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HTC One named best new mobile handset at MWC 2013

Sam Loveridge



The newly launched HTC One has claimed the prize for the Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet presented by the GSM Association at MWC 2013.

Voted for by a panel of industry experts from the media and analyst communities, the HTC One was award the prize against other MWC 2013 launches like the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. The HTC flagship was recognised for its high potential to do well in the smartphone markets, alongside the award’s prerequisite for “game-changing features, design or functionality.”

“We are delighted by the reactions from both consumers and the industry to the new HTC One,” said CMO for HTC, Benjamin Ho. “It is a device that has been years in the making and is one of which we are incredibly proud.”

“With exciting features like BlinkFeed, BoomSound, UltraPixel camera combined with the zero gap aluminium body design, we believe that the HTC One will really change the way that people use their phones, revolutionising the overall mobile experience.”

HTC One Features

The latest HTC flagship Android handset introduces a device to rival the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5, playing host to a 1.7GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and the option of either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

The HTC One features a beautiful 4.7-inch Full 1080p HD display boasting an impressive 468ppi image density, within a zero-gap aluminium unibody design just 9.3mm thick and 143g in weight. Running Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS coupled with the latest version of the HTC Sense UI, the HTC One introduces the new HTC BlinkFeed functionality, transforming the smartphone’s home screen into a customisable live stream of content from more than 1,400 media sources.

Similar in size to the Google Nexus 4, the HTC One packs an UltraPixel camera with f/2.0, Full 1080p HD video recording capabilities, and HTC Zoe. This camera feature gives HTC One users the ability to transform their still photos into a motion gallery. High-res photos come to life in three-second snippets, with the HTC camera automatically taking a three-second video ad 20 photos via the HTZ Zoe software.

With integrated Bluetooth 4.0, 4G, and NFC connectivity the HTC One also offers Beats Audio innards alongside a duo of HTC BoomSound front-facing speakers all powered by a 2300mAh Lithium-Polymer battery.

Do you think the HTC One deserved to win the Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet prize at MWC 2013? What has been your favourite MWC device unveiling? Give us your opinions via the TrustedReviews Facebook and Twitter feeds or use the comment boxes below.

Martyn Butler

February 28, 2013, 11:28 pm

Well done HTC Now I can finally upgrade from my HTC Desire - which is in immaculate condition for a phone thats 3 years old and never had a case - You Got to LOVE HTC build quality against the all plastic rivals

Nate Ebner

March 1, 2013, 1:26 am

Great news, since I just negotiated an upgrade to get it.

24 months, for 500 mins, unlimited texts and data for £18.50 a month, and then an upfront fee of £179 for the handset. My provider mistakenly did the deal on their system for the HTC One S, but said they would honour it for the HTC One, given they made the offer. Saving me about £400 from their non-upgrade price.

Nate Ebner

March 1, 2013, 1:27 am

Also, ordered a Bugatti Skinny XL case from Amazon for it.
It is a slip case, so means the phone is used naked, but protected in my pocket, and is made from real leather with a funky red inner lining.


March 1, 2013, 9:30 am

I'm very tempted by this, or the Sony ZL if if comes here. The only main concern I have is the UltraPixel camera. So far any reviews I've seen don't look that promising. :( It's a shame the Sony Z just couldn't fit the IR blaster in too (surely that couldn't have effected waterproofing), I'd be ordering one right now! Anyway it's a tough call, I've had a couple of iPhones but there boring me now so HTC or Sony, Samsung is out, there phones just look boring.


March 1, 2013, 10:05 pm

Went to see this on the tour bus. They almost convinced me it's worth upgrading from my One X. If I can get it cheap then I probably will. As for the camera. I think it's just another way of advancing the technology. It's a brave move in a megapixel war to focus on quality of pixels but ultimately most of my photos are shown to others on my phone, so I'd rather have decent quality, lower res images. Plus 4MP is happily enough for A5 prints if the sensor is up to the job. In all, it looked, felt and operated like a classy phone - what was also impressive was the phone I was being showed was operating in power saving mode and you couldn't tell. It slows my One X down a lot but this seemed to plough on happily - it was 1300 and she'd been using the phone since 0530, intensely using it when demoing it since 8ish and it still had over half battery. Not bad. What I'd like is a split screen multitasking jobbie like Samsung has in the note but whether it has the size to cope with it, I'm unsure.

Damn fine device which Samsung will have to really do well with its S4 to top. An 8 core processor just seems ultimately pointless with performance like this and smacks me of wasting money on something which would be better spent elsewhere.


March 4, 2013, 3:54 pm

Well Phil, you've convinced me. Ordered one today!! :) Had a feel of the HTC One demo unit at phone4u, very nice. Held the Sony Z too, and the HTC One feels way better. Of course it's not waterproof like the Z, so just have to continue making sure I don't drop it down the toilet.. :) Btw. they does seem to good deals out there for the HTC, phone4u ended up doing what I think was a great deal, O2 upgrade £32ppm Unlimited Voice/Texts 1 Gig data, £150 cash back, & UR Beats headphone & case.

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