Published: February 27, 2012 10:04 AM
By Florence Legrand
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
HTC OneLike Sony Mobile Communications, HTC presented a new range of smartphones just a few hours before the Mobile World Congress 2012 opened its doors. This 'One' series of handsets is due to launch in mid-April.

Although HTC has been having a few 'difficulties' lately, the firm has presented a new range of smartphones due to hit stores at the beginning of Q2 and (hopefully) due to bring HTC back to the forefront of the mobile phone scene.

After Sony presented the Xperia P and U Android phones at a pre-MWC event, HTC followed suit yesterday with the 'One' range of Android mobiles.

The HTC One range comprises the One X, One S and One V. The One X will be the firm's new flagship model, while the One X is a mid-range mobile and the One V is an entry-level handset. All will come loaded with the latest version (4) of the HTC Sense interface.

'We're focusing on developing a unique user experience with both camera and sound technology that our customers can fall in love with. We're confident that the HTC One Series offers exactly the type of experience we hoped for and offers customers a user experience that hasn’t been possible is smartphones yet,' said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, keen to highlight the multimedia capabilities of these new phones.

Supersize Screen

The One X is a top-of-the-range model running on Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with a polycarbonate unibody and a large 4.7-inch screen with 1280 x 720p resolution. It runs on the 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor—and a Qulacomm Snapdragon for the 4G LTE version—has a 32 GB internal memory (which can't be extended) and is NFC compatible. HTC also promises a decent battery life thanks to the 1800 mAh battery.

OneX


The One X has an 8-Megapixel camera (f/2.0 lens) with a twin shutter (Video/Pic) so you can take a picture while filming HD video. HTC is promising super-fast image capture too, and focusing is announced at 0.2 seconds. That means you should be able to shoot a continuous series of shots and get decent-quality pictures even in low light, according to Peter Chou. Basically, then, the new camera and photo mode should be able to outdo the iPhone 4S.

Slimline Casing

With a slimmer (7.9 mm thick) apparently high-resistance metal casing, the HTC One S has a 4.3-inch screen (540 x 960p) and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. Like the One X, it has an 8-Megapixel camera.

HTC One S



This handset runs on Google's Android ICS operating system.

Entry-Level Mobile

The One V is HTC's new entry-level mobile, with a design that looks like an updated version of the Legend. It has a 3.7-inch screen (800 x 480p), a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor, a 5-Megapixel camera and an internal memory of 4 GB that can be boosted with a MicroSD card.

HTC OneV


All three smartphones will come with a free two-year 25 GB Dropbox account, as well as Beats Audio processing as seen in the Sensation XE and XL.

HTC hasn't yet released any information on prices for the One range.

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