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HTC Announces the One X, One S, and One V – Sets the Bar for 2012 Android Devices

We knew they were all coming, but HTC officially stole the show today at Mobile World Congress 2012 with the unveiling of their HTC One series. Even with specs leaking and pictures popping up across the globe, we should all still be impressed with what HTC has produced for the first half of this year. The One X is their flagship phone and the most impressive on paper, but the One S isn’t far behind it as a next-gen phone. The One V is their lowest level of the three, yet still manages to include Beats audio and an extremely slim body while maintaing the unique look of the once iconic HTC Legend. Overall, this is one hell of a lineup of phones. They announced more than just phones though, but we’ll start there and continue on throughout the afternoon.

We have pictures, specs and more after the break.  


Starting with the big dog simply makes sense, so let’s dive into the HTC One X first. What was rumored has now been officially confirmed on the spec front. The device will rock a 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor (in most of the world), 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4.0, a 4.7″ Super LCD 2 HD screen with Gorilla Glass, NFC chip, 32GB of storage, 1800mAh non-removable battery, Beats audio, 8MP camera with F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, and is ridiculously thin at 8.9mm. It will begin to ship globally in April. AT&T has this one locked up in the U.S. though.


The One X may be the phone that everyone is talking about, but the One S should not be overlooked. Rockin’ Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 dual-core chipset, this phone is as powerful as any other phone we have seen come to life thus far. It also has a 4.3″ qHD display with Gorilla Glass, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0, Beats audio, the same amazing 8MP camera as the One X, 1650mAh battery, and an unbelievably thin 7.8mm body. HTC went with a ultra-matte black Ceramic Metal surface that is harder than aluminum and will keep better over time. It’s a crazy good phone. The One S will ship with the rest of the One series in April. This puppy is headed to T-Mobile here in the U.S.


The One V is HTC’s budget phone for early 2012. It has a single-core processor and 512MB of RAM, yet still runs Android 4.0 and a similarly amazing camera to the One S and One X. As you can see, it looks almost identical to the HTC Legend and HTC knows that. It will also ship in April.

Stay with us though, there is more on the way. HTC also announced some very exciting new camera technology along with more Beats integration. Like we said earlier, it’s not all phones out of MWC today.


HTC One™ Highlighted by an Amazing Camera and Authentic Sound Experience 

Unprecedented momentum for HTC One series – available beginning in April with broad global availability through more than 140 mobile operators and distributors

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Mobile World Congress – February 26, 2012 – HTC, a global designer of smartphones, today unveiled its new HTC One series of smartphones that represent its most premium mobile experience with a new level of iconic design and amazing camera and authentic sound experience.

“The best moments in life are captured with a photo or remembered by a song, so it was key for the HTC One series to improve these emotional experiences with an amazing camera and authentic sound experience,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are very focused on creating a camera and audio experience customers will love and use often and we believe the HTC One series delivers this in a way never seen on a phone before.”

With HTC’s most premium experience, the HTC One series integrates Android 4.0 (ICS) with HTC Sense™ 4, the new version of HTC’s branded user experience that is introducing HTC ImageSense™, a new suite of camera and imaging features that set HTC One apart from other phones.  HTC Sense 4 also includes broad enhancements to audio quality and simplifies how people listen to music on their phone.

Amazing Camera

With ImageSense HTC One rivals traditional digital cameras with improvements to every part of the camera, including the lens, the sensor, the software, and even integrating a new custom HTC ImageChip. These enhancements combine to deliver our fastest image capture, best image quality under adverse conditions and easiest interface that enables quick access to capturing stills and videos with side-by-side photo and video capture buttons.

