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HTC One S,V, and X: HTC Starts 2012 Strong

Aaron Tilton
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The Taiwanese smartphone giant, HTC, has just release three new Android phones to start the Mobile World Congress off on a high-note. All three phones bare the monicker “One” and mark a re-branding for the entire HTC line.

It looks like HTC has learned from past mistakes and has chosen to focus on what they do well for their new line of HTC One smartphones. HTC is betting on elegant design, impressive camera quality and fat Beats courtesy of Dr. Dre to set their “One” smartphones ahead of the rest. “We're focusing on developing a unique user experience with both camera and sound technology that our customers can fall in love with. We're confident that the HTC One Seires offers exactly the type of experience we hoped for and offers customers a user experience that hasn’t been possible is smartphones yet.” said Peter Chou, HTC's CEO.

The One Series' New Camera System


HTC certainly has a couple of aces up their sleeve when it comes to tricking out their latest smartphones. Both hardware and software boast of new improvements and they even developed a new image chip to improve picture quality without just cramming more megapixels into each photo.

Faster Image Capture

The One Series can capture a new image every 0.7 seconds. By long pressing the camera button you can increase the shutter speed to take up to 20 photos, one every 0.2 seconds.

Better Photos Despite Horrible Lighting Conditions

Before bringing them to market, HTC sent their new smartphones to the eye doctor for a new set of glasses. The HTC One S and HTC One X are loaded with f/2.0 while most high-end smartphones have the smaller f/2.4 lense (f or f-stop refers to the diameter or size of the lens and the bigger the lens the more light enters the camera) That means that the One S and One X can absorb more light making photography in poor lighting conditions much easier. The One Series also supports HDR technology, which help improve color contrast in the final photo.

Take A Picture While Shooting Video


Now this I like. With “Video PC” you can take a picture while recording a video. All you have to do is hit the shutter button while recoding a video. The picture comes out at 5MP but the HD video is unaffected. Neat!

Cloud Storage For Photos And More

Each and every HTC customer buying one of the new devices will get a free (for up to two years) account with DropBox allowing them to save up to 25 GB in the cloud storage service. That means you can save your pictures, music and data of all kinds on a remote server and access them anywhere you go. But there is a downside. The One smartphones don't come with an SD card slot meaning users are dependent on the Dropbox service. But using Dropbox should make transfering files from computer to smartphone that much easier.

Beats Audio On Board

What would HTC be without Beats Audio? HTC has taken steps with their new phones to further improve the boosted sounds quality that has attracted so many to their Sensation series of phones. While “studio quality sound” is still a way off they are well on their way. Futher, with their new sync manager, syncing your music between phone and PC (including iTunes) just got a whole lot faster.

Also each of the new devices will ship with Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0 on board.

HTC One X

The new flagship, the HTC One X, is housed in a polycarbonate unibody shell that, supposedly has the same feel as metal. But when we fist got it in our hands we could bend the casing in slightly. Despite that, the handset feels great in the hand and the design smacks of typical HTC quality. Under the hood, we have a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz. But the quad-core chip set has another surprise in store for customers. Nestled between its 4 cores of fury is a 5th, 500 mHz core. The more power-efficient takes care of the day to day work and only wakes the other 4 course up if they are needed for processor intensive tasks like 3D gaming. This helps improve battery life over the long term.

The One X's display is a 4.7” Gorilla Glass display with a 720p HD resolution and optical lamination, meaning the display is pressed directly into the glass, which helps improve both image quality and viability during the day.

 

HTC One S

The HTC One S might be a step or two below the HTC One X but it's one of the most popular in the AndroidPIT offices. The body is an aluminum unibody design that was processed using a Microarc Oxidation process, which gives the metal a soft feeling but makes it 4 times stronger they typical aluminum. Additionally, it features a 4.3” Gorilla Glass display and a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor. 

HTC One V

The design of the One V takes its cues from the HTC Legend or HTC Hero but feature a revamped spec sheet for 2012.

