HTC One: the renewal of HTC?

A year after the One X and One S, HTC One comes with its new flagship smartphone. A high-end design, a fact sheet on top, interesting innovations in the photo section. A chance for HTC to rebuild?

Design and Ergonomics

HTC has accustomed us a long time now with a mastery of design and finish of its smartphones. The HTC One does not deny that reputation, but are not happy: the smartphone impresses at first by its finish and its minimalism.

The hull of the mixture One 3 materials: aluminum for the back and the front, glass for the screen and matte plastic for the bracket and piping on the back of the phone. It is slightly convex, providing a good grip, reinforced by the fact that the edges are slightly inclined inwardly. In practice, despite the generous dimensions of One, which sports a 4.7-inch screen, the smartphone is comfortable to handle with one hand in most cases.

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However, it is not a surprise, HTC continues its momentum completely sealed phones: no removable battery and no SD slot to expand the internal memory.

The One has 2 cameras, the principal has the good taste, compared to the One X, not to exceed the hull. This desire to see nothing beyond the lines turns out however less adapted to the buttons, which are not the blow more practical.

The other oddity concerning virtual buttons below the screen. HTC had the strange idea to remove the access to the multitasking button and the back button to home is found right on … as any other smartphone.

Overall, therefore, we are seduced, but looking more closely, it casts doubt on one of the materials used: matte pastique slices. It seems too soft, evidenced by the cuts already undermined the Micro USB port, 3.5 mm mini jack and the hole to access the micro SIM drawer. At the exit of the box, it is conquered, but what will it be in a month? White and matte plastic (on the Silver version we tested) reminds us of bad memories of yellowing products easily …


If HTC had with his previous One X flagship of NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC, leaving the Snapdragon S4 with its little brother the One S, it is a Snapdragon processor in the HTC One. And not just any since it is the S600, one of the last two mobile processor from Qualcomm. The chip is fitted, on the CPU part 4 cores Krait 300 to 1.7 GHz, and for the graphic part of a Adreno 320. If there remain to be desired for the latter, the Adreno 330 not being provided that for the future Snapdragon S600, the Adreno 320 remains at present smart phone GPU.

And the HTC One will need it to push the pixel, since the screen, despite its size of 4.7 inches, displays a Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) and therefore a pixel density of 468 dpi, still above the ‘Sony Xperia Z. The screen uses a Super LCD 3, and we seemed to offer natural colors and angles of vision wide enough.

With such a sharp technical details, you might think that HTC is part of manufacturers to move to 13 MP regarding his camera / video, but this is not the contrary HTC prides itself not to follow the race the megapixel sensor with a 4 megapixel, based on innovative technology on paper, called UltraPixel.

Behind this pompous name hides a marketing idea entirely laudable. Rather than multiplying the pixels on the sensor, the UltraPixel is to use a sensor of the same size as those of competitors (1/3 inch) but with few pixels. Mathematically, it looks bigger photosites capable of receiving more light (HTC announces 300% increase compared to a sensor 13 MP of the same size as those in the Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G and Samsung Galaxy S4) . The result? Richer shades and colors more accurately, in theory.

UltraPixel this technology is not the only difference with equipping APN other smartphones: HTC also put on a larger lens opening at F: 2.0, which enables again to get more light (the openings are generally to F 2.4 or F 2.8) and thus obtain better results in low light. lower if this is true in practice we’ll see. The front handles 1080p webcam and saves images in 2.1 MP.

storage side, it has 32 GB standard, an 64GB model is also available. No SD slot, like the One X and One S: that which once again disappoint some users, though again the relatively high standard capacity nuance that choice. 2 GB RAM are built, now an usual amount of the premium

The modem part manages all the tapes of 4G, including those used in France. N Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, everything is there, again no surprises compared to what is expected of a top smartphone modern range.

