Hands-on with HTC’s new One series smartphone lineup [Photos]

Hands-on with HTC’s new One series smartphone lineup [Photos]

On Sunday evening, Taiwanese smartphone maker came back to form with the launch of its new HTC One lineup, a range of handsets that focus on the overall experience rather than hardware specifications that have no real context.

The three new smartphones were the HTC One X, the company’s quad-core flagship, the One S, a powerful slim dual-core handset, and the One V, which is the HTC Legend reimagined for 2012.

We managed to get a hands-on with the three devices and have embedded a full gallery of the photos at the foot of the post.


The One X is a 4.7-inch ‘all in device’ with a 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 32GB inbuilt storage, 1GB RAM, 1800mAH battery and an 8-megapixel camera.

The device is ultra thin at just over 9mm and has a polycarbonate unibody design, on the rear it has a soft touch back and HTC has micro-drilled the earpiece instead of adding a speaker grille.


The One S  rocks a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, 1.5GHz dual core, 8-megapixel camera and is just 7.6mm at its thinnest point. HTC One S sports a unibody metal design, but it is formed using microarc oxidation, which baths the surface in plasma rays and makes it 5 times stronger than anodization processes. It’s so tough, it’s normally used in satellites and racing cars.


The One V features the same ‘chin’ as the Legend, the One V has a 3.7-inch, 1GHz single core processor and a 5-megapixel sensor.

Playing with the devices, it is clear to see that HTC is back to its best, offering sleek, sexy devices that have the necessary power and features to make consumers consider them from their competition.

The camera on each device is awesome, Sense 4.0 is a breath of fresh air and the services that launch alongside them really make them a joy to use.

We can’t wait for HTC to release its One series phones, we are itching to get our hands on review models and really get the chance to test drive them with day-to-day use.

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We can expect these devices to become available worldwide in April. HTC has paired down the processor in the LTE-enabled HTC One X, making it a dual core device, but we think that is to do with battery life, rather than trying to frustrate US consumers.

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