The HTC One is the flagship smartphone for 2013 of the Taiwanese-based company, being the main competitor of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. While the South Koreans reported that 10 million Galaxy S4 units have already been sold world wide, reports are indicating that the Taiwanese phone maker has shipped 5 million HTC One units since the smartphone’s market debut. However, rumor has it that HTC will soon launch a Google Edition of the HTC One, which will be capable of boosting the company’s sales.
It looks though that the HTC didn’t left behind the problems that are affecting the availability of the HTC One in the physical and online stores. According to a report that is yet to be confirmed, the same restrictions will be applied for the HTC One Google Edition, but in order to give the impression that the situation is under control, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer might announce that the Google Edition will only be available in a limited edition.
Expected to be unveiled mid summer, the HTC One Google Edition will be almost impossible to find on the store shelves, especially that, according to a source close to the company, HTC will prepare an initial supply of 50,000 HTC One Google Edition units, representing about 1% of the sales volume readied for this year.
Aiming to attract the Android enthusiasts who want a high-end smartphone that is running an untouched Android version, lacking the Sense 5 interface and other software enhancements, the HTC One Google Edition has the potential to bring consistent profits for the Taiwanese company, but only if the manufacturer finds a way to satisfy the demand.
The HTC One was announced in February 2013 and it is packing a 4.7-inch display with Super LCD3 technology, full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 2 protection. The flagship device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 with quad-core Krait 300 CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz, Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. There are two internal storage options available, 32 and 64 GB, and, unfortunately, the unibody metallic didn’t allow the company to integrate a microSD card slot.
HTC One is 137.4 mm tall, 68.2 mm wide, and 9.3 mm thin, while having a weight of 143 grams and a 2,300 mAh battery.
While the other big players of the smartphone market integrated 13 megapixel sensors on their flagship smartphones for 2013 (see Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G Pro, Samsung Galaxy S4) HTC has installed a 4 megapixel UltraPixel camera on the back of the One, sporting autofocus, LED flash, 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, optical image stabilization, and full HD video recording support.
In terms of connectivity, the Android-powered high-end smartphone comes with 4G LTE, HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC port, Bluetooth 4.0, IR blaster, and microUSB 2.0.
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