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Live from HTC’s NYC Press Event (Unveiling of the HTC One)

We’re here live at HTC’s press event in the lovely (and frigid) Manhattan, where we anticipate many important flagship products will be launched. Much speculation has been made regarding the possible official appearance of a certain highly anticipated device. At this point, it seems all but certain.

Update: That’s a wrap. The new HTC One has seen the light of day. Those interested should visit our preliminary benchmarks article. Also, those looking to watch the entire presentation themselves can do so courtesy of a rebroadcast care of commenter/reader siemz.

Update 2: Pictures taken with a real camera added after the break.

9:45 – We’re here! Just a few minutes until the show begins!

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10:02 – About to begin! What are you looking forward to most in the new HTC One?

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10:17 – Jason takes the stage to talk about HTC’s history and our reliance on mobile devices. He introduces Blink Feed, which is a constantly updated feed for everything relevant to you, in a “stunning, clean layout.”

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10:25 – Ed Erhardt of ESP takes the stage to talk about sports content integration in Blink Feed, and the importance of relevant content to Blink Feed and HTC Sense.

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10:28 – Jonah Becker takes the stage to talk about design. Aside from simply aesthetic tweaks, the new HTC One offers powerful stereo front-facing speakers, aimed at making music a more social experience. Who can see this becoming annoying in public places?

10:31 – Aside from the better speakers, the new HTC One offers a better, dual microphone system with noise cancellation and a larger mic. It also offers dynamic noise control through software, which learns your surroundings to offer an “unprecedented audio experience.”

10:35 – It also has an IR blaster, which allows you to control your living room. Integration with content providers provide context to shows you are watching.

10:36 – Jonah now talks about the increased camera and the importance of larger pixels (rather than the megapixel myth) for higher quality images.

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10:37 – Ultrapixel Camera technology, which delivers 300% more light, and compares it to other phones on the market.

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10:38 – HTC Zoe captures a “window of time,” by taking both video and stills at the same time. It also creates real-time highlight videos of the events you capture. Impressive. Don’t like what you see? Click “remix” to come up with new highlights. Zoe can even combine several images to create interesting action shots.

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10:40 – Jason talks about purity of design, involving no extraneous details. Unlike most phones, this is a virtually all-metal phone. The antenna is integrated with the aluminum.
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10:46 – Matte aluminum finish, chamfered edges taper to under 4mm.

10:47 – Mike Woodward, HTC America President takes the stage to talk about how the new HTC One is launching in more than 80 countries, and is their largest launch ever.
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10:48 – Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. 32 and 64 gigabyte variants. Customers can pre-order now and trade-in existing devices for up to $100. Available in March.

10:55 – And that’s a wrap. The full device specs are:

  • 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor
  • 2 gigs of RAM
  • 4.7″ SuperLCD 3 display at 1080p resolution and 468 ppi (no mention of type, but viewing angles were great so perhaps IPS)
  • Your choice of 32 or 64 GB storage
  • 4 Megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera with an f/2 lens and large pixels for superior low-light performance
  • 1080p video recording at 27 fps, 720p recording at 60 fps
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • All-aluminum body featuring chamfered edges that taper to less than 4 mm, and reach a maximum thickness of 9.3 mm

Check back later today for our hands-on impressions with the device, as well as a couple of benchmarks.

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