Technical Specs

HTC One X

Size
(LxWxT) 133.98 x 69.0 x 9.29 mm

Weight
126g with battery

Display
4.7 inch Super LCD2 touch screen with HD720 resolution With 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass

CPU speed
1.5 GHz, Quad core

Platform
AndroidTM Ice Scream Sandwich with HTC SenseTM

Memory
Total storage: 32 GB
Available User storage: up to 29GB
RAM: 1 GB
Cloud Storage: 25GB for 2 Years from DropBox

Battery
Built-in rechargeable Li-polymer battery
Capacity: 1800 mAh

Network
HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz - With 2100 Diversity
HSDPA 21Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Connectors

  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC3 (Google Wallet Compatible)
  • DLNA for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high- definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
  • 5 Pin layout Pogo Pin Connector for Audio and Charging

Camera

  • 8 megapixel camera, LED flash with 5 Power settings and object distance sensor
  • BSI sensor (for better low-light image capture)
  • f2.0 aperture to maximize light gathering in Low Light environments,
  • 28mm Wide Angle lens,
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Dedicated imaging chip for clearer, sharper shots
  • Quick access from lockscreen to activate camera instantaneously
  • Speedy shot to shot capability
  • Tracking focus with object recognition (video and camera mode) and auto burst mode
  • Always in focus thanks to Extended Depth Of Field
  • Tap to focus, tap and hold for continuous shooting up to 4 fps (frames per second)
  • Camera on video : capture quality still shots while taking video or after
  • Face and smile detection
  • Burst mode up to 5fps (frames per second) • Video stabilisation
  • High speed video capture and playback in slow motion
  • High speed video capture and playback in slow motion
  • Geo tagging
  • 1.3MP front camera

Sensors
Gyro sensor G-Sensor
Digital compass Proximity sensor Ambient light sensor

Multimedia
Playback: .m4a, .mp3, .mid, .ogg, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
Recording: .aac, .amr
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m4v, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9 and VC-1)
Recording: .mp4, .3gp

Sound Enhancement
Beats Audio
Dual microphones with Noise Reduction and stereo voice recording
HD voice compliant (subject to network availability)
Internet
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz) Wireless HDMI Capability for connecting with HTC Wireless HDMI Unit

Bluetooth
Bluetooth® 3.0 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit

GPS
Internal GPS antenna 


HTC One S

Size
(LxWxT) 130.9 x 65 x 7.95 mm

Weight
121.9 grams with battery

Display
4.3 inch AMOLED touch screen with qHD resolution (540 x 960)
With 2D Corning Gorilla Glass

CPU speed
1.5 GHz, dual core

Platform
AndroidTM Ice Scream Sandwich with HTC SenseTM

Memory
Total storage: 16 GB
Available User storage: up to 13GB
RAM: 1 GB
Cloud Storage: 25GB for 2 Years from DropBox

Battery
Built-in rechargeable Li-polymer battery Capacity: 1650 mAh

Network
HSPA/WCDMA:
• Europe/Asia: 850/900/2100 MHz - With 2100 Diversity
HSDPA 21Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
• 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Connectors
• 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
• DLNA for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
• micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high- definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)

Camera
• 8 megapixel camera, LED flash with 5 Power settings and object distance sensor
• BSI sensor (for better low-light image capture) • f2.0 aperture to maximize light gathering in Low Light environments,
• 28mm Wide Angle lens,
• 1080p HD video recording
• Dedicated imaging chip for clearer, sharper shots
• Quick access from lockscreen to activate camera instantaneously
• Speedy shot to shot capability
• Tracking focus with object recognition (video and camera mode) and auto burst mode
• Always in focus thanks to Extended Depth Of Field
• Tap to focus, tap and hold for continuous shooting up to 4 fps (frames per second)
• Camera on video : capture quality still shots while taking video or after
• Face and smile detection
• Burst mode up to 5fps (frames per second)
• Video stabilisation
• High speed video capture and playback in slow motion
• Geo tagging
• VGA front camera

Sensors
Gyro sensor
G-Sensor
Digital compass
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor

Multimedia
Playback: .m4a, .mp3, .mid, .ogg, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
Recording: .aac, .amr
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m4v, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9 and VC-1)
Recording: .mp4, .3gp

Sound Enhancement
Beats Audio
Dual microphones with Noise Reduction and stereo voice recording
HD voice compliant (subject to network availability)

Internet
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Wireless HDMI Capability for connecting with HTC Wireless HDMI Unit

Bluetooth
Bluetooth® 3.0 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit

GPS
Internal GPS antenna


HTC One V

Size
(LxWxT) 120.3 x 59.7 x 9.24 mm

Weight
115 grams with battery

Display
3.7-inch touch screen with WVGA 480 x800 resolution
super LCD2
Gorilla glass

CPU speed
1 GHz speed

Platform
AndroidTM Ica Scream Sandwich with HTC SenseTM

Memory
Total storage: 4 GB
Cloud storage : 25GB for 2 years
Expandable memory (microSD up to 32GB)
RAM: 512 MB

