HTC One Launch in Pavilion KL, Malaysia

The HTC One WORLDWIDE launch was today, at Pavilion KL and moi was there to assess if the whole brouhaha about the HTC One was justified.

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Yes I’m sceptical and you can’t blame me. I have been to almost all gadgets launches lately and had reviewed most of them. None has made me lost any sleep nor has it made me felt that I need to own it..

The HTC One was something else. To me, I see it as HTC has finally bounced back with a winner device.

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Ok, I’m saying this purely from what I have witnessed today at the launch. The feel of the HTC One in my hands was pleasant enough and the solidness of its built got my attention.

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It remained light for its weight and the camera…now I get what’s all the fuss about…

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“We are very focused on creating an invaluable camera and audio experience that is user-friendly, so customers will love using it and we believe the HTC One series will deliver this” said Lennard Hoornik, President of HTC South Asia Pacific.

The HTC One is the FIRST AND ONLY phone that allows user to take video and capture pictures simultaneously. Frankly, I would buy the phone just for that purpose!
And HTC is so confident of their latest baby that they include NAMES of other smartphones in their presentation slides.

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Not just beating other smartphones flat, the HTC One camera daringly challenges compact and DSLRs cameras too!

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The specifications for those who want to know:

HTC One X

CPU Speed
  • 1.5 GHz, quad core
Operating system
  • Android™ 4.0 + HTC Sense™
Memory
  • Total storage: 32 GB
  • 25GB Dropbox – free for 2 years
  • RAM: 1 GB
Dimensions
  • 134.36 mm x 69.9 mm x 8.9 mm (LxWxT)
Weight
  • 130 grams (with battery)
Display
  • HD 720p touch screen with multi-touch capability
Screen
  • 4.7-inch 720p HD Super LCD 2 touch screen with1280 x 720 resolution
Network
  • HSPA/WCDMA:
  • Europe/Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

 

*Band frequency, HSPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent

GPS
  • Internal GPS antenna
Sensors
  • Gyro sensor
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
Connectivity
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC capable
  • DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Wireless HDMI Capability for connecting with HTC Wireless HDMI Unit
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth with aptX® enabled (Bluetooth® 4.0)
  • A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
  • PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
  • Other supported profiles: AVRCP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, PBAP, SPP, Service Discovery Application Profile
Camera with ImageSense™
  • 8 megapixel camera with HTC ImageChip
  • f2.0, 28mm lens with BSI sensor
  • Auto focus and LED Smart Flash
  • 1080p HD Video recording
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera
Sound enhancement
  • Beats Audio™
  • Dual microphones with Noise Reduction and stereo voice recording
Multimedia
  • Audio supported formats:
  • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording: .amr
  • Video supported formats:
  • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
  • Recording: .mp4
Battery
  • Built-in rechargeable Li-polymer battery
  • Capacity: 1800 mAh
Recommended Windows System Requirements
  • Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X
  • HTC Sync

 

The HTC One series integrates Android 4.0 (ICS) with HTC Sense 4, the new version of HTC’s branded user experience that is introducing HTC ImageSense, a new suite of camera and imaging features that set HTC One apart from other phones.

HTC One V

CPU Speed
  • 1 GHz
Operating system
  • Android™ 4.0 + HTC Sense™
Memory
  • Internal storage: 4 GB
  • Expandable microSD storage of up to 32 GB
  • Cloud Storage (Dropbox): 25GB for 2 years
  • RAM: 512 MB
Dimensions
  • 120.3 mm x 59.7 mm x 9.24 mm (LxWxT)
Weight
  • 115 grams (with battery)
Display
  • 3.7-inch touch screen
  • 400 x 800 resolution
Network
  • HSPA/WCDMA:
  • Europe/Asia: 850/900/2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

 

*Band frequency, HSPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent

GPS
  • Internal GPS
Sensors
  • G-Sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
Connectivity
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Wi-Fi®: 802.11b/g/n
  • Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth with aptX® enabled (Bluetooth® 4.0)
  • A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
  • PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
Camera with ImageSense™
  • 5 megapixel camera with auto focus
  • LED Smart Flash featuring 5 auto adjustable power levels for the right amount of lighting
  • BSI Sensor F2.0 aperture for maximum performance in low light
  • 28mm wide angle lens
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Dedicated imaging chip, giving sharper, clearer shots\
  • Camera on video to capture a photo while recording HD video simultaneously
Sound enhancement
  • Beats Audio™
Multimedia
  • Audio supported formats:
  • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording: .amr
  • Video supported formats:
  • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)

Recording: .mp4

Battery
  • Capacity: 1500 mAh
  • Talk time: Up to 500 minutes on WCDMA and 540 minutes on GSM
  • Standby time: Up to 617 hours on WCDMA and 533 hours on GSM
Recommended Windows System Requirements
  • Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP or Mac OX
  • HTC Sync

 
Ok, I admit that I totally neglected the HTC One V. It’s just too entry level for me.

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So yes, back to HTC One X.
How is it possible that the HTC One boasts of such superior camera?
It all lies in the ImageSense in the HTC One that includes improvements to every part of the camera; lens, sensor, the software and even integrating a new custom HTC ImageChip.

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These enhancements combine to deliver fastest image capture, best image quality under adverse conditions and easiest interface that enables quick access to capturing stills and videos with side-by-side video capture buttons.

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I can’t wait to test this baby out for myself and I’m waiting for my review unit. Meanwhile there’s a lot on the audio that I haven’t touched on here but I’m just a lot more excited on the camera and phone functions versus the audio as I NEVER use my phone to play music at all. Can’t afford to drain the battery you see! :DD

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Innovative Media Link HD Display.

This allows users to enjoy any form of high definition multimedia on TV effortlessly with one easy swipe to transfer what’s playing on their phone  to the tV screen wirelessly. Simultaneously, you can surf the internet and check your emails on your phone.

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The HTC One X retails for RM2099 while the HTC One V is RM999.

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So do head to Pavilion KL for the next few days to test the HTC One series out!
I did played with one for while and the camera is amazing. The HTC One dramatically reduces the time it takes to capture shots; for example in just 0.7 ses you’re able to take a shot, and with the superfast 0.2 secs autofocus, once can continue to take unlimited continuous shots by simply holding the shutter button.

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So anyone buying the HTC One X? 🙂

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