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    February 27, 2012

    HTC Announces the One X, its first Quad Core Smartphone

    HTC has confirmed the existence of its One X, a 4.7-inch, quad-core superphone that will be the flagship phone of the HTC One range that will be released in Europe in April. Officially announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the HTC One S, and the HTC One V will complete the new range.

    The Tegra 3-powered phone will feature Android 4.0 alongside a streamlined new version of Sense, called Sense 4.0. Equipped with NFC, 32GB of built-in storage and a 1280 x 720 Super LCD display, HTC is describing the One X as its “all-in one device.” The camera comes with an f/2.0 lens and an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor.

    With HTC having placed a priority on its camera performance,  the One series and all three of its newly launched Android handsets comes with a selection of important optimizations. This includes a dedicated imaging processor that has been added to allow the One phones to manipulate pictures before compressing them to JPEG format. HTC expects this to result in lower image noise, greater colour accuracy, and higher overall quality.

    Other improvements to the camera involve its speed with the startup time for the camera app to take 0.7 seconds and the autofocus taking only 0.2 seconds. Holding down the onscreen shutter button automatically flips you into burst mode, with an intelligent selection menu that allows you to select the best shot and discard the rest. The buttons for capturing stills and video are placed right next to each other and HTC also enables users to take photos while recording video. You can then pull the still shot from the video recording.

    Other new features include a new overscroll animation, which is reminiscent of the one on the PS Vita, 25GB of Dropbox storage for two years, Beats Audio integration for all applications, and an updated HTC Sync that can now wirelessly sync with desktop programs like iTunes and Windows Media Player.

    HTC has also explored another material with polycarbonate and a new microdrilling technique that results in a softer and more tactile device than its aluminium predecessors. The separate speaker grille has also been discarded.

    A few downsides to the new design include making the battery inaccessible to the user, omitting microSD storage expandability, and shifting to a Micro SIM card.

    Watch the First Look HTC One Series video below:

    Source: The Verge 

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