HTC’s new series of flagship smartphones in the form of HTC One X, S and V have overshadowed the competition in their launch at Mobile World Congress 2012. The quad-core smartphone from HTC apparently has almost everything to be the most desirable device on the smartphone market today? Among the three models showcased during the event, HTC One X is absolutely the top model of HTC’s trio of One series. HTC has packed an absolute monster in HTC One X delivering extraordinary performance. But can HTC take on the stalwart behemoths of mobile?
HTC launched the One Series in the hope of taking the fight to Samsung and Apple, the One Series, with it’s überfast graphic chips and advanced music and photography functions is hoped to dent a stitched up market. It’s a fight that HTC has been losing, sales slumped and investors dumped shares late in 2011 on concerns the firm had lost its edge.
The Taiwanese mobile tech maker is confident it’s new models – coming to market in April 2012 – will turn around the ailing fortunes of the world’s No.5 smartphone maker, and help to boost its annual sales volumes above last year’s level. “We are confident this year will be … a much better year,” Florian Seiche, chief of HTC’s European operations said, referring to the number of smartphones sold. “Even with the Q1 not being the ideal fast start right out of the gate in January, which of course we would have preferred, even with that we are very confident,” Seiche told Reuters in an interview on sidelines of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Surprisingly the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system has jelled well with the phone and improvements to HTC Sense has made it a much cleaner, easier to use experience than the previous version.
Mobile World Congress 2012 – MWC – HTC has released it’s new line of Android smartphones, The One. The series has so far received three handsets; the One X (aka One XL), One S and One V. The One X is the top of the line and it comes with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor and a larger 4.7-inch display. Here we make a detailed comparison of the specs of these three handsets. Stick up and check which one will suit you the best when they are up for grabs. The devices are compared under various essential parameters.
The Taiwanese mobile tech maker is confident new models coming to market in April will turn around the ailing fortunes of the world’s No.5 smartphone maker, and help to boost its annual sales volumes above last year’s level.
“We are confident this year will be … a much better year,” Florian Seiche, chief of HTC’s European operations said, referring to the number of smartphones sold. “Even with the Q1 not being the ideal fast start right out of the gate in January, which of course we would have preferred, even with that we are very confident,” Seiche told Reuters in an interview on sidelines of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
HTC launched the One Series in the hope of taking the fight to Samsung and Apple, the One Series, with it’s fast graphic chips and advanced music and photography functions is hoped to dent a stitched up market. It’s a fight that HTC has been losing, sales slumped and investors dumped shares late in 2011 on concerns the firm had lost its edge.
Not to be outdone by the Nokia 808’s appearance at MWC, HTC has released sample shots taken using the ImageSense camera module that comes in its One X and One S phones. In many ways they’re normal-looking stills, with nothing like PureView’s 41-megapixel oversampling (which is claimed to result in a superior 5-megapixel still), and certainly no over-sized 1/1.2-inch sensor. However, if you look closely, you can see the benefits of some of HTC’s improvements. Top among those is the faster f/2.0 lens, which will allow for shorter exposures and clearer moving subjects — like the skateboarders above. Such images will also likely benefit from the 0.7-second time window for capturing an image and the 0.2-second auto-focus when shooting continuously. Whatever you make of the sample shots in the gallery below, HTC can also claim one key advantage over PureView: camera technology that still fits into a regular-sized smartphone.
HTC is the world’s No. 5 smartphone maker, it’s pinning huge hopes on the launch of this latest range of smartphone models, hoping that fresh designs will help it to recover some of the lost market share. The new smartphones are crucial for HTC in a cut-throat market place – dominated by Samsung Electronics and Apple – as lack of new, outstanding models has sent its sales sinking over the last months. The challenge for HTC, which was once the standard bearer for the market-leading Google’s Android operating system, but dropped in global rankings last quarter, is to make its Android devices stand out among dozens of similar models.
All new models – One X, One S and One V – run the latest version of Android software.
HTC said 144 mobile operators – the widest carrier support for the firm so far – have agreed to carry HTC One range models starting from April. “The products look competitive, but HTC executives will be looking over their shoulders nervously to see how these new devices stack up against rival Android smartphones also being announced at the show,” said Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight. The Taiwanese company said on earlier this month that it anticipated a drop in revenue of as much as 36 percent for the first quarter, well below analysts’ expectations. ID:nL4E8D653N]
The former contract maker had a fairytale ride in 2010 and early 2011, when its shares more than tripled in the 14 months to April 2011 and sales grew four-fold in 1-1/2 years as consumers snapped up its innovative phones with their distinctive large clock numerals. But an equally rapid fall from grace saw its stock become the worst performer among global smartphone companies last year, down 42 percent.
Form: The high-end One X features the largest form factor. It is also heavier than its younger brothers. It has the dimensions of 134.4 x 69.9 x 9.3mm and weighs at 130 grams. Well, it is 10 grams heavier than One S and 15 grams heavier than One V. Even though, the One X is the premium version of the series with One V being the lower end version. But, if you go for the thinness, you will love the One S, which has a body with 7.9mm density.