In the US, Google unveils personalized voice search on Android

On his blog dedicated to mobile technologies, Google announced a novelty for its voice recognition system. First introduced in 2008 in Google Maps on BlackBerry and on devices from Nokia and Apple, Google Voice Search allows mobile users to dictate a sentence or a few keywords to automatically generate a query on the Internet while use of the GPS chip to return results located. It will then be enough to dictate the word “pizzeria” for a map of nearby restaurants and their phone numbers.

Amir Mané and Glen Shires, product manager respectively and member of the technical team at Google, explained that before introducing this technology efforts have been focused on the development of a broad range of models for dictation understand any query and easily recognize “the focus, changes in tone, speed or other factors” in the voice of the user.

To truly recognize the requests of each mobile user, Google has just introduced on Android 2.2+ personalized voice recognition. Within the application, a new dedicated section thus made its appearance and allows users to prende part in this evaluation phase. Over time, it will be possible to develop and densify its own dictation model to obtain an increasingly optimized accuracy.

Recall that earlier this month, the Mountain View company announced the acquisition of Phonetic Arts, a company specializing in voice synthesis. Mike Cohen, head of ICT at Google, then declared: “Star Trek, they do not spend a lot of time typing on their keyboards. They just talk to their computers and they respond. ” It will be interesting to see what can be the combination of the analysis of a personal dictation coupled to an “intelligent” system of speech.

For now the new Google Voice Search is only available in the United States, the latter should then be deployed in other countries / languages.

GoPro, Drift, Sony, Outline, gobandit: 5 action test cams!

board cameras, cam action or abuse of language cameras paws (referring to the Paluche of AATON) and GoPro (as compared to the leading brand GoPro), these small video modules that allow anyone to film his exploits abound for some time. We tested five of the leading models that make up the market, with the contribution of three representatives of the Freebord mark for Switzerland and France, although history get in position!

GoPro represents 19.9% ​​of the market for onboard cameras in the world (32% US), a number of comfortable space. The remaining 80% consist of many other manufacturers, attracted by the manna represented by this market. Many opportunistic putting their names on OEM products entry, but also the brands involved in the environment since the beginning (Drift, Contour, gobandit). Others like Sony have arrived recently, but remain perfectly legitimate! It is these manufacturers that we limited our selection. As 1080p cameras with the latest references, except for the GoPro Hero 3. The latter is unfortunately not yet available when we conducted our day of filming in Lausanne …

First freeboard descent multicam in the park of the Valley Youth by eLaptopComputer

Vying for this folder in alphabetical order, the two Contour, Drift HD Ghost, gobandit Live, GoPro HD Hero2 and Sony HDR-AS15. We thank the distributors who lent us some cameras (French press service fault): Pierre-Hugues Davoine, Director (for Drift) and Christophe Papon manager (for Contour and gobandit). And we also thank Pierre Linckenheld, Jonathan and Sebastian Jam Ehm, our three riders freeboard (discipline) and representatives Freebord (brand) which are given away to their heart to put them to the test cameras.

GoPro versus competition eLaptopComputer

The second freeboard descent multicam, in the streets of Lausanne by eLaptopComputer


Contour + 2

Drift HD Ghost

gobandit Live

GoPro HD Hero 2 + Bacpac

Sony HDR-AS15

Photo Features

actual pixels / video / photo


2 megapixel

5 megapixel


2 megapixel

11 MPix

3.5 megapixel

2 megapixel

3 megapixel


2 megapixel

11 MPix

16.8 Mpix

11.9 megapixel

2 megapixel

Sensor – size



BSI CMOS – 1/3 inch

CMOS – 1 / 2.3 inch

BSI CMOS – 1 / 2.3 ‘

FOV max – opening

170 ° – f: 3.6

(FullHD to 125 °)

170 ° – f: 3.6

170 ° – f: 2.8

170 ° – f: 2.8

170 ° – f: 2.8

(120 ° with stab)

Zoom / stabilization

No no

10 X (digital) / No

No no

No no

no / Digital Steady Shot

lens rotation


yes 270 ° – LED red

Yes 300 ° – multicolor LED

Yes 180 ° – No

Function Up / Down – LED 4

No no



LCD 2 inches

Gorilla glass

0.79 inch monochrome screen

0.67 inch monochrome screen

1 inch monochrome screen



Wi-Fi 802.11 g

+ RF 2.4 GHz remote control

Wi-Fi 802.11 g

Wi-Fi 802.11g and Bluetooth (with Wi-Fi BacPac)