  • Superfast Capture – HTC One dramatically reduces the time it takes to capture those key moments. In just 0.7 seconds you’re able to take a shot, and with a new superfast 0.2-seconds autofocus, continue to take nearly unlimited continuous shots simply by holding the shutter button.
  • Good photos in adverse conditions – HTC One delivers dramatic enhancements in image capture quality even in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting. The f/2.0 lens on the HTC One X and HTC One S offers best-in-class performance, capturing 40 percent more light than the f/2.4 lenses available on other high-end phones. HTC One also includes HDR, a market-leading technology, for taking great photos even when there are varying levels of brightness.
  • Video Pic (Concurrent Video/Still Capture) – With Video Pic you capture a photo and shoot video at the same time.  Now, while you’re shooting HD video, all you have to do is tap the shutter button and it snaps a high-resolution still photo while the video continues to shoot.  You are also able to capture a photo frame from a previously recorded video.
  • Dropbox integrated with HTC Sense – HTC One gives you an easy way to save and share your photos and videos. HTC has integrated Dropbox into HTC Sense 4 enabling HTC One customers to get 25 gigabytes of free Dropbox space for two years. That’s enough to keep more than 10,000 high-quality photos. Dropbox is also integrated throughout HTC Sense 4, so it’s easy to edit, save and share your documents and other kinds of files.
  • Sharing your photos and more – HTC One gives you a new way to share your photos and videos. When you plug in HTC’s wireless Media Link HD* accessory into your TV’s HDMI port, you can easily share your photos, videos, or anything else on your phone with your friends, family or colleagues regardless of the television’s brand as long as it has HDMI.

Authentic Sound

With HTC One, Beats By Dr. Dre Audio™ integration is enabled for the first time across the entire experience for richer, more authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube™ video or playing a game.  HTC One also makes it easy to get and listen to your music on your phone with the built-in HTC Sync Manager software that automatically installs to your computer when connected. Once connected, it is easy to transfer songs, artists and playlists from your music library.

Of course, people today no longer just listen to the songs stored on their phones; they use streaming services and tune into Internet radio. So HTC One lets you customize the new Music Hub with your favorite services and music applications, like the latest Soundhound technology, giving you one place to go for all of your music.

HTC One lets you take all of your music anywhere, including the car. With HTC One, you get an easy way to bring your mobile music to your car’s sound system with the HTC Car Stereo Clip*. It also lets you connect to your music through more than 50 thousand online radio stations worldwide or play music from any service or app on your phone through your car speakers.  All this makes HTC One the one place to enjoy all your music, wherever you are, with the power of Beats By Dr. Dre Audio and HTC Car.


The HTC One X features a beautifully crafted polycarbonate unibody that has the ruggedness of metal but is super lightweight. With seamless construction, the unibody combines a unique high gloss ‘piano’ finish and a matte back.  HTC One is blazing fast with the new NVIDIA® Tegra 3 Mobile Processor for clear graphics, faster applications and longer battery life. It includes a 1.5GHz Super 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core with an integrated fifth Battery Saver Core and a high-performance 12-Core NVIDIA® GPU.  The HTC One also has an amazing 4.7-inch, 720p HD screen crafted from contoured Corning™ Gorilla Glass. HTC One X will also be available in select 4G LTE markets with a LTE-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon S4™ processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s.


The HTC One S is for people who want a high-end smartphone in a more compact size. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s. It also includes a 4.3-inch screen crafted from contoured Corning™ Gorilla Glass. HTC One S brings HTC’s innovative metal unibody styling to a new thin 7.9-mm design, making it HTC’s thinnest phone yet.  The HTC One S sports two new finishes that break new ground in mobile phone innovation.  The first is an ultra-matte black Ceramic Metal surface that is the result of a microarc oxidation (MAO) process originally developed for use in satellites. It transforms the surface of the aluminum unibody into a ceramic, super-dense crystalline structure that is four times harder than anodized aluminum, enabling the HTC One S to look great over time. The second finish for the One S takes anodizing to a new level with a new patented process that creates a light-to-dark gradient fade that looks gorgeous and sophisticated.


Utilizing the classic, award-winning design of the HTC Legend, the HTC One V brings top-end design to a smartphone with broad appeal and a premium experience that delivers an amazing camera and authentic sound.  It features a simple, iconic aluminum unibody design that exudes craftsmanship and quality.

