HTC has announced it’s new star-studded line up for 2012; the HTC One X, HTC One S and the HTC One V. Known collectively as the ‘HTC One Series.’ Design-wise, the usual HTC attention to style and detail is present here.
Each of the phones boasts a streamlined polished design that, while varying somewhat in terms of colour and finish, all incorporate HTC’s trademark ‘unibody’ design style – a single piece of material that makes up most of the phone’s body. All these Android mobile phones have much in common in terms of camera optics and software too.
HTC’s made some significant changes to the cameras, which we’ve detailed here.
HTC One X specifications
The HTC One X is the flagship phone of the range. It boasts a 4.7-inch screen with a 1280×720 (720p) HD resolution, IPS (in-plane switching) technology and is Corning’s second-generation of Gorilla Glass for protection.
Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core-plus-one processor (clocked to 1.5GHz) is on board and 32GB of internal memory. Of the 32GB of storage, its 27GB that’s available to the user.
It’s worth noting that there’s no microSD card slot on the HTC One X. Turns out that this might not matter, as HTC is giving you 25GB of DropBox storage with the One X and the entire One Series range.
Other specs of the HTC One X include an 8-megapixel camera with an auto-fire ‘burst mode’ – hold down the camera button to take mutliple shots (up to 99), an NFC chip and a polycarbonate body that’ll come in grey and white variants.
The HTC One X is also a micro SIM-only phone, like the Motorola RAZR and Nokia Lumia 800. So you’ll have to ask your network for one of these, or get the scissors out.
An attention to detail that we really like with the HTC One X is that there’s no speaker grille for the earpiece. Instead, holes have been micro drilled into the polycarbonate shell. With a separate grille removed, there’s less scope for parts vibrating and having an impact on the audio experience.
HTC One S specifications
The HTC One S is also a micro-SIM only phone. It’s got an 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with second-gen Gorilla Glass and a resolution of 960×540 (qHD) and an 8-megapixel camera.
It measures a slim 7.6mm round the waist and is very lightweight in the hand. Coming in two versions – ‘ceramic metal’ and ‘gradient metal’ – the HTC One S is arguably more of a design-piece than the HTC One X.
The ceramic metal edition of the HTC One S features a
frame that’s been subjected to micro arc oxidation, an electrochemical process that toughness the outer frame of the phone. HTC says that while this doesn’t ruggedise the phone, it does give it a measure of protection against scratches made my fingernails, keys and general pocket detritus, while giving it a polished ceramic feel.
The anodized metal version hasn’t been baked in super-hot plasma but its metal jacket does feature a fetching dark to light gradient running up and down the phone.
There’s a dual-core Qualcomm chip running inside the HTC One S alongside 16GB of internal storage (again, no microSD slot) of which 12GB is user available.
HTC One V specifications
Last but not least on the HTC One Series is the HTC One V. The entry-level phone of the series, the HTC One V has a 3.7-inch screen with a resolution of 800×480 (WVGA) that’s protected by Gorilla Glass – first generation instead of second generation.
In terms of its looks the HTC One V is similar to the HTC Legend and HTC Hero in that the ‘chin’ from previous designs makes a return here. In a sense, it’s something of a legacy device in that it tips the hat to HTC’s history while firmly a phone of the present.
There’s also a 5-megapixel camera here (autofocus, single LED flash) and a single-core 1GHz processor.
Unlike the HTC One X and HTC One S, the HTC One V does feature a microSD card slot, alongside 8GB of storage. This is more of a transitional device, we’re told, for those who want a new HTC phone and move over information from their memory card from their old phone. There’s also a regular-sized SIM slot instead of a micro SIM, which re-emphasises this.
There’s no news on launch or pricing for these phones at the minute, but we’ll bring you more news when we get it, plus some hands-on pictures.
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