Display screen: The One X comes with a large 4.7-inch Super IPS LCD2 display. It has a better resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at 312 ppi. The One S is a mid-sized version with a 4.3-inch display and the One V features only a 3.7-inch display like Apple iPhone. A judgment on the display size is actually pointless, because there are customers, who want products with various display sizes.
Processor: The One X is up with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor. It is actually the first HTC handset with the quad core CPU. It was earlier rumored as HTC Edge and Endeavour. The device’s U.S. version, the One XL will run on a dual core dual-core Qualcomm processor. It is because AT&T wants to run it on its 4G LTE connectivity. Tegra 3 doesn’t support 4G LTE right now. The One S and One V come with dual core processors. When it comes to RAM capacity, the One X and One S mount 1GB of RAM, while One V has only a 512MB of RAM.
Storage: The One X, One S and One V respectively feature 32GB, 16GB and 4GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, no models do sport microSD slots for memory expansion. It is actually the biggest deficiency of the HTC One series handsets.
OS: The entire HTC One lineup plays with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the much-coveted version of Google Android. HTC has done well in choosing the right operating system for its new handsets. Ice Cream Sandwich is yet to appear on many more handsets. In next couple of months, we will witness to the arrival of a huge variety of ICS handsets in stores.
Camera: Both One X and One S will arrive with terrific cameras. The devices are to highlight 8-megapixel rear cameras with BSI sensor for better image capturing in low-light environs. The devices also feature f/2.0 aperture, a 28mm lens and others. The One V, in the meantime, features 5-megapixel rear camera.
One of the first things many smartphone buyers look for when deciding on their next phone is the camera. HTC is looking to capitalize on that and have made huge strides in their camera technology. The myTouch 4G Slide had an impressive camera but their new HTC One X and One S look to take things to an entirely new level. Android Community was able to get a first hand look at the HTC One series at Mobile World Congress and all the coverage is linked to below. HTC was proud to announce that not only are the phones awesome, built extremely well, trimmed down and run fast with HTC Sense, but they’ve also developed a new technology called ImageSense. HTC has actually added a separate processing core for the camera alone. So a dual-core phone will actually have three cores.
Every model of the HTC One series has its own distinguished features. The One X, which is the first quad core phone from HTC. The One S, at the same time, will be one of the thinnest smartphones once available in stores. The One V is a phone for budget conscious customers, who can pick it without any concerns. After all, the entire HTC One series is featured for some special capabilities, which make them outshine their handset rivals. Those items mainly include Beats Audio support and toned-down HTC Sense UI. HTC will bring the devices into stores in the second quarter this year. The company will have to take on stiff challenge from a number of new ICS and quad core powered handsets on market by then. Anyway, with a line of phones that have suitable picks for all types of customers, HTC attempts to establish its presence stable on market.
source: android community
All three One phones share the following key features:
High-speed cameras with F2.0 Aperture Lenses. HTC is putting a huge emphasis on its phone cameras, calling its suite of improvements Image Sense. With the help of a dedicated camera co-processor, the handsets are able to snap pictures in just .7 seconds, making it easy to snap a shot of the cat looking cute before he catches you staring at him and makes a funny face. In a brief hands-on at our office last week, we were able to snap a series of pictures of our conference room as fast as we could tap the picture button. However, we wish the phones had dedicated camera buttons, because you still have to wake your phone, unlock it and find the camera icon to start shooting.
The cameras all have F2.0 aperture lenses, which should improve image quality, particularly in low light. At the press event, HTC CEO Peter Chou showed how the camera was able to take photos that were much brighter than shots of the same scene on the iPhone.
The bundled camera software also allows you to shoot photos while you are filming a video just by tapping a button. That’s key for scenes that just won’t wait for you to film them twice, once with video and once with stills.
Android 4.0 with Sense 4. HTC has evolved its popular and attractive Android skin to give you the best of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, along with the best of HTC’s unique innovations. In addition to key innovations like an email client that puts important icons next to your messages when in landscape mode, Sense has useful and attractive features like the Friend feed widget that shows all your social media updates on the desktop and enhanced contact management.
Free 25GB of Dropbox: Users will get a two year account with Dropbox, which will allow them to store files in the cloud and sync them with any other devices they own, including their PCs. Dropbox is one of our favorite cloud services, but it normally charges users for any amount over 2GB so the 25GB of free storage is a huge benefit.
Physical Buttons: Like LG, HTC has decided to stick with a dedicated buttons for home, back, and menu functions. The virtual buttons that eat up screen real estate on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus aren’t here.
MediaLink Compatibility: Via their micro USB ports, all three One devices will be able to connect to an optional accessory called MediaLink that outputs up to 1080p to an external TV.
Beats Audio: High-quality Beats Audio processing is now built into the deepest levels of the OS so any music app can take advantage of the improved sound.