HTC’s 2013 flagship, the One, was so close to being perfect. Unfortunately, the beautiful smartphone had battery life issues and a camera that failed to live up to the marketing hype. Rumors about the One’s successor have been floating around the internet for months, and @evleaks even published the device’s spec sheet. But now, thanks to PhoneArena, we can safely confirm that the phone will be called the “One+” and that it’ll (sadly) use the same four megapixel “UltraPixel” camera sensor found in the original One.
Is this a bad thing? Well, that depends.
If HTC fixes the battery life issue, and the leaked specs (5.0 inch 1080p, Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM) turn out to be accurate, then people should be far more forgiving of the camera. You have to remember, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 isn’t going to ship for a couple of months. The Galaxy S5 isn’t going to have it, and neither will any of the phones announced at Mobile World Congress in February. Realistically speaking, the Snapdragon 800 will remain the best chip for Android phone for at least another half year.
Some of you will be upset that the “One+” will not have an ultra high resolution 2K display, but that’s fine, because nothing will make you happy unless it’s bleeding edge. And chances are you’re buying a new phone every six months anyway. For the rest of us, the “One+” could turn out to be perfectly capable.
Now all we need to see is what Sense 6.0 is all about.