Today is the big day for HTC. At 10 AM New York time, and respectively 3 PM London time, the Taiwanese company will kick start its two launch events for the HTC One smartphone, its newest flagship offering. That’s in about two hours from when this was published, by the way. The device previously known by its codename M7 has been seen quite a few times so far, with leaked press renders having already shown it in both black and silver.
And today some new press images have made their way across the tubes, and for the first time we get a glimpse of the phone’s back.
There’s really nothing earth shattering in terms of looks, but it’s nice to finally know what the One’s back is like.
According to a hands-on video that got posted too early by mistake, the HTC One runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5 and has a quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 2,300 mAh battery, and a 4.7-inch Full HD 1080p Super LCD 3 touchscreen. The screen size and resolution has been leaked countless times before, of course. But it’s interesting to see that the One will be the second handset to be announced having Qualcomm’s latest mobile processor, that itself was unveiled just last month at CES.
LG managed to reveal its 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro first, and now its announcement yesterday kind of makes sense – the Korean company may have simply wanted to claim the title of ‘first Snapdragon 600 smartphone’.
Either way, if you thought the Snapdragon S4 Pro was a great performer, you’ll like the 600 even more. It’s supposed to be the sequel to the S4 Pro, and should deliver up to 40% more performance than its predecessor, while consuming less power.
HTC’s flagship device from last year, the One X, used an Nvidia processor (internationally). This time though, HTC has given up on the fellow Taiwanese company and opted for a Qualcomm chipset. This may spell trouble for Nvidia’s Tegra 4 and its possible adoption this year in shipping products – at least in smartphones. This is because last year, HTC had the only flagship device powered by an Nvidia CPU.