HTC One, the new flagship smartphone of the Taiwanese tech giant is drawing a lot of demand and interest from the consumers across the world. Apparently, the ones in U.S. seem to be pretty excited with the offering.
According to an internal HTC document, the initial interest for One seems to be the highest of any device the company has released so far. A report by FocusTaiwan confirms One has faced an unexpectedly strong pre-order numbers for in U.S. as the amount of devices pre-ordered has already crossed "several hundred thousand" and is increasing steeply.
While the release date of the handset in the U.S. is set for late April, such a huge amount of pre-order is definitely an exciting news, but it might actually pose a problem for the manufacturer as they have to delay the release of this handset because of component shortages.
Jason MacKenzie of HTC wrote in the memo to employees, "we are seeing our strongest initial response for any smartphone we've ever designed with several hundred thousand people in the U.S. pre-registering to purchase the new HTC One."
This is unquestionably good for the company as a whole. In recent years, profits have slipped dramatically in the face of overwhelming competition from Samsung. Sales fell 50% this February as compared to February 2012. If sales remain strong for the HTC One, a comeback for the smartphone vendor might be possible.
Also worth noting: Samsung's Galaxy S4 debuts at the same time so competition will be even more intense as the two fight to win the hearts of consumers simultaneously.
Coming to HTC One availability in India, the handset was slated to land in the country in early April, but due to some component shortages, the smartphone has been delayed. Before the official release, HTC One has made its presence online at Rediff Shopping Site at a price of Rs 49,990. The listing shows that the Black and White variants of the handset are available and that it will start shipping in 30 days after ordering, which could mean that it will start delivery after the official release.
Speaking of specs, HTC One has a 4.7 inch Super LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 processor, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, 4MP UltraPixel rear camera with BSI sensor, 2.1MP front camera for video calling, 2GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G, high speed HSPA+, micro USB and a 2,300 mAh battery.
The UltraPixel camera used in HTC One takes in 300% more light than a standard smartphone sensor. This should give the handset far better low light performance than other high-end smartphone cameras. Better low-light performance translates to less grainy and underexposed images in poor lighting conditions and improved focus.