Does the New 4.7-Inch HTC One Resemble the iPhone 5? [PICS]

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Taiwan-based HTC has unveiled its new flagship 4.7-inch One today and the smartphone has been designed with cues taken from the iPhone 5 thanks to its aluminum shell and chamfered edges (it also looks like the BlackBerry Z10).

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Regardless of its design, this latest Android offering packs a punch. It sports a 4.7-inch 1080p display protected in Gorilla Glass 2 at an insane 468 dpi (the iPhone 5 Retina display has 326 dpi). Here’s a list of some HTC One highlights:

  • Qualcomm 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM
  • 5.4 (137.4mm) x 2.7 (68.2mm) x 0.37 (9.3mm), 143 grams
  • 2,300mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • 32GB or 64GB storage
  • “UltraPixel” camera with f/2.0 lens
  • Dual stereo speakers with dedicated amps
  • LTE and HSPA models

Check out the hands on image below that shows off the iPhone 5-like chamfered edge (via Engadget):

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Peter Chou, CEO of HTC says “a new, exciting approach to the smartphone is needed, and with the new HTC One, we have remained the mobile experience from the ground up to reflect this new reality.”

Apple and HTC settled their patent disputes last November and agreed on a 10 year license agreement on current and future patents. HTC can most likely rest assured Apple will not be litigating against their design.

HTC says the new flagship One will launch in Canada with Rogers, Bell, TELUS and Virgin Mobile in March. There was no mention of pricing but expect it to be in the $150-200 range on a subsidzied three year term.

With Samsung set to unveil their Galaxy S IV on March 14th, the smartphone wars are just starting to heat up once again.

What do you think of the new HTC One?

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  • Looks more like a Z10 to me. Still, it looks amazing and has an incredible spec sheet.

  • The chamfered edges make it look like the iPhone 5 to me, but there are glimpses of the Z10. Either way, this phone looks to be a beast with its 468 PPI display, HTC looks to have a decent phone here. The questions though are battery life when it comes to running such a powerful display.

  • DC

    Don’t feel like it looks like an iphone. It’s prettier than SG 3. That’s for sure.

  • Farids

    Politics aside, HTC is in my opinion, the only non-Apple manufacturer that gets close to Apple in quality and workmanship. It has been since the time of HTC Touch Wnidows Mobile 6.5. Far better in quality, design and care to its products, than Samsung. In my list HTC is followed by Sony and then by Motorola and LG in one spot. Going back to the article, the combination of that beautiful big screen, quad core Krait CPU and the Adreno 320 video chip may be too much for the 2300 mAh battery. Hell, even the stereo sound amplifier output on this device is supposedly 93db which is, with two channel stereo, significant enough to effect the battery performance. With all these said, the battery is non removable. If HTC manages to adapt Already power efficient Android JellyBean well to this phone, then it will do well and there’s nothing to worry. The problem is, and has been, no Android phone manufacturer really spends enough time to marry its hardware completely to the Android OS. In the time it takes to properly to couple the hardware and software, the manufacturers release 3 new models to further flood the market. I’d really wait to see the feedback from first users before I consider buying this amazing phone.