Dallas – AT&T became the first U.S.
carrier to announce an availability date for one of HTC’s new One series of
Android 4.0 smartphones, which were unveiled at February’s Mobile World Congress.
AT&T plans May 6 availability
of the HTC One X at $199.
The unibody phone, equipped with
LTE and HSPA+ 4G technology, is AT&T’s first smartphone to launch with
Android 4.0, first AT&T smartphone with Beats by Dr. Dre Audio technology,
and first AT&T smartphone with HTC’s new Sense 4 user interface.
The One X was among a trio of
for U.S. and foreign carriers as part of HTC’s effort to
reinvigorate sales, which have declined in recent months on a year-over-year
The trio includes the HTC One S,
due from T-Mobile sometime in the spring, and the One V, which will be
available from C-Spire, Cincinnati Bell, MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular and Virgin
Mobile. Their prices and availability dates haven’t been announced.
AT&T’s One X features a
Qualcomm dual-core 1.5Hz processor, 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD display, and
8-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture.
All three One-series phones apply
Beats audio technology across all music sources, not just stored music. All
three also feature a new Music Hub that lets users store music, music
applications and streaming-music apps in one onscreen location.
All also have HTC ImageSense, a
new suite of camera and imaging features that include multiple features not
previously offered by HTC. These include Superfast Capture, which reduces the
time to take a picture to 0.7 seconds. Fast 0.2-second autofocus lets users
take continuous shots by holding the shutter button.
The camera suite also includes
f/2.0 lens on the HTC One X and HTC One S to capture 40 percent more light than
f/2.4 lenses available on other smartphones.
It has Concurrent Video/Still
Capture, letting users shoot video and capture a photo at the same time, and
high dynamic range (HDR) technology, which improves contrast in captured
photos. HDR takes multiple photos of a subject in rapid succession, each with a
different exposure level, then layers the photos to create a single photo that
combines the best parts of each image to deliver a more accurate range of
The suite also introduces
autoburst, a feature that automatically take a burst of shots of a subject if
the subject moves while the user is pressing the shutter button.
The top-end One X and One S
feature 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, while the One V features a
5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture.
The HTC One S features a contoured
4.3-inch qHD AMOLED touchscreen, dual-core 1.5Hz Qualcomm processor, 0.3-inch depth
to make it HTC’s thinnest phone to date, 4G HSPA+ 42Mbps technology, and
Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processor. It will also be T-Mobile’s thinnest phone
The One V, promoted as offering
“broad appeal,” features a 3.7-inch screen.