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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 1, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    The phones of MWC: HTC

    Ciara O'Brien

    HTC’s big announcement at Mobile World Congress was the HTC One family. The new range of phones come with Android’s latest version, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the new version of HTC’s  Sense interface.

    New to HTC Sense 4 is ImageSense, which brings new camera and imaging features to the HTC One.  It tackles one of the biggest frustrations about cameras in mobile phones: the time it takes for the camera to get ready to take a photo. It starts up in under a second, and you can take a burst of shots for action scenes. HTC has also improved image quality in low-light conditions, includes HDR and the ability to take to still images and video at the same time.

    Dropbox is also integrated with HTC Sense, so you can drop and you get 25GB of storage space instead of the usual 2GB free of charge for two years.

    And audio quality has been enhanced, with Beats Audio integrated so it works with everything you’re your music to YouTube videos.

    Here’s a quick rundown of each of the phones.

    HTC One X:

    The flagship phone in the line-up. It has a lightweight but tough polycarbonate unibody that houses the new Nvidia Tegra 3 Mobile Processor, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The display is 4.7-inch, 720p made from Gorilla Glass. There’s an LTE version too – though not destined for Ireland any time soon. It has an f/2.0 lens, which captures about 40 per cent more light than rival high end camera phones, which typically have an f/2.4 lens.

    HTC One S:

    More compact than the One X, the One S is dual core, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. The screen is 4.3in, with the same Gorilla Glass as the One X, but with a metal unibody instead of polycarbonate. It’s also HTC’s thinnest, at 7.9mm, and is available with a ceramic metal surface that is created using a process used originally in satellites. It also has the same f/2.0 camera as the One X.

    HTC One V

    The more general member of the family. It has an aluminium unibody design, building on the HTC Legend, with a 3.7in screen. Camera is 5MP and it has Beats Audio technology too.

    Who’s stocking it?

    In Ireland, it’s confirmed the Three, O2, Meteor and Vodafone will all get the HTC One series.


    One of the big announcements of Mobile World Congress was Huawei’s move into the European market. And it’s doing it in style.

    Forget about dual core phones and tablets: Huawei is bringing quad core to the market.

    The Ascend D is its



    • Nora says:

      never a htc for me again after the experience if having to send it for repairs three times (and wait three weeks for the repair each time)