Global Availability

With unprecedented excitement, the HTC One series will begin shipping in April with broad global availability available beginning in April through more than 140 mobile operators and distributors globally.  For more information and to pre-register for HTC One visit www.htc.com.

HTC One Series

Europe, Middle East and Africa – A1 Austria, BH Telecom Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bite Lithuania, Bouygues Telecom France, Cellcom Israel, Cosmote Greece, Cosmote Romania & Global Bulgaria, Cyta Cyprus, E-Plus Germany, Elisa Estonia, Elisa Finland, EMT Estonia,  Euroset Russia, Everything Everywhere UK, H3G Austria, H3G Denmark, H3G Ireland, H3G Sweden, H3G UK, KPN Netherlands, Turkcell Turkey, LMT Latvia, M-Tel Bulgaria, Meteor Ireland, Mirs Israel, Mobilezone Switzerland, Avea Turkey, MTN Cyprus, Netcom Norway, O2 Germany, O2 Ireland, O2 UK, Omnitel Lithuania, Orange Austria, Orange France, Orange Israel, Orange Poland, Orange Romania, Orange Slovakia, Orange Switzerland, Pelephone Israel, Play Poland, MTS Russia, SFR France, SiMobil Slovenia, Sunrise Switzerland, Svyaznoy Russia, Swisscom Switzerland, T-Mobile Austria, T-Mobile Croatia, T-Mobile Czech Republic, T-Mobile Germany, T-Mobile Hungary, T-Mobile Macedonia, T-Mobile Netherlands, T-Mobile Slovakia, TDC Denmark, Tele2 Estonia, Tele2 Latvia, Tele2 Lithuania, Telefonica Czech Republic, Telekom Slovenia, Telenor Denmark, Telenor Hungary, Telenor Montenegro, Telenor Norway, Telenor Serbia, Telenor Sweden, Telia Denmark, Telia Sweden, TIM Italy, Tusmobil Slovenia, Vipnet Croatia, VIP Mobile Serbia, VIP Operator Macedonia, Virgin UK, Vodafone Czech Republic, Vodafone Germany, Vodafone Greece, Vodafone Hungary, Vodafone Ireland, Vodafone Italy, Vodafone Netherlands, Vodafone Romania, Vodafone Turkey, Vodafone UK, Wind Greece  North America: AT&T, Bell Mobility, Best Buy, C-Spire, Cellcom, Fido, Metro PCS, Bluegrass, OpenMobile, RadioShack, Rogers Communications, T-Mobile USA, Target, TELUS, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Mobile Canada Latin America: Cellcom,  Claro Argentina (América Móvil), Claro Perú (América Móvil), Claro Puerto Rico (América Móvil), Entel Chile, Iusacell México, Movistar Chile (Telefónica), nTelos, Telcel México (América Móvil), Telecom Personal Argentina, Telefónica Brazil,  Asia-Pacific: AIS, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile (TD-SCDMA), ChungHwa Telecom, 3HK, CSL, DiGi, DTAC, Fareastone, Globe Telecom, Indosat, M1, Mobifone, Maxis, Optus, SingTel, Smart, Smartone, StarHub, Taiwan Mobile, Telkomsel, Telstra, Viettel, Vinaphone, Vivo, Vodafone Australia, Vodafone New Zealand, XL Axiata, TRUE

About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by HTC Sense™, a multilayered graphical user interface that vastly improves user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

  • jdrch

    I don’t see how any of these phones “sets the bar” for Android devices in any way. Only the One X has anything close to par specs, and it lacks LTE and a removable battery. All of them will get blown out of the water by the Galaxy SIII.

  • pass. this is ugly compared to the samsung devices out now and coming out this year (SGIII)

  • Think the One “V” will head to VMo? That’d be nifty. Right?

