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HTC One hands-on

HTC One hands-on

It’s been quite a morning here in New York, and after weeks of leaks, anticipation and rumors, the HTC One is officially official. In case you’re waking up late, we’re talking about a design overhaul here, complete with metal chassis, 4.7-inch 1080p display, and Sense 5.0. The highlights here aren’t so much the specs– though the Snapdragon 600 chip and 2GB of RAM are nothing to sneeze at– as they are the features HTC has built from the ground up, including the Ultrapixel camera complete with “Zoe”, Sense 5’s new BlinkFeed homescreen experience, and BoomSound. Hit the break for our initial impressions.

In hand, the HTC One feels exactly as it should: sturdy, sleek, and light as a feather. Its design borrows from HTC’s own DNA and 8X as well as the iPhone’s diamond-cut edges and aluminum finish. It’s simply stunning, and is by and large the most beautiful device HTC has ever created. That 4.7-inch display utilizes HTC’s tried and true LCD3 technology and manages to pack a whopping 1920×1080 pixels for a downright eye-popping PPI. It’s one of the brightest displays I’ve ever seen, and matches the DNA’s “wow” factor in terms of saturation, color reproduction and viewing angles. This display seems just a hair brighter and more vibrant than the DNA, so it’s entirely possible that HTC made some last-minute tweaks to perfect it’s technology. And for those who were hoping for a 5-inch (or larger) screen size, I can say with confidence that HTC has struck a balance between size and usability.