NEWS ANALYSIS: HTC has unveiled its latest smartphone entrant, the One. And in some significant ways, it’s a better option than the iPhone 5.
HTC showed off the next generation of its smartphone line with the new and improved One
. The device, its flagship model, will be available in March on T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint networks.
Prices will start at $199.99 for the 32GB option and rise to $299.99 for the 64GB version. HTC believes that it’s the kind of device that will help it overcome some of the market challenges it faced in 2012. By the look of things, HTC might be right.
The HTC is arguably the best smartphone we now know about. Granted, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a popular Android-based product and the iPhone 5 is the single-most popular device on the market
. But as HTC has proven in 2012, those models are so last year. It’s a new world in the smartphone market and right now, HTC might be the device maker to take command of it.
Later this year, Apple will unveil a new iPhone—likely to be called the iPhone 5S—that will try to beat the HTC One. But until then, HTC’s option is a much better choice for customers than the iPhone 5.
Read on to find out why:
1. A huge display
Apple made waves when it announced that it had upped its iPhone’s screen size last year from 3.5 inches to 4 inches. However, that looks awfully small compared to the HTC One, which is outfitted with a 4.7-inch display. As Apple itself noted last year, more screen real estate matters. HTC obviously agrees.
2. Watch out for Snapdragon
Apple’s A6 processor is certainly nice and gets the job done for most tasks. However, the HTC One is running a quad-core Snapdragon processor that will deliver better performance than that found in Apple’s handset. For customers looking for more power, choosing the HTC One seems like a good idea
3. Better visuals
Apple’s iPhone 5 display supports 326 pixels per inch, making it a high-end display. However, HTC’s option comes with a whopping 468 pixels per inch and a screen resolution of 1,920-by-1,080 pixels. That’s something that folks who watch movies or play games shouldn’t miss.
4. Video chatting is improved
Video chatting has become a favorite pastime of an increasing number of consumers and enterprise users. And yet, Apple’s iPhone 5 has only a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. The HTC One, on the other hand, comes with a 2.1-megapixel front-facing lens, meaning it’ll deliver far better visuals for folks.