After a long wait, AT&T will offer up HTC’s new flagship Android phone — the HTC One — starting on April 19 for $200 with a two-year contract, the company announced today.
HTC is a troubled company that has seen consistent sales declines during the past few years, so the HTC One represents one of its last chances to make a serious dent in the smartphone market. Thankfully it’s a pretty cool phone.
Based on a bit of hands-on time with the device, we think the HTC One is an impressive piece of hardware. It features a rich 4.7-inch 1080p display, a 1.7-GHz quad-core processor, and runs Android 4.1.2 with the latest “Sense 5″ skin of Android. The device has a beautiful aluminum body that makes it feel premium, unlike cheap-feeling plastic found on many other smartphones.
The biggest threat to the One being a success is Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S IV, which will likely be released in the next few weeks. (AT&T starts pre-orders for the S IV on April 16.) But on the plus side, the HTC One looks and feels like a new kind of Android phone while the Galaxy S IV looks and feels an awful lot like the Galaxy S III with more features.
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