HTC One 2 release date, news, rumours, specs and price

HTC One M8 – Future Android King?

The all new HTC One M8 release date is just a few weeks away. The phone will be announced on 25 March, at a huge event held in London and New York.

Almost everything about the new HTC One has already been leaked. So if you’re keen to know about one of the top Samsung Galaxy S5 rivals, read on.

All New HTC One – Release date and launch 

HTC has officially confirmed that the all new HTC One will launch on 25 March.

An unusually frank invite and teaser have already revealed, indicating

the phone is going to be unveiled at the event, and that the ‘all new

HTC One’ will be its name.

The funny little teaser below has

already told us a bunch of features Samsung and Apple would never have

deliberately let slip pre-release.Watch it below.

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HTC One 2 Name

The

HTC One is going to retain the name of its predecessor. HTC has taken

to calling the phone the ‘all new’ HTC One in its launch teasers.

Much like the Nexus 7 or iPad mini,

the name remains largely the same in this second generation. For

clarity’s sake, we’ll call it the HTC One 2 for the time being. Our

advice – if you’re planning on buying one on the high street, make

double sure you end up with the second HTC One, not the first.
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HTC One 2 Price

The HTC One 2 is a top-end phone. That means it won’t come cheap.

However,

prices are some of the lesser-leaked details of phones. This is in-part

because the prices vary significantly between countries and exactly how

the phone is bought – on contract, SIM-free or on pre-pay locked to a

network.

It’s not hard to make an educated guess about the

SIM-free price of the HTC One 2, though. Almost all mainstream top-tier

phones start their shelf lives at between £500 and £600 these days.

HTC One 2 Design

The

HTC One 2 will have a design similar to that of the first HTC One. That

means an aluminium body with some small plastic inlays.

A 12-minute video of the phone has been leaked, telling us exactly what it looks like. Have a watch:

Notice

the use of dual camera-style cut-outs on the phone’s rear. One is

clearly the main camera sensor, sitting exactly in the same position as

the HTC One’s camera.

The other one, on the top of the HTC One

2’s rear, is a bit more of a mystery. We believe it to be a camera

sensor rather than anything else, but there are a few different kinds of

dual-sensor camera setups doing the rounds at present.

There

are two main kinds that have taken our notice. One uses a second sensor

to gather depth data, the other uses a second lens with a different

focal length in order to offer ‘optical-style’ zoom that’s far more

effective than digital zoom. Sources suggest the former ‘depth’ camera

is more likely, and it’ll be used to create shallow depth of field

effects in your photos.

Read more about the HTC One 2 camera

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Also

notice the use of a dual-LED flash rather than a single-LED one. Like the iPhone 5S’s flash, it appears to use two different shades of LED to let the phone alter the tone of the flash to suit the situation in hand.

The other big design change is only visible from

the front. The HTC One 2 is expected to ditch touch sensitive soft keys

in favour of software buttons.

An HTC Sense interface screenshot

leak by @evleaks on Twitter suggests this is the case too. Such a move

will help the phone lose some of the length of the HTC One. The HTC One

is a particularly tall phone – given its screen size – because of its

use of front-loaded stereo speakers. It is 137mm long, a millimetre

taller than the Galaxy S4 even though that phone has a significantly

larger screen.
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HTC One 2 Screen

In

the HTC One, a slightly smaller screen than rivals like the Samsung

Galaxy S4 let the phone stay roughly the same size as the competition

while using space-hogging BoomSound stereo speakers.

The same

sort of design approach is likely to be used in the HTC One 2. Once

again, the leak comes from @evleaks on Twitter, who suggests the phone

will have a 5-inch display. That’s ever-so-slightly smaller than the

Samsung Galaxy S5’s 5.1-inch screen.

Resolution will likely stay

the same as last year’s model at 1080p. Although there have been plenty

of rumours suggesting 2K-resolution phones will arrive this year, we

won’t see them in Q1 by the sounds of it. With the Samsung Galaxy S5

using a 1080p screen, a 2k HTC One 2 seems incredibly unlikely.
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HTC One Camera

One

of the most talked-about features of the HTC One was its camera. It

introduced the UltraPixel camera, which reduced the megapixel count in

favour of having larger sensor pixels.

The HTC One 2 uses two

separate camera sensors and lenses. The most credible leak on the matter

suggests that one of the sensors will be of 4-megapixel UltraPixel

resolution, the other a 2-megapixel sensor. That the second one is so

low-res shouldn’t matter greatly as it is there to gather depth data,

not traditional image data.

Once the HTC One 2 knows how far

away objects are, it can selectively blur out background elements to

give photos that have the sort of shallow depth of field effects you

simply can’t create convincingly with a mobile phone.

We’ll be back with more information on the second HTC One 2 as it surfaces.

Next, read all about the Samsung Galaxy S5