As you know, HTC had many problems the previous year, and the company had to learn how to work in difficult situations. Fortunately, the financial difficulties did not seem to have an impact on the ability to produce great smartphones like the HTC One.
The gadget has brought exciting design solutions, an updated version of Sense UI, and a new camera that offers a completely new approach to mobile photography.
- 1 Appearance and management
- 2 Performance and software
- 3 display
- 4 camera
- 5 battery
- 6 the cost
Appearance and management
The HTC One comes with a standard accessory kit. The headphones are connected by an A / C adapter to use the included microUSB cable.
There is also a device for removing the SIM card. A memory card, of course, is not provided in the kit because the smartphone does not have a microSD slot. The basic version of the smartphone is equipped with 32 GB internal memory, which should be more than enough for most users.
The dimensions of the device are 137.4×68.2×9.3 mm, which makes it more compact, but at the same time, thicker than the Xperia Z (139x71x7.9 mm). Of course, the Sony smartphone has a larger screen and water protection, but the size difference seems to be quite adequate.
The comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S4 (136.6×69.8×7.9 mm) is not so flattering for the HTC logo.
The casing of a piece of aluminum looks, of course, aesthetically excellent and compares favorably with the Samsung flagship. But the South Korean company's smartphone has its own advantages: a replaceable battery and the possibility of extending memory using microSD cards.
Regarding the weight of 143 grams, we must say that the smartphone has a good balance between the sensation of weight at hand and portability.
The combination of metal and glass gives the HTC One a premium look. In the device, at first glance you can recognize the HTC device, made in accordance with the design philosophy of its predecessors, but obviously a more modern and increased safety margin.
The novelty will not look out of place in a store with luxury Vertu phones, Mobiados and other similar gadgets. Not even the stylish Sony Xperia Z clad in glass can match HTC's compelling simplicity.
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The front surface of the device can be divided into three parts. The mid-section includes a Gorilla Glass 2-coated screen with aluminum strips on both sides. At the bottom of the screen are the touch keys – "Back" and "Home".
Long pressing the Home button launches Google Now, while double clicking it opens the activity switch. The familiar menu key is missing.
To make up for the missing "Menu" button, you can set a long press on the "Back" button. Above the screen is the front camera, as well as the speaker, which plays this role during a call and touch sensors for light and near.
The front camera on the HTC One is almost the same as the Butterfly – a 2.1 megapixel sensor, can shoot videos with Full HD resolution and is complemented by HDR mode.
The new smartphone uses microSIM cards, which are inserted into the slot on the left side of the smartphone. A special tool is attached to remove the card.
On the right side of the smartphone is a paired volume key, which is quite hard to press because it is too flat. There is no camera trigger button, but it has become the norm now.
The microUSB port and microphone are at the bottom. The USB port has MHL support, so you can use it as an HDTV output and as a USB host. On the back of the phone there is noise reduction using a second microphone, which, in addition, monitors the volume of ambient noise and adjusts everything so that the receiving side can hear you loud and clear.
At the top of the phone is a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a power / lock button. This button also acts as an infrared transmitter. There is a pre-installed application that allows you to control the TV and other equipment. After a few years of forgetting, infrared ports seem to be coming back, but they are no longer a means of data transfer.
In our opinion, placing the power button on the top of the smartphone is a bad decision, as it is one of the most inaccessible places for large screen gadgets.
The back of the device is an aluminum plate divided into three parts by a thin line of plastic in accordance with the separation of the front surface of the screen and the speakers. The noise canceling microphone is very high.
But still, the camera deserves special attention, which is one of the most controversial decisions of the Taiwanese company. It has a 28mm wide-angle lens with an F / 2.0 aperture and 16:09 optical stabilization, a 4-megapixel matrix with ultra-pixels. This is one of the boldest decisions from the PureView camera, but we'll talk about that later.
Performance and software
The HTC One is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, which features a Krait 300 quad-core processor with a 1.7 GHz clock rate, an Adreno 320 graphics accelerator and 2 GB RAM. Operating System – Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Built-in memory 32 or 64 GB, depending on the version. It will not be possible to expand the memory because a microSD slot is not provided.
We will begin by evaluating the performance of the BenchmarkPi and Linpack benchmark gadget, which shows the performance of the processor in single and multi-core modes respectively. HTC took third in both tests, but was very close to the Galaxy S4 and LG Optimus Pro G, which were ahead.
Geekbench 2 is a multi-platform composite test that allows you to compare the performance of HTC One not only with Android devices but also with Apple iPhone 5. Here it also took third place, but it proved to be closer to second place than to third place. fourth.
