HTC Announces Next Flagship, the HTC One

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HTC’s been teasing it for weeks, we’ve seen plenty of leaked images of its hardware, and after hearing rumor after rumor, today HTC has finally made the HTC One official, announcing the Android at its dual NYC/London press events.

Like the just-announced LG Optimus G Pro, the HTC One is powered by one of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 600 chips and features a full HD display. While so far we’ve been looking at phones with 1080p screens that measure five inches and up, with the HTC One, that barrier gets shattered, delivering full HD resolution in a 4.7-inch package.

The HTC One introduces what HTC is calling an Ultrapixel camera sensor, pairing multiple four-megapixel sensors to increase image quality and light sensitivity. To accompany the hardware, the company is announcing HTC Zoe, software that takes still shots along with your HD video recordings, and automatically compiles highlight reels.

Instead of “Sense 5”, the HTC One runs what the company is simply calling “the new Sense.”

As we’ve seen in pictures, the One has dual front-facing speakers for stereo sound. HTC is calling this arrangement “BoomSound.”

Other hardware features include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal flash storage (64 optional), a 2300mAh battery, and infrared connectivity for functioning as a universal remote. The One’s build consists of an aluminum body with integrated antenna and a Gorilla Glass screen.

What about availability? The One should first hit retail sometime in late March. For the US, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile are confirmed as carriers, and though we’ve heard that Verizon could get the phone eventually, today there’s no word on just when that might be.

Image: HTC

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