HTC One Wins Best Smartphone Award
Launched last year at MWC, HTC One stacked up heavily against Samsung Galaxy S4 and though in terms of sales, Samsung Galaxy S4 emerged to be the clear winner, HTC One has proved to be critic’s and techies’ favourite device. Along with HTC One, other smartphones in the race were Apple iPhone 5S, LG G2, Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Samsung took the award home last year for Samsung Galaxy SIII but 2013 was the year for HTC.
HTC won over masses with their unique design. HTC One was definitely and clearly a design marvel and impressed in the one area Samsung has repeatedly failed to deliver on: their design aspect. The only word that comes to mind for the phone is “beautiful”. With a unique aluminium unibody design, the phone has managed to attract and grip audiences worldwide. The specifications too are stellar and boast-worthy.
HTC One’s aluminium frame gives off a premium feel and feels sturdy. The phone-maker has not skimped on any aspect. Each HTC One frame takes 200 minutes to manufacture! The Sense overlay was also improved and completely new with cleaner, sharper look. The design for the new One Sense screams minimalism and we’re sure HTC invested hours in getting the look right. And finally, they nailed it with HTC One. BlinkFeed, the news-aggregator app which brings together the news from all areas: be it the latest headline or your best friend’s status update/tweet marked it’s HTC debut with HTC One.
The design of the phone consists of dual-speakers (with BoomSound technology) one at the top and one at the bottom of the phone along with just two capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen. The phone has broken barriers in terms of design and it sure reflects on the HTC One.
The HTC One comes with a 4.7-inches Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch. The phone runs on the Android Jelly Bean OS which is now KitKat upgradable. Under the hood runs a quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 processor. While HTC has preferred using Nvidia Tegra processors in the past (HTC One X featured a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor) the Taiwanese phone-maker made the shift to Qualcomm for HTC One flagship. The phone comes in two internal memory variants: the 32 GB variant and the 64 GB variant. Unfortunately, there is no slot for further expansion. The phone comes with a 2 GB RAM.
The design sure is note-worthy and definitely different. But that is not the only thing that won the phone the Best phone of 2013 moniker. The most unique feature of the phone; which also became the most worrisome feature, was the camera. HTC ditched the traditional 8 and 12 MP cameras in lure of the better, more effective Ultra-pixels. The One features a 4 ultra-pixel camera at the rear of the phone with a single LED flash.
The Ultrapixel camera landed HTC in trouble as components were not easily available and the launch date had to be pushed back. The results were visible when HTC released their quarterly results: profits dipped by 98 percent. But then, carrying the award home, we think it was well-worth all the effort, wasn’t it HTC?
The One might be a brilliant device but coming to masses, the phone performed averagely. Samsung Galaxy S4 pretty much hogged the lime-light and HTC shares and sales tanked. However, it’s now less than a month to go for the next flagship of the Taiwanese phone-maker.
HTC One Plus or Htc One 2 or is it HTC One Up? WHat will be the next edition of this award-winning phone? And will HTC be able to re-create the magic once more? With Samsung Galaxy S5 being a huge disappointment, we honestly hope HTC works a miracle this time around. Hopes are high and expectations set on HTC One 2014. We wish you luck HTC!