The HTC One is the latest flagship smartphones from HTC, and the Taiwanese firm is hoping the device will cement the company as the top mobile manufacturer in the world. But, with contenders such as Apple and Samsung due to release flagships in the coming months, is the HTC One impressive enough to be crowned the best handset of the year? Here, we take a look at the innovative features of the HTC One.
The HTC One has what is called BlinkFeed in place of the standard Android homescreen seen on previous HTC devices. BlinkFeed offers users live feeds from social networks, galleries and news sources, which can be customised to suit the individual’s needs and preferences. The feeds are presented in boxes on the homescreen, and update in realtime when new info such as friends’ social updates and top news headlines are available.
Instead of brandishing a camera with a mammoth megapixel count, HTC has called its snapper an UltraPixel camera. HTC has dubbed it so because it uses an UltraPixel sensor that can capture 300% more light than rival device’s camera sensors. UltraPixels are larger than ordinary pixels too, and each pixel is of a higher quality than the megapixels of photos taken by ‘regular’ smartphone cameras. So, the more light that enters the sensor, the more detail can be captured in the larger UltraPixels, resulting in really sharp and clear images that are an accurate representation of thesubjects snapped.
Also on board is the HTC Zoe camera feature that works in a similar way to BlackBerry’s Time Shift function, which recently appeared on the BlackBerry Z10 and allows users to rewind and fast-forward photos milliseconds before and after the shutter button is pressed. When HTC Zoe is activated, the HTC One’s camera will record a mini-video lasting 3 seconds, instead of taking one still photograph. Users are then able to scroll through the mini-video which consists of 20 frames, and select ones to save as stills.
The HTC One is one of the most promising smartphones of 2013 so far, as it has a combination of good looks and even better functionality. Should Apple and Samsung see HTC as a major threat now? We think so. To check out the HTC One in action take a look at our video review.
This guest post was written by Abbi Cox of Phones 4u, where the HTC One in black or silver is available to pre-order now.