18:22 19th Sep, 2012
MWC 2012: HTC One Series Unveiled
One S, One X, and One V set to compete against Samsung's GALAXY series.
The Mobile World Congress 2012 (MWC) has kicked off at Barcelona, as have new products from various manufacturers. HTC has announced its new One series of smartphones that target both the premium and budget audience. The series includes three smartphones, named HTC One X, HTC One S, and HTC One V. Considering that the company registered a 52.55% revenue loss last year, it seems to have decided to focus on fewer and higher quality products. The HTC One series seems to be HTC's answer to the GALAXY series from Samsung, but the former has raised the bar with a better quality camera and audio experience.
The new lineup will feature the latest Android 4.0 (ICS) OS along with its new Sense 4 user interface. Also debuting will be the new Image Sense for photography with the 8 mp camera. The smartphones will also have an integrated ImageChip from HTC to improve the camera performance, even in bad lighting conditions. With the Video Pic feature, the smartphones will also be able to capture high-quality images while shooting videos. Sound enhancement comes from Beats Audio, while Dropbox integration will offer customers 25 GB of online storage for two years.
First up is the HTC One X — the flagship smartphone will feature NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz. The phone sports a 4.7" Corning Gorilla Glass S-LCD2 screen with pixel dimensions of 720x1280. Other features include an 8 mp camera with 1080p video recording and a 1.3 mp front camera at 720p. The phone comes with 1 GB of RAM, along with 32 GB of internal storage.
Second is the HTC One S; a step down from the One X. It features a dual-core Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz CPU from Qualcomm and a 4.3" Gorilla Glass screen with pixel dimensions of 540x960. The smartphone looks stunning, and HTC has incorporated new manufacturing technologies to make it stronger than normal handsets. The camera features remain the same as that of HTC One X. The phone comes with 1 GB of RAM and internal storage of 16 GB.
The HTC One V is focussed on the budget audience. It features a 1 GHz processor and 3.7" screen with pixel dimensions of 480x800. It sports a 5 mp camera with video recording capabilities of 720p. It has 4 GB of internal storage and 512 MB of RAM, with support for microSD cards.
The HTC One phones will be available from April 2012. However, their pricing details are yet to be announced.
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