HTC One: everything you need to know


HTC's newest flagship phone is an aluminum and glass salvo against Samsung's plastic assault. The company revealed the 4.7-inch One today with its UltraPixel camera, a brand new version of the Sense UI (dubbed "New Sense"), and yes, BoomSound audio.

12 updates and 3760 comments below.

Jun 26 1:03p

Google Play editions of HTC One and Galaxy S4 with stock Android available now

The wait is finally over: starting now, you can purchase two leading Android smartphones, the HTC One and Samsung's Galaxy S4, each loaded with a stock version of Google's mobile operating system. Both "Google Play edition" unlocked GSM devices go on sale today, priced at $599 and $649 respectively. Initial orders will ship by July 9th according to Google. The Galaxy S4 and One Google Play editions are being sold alongside Google's existing line of Nexus products — flagship hardware meant to...

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May 23 8:44p

HTC One 'Google Edition' with stock Android reportedly in the works

HTC may follow Samsung's lead and produce a "Google Edition" of its latest flagship smartphone running stock Android. According to sources that spoke to Russell Holly at Geek, work on a version of the HTC One without its Sense software customizations is underway, with a US launch said to be "imminent." Holly previously leaked accurate information on the Galaxy S4 Google Edition ahead of its announcement at the I/O conference.

HTC's chief product officer Kouji Kodera told The Verge last year...

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Apr 24 1:01p

Update for international HTC One said to improve image quality

HTC is working to improve the camera on its flagship Android phone, the One. The company has developed and released an update that is said to improve both color reproduction and dynamic range in "certain conditions," according to a statement released to SlashGear. Specifically, the update is meant to help combat over-exposure in images that are taken without the phone's high dynamic range (HDR) feature. The changelog also says that the update makes unspecified sound quality improvements to...

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Apr 02 9:41a

HTC One coming to AT&T and Sprint on April 19th for $199.99, will beat the Galaxy S4 to the market

The HTC One, the company's new flagship phone and would-be savior, will be available on AT&T starting on April 19th for $199.99. That's a good $50 less than was rumored yesterday, and it undercuts the Samsung Galaxy S4 which will launch on AT&T for $249.99. Despite some delays, it appears that HTC will beat the Galaxy S4 to market — AT&T pre-orders for Samsung's flagship start on April 16th. The phone will come in silver or black and in 32GB and 64GB capacities, the latter of which will cost...

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Mar 22 12:20p

HTC One to arrive in the US by late April, just as the Galaxy S4 launches

The HTC One will finally begin rolling out next week, at least in the UK, Germany and Taiwan. Buyers in Europe, North America and "most of" the Asia-Pacific can expect to see the device launch before the end of April, according to an update HTC provided today. HTC's new shipping timeframe comes just days after reports suggested component constraints were to blame for the handset's delay in getting to market. "HTC has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components as it is no longer a...

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Mar 19 9:29a

HTC's One delayed because suppliers think it's 'no longer a tier-one customer,' says WSJ (update)

HTC One fans were disappointed to learn last week that the phone had been delayed to late March or early April. Now,The Wall Street Journal reports that the flagship meant to turn around HTC's performance is being hampered by its past defeats. "The company has a problem managing its component suppliers as it has changed its order forecasts drastically and frequently following last year's unexpected slump in shipments," says an unnamed executive. He and others blamed the One's delay on...

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Mar 12 3:23p

HTC delays One shipments to late March, early April for some markets

HTC has confirmed that its flagship One phone will be shipping in late March and early April after reports of delays. Earlier today, UK retailer Clove reported that it would start selling the One two weeks later than expected: while the phone was initially set to arrive on March 15th, "We have today been advised officially by HTC that the UK launch date has been put back to the 29th March." Official launch dates have been hard to come by, but HTC said at the phone's announcement that a global...

