by Volker Weber


This is the 2012 HTC line. 500, 600 and 300 €, left to right. The flagship comes with a 4+1 core processor and 12 core graphic. The +1 processor keeps the engine running while the other four sleep. Just to make sure this thing runs for more than an hour. :-) 4.7" screen, ICS 4.0 with Sense 4.0. You get 25 GB of Dropbox for two years. And Dropbox now has an Android client that lets you upload photos in the background. Speaking of photos, HTC claims they have a really good camera and an f/2.0 lens. iPhone 4S is f/2.4, the Lumia 800 has f/2.2, I believe. HTC says the camera starts up in 0.7 seconds and the autofocus takes just 0.2 seconds. You can keep shooting with the camera button pressed until the memory is full or the battery is depleted.

Looking at the photo above, the HTC One family of phones still has fixed buttons on the glas, unlike the Galaxy Nexus. The device on the left is the thinnest HTC Android phone ever, with only 7.8 mm. Also, the screen is "only" 4.3 inches so it makes a lot more sense than the flagship. Personally, I find both of them too large. I would however be very interested in trying the new camera.


"HTC claims they have a really good camera and an f/2.0 lens ..."

I was at an event recently, and got to test my HTC Sensation 4G against an iPhone 4S in different temperatures of indoor light. No comparison. The iPhone's ability to accurately judge artificial lighting was lightyears ahead of the HTC. I could not adjust the HTC to match the iPhone's native (and effortless) color accuracy, though I tried multiple phone apps. My HTC shots were unusable; the iPhone could have been printed and used.

Mere hardware spec is only a small part of the story. Let's hope they've done some other tweaks to make the camera experience *much* better.

Garret P Vreeland, 2012-02-27

What are the names of the 3 HTCs above?

Pedro Quaresma, 2012-04-10

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