HTC Announces ‘HTC One’, An Android Flagship w Ultrapixel Camera [Video]

Just moment ago, HTC announced their latest flagship device, simply named “HTC One”. It has a full metal unibody case with 4.7″ full HD screen with 1080p resolution (that’s 468PPI.. the most pixel densed screen on a mobile device to date). It’s also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

The HTC one comes with an ‘Ultrapixel Camera’. That’s basically HTC’s custom-developed imaging sensor with enlarged pixels that can absorb 300X more light than other 8-megapixel camera. It’s 44% more sensitive to light compared to the iPhone 5.

Do note that when you want to enable the ultrapixel feature, the resolution of the photos are only limited to 4megapixels. They are doing this to compete with Nokia Lumia 920’s capability in taking super bright photos under low light condition. Another surprising element about the camera is that it also includes optical image stabilization (OIS). It is gyroscope-based and this multi-axis OIS is available for both the front and back cameras.

The One also comes with dual stereo speakers on both sides of the phone. They claim that the One has “the best audio experience of any mobile phone” and calls it “HTC BoomSound”. As one may expect, it has Beats audio integrated.

The most notable difference on the HTC One is actually the homescreen. Updates from apps, social networks and friends are now presented in a vertical scrolling interface, similar to the live tiles on Windows Phone and those on Flipboard. They call this HTC BlinkFeed. Watch the video below for more info.

So HTC is actually banking on this device to compete with other devices out there by Samsung and Nokia. It’s powered by Snapdragon quad-core processor of 1.7Ghz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2300mAh battery, NFC and other usual suspects.

The HTC One will be available in a choice of silver or black starting in the latter half of March.