AnTuTu evaluates everything a little. Samsung Galaxy S4 has once again become the winner, but this time the HTC smartphone bypassed the Optimus G Pro and placed second.
The quadrant test showed similar results: the first two places – Galaxy S4 and Optimus G Pro, and the third – HTC One.
The GLBenchmark 2.5 standard shows GPU performance. We perform tests in Full HD off-screen mode, which will evaluate the Adreno 320 power, located on the HTC One. The result is 34 frames per second, only the Galaxy S4 with 40 frames per second could surround the HTC smartphone.
Another test GPU – The epic fortress. Works in native screen resolution. Then, the Taiwanese smartphone showed 56.4 frames per second and approached the South Korean driver with 57 frames per second. Note that both devices have a limit of 60 frames per second, which means the difference is slightly larger than it seems.
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Overall, the HTC One showed good results. Although he did not occupy a single place, he was always close to the leaders. It's true, unless you feel such small differences under real conditions.
The HTC One is very well optimized and works great.
There is support for GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, FM radio, HSPA + and NFC.
The HTC One is equipped with a 4.7-inch touchscreen, made with Super LCD3 technology, with a pixel density of 469 ppi. Its resolution is 1920×1080 pixels.
Now the screens have reached such a level that you cannot always see an increase in any parameters. So in our case, the difference, for example, between 469 ppi on the HTC and 401 ppi on the LG Optimus G Pro is not so easy to notice.
A Taiwanese company has been installing excellent displays lately, and the new display is just another example. The contrast, of course, is impressive, the viewing angles are very wide (there is no change of colors, although the contrast is slightly lost in the extreme viewing angles).
The only downside is that it is not very good in sunlight readability.
The HTC One comes with a camera that is one of a kind. This is only the second smartphone with optical stabilization.
The ultra-pixels used here are twice the size of the Nokia 808 PureView and iPhone 5.
Larger pixels mean lower noise and usually a better dynamic range. In low light conditions, optical image stabilization (OIS) also helps, as we saw in the Nokia Lumia 920.
The sensor used in the HTC One has a 1/3 "diagonal with a 16: 9 aspect ratio and is mounted behind a 5-element lens with an F / 2.0 aperture. The camera allows you to shoot at a resolution of 2688×1520 pixels, but when you switch to the traditional 4: 3 format, it limits the maximum resolution to 2048×1520 pixels, which corresponds to about 3 megapixels.
HTC has included the second generation ImageChip for processing the images received from the camera.
The Taiwanese manufacturer continues to use a single camera interface for photos and videos. Initially we did not really like it in One X, but here this trend made more sense, because by default the camera resolution now corresponds to the video – 16: 9.
So let's get down to business. HTC One promises a lot, but what happens in reality? It all depends on the specific situation. When using the gadget in good lighting conditions, the low resolution has a small effect – the overall resolution is limited, although the level of detail is good.
The colors are pretty decent, and the image looks good when it increases to 100%, but we were surprised by the many noises. The purple halos appear, which also eliminates the photograph from the ideal. In general, ultra-pixel games, as we thought, do not pay in good lighting conditions. Almost all other high-end smartphones will take the best photos with enough light.
Everything changes under low light conditions. Ultra-pixels and optical stabilization have allowed us to get great images at the end of the evening that will exceed the quality of photos taken on other high quality devices.
HTC One has HDR support for photos and videos.
At the end of the camera test, I prepared an example of macro photography. The smartphone looked great here and we managed to get great pictures.
smartphone HTC one allows you to shoot video with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels with a frequency of 30 frames per second. He has support HDR for the video, but keep in mind that in this mode the drop rate drops to 28 per second. The phone also supports video recording with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, with an increased frequency of 60 frames per second.
The video is recorded in MP4 format with a bitrate of 20 Mbps – this is one of the highest rates we had the opportunity to see. Stereo sound is recorded at a bit rate of 192 Kbps and a sampling rate of 48 kHz.
As it turned out, video recording can be called one of the major benefits of a smartphone. The picture is very detailed with a low noise level. There are slight problems with color reproduction, but the optical stabilization makes the video very good in quality.
Here's an example of a Full HD video.
Next I made an HDR video.
In the smartphone there is a 2.1 megapixel front camera for video communication.
One of the features of the HTC One is a lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 2300 mAh, which is mounted inside a metal housing. That is, it is irreplaceable, but larger in capacity than in the HTC Butterfly and just like in the Sony Xperia Z.
HTC has not provided official data on the battery life of the gadget. But our special battery test showed an average result – 48 hours of operation, if you use the device per hour per day for web browsing, video and telephony.
The price of HTC One on the Russian market is 29990 rubles. This price brand has become familiar with the new flagship devices.
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