Battery
Built-in rechargeable battery Capacity: 1500 mAh

Network
HSPA/WCDMA:
• Europe/Asia: 850/900/2100 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
• 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
• Internal GPS and GLONASS antenna

Connectors
• 3.5 mm stereo audio jack : plug any headphones with a standard-sized 3.5mm connector
• micro-USB (cable included)

Camera
• 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
• 720p HD video recording
• Dedicated imaging chip for clearer, sharper shots
• F2.0 aperture opening to maximize light gathering
• 28mm lens
• Face and smile detection
• Geo tagging
• Quick access from lockscreen to activate camera instantaneously
• Always in focus thanks to Extended Depth Of Field
• Burst mode up to 5fps (frames per second)
• Video stabilisation
• High speed video capture and playback in slow motion

Sensors
G-Sensor
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor

Multimedia
Playback: .aac (8 to 320 Kbps), .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3 (8 to 320 Kbps), .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
Recording: .amr
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3)
(You can only playback a .3gp or .3g2 video if the video is an email attachment or is part of an MMS message.)
Recording: .mp4

Sound Enhancement
Beats Audio
HD voice compliant (subject to network availability)

Internet
• Wi-Fi®: 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth
• Bluetooth® 3.0 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
GPS
Internal GPS antenna

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  • John G. Feb 27, 2012 Link

    Oh man, the One X looks amazing. I can't wait for this. I have the Thunderbolt and love it but with this coming out. I am ready to change. When will this be coming out?

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  • Aaron Tilton Feb 27, 2012 Link

    no release date yet. :-( but as soon as they announce it well let you know!

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  • EviL FazZ Feb 27, 2012 Link

    Thanks AndroidPiT for the informative update and great little videos. Has helped me a little better to decide whether it's time to end my HTC HD2's life (pasted to a less fortunate family member) and most likely go an 'X' for me and an 'S' for my sexy other half []^_^]

    I still wish they would go back to the older/original location of the 3.5mm jack being at the bottom and maybe have the ability to upgrade the internal memory to 64Gb when possible/fee-sable, but I guess that will be for the HTC Two X ()^_^)

    ...No HTC One 3D then? {}^_^} LoL!

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  • Mexie Mex Feb 27, 2012 Link

    So close, and then they blew it on no user changeable memory, oh well saved myself a few quid I suppose.

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  • Richard M. Feb 27, 2012 Link

    very nice I really like the S model but any one of them suites me fine I will be watching for them to hit the stores.

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  • gary murphy Feb 27, 2012 Link

    what about SOUND recording? It is one thing to have 20 fps hd video, but if the sound is like a 1940's telephone handset, what's the point? None of the specs here say anything about the sampling rate of the audio-record function, and I know this is very often a sore point with many of the Androids (even the Nexus! :( )

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  • PatPion Feb 27, 2012 Link

    Really nice specs to the X! Let's hope the release doesn't take too long.

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  • Aaron Tilton Feb 27, 2012 Link

    @Gary That's actually a really good point about sound recording but I have to admit I doubt developers will spend much time on it in the near future. It's just not as flashy as the phone with the best display or the phone with the fastest processor. And to be honest, I think that the microphones that most smartphones come with would make decent sound recording without an external microphone difficult at best....

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  • Sachin mutha Feb 27, 2012 Link

    Pls convey about rates Htc one x,s & v?

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  • Aaron Tilton Feb 27, 2012 Link

    That's going to be kind of hard because the prices will be different in different regions but Im guessing the S will go for around $300 and the V for around $600 with the X being somewhere in between,

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  • Dawar Saify Feb 27, 2012 Link

    Hey, will it compete with the Sony Xperia S guys?

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  • Aaron Tilton Feb 27, 2012 Link

    I think it will blow it out of the water. I mean both the Xperia S and the HTC One X have similar displays but the Xperia S is a dual-core system. That can't really compete with the 4+1 Chip set that HTC is putting into the One X.

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  • gary murphy Feb 27, 2012 Link

    Aaron, funny you should say that, because, funnily enough, it is not true of the iPhone. Isn't that curious? Similar device, similar target audience, also made by developers, and yet they take an interest in such things. Well, I find that funny.

    but I also find it and your own attitude kind of depressing. I'm not about to use Apple products, for many reasons, but I would like it if all these Rehearsal Assistance apps actually worked, or if I could actually USE the videos I shoot, I would really like it if my phone would sample sound at something better than 8kHz and obscene compression algorithms (maybe no one has noticed how SD cards are now well over a whole GIGABYTE in storage, some of them as many as TWO! ;) -- I read on the wire here and there a Conspiracy Theory that says Google and hence Android are under the gun of the RIAA not providing a symmetrical audio pipe merely to please the Copyright Police, a charge that doesn't hold up when we notice that Apple is seemingly unafraid of creating evil bootlegging gear because they know their users include creative people who just want to sample the sounds around themselves for countless reasons.

