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High-end devices including Samsung Galaxy S3, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC One X+, iPhone 5 and more sporting 720p displays were the talk of the town last year. However smartphones flaunting stunning HD 1080p displays seem to become the trend in 2013. Moreover, with the addition of heavyweight specifications including the integration of Quad Core processors, the tech arena is set on fire.
In late 2012, the Taiwanese tech giant came up with Droid DNA and J Butterfly that were region specific and the international variant of the 5 inch 1080p handset - Butterfly. A couple of months later, the company has also launched a full HD 1080p display incorporated 4.7 inch smartphone - HTC One.
When it comes to specs, HTC One boasts 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 topped with HTC Sense 5 UI, 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 global rollout of HTC One is scheduled to happen from March 2013 and it has been announced that in India Reliance Communications (RCom) will be releasing the handset. However, there is no information on when exactly HTC One will be released or on its pricing.
Launching with RCom means that the telco will offer data and other benefits to the buyers of HTC One. It is also believed that the smartphone will be an unlocked variant supporting other network.
As it is already mentioned that HTC has used Sense 5 UI in One and it comes with highly innovative and interesting features including BlinkFeed, Zoe, BoomSound and Sense Voice for enhanced user experience. Also, it will have Beats Audio integration as the other HTC smartphones available in the market.
Reports are also rife that soon the global smartphone arena will also witness Xperia Z release. Moreover, it is widespread that Samsung will be launching a 5 inch 1080p handset - Galaxy S4 in March and LG is also rumored to come up with Optimus G2 with 5 inch 1080p display soon.
With a slew of handsets based hitting the market, it is definite that to win over each other in the smartphone race, manufacturers will have to try to come out with models boasting vivid displays and beefier specifications.
Hence, it can be said that the competitors of HTC One including all the ones that are mentioned above will have a tough time once the latest entrant reaches the shores.
When it comes to competition with the other brands, here is list of 5 heavyweight smartphone models which Gizbot thinks will obviously stand against mostrous HTC One. Swirl through the slideshow to have a look.
BlackBerry Z10 comes with a 4.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, micro SD card slot, HDMI port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE and a removable 1,800 mAh battery.
With a larger and better display, improved quad core processor, better camera performance and high internal storage capacity, One might be a stiff competitor to BlackBerry Z10.
Sony Xperia Z
Sony created exciting waves with Xperia Z at CES 2013 tech show. The Sony offering comes with a 5 inch full HD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and with Mobile Bravia Engine 2, quad core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 13MP rear camera, 2.2MP front camera for video calling, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE and a 2,330 mAh battery.
With a better camera, improved display performance (in terms of pixel density) and increased internal storage option, HTC One might outshine Xperia Z. However, the handset is waterproof and dust resistant.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Galaxy Note 2, the second generation Samsung phablet and the hottest selling phablet in the world. The phablet houses a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, micro SD card slot supporting 32GB, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth with A2DP and a massive 3,100 mAh Li-ion battery.
Moreover, Galaxy Note 2 has an improved stylus with rubber tip for better touch response. However, One comes with a 1080p display, improved camera performance and a faster processor as compared to Galaxy Note 2.
HTC launched Butterfly features a 5 inch LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS topped with HTC Sense 4 UI, 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor, 2.1MP front camera for video calling, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, HDMI out, Bluetooth, NFC, micro USB and a 2,020 mAh battery.
Though they handsets offer the same in terms of display, One comes with better camera, snappier processor and enhanced battery. But, the Butterfly is water proof making it score more.
Huawei Ascend D2
The Chinese smartphone maker Huawei launched Ascend D2 at the CES 2013 alongside Ascend Mate. The handset packs a 5 inch Super Retina IPS capacitive touchscreen display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz quad core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 13MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video calling, 32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3,000 mAh battery.
With a better display performance, innovative camera, faster processor, increased internal storage option and NFC connectivity, One could be a better offering.