My views on the upcoming All New HTC One

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Above photo courtesy of @evleaks and additional info below from GSM Arena.

So GSM Arena have stated the following – the specs known so far are – The HTC One (2014) will measure 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35, making it a little thicker than its main rivals. Weight is set at 160g. The screen will indeed be a 5″ 1080p unit. The processor is quoted to be a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801, while the battery capacity will be 2,600 mAh. The SIM is said to be of the nano variety (like on the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s, Moto X, etc.) and there will be a microSD card slot to compliment the preloaded 16 GB of storage (10GB of which will b e user available). There’s no world on the camera resolution but the rest of the specs appear the same as last year’s model – 1/3.0″ size, f/2.0 aperture, 2µm pixel size, etc. suggesting the resolution could again be 4 MP. According to the leaked guide the video capture is still 1080p and not 4K. There will also be a rapid improvement in the front-facing camera which will now pack 5MP sensor. A Barometer is also said to be on board, but FM Radio is a no-go.

So the second camera is for changing the focus after the shot and 3D effects.

BUT. The standout points that concern me is the phone only having 10gb user free internal storage. The memory card slot doesn’t solve where to save large apps and games or data that can only be stored in the internal memory. I hope there is a 32gb model like there was last year with the memory card expansion. I do wonder if this move to lower internal memory is a decision made with networks to force people to buy higher data contracts as they will need to use cloud services more and more.

The second concern is the main rear camera. If it’s the same 4mp affair as last years then I will be disappointed unless they have worked out how to get decent amount of pixels into a photo. This becomes more apparent with landscape shots. On screen they looked fabulous but as soon as you tried to crop or zoom there the image became pixelated due to lack of pixels. If you want to recap on my mega HTC One 2013 review click here.

Otherwise the HTC One 2014 is shaping up to a decent device.

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