  • Freygrimrod

    No Removable Battery = No $$$ From me just killed it

  • Jukboxhero

    whatever htc keep lagging behind the other but PLEASE, get that atrocious beats by dre logo off those phones…nothing more than overhyped underwhelming star peddled technology that is nothing more than a few EQ tweaks and bam…200 bucks please…hate those headphones still love dre though 🙂 

  • aislepathlight

    I believe that the One-S only has an S3

    • Droidzilla

      It’s an S4 for LTE devices. I’d actually prefer the S4 to the Tegra 3; I don’t care how many cores it has as long as performance is improved.

  • ilikebikes

    htc has a history of crappy battery life…so they stick non removable batteries in their new phones that look exactly the same as every other htc phone that’s been released.  i’m so glad i gave away (yeah, gave away, didn’t even want to sell it) my thunderbolt and will never have to deal with htc crap ever again.

  • Bionic

    HTC sucks. How long will this non removable battery last? 5 hours? FAIL

  • The HTC One V sure sounds like the 2 phones they released about this time 2 years ago, the Droid Incredible and the Nexus One…interesting.

  • I don’t care what the specs are.  
    HTC Sense 4.0 = FAIL!!!!

  • JT22knight

    So the One X comes out for AT&T with the S4 dual core instead of the Tegra 3 quad core…. I think HTC is planning something like releasing the same phone for Sprint with Tegra 3, under the Evo name and saying its the first quad core smart phone. just a theory 

    • Tim242

      Tegra 3 is not compatible with LTE. Sprint isn’t releasing any more wimax phones. So….not gonna happen.

      • Noyfb

        tegra 3 is not compatible with 4g lte, i did not know that, i never read that in any of the news about it on multiple sites, wow, i wonder why

  • Bewara2009

    Looks like I still have the best phone on Verizon…HTC……………ReZound……………..!

    • Tim242

      The Galaxy…………..Nexus……….
      begs to differ……….!

      • John Kimble

        No SD card storage,no mass storage, horrible antennas and GPS, Pen-tile screen, weaker camera lens front and back, weaker GPU. I fail to see how vit is better. Faster updates you say? You mean the ones that keep being pulled? As far as I know  both devices can run 4.03 with Rom’s (4.04 for Nexus which makes no difference). i fail to see how the nexus is the “better” device.

        • Tim242

          Most of what you said is sr8 up BS.
          1. It most certainly has mass storage. I transfer files every day. MTP transfer is faster than USB. It has 32 GB of storage. That is plenty. 2. The antennas are not horrible. I had the Razr and Nexus at the same time to test. They always had the same dBm. The Razr just had inflated bars. 3. The GPS is perfect. 4. Haha @ your pathetic pentile jab. Every reviewer states that it is the best screen on the market. You cannot see pixels. You are full of $hit! 5. My mom has the Rezound. The pics are not better than the Nexus. 6. Weaker GPU? Mine is fine. But, I don’t waste time on games. So, can’t say much on that. 7. Updates? The Nexus had an update on release day. 4.04 is available to flash. It is stock, much better than bloated Sense. Every phone I had prior to the Nexus was an HTC phone…Hero, EVO, Incredible, and Thunderbolt. I know what Sense does to a phone.

          • John Kimble

            1. MTP IS NOT MASS STORAGE aka MSC. It CAN be faster but NOT guaranteed, it won’t work for everyone and not every devices supports it. 32 GB internal vs 32 GB SD, most will pick the latter guaranteed.
            2. Antenna’s suck, admit it. Make a poll on a forum, people got rid of the Nexus for this reason. It couldn’t make calls or dropped calls. Just because it work’s for you doesn’t mean it will for everyone. See post #1 again.
            3. Same for GPS, it’s SLIGHTY better than the older SG1 phones.
            4. AMOLED screen’s do look great BUT they are Vibrant colors aka fake, not realistic. Also its not a true 720 HD screen. That’s more of a personal thing and don’t ever trust the reviewer’s. Real use from people tell a different story (blue black’s anyone?)
            5. —-
            6. It NEEDED the update. A reason why it was being pushed back on the release date since VZW wouldn’t release it without it being patched.
            I agree, Vanilla is much better than Sense BUT both have the option on running Vanilla Android. On the Rezound its more like a clone but still takes less than 260 Mbs oppose to 220? A measly 40mbs over the Nexus, that’s a lot of bloat (sarcasm). Even the Sense Rom’s have been greatly debloated over the stock rom’s.
            Your turn.

