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Meet the all-aluminum HTC One

Close-up

Navigation buttons

Lean machine

Camera

Putting 4 megapixels to the test

Camera settings

Top view

Software goodies

How the remote works

Back view

HTC's latest flagship phone, the HTC One, is definitely a beaut. Running Android Jelly Bean and HTC's newest iteration of the Sense UI, it packs in some other very interesting software, and hardware as well.

A full 1080p HD resolution on this 4.7-inch LCD screen starts us off.

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The face and shape follow the design cues from other phones in HTC's One line. The new UI adds a different style of polish.

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Two onscreen controls on this gapless display take you home and back.

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At just 0.37 inch at its thickest point and 0.12 inch deep at its thinnest, this is one crazy-slim device.

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HTC made a bold move by reducing the camera's megapixels from 8 to 4. Just keep in mind that these are four very large megapixels that let in tons of light and should reduce noise. Read all about it here.

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CNET's Brian Bennett takes a picture at the HTC One launch event in New York, keeping an eye on image quality. Though the One has a smaller megapixel camera count than many cameras, it's supposed to let in more light, which can capture more information and make the image less noisy, particularly in lower-light conditions.

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A quick glance at the camera settings reveals HDR mode and a sweeping panorama.

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You see the headset jack up top, and the chassis' slight curve in the back for optimal comfort in the hand. Also here is the IR (infrared) blaster, the part that looks like a power key, used to command TVs and home theater equipment.

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In addition to HTC's revamped Sense overlay, there's enhanced sound with Beats Audio. The IR blaster can be used to control the TV as a secondary remote.

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HTC's software setup starts with you pairing the HTC One with your TV.

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Here's another look at the back of the HTC One, which bubbles out to offer in-hand comfort.

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