For months, we’ve been writing about HTC and the new devices the company will be unveiling at Mobile World Congress. After countless rumors, leaks and endless speculation, the time has finally come for HTC to unveil its new lineup in Barcelona on Sunday night.
If you’re an avid HTC fan, I’m sure you’ve been keeping up with all the news we’ve pushed out since the first rumors started popping up on the web in December of last year. But we know most of you have missed a story or two, so we’ve decided to put together a recap for you which highlights all the facts we know about HTC’s new lineup.
Based on all the news that’s been going around, we’re pretty confident that HTC will be unveiling four new Android 4.0 powered devices (three phones and one tablet) at Mobile World Congress this year. While that number may seem a bit high considering that HTC plans on focusing on fewer devices in 2012, the number is lower than the six devices HTC announced last year. Rumors suggest that all four devices will bear the same HTC One name which will be followed by a super-scripted letter design to define each device.
- HTC One V = value
- HTC One S = slim
- HTC One X = extreme
- HTC One XL = extra large
HTC One V
The HTC One V will be a value device form HTC, featuring a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5 megapixel rear-camera with an f/2.0 lens, Beats Audio, Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4.0. The phone originated as the HTC Primo last month, but little else is known about the device.
HTC One S
The HTC One S is expected to the thinnest of HTC’s new devices, measuring in at 8mm thick. The One S will be a considerable step up from the HTC One V with a dual-core Qualcomm S4 MSM8960 processor, 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear-camera with an f/2.0 lens, 1080p video recording, 1650 mAh battery, Beats Audio, Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 4.0.
Previously known as the HTC Ville, the HTC One S has been spotted in pictures and several videos already. As with most HTC devices, the HTC One S is expected to be picked up my a few dozen service providers in Europe and there is already evidence that T-Mobile USA has plans to release the phone in the coming months.
HTC One X
If you’re looking for un-throttled power, the HTC One X is the phone you’ve been waiting for. HTC will be breaking from tradition with the One X, making it the very first device in its lineup for feature an NVIDIA processor. The HTC One X will be powered by a 1.5GHz 4-plus-1 quad-core Tegra 3 processor and will sport a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD display, 1 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear illuminated camera with a 28-millimeter f/2.2 lens, 32GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Beats Audio, Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4.0.
Over the past few months, the HTC One X has had a bit of an identity crisis. Other names for the phone have included HTC Edge, HTC Endeavor and HTC Supreme. The One X will not be as thin as the One S or One V, but the handset is said to be roughly 10mm thick. The original image of the HTC One X showed that the phone featured the standard four capacitive buttons below the screen. Later rumors indicated that HTC would ditch the buttons for on-screen buttons (similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus), but the most recent image of the phone does show buttons below the screen.
Unlike the HTC One S, there is no evidence (yet) that the One X will be picked up by a US carrier, but we expect that to change after the handset is announced. More than 20 service providers form across the globe have already lined up to offer the HTC One X, so we expect to see a variation of the phone made available by one or two of the major US service providers within the coming months.
HTC One XL
Those holding out for a full-sized HTC Android 4.0 tablet will probably be more than pleased with the HTC One XL. Specifications for the Android tablet include a 10.1-inch (1280 x 768) display, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB of RAM, microSD expansion slot, 5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera with 720p video capture and a 2 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video capture.
The assumption is that the HTC One XL (the HTC Quattro) will also feature HTC Sense 4.0 with HTC Scribe digital pen integration, but there have been no rumors to corroborate this information. While we do expect 3G and even 4G variants of the HTC One XL to be picked up by service providers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, consumers should be able to pick up the WiFi HTC One XL in consumer electronics stores this spring.
The new HTC One family of devices should be a huge turning point for HTC. We know that HTC will be making different variations of these devices for different US carriers, but the hope is that the company can spend more time focusing on creating a handful of hero devices for the year rather than pushing out new a device every three weeks that’s only slightly better than the previous version.
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to size, design and specifications, but we can probably all agree that the HTC One family will be stealing most of the attention at Mobile World Congress this year. Which new HTC device do you plan on purchasing this spring?