.
      Edit: It's also in the pictures too.

  • gspida

    looks nice I am going to be in the market this year and this is a contender.

  • Azi Anzari

    The gallery app and the homescreen really nice,
    hope someone later will port it :D

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    I think the speakers are going to be their selling point, and it's a good one.

  • Zakarz

    Damn, I just bought a 64gb micro sd card for my evo lte... looks like the sprint version of this phone will not have expandable memory. The Evo branding is dead :( http://www.sprint.com/landings/htcone/index.html?INTCID=AB:UEC:HERO:021913:HTC:960x320

    • Sorian

      HTC's page doesn't list expandable memory at all, not just Sprint.

  • Max Barlow

    Now... remove them hardware buttons, and shrink that body/expand the screen right to the edge... that's a sexy phone

  • Mie Mohd

    the black one quite familiar to my HD2

  • http://www.facebook.com/tautvydas.kaziukonis Tautvydas Kaziukonis

    Dual frontal speakers got my attention!

  • Paul

    If it were running Android 4.1.2 they wouldn't be hiding the version information. How sad would it be, and embarrassing, if it was running 4.0.x it depends on how long they've been developing this thing, if it's been worked on for some time, they could have started with 4.0.x and gotten it perfect by press release but are hoping to have adapted to work on 4.1.2 before production shipments go out. So maybe all their demo's and such use 4.0.x Or maybe Google gave them something like 4.2.3?? And they're not allowed to mention it yet. My guess is on the former scenario.

    • Paul

      Hey AP, every other article I've read about the HTC One mentions it's running Android 4.1.2 specifically. Where are they getting this info?

  • tedleaf

    well, to all the nit pickers, its simples aint it, dont get one.
    me i want a good solid htc that devs can turn into the next hd2.the last good phone they built.

  • Dimitri Smith

    Good job HTC.

    Doesn't look like Windows Mobile or JIAYU G3 at all...

  • Freak4Dell

    The black one looks amazing. I won't be buying it, but it's a really well-designed phone. Also, it seems like they finally found their testicles and told Sprint to shove it with the stupid names. Hopefully this is the start of something good for HTC.

  • DeadSOL

    Goodbye, Xperia Z.

    Now, let's see how the Galaxy S4 can fare against this monstrosity.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    I can't believe they chose more branding (the HTC logo) over more functionality (an extra button) for users. SMH.

  • GigiAUT

    Zoe sort of reminds me of Nokia's LifeBlog that came on my old 7610, except modernized and on steroids.

  • Linda Mitchell

    Gorgeous looking phone. I like the dual front speakers. I want a full walk though of the new Sense UI. So far, I like what I see.

  • MeCampbell30

    2 micron pixel pitch camera!!!! Finally, manufacturers are ignoring the MP wars. This thing should have great low light sensitivity.

  • Sweet_Helen

    Great job at putting a large black border around the screen just to make it appear like it's an edge-to-edge display, even though its not. Maybe HTC will get it right in 2014 or 2015.

  • http://twitter.com/mxpwr4 Steve Bennet

    Sense 5.0? Thats the fifth time they've ruined a perfectly good operating system.no thanks. I'll never buy another htc phone with sense

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      You obviously weren't around for the early days of Android. Early versions of Sense UI covered up some pretty bad designs from Google. In fact, there's been a pretty significant number of things that HTC did first which found their way into stock Android some time later. The big problem is that Android moved forward while Sense largely grew stale and fell behind with 3.x and 4.x. I haven't seen enough of 5.0 to form a real opinion yet, but I'm cautiously optimistic that they are going to start doing better.

  • Thiagobama

    This looks a lot like my iphone and I like it.

  • thiza jericho

    wait the htc one what kind of battery does it have?