Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

HTC One: Same Name, but a Different Device, Inside and Out

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

HTC One: Same Name, but a Different Device, Inside and Out

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On Tuesday morning, at a press conference in New York, HTC introduced its latest flagship phone, a high-powered device dubbed the HTC One. Lest there be any confusion, yes, the last HTC flagship was also known as the One. (HTC seems to be following the strategy employed by Apple, which before the iPad Air started referring to its full-sized tablets simply as iPads, without all the numbers after the title.)

But this isn't the same phone. The 2014 One comes equipped with a 5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, and the Duo Camera - a dual-lens job that HTC says will result in sharper, more dynamic photographs. Over the Android OS, HTC has layered its in-house HTC Sense user interface.

"Android users know that every phone maker tends to customize the experience, generally with unnecessary features and ill-conceived design changes," Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal writes in a hands-on review. …

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