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HTC Unveils Flagship Android 4.0 Phones


HTC unveiled a
new flagship smartphone series described
by CEO Peter Chou as the best the company
has ever made.

The One series phones, unveiled here at
the recent Mobile World Congress, are destined
for multiple U.S. carriers.

The three phones are the HTC One X,
One S and One V, all with Android 4.0,
HTC’s new Sense 4 user interface, upgraded
camera capabilities and Beats audio technology.
They will be launched worldwide in
the spring.

One version of the top-end One X will feature
4G LTE and HSPA+ technology and be
available from AT&T in the coming months. It
will also feature a dual-core 1.5Hz processor
and 4.7-inch 720p super LCD display.

A One X version lacking LTE is due in markets
outside the U.S. and will incorporate
Nvidia’s new 4-Plus-1 quad-core processor,
which also incorporates a fifth battery-saving
core that handles less-demanding tasks
such as active standby and music playback.
The 1.5GHz quad-core processor was also
launched here in one LG phone.

The HTC One S, due from T-Mobile in the
spring, features a contoured 4.3-inch qHD
AMOLED touchscreen, 0.3-inch depth to
make it HTC’s thinnest phone to date, 4G
HSPA+ 42Mbps technology and dual-core
1.5GHz processor.

The One V, promoted as offering “broad appeal,”
will be available with a 3.7-inch screen
from C-Spire, Cincinnati Bell, MetroPCS,
U.S. Cellular and Virgin Mobile, HTC said.

All three One-series phones apply Beats
audio technology across music sources, including
YouTube, streaming music services
and games, not just stored music.

All also feature HTC ImageSense, a new
suite of camera and imaging features that include
multiple features not previously offered
by HTC. The new features 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 an f/2.0
lens on the HTC One X and HTC One S.

The suite delivers Concurrent Video/Still
Capture to shoot video and capture a photo
at the same time. When shooting 1080p HD
video, users tap the shutter button to snap a
high-resolution still photo while continuing to
take video. Users can also create a picture
from a recorded video.

The suite’s high dynamic range (HDR) technology
improves contrast in captured photos.
HDR takes multiple photos of a subject in rapid
succession, each with a different exposure
level, then layers the images to create a single
photo that combines the best parts of each image
to deliver a more accurate range of light.

The top-end One X and One S will feature
an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video
capture, while the One V features a 5-megapixel
camera with 720p video capture.