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TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has confirmed that it will launch a group of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones in April as part of its 'One' range.
The One X is odds-on to be the fanboi and developer favourite as the polycarbonate unibody chassis will feature a large 4.7in HD 720p display, the Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM.
There will be 32GB of internal memory and users will also be eligible to receive 25GB of free storage from Dropbox for two years. This has been provided because the device will not come with microSD card support.
In terms of wireless connectivity, the One X will come with NFC and DLNA capabilities. HTC will be offering a wireless HDMI dongle accessory so that users will be able to stream content directly from their device to an HD display.
Other hardware features include a micro SIM card slot and an 8MP camera, which HTC is touting as a key feature. The Taiwanese phone maker has included a f2.0 lens and a BSI sensor so the device will take better pictures, faster than previous handsets. The firm has also added an image chip so pictures will adjusted in their raw form before being converted to JPG, to help boost quality.
Graham Wheeler, director of product commercialisation told journalists at a pre-brief that the camera on the One X is capable of loading up in 0.7 seconds and carrying out auto-focus in 0.2 seconds or "faster than the blink of an eye". Users will also be able to take pictures whilst the camera is recording, and activate a burst mode by holding down the camera button.
Meanwhile, the One S device is set to come with a 4.3in HD display with a 540x960 resolution and will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. HTC has used micro-arc oxidation process to make the unibody frame scratch resistant. The chassis will also be only 7.9mm thick, which will make it the firm's thinnest device to date.
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