Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Revealed: HTC One Launched with 4.7 inch Full HD Display & 4 Ultrapixel Camera Theory Unveil

HTC today has announced its flagship smartphone, the HTC One, supporting some really innovative and interesting features, which it hopes would differentiate it from other Android devices, especially Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones. With the HTC One, the Taiwanese giant has come out with features like BlinkFeed, Zoe and BoomSound apart from the all new Sense skin. These advanced features will push the output of the regular functions like camera, sound, socializing and more by adding and enhancing some or the other feature in these operations. Read on to know more about these features

HTC hopes to change that reality with the brand new flagship HTC One that the company unveiled Tuesday at events staged at the same time in New York and London.

The HTC One is made of a uni-body aluminium that looks incredibly solid and suave. None of this should come as surprise, as HTC is known for its stunning hardware to begin with, and the HTC One takes it above and beyond.

Running the show inside the HTC One is the new Snapdragon 600 SoC, Qualcomm’s new generation of mobile chips, which integrates a quad-core CPU, an Adreno 320 GPU, and an LTE modem. The only other device so far that comes equipped with a Snapdragon 600 processor is the LG Optimus G Pro, due to hit the first markets later this month. The optical bonded display of the HTC One is super dense. At 468ppi (4.7 inch 1080p display), it easily beats the previous leaders, devices like the Sony Xperia Z and the Droid DNA. From the videos of the HTC One we’ve seen, the display looks breathtakingly sharp.

There’s also 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage as standard (a 64GB variant is planned for the APAC region), a 2300mAh battery, GPS and GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and even 802.11ac Wi-Fi. And if that’s not enough, the power / lock button atop the phone doubles up as an IR emitter, allowing you to use the HTC One as a TV remote control. That comes with an HTC Sense TV app that will provide interactive programs guides from many of the biggest broadcasters.

The HTC One also brings the new Sense UI along with Android Jelly Bean (4.1.2), which HTC calls a BlinkFeed. HTC has tied up with over 1,400 news organizations to enable an always-live, customized information for the user’s snacking needs. It introduces BoomSound by becoming the first smartphones with stereo speakers on the front.

HTC One 4-Ultrapixel Camera Explained

HTC One has initiated the ultrapixel trend with its innovative UltraPixel Camera that is reported to work on the finest of details, even in scantiest light conditions, as the UltraPixel Camera features f/2.0 aperture lens and an extraordinary sensor capable of letting in 300 percent more light than conventional smartphone camera sensors. HTC Zoe is based on this technique launched with the HTC One which will enable shooting high-res photos into three-second snippets. In simple words, it comes more or less like burst mode, as it can capture continuous shots for three seconds resulting in short video clips with HTC proprietary format. Users can also edit these videos by adding music, transitions and effects, remix or set to different themes, and then share on social networks, or via email and other services.

On the face of it, there are only 4-megapixels, but HTC says that it will deliver a wildly better photography experience than any competing 8-megapixel or 13-megapixel camera phone can. We have broken down the technology to its bare bones

Just to start things off a resolution of 4-megapixels is more than ample, unless you want to print posters for hoardings. So the unusually low megapixel count is not a big deal. OEMs just prefer to tout the higher megapixel count as an advantage as the consumers believe in the higher megapixel myth. Unfortunately, this will be a problem HTC has to resolve at the retail level with the One.

HTC makes a big deal about the UltraPixel technology on the One. It states that pixels on the One are 2 microns, while competing 8-megapixel cameras are generally 1.4 microns and that number further goes down to 1.1 microns on 13-megapixel camera phones. Considering the limitations of smartphone cameras, especially in terms of optics it impossible to coax the maximum out of all these small tiny pixels. But if one increases the pixel size rather than count, then resolution remains lower, but the camera is more sensitive to light and dynamic in term produces better images.

This is similar to what Nokia does on the PureView 808 where 7 pixels are joined to construct one super pixel, which helps the 41-megapixel camera produce high quality 5-megapixel images. But Nokia was also trying to attain lossless zoom hence it had the massive 41-megapixel resolution. And because of the incredibly high resolution even the PureView 808 had an average pixel size of 1.4 microns in spite of the 1/1.2-inch sensor. The HTC One manages to pack in an average pixel size of 2 microns via its 1/3-inch sensor, which has an effective resolution of 4-megapixels. Essentially, in a way HTC has decided to focus on bigger and more effective pixels and unlike the Nokia PureView 808 it does not focus on lossless zoom so it does not need the insane 41-megapixel resolution, which requires a massive sensor, hence also does not affect the industrial design of the device.
Optical Image Stabilization

Of course the big pixels help sensitivity and dynamic range of the camera, but when you couple that with a f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image stabilization that works across two axis’ with 2000 cycles per second eliminating handshake, then users get to focus on an object longer. This means users will be able to have impressive low-light images. Of course the phone that touts this feature the most is the Nokia Lumia 920 that comes with a 8.7-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization, but it does not have the large UltraPixels of the HTC One. Technically speaking, the HTC One should have an advantage in this regard, we will wait to see real world examples of the same to pass a judgement.

Just for the sake of comparison, the PureView 808 has a f/2.4 aperture, the iPhone 5 has a f/2.4 aperture, the Galaxy S III has a f/2.6 aperture and the Nokia Lumia 920 has a f/2.0 aperture. So even in this regard, the HTC One is up to scratch.

Image Sensor

HTC still has not forgotten its ImageSense chip that was introduced with the One X and even the One packs it. It can shoot HDR video and stills on the fly, just like the Sony Xperia Z. It can shoot 8 images per second in burst mode and has a gamut of new features that are similar to TimeShot, Smart Shot and Best Photo seen on BlackBerry, Nokia and Samsung devices.  It also has a new feature called the Zoe mode that shoots a few second of 1080p video while shooting a still image which becomes a part of a new gallery mode that creates a short highlight reel of sorts. The videos will be hosted on HTC servers for 180 days. The Price of it Will Go Way Above 45K in India

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