          • Butters619

            You know SD cars slow down the performance of the phone right?

          • John Kimble

            You’re 100% correct. It does slow it down but it doesn’t slow it down to a point that its not usable or really even noticeable. Launch apps from the SD card or from the internal. You will see a marginal small difference that you will only notice if you time both of them. I love that fact that I can just switch the SD card to a different phone and have all my music, video’s and photo’s instead of transferring it to my computer and to a phone. Also, it’s a lot more usable for other devices.

        • You forgot to mention the lack of a Global transceiver.

          • Jukboxhero

             most people dont travel actually

        • Droidzilla

          I’ll take a pentile matrix sAMOLED over a non-pentile SLCD any day of the week.

  • Brian Walker

    These look pretty good, but did anybody notice the specs of the AT&T version of the One X? It’s not Tegra 3, but rather the dual core Snapdragon S3. Without the Tegra 3, it’s just a One S…

    Is anybody else confused?

    • Kelson Sebring

      It has the Snapdragon S4, which is new and powerful, rivaling the Tegra 3 in benchmarks. So it is an impressive chip, quad core or not.

      • Brian Walker

        Right, S4, my bad. I haven’t kept up with current processors this year, so that’s good to know about the S4. If I remember correctly, tegra still isn’t good for LTE, so maybe that’s why they changed it.


    I bet the DROID Fighter we saw earlier is going to be better than all of these. 

  • Liderc

    Can’t say I’m impressed with this lineup.  At least they’re thinner?

  • Azndan4

    No removable battery = no buy

  • Zebra

    What’s with the stupid lip on the V?

  • Crappy capacitance buttons? aw hell nah, Onscreen buttons for life 

  • fuyutsukikaru

    I just had to get this off my chest…anyone notice that the HTC One series doesn’t have a capacitive hardware menu button?  And since the buttons are not onscreen, the legacy overflow buttons can’t magically pop up to the bottom right corner.  The hardware button on the bottom right corner is definitely a multitasking button from what I’ve seen in video reviews.  Considering most apps have not integrated an action bar yet, how is this phone going to access the menu?

    • Okabe

      Agree completely. Could anyone answer this? There’s absolutely no way to access the menu with this *hardware* key configuration, and the vast majority of apps don’t have an action bar as of yet.

      How does HTC expect its users to access app menus? Or does HTC expect 99% of apps to switch instantaneously and include some sort of action menu by the time of the phone’s release?

      • Byron Harley

        most apps have placed a very small menu button on screen to be compatable with ICS… most of the time my nexus doesn’t use the bottom nav bar for the menu. or HTC may just require you to install LMT(hidden on screen pie menu) if they dont figure this out for all apps

  • HTC should change their name to SEX and get it over with.

  • Some sick phones but after the Thunderbolt fiasco it will take more then this for me to ever buy HTC again… 

    • These won’t be on Verizon, your prayers have been answered.

      Praise Hojo!

  • RBI411

    They didn’t go out of their way to set the bar very high…

  • fvqu

    Sense 4.0 surprisingly doesn’t look as bad as I would have expected, I just hope its not as bloated as Sense 3.x because the new camera features look awesome.

  • LaCokaNostra

    Htc is the best android manufacturer right now period.

    • fvqu

      Many disagree, maybe if they figured out how to improve battery life it wouldn’t be an issue.

    • Tim242

      Hmmm…hardware buttons means no menu access on most apps. HTC FAIL!

  • tomgillotti

    HTC continues to underwhelm im the battery department. 1800 AND non-removable? This thing is no longer a consideration.

  • Jeff

    They have gone to completely leaving out Google branding on their phones now. Kind of a bushleague move.

