The HTC One release date approaches and as shoppers try to decide if the HTC One is worth buying we offer up our HTC One first impressions and an unboxing video for a closer look at the HTC One.
Spring and AT&T are offering the HTC One pre-orders right now, and we imported an HTC One from Clove.co.uk to run on the AT&T network so that we could share an early look at the HTC One and HTC Sense 5.
HTC announced the HTC One at an event back in February and after several delays units appear to be moving to retailers and we are even hearing some rumblings of HTC One pre-orders pegged to ship early.
The HTC One features a 4.7-inch 1080P HD display that is absolutely stunning, and an all metal design that looks and feels great. Even though the Samsung Galaxy S4 release will come with more flash, the HTC One is not a phone to dismiss or pass over.
There are few Android phones that deliver the level of build quality the HTC One offers, and this is definitely a phone that is built for use without a case.
Here we share an unboxing video of the HTC One and take a closer look at the hardware. Stay tuned for a deep dive into the HTC Sense 5 software and features like HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe.
HTC One Unboxing Video
After a quick unboxing, we offer up a hardware overview of the HTC One and summarize many of the main features on HTC’s latest flagship device.
HTC One Hardware Overview & Mini Review
It’s easy to get caught up in the latest Android phone to hit the market, but the HTC One is one of the best looking Android phones that has come across my desk in the last few years. There’s no trace of the plastic we see in the Galaxy line of smartphones or the fragile glass back of the Nexus 4.
Instead, we get an all metal design that looks as good, if not a bit better, than the iPhone 5. It’s too early to tell, but the HTC One feels like it may hold up better in daily use than the iPhone 5, which is already showing signs of wear even with a case in use.
The HTC One design includes white accents on the back and sides of the device. The white trim on the sides of the HTC One offers a small bit of grip to make holding on to the phone easier. The HTC One is heavier than the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3, but it’s a good kind of heft, one that goes with the premium design and materials.
The HTC One power button hides an IR port that lets users control a HDTV or home theater system.
HTC doesn’t skimp when it comes to front of the phone. The HTC One features a 4.7-inch 1080P HD display. That’s the same resolution as most HDTVs packed into a handheld display. This amounts to a 468 pixel-per-inch rating, which delivers an eye-popping experience. This is easily one of the best looking mobile displays I’ve used.
HTC also includes two front facing stereo speakers that deliver loud and clear sound directly at the user, rather than to the back or to a side like other phones. There is also Beats Audio technology to help deliver a better than average sound. HTC Boomsound, as the company calls it, is not a marketing gimmick, and it is a feature we hope the competition takes note of.
The HTC One features an Ultrapixel Camera, which may scare some users when they see the 4MP rating, but the HTC One is using larger pixels that HTC claims deliver up to 300% more light than the competition for better low light photographs. So far I am impressed with the quality of the HTC One camera. There are six HTC One Photo samples below, and a full gallery is coming soon.
Check out our HTC One coverage and stay tuned for a closer look at the HTC One software features and hands on.