CNET First Look
HTC One wows with stunning design, premium partsThe HTC One smartphone boasts a beautiful all-aluminium body, enhanced camera technology, plus new fangled Sense software.
Hey, guys. This is Brian Bennett at CNET.com and we are at HTC's launch event in New York, and they also have an event in London launching the HTC One Smartphone. As you could tell, this is a very nicely sound device. It has a large 4.7-inch screen, also has this whole blink feed feature, which is basically like a tile style interface that allows you to snack on news and other content really quickly, kinda like Flipboard. So, if you're familiar with those kind of news [unk] services, you really won't be totally surprised by this interface but it definitely is a new enhancement. As you can tell though we still have the iconic or a similar clock-- not the Flip Clock that comes with some of the HTC's previous devices, but you'll also get the weather and that type of thing. We also have a 2-megapixel camera right up top, as well as a dual speakers. You have speaker up here and a speaker down here that's part of the whole boom sound technology that enables really powerful stereo audio performance. Also, you can tell this is a very thin device. It is all aluminum, has what HTC calls a zero gap aluminum design. So, there's basically no gaps anywhere. It's all metal all around and you can see also here is the main camera, they don't wanna tell us exactly what the megapixel is, we believe it's probably 4 megapixel but they call it the Ultra Pixel camera, which enables extremely high light sensitivity so you can use it in low light environments much better than other phones. They say 300 percent better performance in low light conditions. Also, you'll see that it has an Android Jellybean interface, a little bit paired down but you can see, you have typical Android apps. So, another interesting feature about the camera that HTC is talking about on the HTC One is the new Zoe file, which is a 3-second film clip that you can quickly take-- capture really quickly and then share that with friends and loved ones. And also, the gallery we also combine all your photos and videos and all the things that you take with the phone and automatically create these highlight reels, which is something that a lot of people will probably find useful. On the top here is an eye of the I/O blaster, which communicates with home theater products like the television, stereo, that kind of thing. So you can basically use it with something that HTC calls the HTC TV Sense, which enables you to change your channel, view the programs that you want no one there on, see guides from local programming, and that's something that's really interesting. So, definitely wanna check that out once we get one in for review. So, there you have it folks, this is a first look at the HTC One Smartphone. I'm Brian Bennett at CNET.com.