    But nonetheless, don't you even find it odd that the sampling of the Audio subsystem is COMPLETELY absent from the specs? Doesn't that even interest the journalism-gene in the reviewers? Isn't it even just a teeny tad suspicious? We give you a fab camera ... but LOL it is a SILENT FILM CAMERA (ha ha) yes, greatly amusing there Android, but I thought the name of the game was to be at least useful.

    (sigh) Looks like I'm not in such a hurry to upgrade after all. I'll give it a few more years.

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  • Jejoma Feb 27, 2012 Link

    Gary, it depends on your priorities but have you seen the spec for the new Nokia 808? It's not Android but it certainly raises the bar for photography (Up to 38 megapixel), video and especially sound recording. CD quality sound recording!

    A 1/1.2" sensor is not to be sniffed at either. I can't see the size of the HTC mentioned but the Nokia claims to be the largest in the smartphone world by a long way.

    As I said, the catch is it's not Android :( and sorry if I sound like a Nokia fanboy which I'm not.

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  • gary murphy Feb 27, 2012 Link

    Nokia's are nice, I've had them before with no regrets, but I'm rather attached to some of the Android apps. Nonetheless, the 808 is encouraging if only to state that it is possible and perhaps inevitable that someday ...

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  • Aaron Tilton Feb 27, 2012 Link

    Hmm maybe they can root the Nokia 808 and then run an Android distribution on it like they did with the HP touchpad?

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  • gary murphy Feb 27, 2012 Link

    LOL ... here's the review: looks like I'm still in a wait-state ;)

    Their latest attempt to regain the spotlight might be their oddest move yet. The N808 PureView has a 41 megapixel camera. That's five times more than the iPhone's camera, which a lot of users already regard as adequate for a phone.

    Sitting on top of this Goliath sensor is a Carl Zeiss lens, which will allow for 4x optical zoom. The main drawback for people who believe they actually need a 41MP camera on their phone is the OS. The N808 Pureview will run on Symbian – possibly the only operating systems considered worse than Windows Mobile.

    (http://www.theweek.co.uk/technology/45590/htc-one-x-impresses-mwc-2012-while-nokia-808-just-baffles)

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  • Jejoma Feb 27, 2012 Link

    The review totally missed the point of the 41 megapixels. It's not to take photos at that size but rather to give a loss-less digital zoom. i.e, you still take photos at 5 megapixels but when you zoom in digitally you do not degrade the picture as on other digital zooms but maintain the quality. Look at some of the examples out there. They are quite stunning. Alternatively you can take at 38 megapixals for cropping on your PC later.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nokiaofficial/with/6934446543/

    Also, I don't know where your reviewer got the idea of an optical zoom, that is just incorrect. It sounds like the review was a typical instant knee-jerk without even bothering to read the press release! I must confess that ignorant sort of response really bugs me.

    http://press.nokia.com/2012/02/27/nokia-808-pureview-ushers-in-a-revolution-in-smartphone-imaging/

    "x4 lossless zoom" not "x4 digital zoom"!

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  • The Meltz Feb 28, 2012 Link

    Are these all 4G compatible? Or are they only 3G phones? US Cellular, who is my carrier, is releasing their new 4G network next month, and it would be great if the One X is available for the new 4G network.

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  • John G. Feb 28, 2012 Link

    This really stinks that its coming our for AT&T and not Verizon. Got my hopes up. Verizon is sleeping on these phones. Making me want to switch carriers.

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  • CJ Brown Feb 28, 2012 Link

    I agree with John G. - I got all excited by the release of HTC ONE series of smart phones, only to discover they are AT&T exclusives (I left AT&T for Verizon Wireless as I couldn't take the lack of Customer Service anymore - & the extra charges weren't appealing as AT&T tried (& failed) to buy T Mobile) ...

    I know Google just invested in Motorola, but I prefer HTC vs Motorola Android Smart Phones & can't afford the latest Samsung (I guess I'll be updating this loyal 3G HTC Incredible with a 4G HTC Rezound, unless a miracle occurs before November 2012 & Verizon Wireless is offered HTC smartphones on par with this ONE series) ..,,

    :-/

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