Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Do we actually need a HTC One Dual-SIM?

The HTC One Dual SIM can now be purchased for around Rs. 46,500 in India. This is pretty steep, and the phone has been out for a while. Additionally, the HTC One Max is looming on the horizon. So, is a dual-SIM version of the HTC One even necessary?

HTC One Dual-SIM Specifications

The HTC One is certainly solidly constructed. The body is made out of aluminum, and the carving of each body took around 200 minutes. This device is one of the most solid phones on the market. The phone is also relatively thin, at 9.14mm, and light, at 142g. Another design plus is that the phone’s bezels are thin. No one likes the unnecessary width that comes with bezels that are too large.

The HTC One has a 4.7-inch display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 468 ppi. This pixel density is incredible, making it so the pixels are not distinguishable to the human eye.

The phone has a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.7GHz. It also has 2GB of RAM and internal memory of either 32GB or 64GB. Unfortunately, this memory cannot be expanded, as there is no microSD slot. This will likely not be a problem for most users as 32GB or 64GB is usually enough space.

The device has a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera. HTC modified the pixel size in the camera sensor to create the UltraPixel camera. The camera is by no means bad, however, the Galaxy S4’s 13-megapixel camera outdoes it. The HTC One also has a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera.

The HTC One is powered by a 2,300 mAh battery. Additional features include HTC’s BoomSound, Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Is the HTC One Dual SIM necessary?

Sure, the HTC One is a great device. The fact is, though, that there are even more powerful phones out there in the same price range, and other 6-inch devices that are available for much less.

The HTC One Max is likely to be released in India before the end of 2013. This phone will have a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, clocked at 2.3GHz. Furthermore, this device will have a microSD slot, which is seen as a huge advantage to some users. The HTC One Max will likely sell around the same price point as the HTC One. Given this information, some would argue that the HTC One Dual SIM’s release isn’t even necessary.

Another notable device that is due for release soon is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. This device has an astonishing 6.4-inch screen, a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, a microSD slot, and is dust- and water-proof. The HTC One can’t compete with this. Especially not if the devices are selling for around the same price. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is expected to sell around Rs. 47,000.

If the HTC One Dual SIM were to see a drastic price cut, then it should be welcomed to the smartphone market in India. Otherwise, many would be better off without it.


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