HTC One Reviews Round-up, Release Date: Should You Have it in Your 2013 Gadget Shopping List? [VIDEO]

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By Arlene Paredes | February 27, 2013 11:27 AM EST

HTC One reviews are mostly positive across the web, particularly the blogosphere. The smartphone previously known as M7, is arriving at 185 carriers and retailers in 80 countries in March. A lot of new smartphone shoppers worldwide are considering the newest HTC offering. Should you have it in your list of 2013 smartphones to choose from?

HTC One: Specs Under the Hood

HTC One will run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, but users should be able to easily update to v4.2.2. It has 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 under the hood, with 2 GB of RAM DDR2. Storage variants are 32 GB and 64 GB. Connectivity via HSPA+ and NFC is possible with this device. LTE support is also expected to work well where such high-speed connection is available.

HTC One Display and Camera: Where there's Much to Love on Paper

HTC One users will not be looking at a lame 4.7-inch display. The phone uses the Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen technology, enhanced by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. With a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (469 pixels per inch, estimated), media viewing and internet browsing will be a delight for the user's eyes.

Tech Radar, which lauded HTC One's all-aluminun body, points out: "The contrast ratios on offer still bring out the best of the blacks and whites on the image, and while the colour saturation isn't as deep as the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 with its Super AMOLED screen, some people won't necessarily see this as a bad thing."

It is interesting that HTC would go for only 4 MP primary camera when competitions have raised the bar to 5 MP. As far as video taking goes, users can film 1080p@30fps - with HDR and video stabilization features. This is not a bad camera at all. Casual camphone hobbyists should be satisfied with 4 MP especially if they are not printing their photos anyway. Remember the screen display is stunning, so photos would still look great in the phone gallery. HTC One also comes with a 2.1 MP front-facing camera for great video chats.

HTC One boasts of BlinkFeed -- an innovation that displays on the homescreen news stories and pictures. Its camera features allow users to make 30-second videos from stored photos and clips. (Think quick-and-easy tribute or party clips.)

 "The HTC One gives the impression of a solid, dependable mobile," reports CNET (UK). "Elsewhere this feels like a regular, powerful Android smart phone," the site continued.

The HTC One uses a non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery. A Telegraph review described the latest HTC high-end phone to be "at least as good as the (Samsung Galaxy) S3."

If the HTC One already has your attention, remember the release date (or at least month) is in March, just a couple of weeks from the posting of this round-up of reviews.

VIDEO: HTC One Hands-On Review (Tech Radar)

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