March 11, 2014 5:43pm
Earlier today, we published what appeared to be an authentic advertisement of the All New HTC One from Australian carrier, Telstra.
Now, a purported field guide for in-store sales reps has leaked, courtesy, as well, of GSM Arena. The specs sheet appears to confirm what we’ve been able to glean over the past few weeks:
- 5-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display
- 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage (10GB user-facing), microSD slot
- 2,600mAh battery
- Rear Ultrapixel camera, 1/3.0-inch f/2.0 2µm pixels (identical to last year)
- 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera
- 1080p video capture
- 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm
- 160 grams
- Nano-SIM card
There are a few interesting things about the spec sheet. The camera appears to be identical to last year’s, so unless the megapixel count (and therefore the sensor itself, because the per-pixel size and aperture is the same) is larger, we’re stuck with a 4MP sensor. While we know there will be a second lens of unknown size to augment the first, the main sensor still poses a problem for larger-sized captures. As mentioned before, the second lens will allow for refocusing of the photo after shooting, similar to a Lytro camera.
Second, the device’s battery size, at 2600mAh, appears to be a meagre increase from the 2300mAh cell in last year’s model. While not a catastrophe, battery life was a constant issue with the HTC One.
Third, what’s with the reduction in internal storage size? I think the addition of a microSD slot to counteract the lower eMMC size is a terrible idea. There is a luxury in not having to worry about storage space, and with the All New HTC One’s 10GB of user-facing storage, users will be forced to offload larger files and games onto a microSD card. My guess is that these specs are for an international version, and that the North American model will do away with the microSD slot in favour of a standard 32GB SKU.
Finally, it looks like the updated HTC One will not match the Galaxy S5, Note 3 and Xperia Z2 in capturing 4K video; while this is not a major blow, it still places the device behind the times, so to speak.
Other software features appear to put the All New HTC One on par with many of its competitors: the ability to turn on the screen by double-tapping, or using a gesture to launch apps when the screen is off, are present on the LG G2 and G Pro 2 respectively, and are powered by the Snapdragon 800-series chipset. Users will also be able to answer a call by holding it up to their ear, if desired.
Again, none of these specs or details are confirmed until HTC officially launches the device on March 25th. My guess is that there will be two main versions, one with 32GB or 64GB of internal and no microSD slot, and one with the above specs. What do you think?