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Mar 11 11:35a

HTC One review

<p>The Android market has changed radically in the past couple of years. Where we once had a spec war, with manufacturers racing to release ever-more powerful smartphones as quickly as possible, now it’s turning into a marketing battle — and Samsung is winning by a mile. HTC, by comparison, isn’t doing so well. The company has learned some important lessons about not flooding the market with iterative designs, and the culmination of that is the aptly-named <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/19/4004912/htc-one-everything-you-need-to-know">HTC One</a>. It’s HTC’s flagship, the one device it’s putting all its weight behind.</p> <p>It might seem a little reductive to only consider the HTC One in comparison to Samsung’s as-yet unseen Galaxy S 4, but the truth is that the HTC One can only succeed if it can steal back some of the marketshare it lost last year when the <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/2/2919202/htc-one-x-review" >One X</a>, which we found superior to the <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/25/3042640/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-review" >Galaxy S III</a> in many ways, failed to compete with Samsung’s device.</p> <p>The playbook this year looks surprisingly similar. The HTC One has top-notch hardware design and specs that are as good or better than anything else on the market today. But that’s long been the case with HTC, and it hasn’t been enough. So instead the company is making <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/19/4004104/inside-the-htc-one-betting-the-company-on-two-daring-features">two gigantic bets</a>: a surprising camera that rethinks how you take photos, and custom software that reimagines the home screen. Both features are likely to be polarizing, but the real question is whether the buzzwords, features, and <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/19/4005222/htc-ceo-interview-at-one-launch">HTC’s technical “innovation”</a> add up to enough to convince consumers to give the phone a chance.</p> <p><em>A quick note: HTC tells me my review unit isn't a retail model. That should mean only that it's not in retail packaging, but it's possible that there are slight software changes coming over time. I'll update here if that happens.</em></p> Continue reading »

Feb 19 2:19p

HTC CEO: Android, Windows Phone, and better marketing will get company back in the black

Clad in an all-black outfit and projecting his usual air of cool confidence, HTC CEO Peter Chou today introduced his company's big new hope for 2013, the HTC One. Amid the hubbub surrounding the London launch of his company's new Android flagship, Peter was kind enough to sit down with us for a fireside chat about HTC's struggles of the past year and how it hopes to correct them going forward.

Vlad Savov: What are the big lessons that you learned over the last year with the One X and the One...

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Inside the HTC One: betting the company on two daring features

HTC was once a dominant, if not the dominant, player in the smartphone industry. It began by manufacturing smartphones like the Palm Treo, entered the market with Windows Mobile devices, and created the first Android smartphone. Yet HTC’s early lead in the space has evaporated: Apple created the iPhone, Samsung has dominated the Android market, and the carriers — once HTC’s greatest allies — are less relevant than ever in creating consumer demand.

As a result, HTC’s last quarter saw it drop...

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How does the HTC One stack up against the competition?

HTC has just announced the One, a new flagship Android smartphone for 2013. The HTC One runs Android 4.1.2, but an update to the latest version, Android 4.2, is promised at some point in the future. It has a quad-core Snapdragon 600 running at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. It's already been compared to its competition aesthetically — but how do those specs stack up against other flagship models?

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HTC One: hands-on with HTC's phone to rule them all

At long last, and after a number of leaks, HTC has finally revealed its new One smartphone. The One is the company's latest flagship device, and it is designed to replace the multiple models that HTC released last year with a singular vision. HTC is putting all of its effort behind a single high-end device this year (hence the simple 'One' name), as opposed to its previous attempt to multiple devices with different characteristics. We got to spend a brief amount of time with the new phone and...

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HTC One announced: a 4.7-inch, 1080p Android flagship with an 'UltraPixel' camera

In case all the hints, leaks, and brazen demonstrations hadn't already tipped you off, HTC has a new flagship Android smartphone and it's called the HTC One. Succeeding the One X family of devices atop HTC's global mantelpiece, the One sticks closely to the company's tradition of wowing fans with lofty specs, but it also innovates dramatically in a couple of key areas, which HTC hopes will give it an edge over the competition and a route back to financial prosperity.

First up, the 4.7-inch...

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