HTC One 2014: here’s what I’m wishing for
I’m a fan of HTC products. Anyone who’s been around very long probably remembers how I recall my days with the HP iPaq with great fondness. That device was well-built, stylish, and rugged! I teamed that little Pocket PC up with an IR keyboard and typed countless pages of notes from my college courses on it. While others with laptops hunted for power outlets, I just sat down and tapped away. Back then HTC built devices that other OEMs sold with their brands stamped all over them. Eventually HTC started making its own products, but the road has been pretty rocky. That seemed to turn around a little when HTC introduced its series of “One” devices, most of which have been fairly well-received, though HTC left plenty of room for improvement in future products. Here’s are a few of my HTC One 2014 wishes, in no particular order.
I don’t think anyone would ever consider the HTC One “small”, however, when you compare it to other devices, it could be bigger. Coming in at 143g and measuring 5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches, the HTC One only managed to fit a 4.7-inch HD screen inside. For comparison, the Nexus 5 measures 5.43-inches wide (almost the same as the HTC One), but managed to include a 4.95-inch display — albeit with a lower PPI than the One.
Big screens are the latest trend in mobile devices. Tablets are getting smaller (into the 7- and 8-inch range), and smartphones are getting bigger (into the 5- and 6-inch range), with phablets filling in the gap. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 (5.7-inches) as well as HTC’s own One max (5.9-inches) are good indicators that a 6-inch screen is a pretty realistic target for where smartphones are headed. No, I’m not saying the HTC One 2014 will be a phablet, but I think it will be at least 5-inches, and possibly a little more.
Screen size isn’t everything. With larger devices comes the ability to pack in a larger battery. We’ve been asking for those since as long as I can remember, and now we’re finally starting to see 3,000 mAh batteries become a reality (3,200 and 3,300 mAh in the Note 3 and One max respectively). Personally, I hope this trend continues. Sure, Qi wireless charging has made it so I don’t really worry about my state-of-charge much any more, but that’s because I spend the majority of my time at a desk, and my battery rarely dips below 70%. For people who aren’t tethered to a keyboard all day, battery capacity is a vitally important metric, and a bigger phone typically means a bigger battery and longer run time. Here’s to hoping!
When the HTC One came out in March 2013 it had a somewhat surprising CPU tucked away, deep inside it’s aluminum shell: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. Don’t get me wrong, this SoC is nothing to be ashamed of. Also, the clock-speed of the 600 is only 1.7GHz, which puts the HTC One in the sub-2GHz category. It performs admirably well compared to other flagship devices, and because it’s a 600 versus an 800, it probably realizes a bit more battery life than flagships using the higher-end chip. The next version of the HTC One needs to catch up to its competition, and I’m hoping we’ll see a Snapdragon 805 powering the upgrade — which will clock up to 2.5GHz on each of its four cores.
Both the HTC One and the One max included 2GB system RAM. That seems to be the standard these days, but Samsung threw 3GB inside the Note 3. I hope HTC at least matches Samsung’s 3GB in the HTC One 2014.
Last in the “faster” category is the GPU. Without going into detail, if HTC opts for the Snapdragon 805, it will likely include the Adreno 420 to power all the beautiful pixels dancing across your screen. It’s 4K-ready. Need I say more?
This is what we in the tech-industry call a “no-brainer”.
HTC took a gamble with its 4-“UltraPixel” camera that was supposed to compete with 8 and even 13MP cameras. Sure, there are some things HTC’s “UltraPixel” camera does better than others, but in general, it isn’t anything close to the ground-breaking feat of techno-wizardry that we were promised. HTC’s got to knock it out of the park with its next camera. There are some rumors floating about that indicate it may be a twin-sensor camera. If so, I hope it will bring better focus and depth of field, not to mention an overall improvement in image quality.
HTC announced the One in February 2013 and it was made available in March. If the trend continues we’ll likely hear specifics from MWC 2014 in Barcelona. Pocketnow will have boots on the ground ready to break the news and go hands-on as soon as possible. As far as widespread availability goes, plan on second quarter — though you might be able to find stock a little earlier.
What about you?
What excites you about the HTC One 2014? How do my predictions line up with yours? Did I miss anything obvious?
If what I speculate is close to the actual specs, will you be getting an HTC One 2014? Why or why not? Will you get it right away, or will you wait for the Google Play Edition (if there will be one)? Head down to the comments and let me know!