    • ericl5112

      Samsung Galaxy S II, Droid Razr, etc. Who puts with Google in their names or on their phones these days? Not many.

  • martyjones

    Horrible battery #’s

  • feh. that’s why I have the prime’s quad core goodness :3

    • ericl5112

      Except the quadcore is no faster than the S4 dual core, if not slightly slower in non-games.

      • Just saying in comparison to my nexus.

  • The One S looks like what the Nexus line would have evolved into had it stayed in HTC’s hands

    • fvqu

      I wouldn’t mind my G-Nex looking like that.

  • fartbubbler

    once again, VZW is left out…

    • Hopefully the Fireball is something special. I have a bad feeling that it isn’t though.

    • fvqu

      HTC never releases Flagship devices for US carriers.

      • ericl5112

        You mean the One X, Sensation 4G, Evo line, Rezound, etc?

      • But the press release above does mention US carriers?

  • anthonymcneil85

    Much credit to HTC, they look very nice. Love that they cut back on Sense some and the what you can do with the camera sounds great. Too bad neither are coming to Sprint.

  • @wade_county

    Non removable battery on a HTC device. Ha ha… HAHAHAHAHAHAH

    • Albokay

      Pick a great feature cause youll only be able to use one of them with that horrible battery.

      • droidbeat

        We’ll have to see how efficient the new Tegra 3 is. But, I would not be happy with a non-removable battery of only 1800mAh

        • Depending on how mean Tegra 3 is to the battery, phones with non removable batteries are the first to get external battery packs. 😛 

        • Tim242

          US version is not quad core

          • ericl5112

            Nope, it’s the dual core that is just as fast, if not slightly faster.  I would bet that the only reason the One X normally comes with the Tegra 3 is everyone loves a buzzword.  Anandtech got their hands on  an S4 demo unit, and they claim it was the fastest and smoothest they’ve ever seen ICS run, even compared to the Transformer Prime…

      • ericl5112

        I get by a full day with heavily using my 1500mAh battery.  When did 1800 become crap?

        • @wade_county

          Let me guess your rooted and running a custom ROM. That doesn’t appeal to the normal consumer, and also, Sense devices are notorious battery drainers out off all the skinned Android OS’s. Let alone HTC is always behind every manufacturer in battery technology. The Galaxy Nexus which came out in November has a bigger battery and its still relatively thin. By the time the One series devices are released other manufacturers have blown right by them.

          • ericl5112

            I am, but even when I wasn’t rooted or rommed (which actually cost me battery), I got through a day.  Around 16 hours to be exact, on an arguably more power hungry processor, although a smaller screen.  Besides, the GNex has a smaller battery on the GSM version (1750mAh) and the Verizon GNex has a battery that is a whopping 2.7% (50mAh) larger.  In fact, I did a comparison.  Of all the AT&T and Verizon LTE devices, the only, single, solitary phone that has more than 3% larger battery is the Razer Maxx, and more than a few had less battery.

            So lets calm down on the battery hate, yeah?

    • Michael Forte

      Yeah I don’t get the sudden fascination with non removable batteries in order to make the phones super thin. The Galaxy Nexus is the same thickness as the One X pretty much and still has a removable battery with about the same capacity. The only time I would use a phone with a non removable battery is if it had the capacity like the RAZR MAXX and was 10mm thick or less.

      • Butters619

        But the back on the G-Nex is a flimsy piece of plastic

        • ToddLower


          • Butters619

            It makes the phone feel really cheap.

          • ToddLower

            Oh.  Yeah I guess so.  To each their own.

            I keep my phone in TPS case most of the time, so I don’t really notice.  Without the case I still don’t think the phone feels cheap in my hand, although in comparison I did like the metal used in the OG Droid slightly more.
            But you are right the back is rather flimsy, but I would rather say it’s just flexible =)

  • -= )v(urphy =-

    The One V set the bar for 2010.

    • ericl5112

      It sets a pretty high bar for what is likely to be free on contract, ~$200 off contract.  It’s not for people looking at the One X.