New HTC One
The new HTC One has been long in the rumour mill, the quite un-imaginativly named phone (after previous HTC One’s) will become the flagship for HTC, and after the year they have had, boy do they need it.
Featuring a rather healthy 4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p display powered by a 1.7GHz Quad-Core processor, 2 GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, the new HTC One of course runs Android teamed with HTC Sense as we expect, but there are a few new ‘names’ on the block. Say hello to the newly (and quite terribly named) HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound. Sounding like a next generation version of the Teletubbies, we are reliably informed that these bizarrely named features are all part of the entertainment experience.
First up we have HTC Blinkfeed, which turns your homescreen into a constant stream of information such as social updates, news stories, photos and who else knows what right on to your standard home screen With the right and careful selection, this could be quite useful. No seperate apps, everything right there. BUT balance will be the trick, you don’t want important news or updates drowned out by noise. Next up we have the strangely named Boomsound, although still technically in bed with Beats Audio, there seems to have been an internal HTC competition and suggestion box for the replacement name, and Boomsound won! We believe Boomsound covers the features of front-facing stereo speakers, dedicated amp and the full HD display for your entertainment pleasure!
Finally we have the apparently very photogenic HTC Zoe. Now bear with us, as this might get a little complicated. Forget photos, or video, nope HTC want to re-write the dictionary and the way we live, and are attempting to convince us we should being shooting ‘Zoes’. Taken from images you have taken, the HTC then creates a 3 second ‘clip’ called a Zoe. It reminds us very much of Twitter Vine and more horrible nightmares that animated Cat GIFs are taking over the world. Not only does it create Zoe’s the new HTC One groups photos, videos and of course Zoe’s into galleries, and then creates your own highlight reel of the three. Including cuts, edits and theme music to set themes which can of course be changed or edited. It sounds slightly cool, but we can’t help but think a little gimmicky?
Now reading so far you could easily think this is some kind of early April Fools, but we can assure you it isn’t, and the New HTC One does have some stand out features. That super quick hardware and full HD screen will no doubt be a dream, there is also the addition of a front facing wide angle lens which features 1080p video capture. Dual microphones help capture crisper sound to match the HD footage.
We don’t know about you but we are a little on the fence, amazing hardware and potential rocket speeds seem to be hidden beneath a slew of random names and potential gimmicks. Though perhaps maybe the new HTC One is well before it’s time…