Last night we live-blogged the official announcement by HTC of its 2013 flagship Android smartphone – the (somewhat unimaginatively named) HTC One.

Up until now, the One was going by its codename the M7, and you can read the evolution of the M7 / HTC One here. Here, we’ll give you a summary of what the HTC One offers, and the low-down on the HTC One’s specs.

So, what’s the HTC One?

From last year, which saw a multitude of phones named HTC One (insert something here), including the One X, One SV, One XL, One S and so on, we now have one HTC One, rocking a 4.7 inch Super LCD 3 display, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and Adreno 320 GPU. This is one little powerhouse — it should show a 40% power increase over 2012’s range.

All this sits inside a single block of aluminium, furthering the industrial design quality that HTC is known for.

Powering this is the 2,300 mAh battery — this is a good amount of juice, and time will tell whether it’s enough to make this an all day phone, or a half-day wonder. We’re a little disappointed that HTC have continued to go for capacitive buttons — but only two, one for Back on the left, and one for Home on the right. A double tap on home will show the multi-tasker, and a long press will activate Google Now.

Software wise, we can expect Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (though in a quick browse of the news, I can’t see any mention of an update to 4.2) and HTC Sense 5. While Sense is similar to its previous incarnations, it’s more in keeping with the Android design guidelines, using the Roboto font and generally being more consistent with the Android look and feel. While I’ve not personally used it yet, the descriptions suggest that Sense is now a lot less prescriptive, and offers more options and customisations to make your phone truly your own.

The camera is one feature that is a mixed bag — it’s only an effective 4.0 megapixel shooter, whereas many smartphones are rocking megapixel values double or triple this.

However, the individual sensor elements are 2.0 microns wide, instead of 1.4 microns for 2012’s HTC cameras. This means that you’ll see better low-light performance, and brighter, perhaps more life-like photos to boot.

Not to mention, megapixels truly aren’t everything, and a lower megapixel count does not mean a worse image, especially when paired with high quality optics and a good image processor behind it, both of which it seems the HTC One will offer.

This is just a quick preview based on what we’ve seen — our very own Jason Murray and Graham Bae will be attending HTC’s Australian launch event tomorrow night in Sydney, and will bring you more once they’ve had an official introduction.

On with the specs rundown!

Key specs

  • Android 4.1.2 with HTC Sense 5
  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz
  • Total storage: 32GB/64GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Battery: 2300 mAh embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery


  • BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 μm, Sensor size 1/3′
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip™ 2
  • 28mm F/2.0 lens (in other words, a nice bright wide angle lens)
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
  • Front Camera: 88 wide angle lens with HDR capability
  • 1080p Full HD video recording for both front and back cameras
  • HDR Video
  • Continuous shooting and VideoPic
  • Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
  • HTC Zoe™ with highlights and HTC Zoe™ Share
  • Retouch with Object Removal, Always Smile, and Sequence Shot


  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC capable
  • Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n
  • DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
  • Support consumer infrared remote control
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)


  • Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
  • Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™
  • HDR Microphone
  • Sense Voice


  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • WCDMA (1900/2100 (B2/B1) MHz)
  • CDMA (800/1900 BC0/BC1/BC10, Sprint)
  • LTE (1900 (B25, SPCS)
  • Frequencies will vary by region/operator


  • Gyro sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

Location and GPS

  • Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
  • Digital compass
Source: HTC One.
Thanks: Phil Nickinson and Android Central.
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David Anderton

Hardware looks great I especially like the dual front speakers, I watched the first Vs vid and this thing blew the Nexus 4 out of the water. But with great power likely comes greater battery use!

A little disappointed with the lack of uSD, but hopefully it should have ‘working’ USB OTG.

Also not a huge fan of the Sense 5 tiles

Nathan O'Sullivan

The hardware looks great, both aesthetically and spec wise; but I cant see myself going back to HTC.

Alex Baldwin

Love the hardware design, but I still don’t think I could go back to Sense, and I have an attachment to AMOLED screens (I like absurdly high contrast and saturation). Still, I do hope this and the Xperia Z succeed in making sure Samsung doesn’t have complete Android dominance. Love my Samsung phones, but competition is definitely needed (and I hope Samsung takes some tips from both HTC and Sony on industrial design and materials). Battery capacity looks just….OK. Maybe I’m used to my Note 2’s 3500mAH, but while the One has a smaller screen it’s packing over 2 times… Read more »


No LTE reference listed under HTC AU website, looks like I’ll be importing…

Colin W

HTC usually do a really good job on their flagship phones. My Desire HD was fantastic at the time. And my wife absolutely loves her One X, way more reliable then her SGS ever was. The samsungs are flimsy feeling and finiky, I had the RAZR which had awesome build quality for the hardware but there was always something annoying with the software behavior. (RAZR died after a extremely drunken night out, its somewhere at the bottom of the Yarra.) IMHO the HTC build quality is almost as good as Moto but tends to feel better in the hand and… Read more »

Damon Lewis

The OneX is 2 generations newer than the Galaxy S, not really a fair comparison.

Colin W

True. However my HTC Magic was more reliable than my wifes SGS.


Anyone else think it’s amazing that this phone actually has 802.11ac?


Does anyone else think it looks very, very similar to the new Black Berry??? Apart from that it’s pretty much a yawn from me, apart from the camera being slightly interesting. I really think they needed to do more with this, especially with the Xperia Z and SGS4 about to appear. The ONE is going to be the benchmark phone for a very, very short period of time. Poorly played, HTC, IMO…


Only if they made the next Nexus that looked (aluminium body, dual speakers) and had the same hardware specs as this !

David Anderton

Agree with the aluminum body, Speakers and memory 32 or 64gb, but the N4 is powerful enough. The CPU for this wasn’t even released when it came out and remember how cheap the N4 is.


Phone looks alright. But I wouldnt go HTC again.

Im interested in the camera because the specs just seem odd (im no camera expert though)

Im still leaning towards Xperia Z for this year though.

James Finnigan

So… many… things… *Eye twitching*

But I’ll reserve final judgement until I’ve actually played with it.

Dylan Xavier

Who the heck launches a phone with 4.1.2 when 4.2.2 is already here? that means no photosphere! Bit sad really. once you have used photosphere you will know how amazing it is.

Also the title is “HTC officially announces the HTC One overnight — looks good”

May be if you got buzz to write it the title might have been different.

Graham Bae

We had to physically restrain Buzz from making the post in order to preserve our G Maturity rating.

And you’re right, the with fancypants camera they’ve put in this thing it’s silly that they haven’t included Photosphere.

Damon Lewis

I don’t trust HTC enough to update to 4.2 in any kind of reasonable time frame. I wouldn’t expect photosphere any time soon!

David Anderton

yeh no matter how good the hardware looks, after being burned by HTC I still wouldn’t buy this.