Overview of HTC's New Lineup of Phones
We saw the best of what Samsung had to offer a few days ago in the form of the Galaxy S III, but what's it up against? After HTC admitted their lack of high quality phones, they promised thinner and more powerful ICS-equipped phones with better battery life. They certainly delivered that with their release of the One series, the new Sprint EVO 4G, and the Verizon Droid Incredible 4G.
HTC's new flagship phone, the One X, is arguably the best phone on the market right now. Although it is currently AT&T exclusive, it has top-of-the-line internals, a fantastic 720p non-Pentile display, an amazing camera, and premium build quality. It runs on Qualcomm's Snapdrogn 'Krait' S4 (currently, the fastest processor on the mobile market because it is the only one based off of Cortex A15 cores) clocked at 1.5 GHz complemented by 1 gb of RAM. The 4.7 inch display is a 1280x720 non-Pentile Super LCD 2 display which uses Gorrilla Glass 2. It has an 8 MP camera capable of taking pictures while recording video (and, according to reviews, is a better camera than the iPhone 4S camera). It sports Beats audio and comes in at a lean 8.9 mm. The polycarbonate unibody shell looks and feels stunning. If you compare the One X to the similarly specced Galaxy S III, the One X is made out of a machined block of polycarbonate plastic while the Galaxy is made of a cheap plastic with that has some flex to it. Compared to the Galaxy's Pentile AMOLED screen, the One X has sharper text and truer colors. Unfortunately, the One X has some downsides. It comes with a smaller 1800 mAh non-removable battery. There is no microSD card slot. HTC's Sense 4 UI comes with tons of bloatware. And lastly, it comes with a locked bootloader. If any of these are dealbreakers for you, you can wait for the Galaxy S III in mid-June, but if not, you can buy the AT&T One X right now in either white or gray!
T-Mobile gets HTC's thinnest phone, the One S. Measuring in at 7.8 mm thin with a 4.3 qHD screen. It doesn't sacrifice much; it still has a powerful 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4, 1 gb of RAM, a great camera, and Beats audio. There are some sacrifices though: the screen is now a 540x960 Pentile Super AMOLED display. Another huge one is the downgrade from a high-quality polycarbonate unibody to a multipart aluminum shell (still non-removable battery). That's a huge step down from the One X, but that's what you get if you want a cheaper, smaller, and thinner phone. The front facing camera also steps down from 1.3 MP to a plain VGA camera, battery is now 1650 mAh, and HTC also decides to drop NFC. Again, the One S is running Sense 4 UI and it still has tons of bloatware. Still, the One S is a great phone for those that value form over function because of its thin and light feel. It comes in black or blue (which looks more bluish gray), but for some reason, T-Mobile is selling only the blue version.
The One V is HTC's budget phone. Coming in at 400x800 3.7 inches with an old Snapdragon S2 single core processor, this cheap phone is probably the best out of all the low-end Android phones. Although the Super LCD 2 display may seem low-quality in comparison to the One X screen, it is actually a great display when compared to all the other low-end phones since display quality is often the first thing sacrificed for a cheap phone. The unibody aluminum case with a “unique curved-chin” design does not look or feel cheap at all. Audiophiles still get great sound thanks to the Beats audio integration. And finally, HTC decided to include a microSD card slot, which is a bit of a necessity since it only comes with 4 gb of internal storage. In the One V, HTC had to cut the RAM down to 512 mb, cut the battery down to 1500 mAh, reduced the camera to a 5 MP camera (it’s still capable of taking photos while recording video, but the video is capped at 720p), and got rid of NFC. Overall, HTC offers the best entry level Android phone available. HTC vaguely stated that the One V will be released this summer.
HTC’s second generation of the EVO 4G has set a pretty high standard. The internals are similar to the One X, a speedy 1.5 GHz Krait, 1 gb RAM, 1280x720 non-Pentile Super LCD 2 4.7 inch display, 8 MP camera, Beats audio, all in a slim 8.9 mm thin package. The interesting part is what sets this phone apart from the One X. Design-wise, the bottom two-thirds of the back is made of black aluminum. The top third is a cheap-looking, black, polycarbonate plastic back which, when removed, houses the NFC, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot. In between these two distinct blacks is a bold red band that doubles as a spring-loaded kickstand.
Like the One X, the battery is non-removable, but luckily, this one is a bigger 2000 mAh battery. As its name implies, the EVO 4G is a 4G LTE phone; it also happens to be Sprint’s first phone capable of HD Voice. With HD Voice, the smartphone uses both its microphones, along with encoders and decoders to capture and transmit your voice from one HD Voice-enabled device to another. The downside is that both you and the caller have to be using an HD Voice-enabled device. The EVO is available for pre-order right now and it’s set to arrive sometime in Q2.
Droid Incredible 4G
Last but not least, we have HTC's Droid Incredible 4G. It's the smallest of the premium bunch, touting a measly 540x960 Super LCD 2 4 inch screen. It's running a 1.2 GHz Krait with 1 gb RAM and 8 gb of internal storage (microSD expandable). It still has HTC's top-of-the-line 8 MP camera. The battery is down to 1700 mAh, but at least it's removable. At 11.5 mm, it's the thickest of HTC's new lineup. We don't know that much yet, but the previous Incredible's have had a pretty good reputation. Let's hope HTC keeps that up!