One of the many impressive features Nokia baked into the Lumia 920 was the smartphone’s advanced microphone technology, employing a trio of mics for what Nokia called Rich Recording, as well as individual mics that could accurately sample a wider range of sound volumes, touted as High Amplitude Audio Capture. It looks like HTC liked what Nokia managed to pull off there, and with the retail arrival of the HTC One just over the horizon, the company’s talking about the decisions it’s made to give the One some comparable audio performance.
The HTC One will feature dual-membrane microphones, with one surface designed for cleanly recording high volume signals, and a larger one to deliver better sensitivity when things are quieter. We can’t say if Nokia used the same dual-membrane MEMS components, but regardless of how it’s being pulled off, this sounds like effectively the same thing as HAAS.
That’s a good thing, because as we’ve seen in demos, this sort of tech can really make a big difference when using your phone to record live events. Combined with its big, front-facing speakers, and the HTC One could easily develop a rep as an Android for audiophiles (well, assuming they can get past the whole “Beats” thing, anyway).