HTC One Red Hands On – same again in a new shell
One of the widely adopted trends in the mobile industry is re-releasing devices in different colours. All the manufacturers have moved away from just offering black or white devices as customers demand for trendy colours and uniqueness and HTC are no different, launching the HTC One in Red just three months after the HTC One was released.
Aside from the cosmetic changes, the HTC One Red has identical features to the HTC One. The innards remain the same so for an in-depth look at the HTC One as a smartphone, check out our HTC One review – as a sneak peak, it’s worth noting that we regards this as one of the best Android smartphones ever made. In this hands on, we’re taking a look at how HTC have implemented a red metal case and whether it’s more aesthetically pleasing than the original. Has the change in cosmetics changed our opinion?
Like the original HTC One and the rest of the range, the front of HTC One Red features a 4.7 inch Super LCD3 display with Full HD (1080p x 1920 pixels) resolution. Flanking the display are the dual frontal stereo speakers, which come with a dedicated amplifier as part of HTC’s BoomSound feature. There’s also the HTC BlinkFeed home screen aggregation service as well as Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.5.
As you’ll notice from all of these images, the HTC One Red is a combination of red metal with black accents to provide a Red & Black effect. The bezels are black with the only tinge of red coming from the edge of the back cover. With the power button also black, it can be difficult to locate especially as it’s too recessed into the side of the device – incidentally, this is one of our gripes with the original HTC One as well.
The rear of the HTC One Red is where you experience the cosmetic change the most. The HTC One Red has a metallic finish with a hint of gloss and definitely sparkles under the light. On the back is the 4MP Ultrapixel camera, single LED flash and NFC chipset (under the cover) along with the HTC and Beats Audio logos. Under the hood there’s a quad-core Snapdragon 1.7GHz processor with 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a 2,300 mAh battery.
The HTC One is expected to be succeeded by the device codenamed HTC M8 at a press conference next month in New York. The device name could be HTC One 2, HTC Two or HTC One (2014) amongst other things and the overall design is likely to be very similar to the well received HTC One design. One of the changes expected to happen is the switch to on-screen software rendered navigation buttons instead of the two capacitive button layout found on the original HTC One.
Overall the HTC One Red does what it says on the tin – it takes an excellent smartphone and offers it in a new colour shell, for those who find the standard White, Silver and Black colours boring. In comparison to the original HTC One, the HTC One Red stands out from the crowd and if you’re in the market for a red phone, the HTC One Red could be a great option for you.