Wi-Fi 802.11 g

Burst / time lapse

No Yes

10 im / s / Yes

No Yes

10 im / s / Yes

No Yes

GPS / accelerometer

Yes No

No no

Yes Yes

No no

No no

Sealing cam / housing

Projections / 60 m (supplied)

3 m / 60 m (optional)

1 m / no box

No / 60 m (supplied)

No / 60 m (supplied)

Microphone / speaker

Stereo / No

Stereo / Yes

Stereo / No

Mono / No

Stereo / Mono


Mini USB, mini HDMI, microphone input mini jack 2.5mm

Mini USB, micro HDMI, microphone input 3.5 mm mini jack

Mini USB, mini HDMI

Mini USB, mini HDMI, A / V output, microphone input 3.5 mm mini jack

Micro USB, micro HDMI, expansion slot, microphone input 3.5 mm mini jack



(4GB card included)

MicroSD (not included)

+ 256 MB Integrated

MicroSD (not included)

SD (not included)

Micro SD / Memory Stick Micro (M2)


Li-Ion 1050 mAh

Li-Ion 1700 mAh

Li-ion 1200 mAh

Li-Ion 1100 mAh

960 mAh Li-Ion


99 x 56 x 34 mm

102 x 51 x 33 mm

106 x 61 x 32 mm

60 x 42 x 37 (with 47 BacPac) mm

82 x 47 x 24.5 mm


156 g

167 g

146 g

100 g (126 g with BacPac)

90 g

supplied accessories

Waterproof case, curved adhesive mounts and flat HDMI cable, audio adapter 2.5 / 3.5 mm

Remote control, mask strap, curved adhesive mounts and flat, universal clip, velcro strap, extension micro mini jack, accessory box

mask attachment, adhesive mounting plate, tripod mount, strap

Waterproof case, curved adhesive mounts, flat, helmet strap ventilated headband, swivel arm three directions

Waterproof case, adhesive fasteners, USB cable

video Features

maximum quality

1080p at 29.97 im / s

@ 19.4 Mbps

1080p at 29.97 im / s

@ 17.5 Mbps

1080p at 30 frames / s

@ 15.6 Mbps

1080p at 29.97 im / s

@ 15 Mbps

1080p at 29.97 im / s

@ 16 Mbps

slow down

854 x 480 at 60 or 120 im / s

720p at 60fps / s

848 x 480-120 im / s

720p at 60fps / s

848 x 480 at 60 and 120 im / s

960p at 48 im / s

720p at 60fps / s

720p at 60 or 120 im / s

Container – codec

MOV – H.264 / AVC

MOV or MP4 – H.264 / AVC

MOV – H.264 / AVC

MP4 – H.264 / AVC

MP4 – H.264 / AVC


AAC stereo

AAC stereo

AAC stereo

AAC stereo

AAC stereo

Flow – sampling

128 Kbps – 48 KHz

128 Kbps – 48 KHz

128 Kbps – 48 KHz

128 Kbps – 32 KHz

128 Kbps – 48 KHz

recognized autonomy

46 min 09 s video

0 picture

49 min 45 s video

2123 pictures

23 min 33 s video

1018 pictures

44 min 48 s video

283 pictures

53 min 24 video

427 pictures

Another unique?

resistant aluminum housing

laser sighting

Fashion Flashback video

Support ANT + devices (measuring heart rate, engine speed, etc …)

ProTune mode (1080p 30fps / s @ 35 Mbps)

N / A

Also find these sequences in our video section

Downhill # 1

Descent # 2

Five cameras compared

Google optimizes its algorithm, 35% of relevant results

Via its official blog, Google announced an update to its search engine optimizing more relevant results for some queries.

Google’s engineers have tweaked their algorithm so that the results related to certain queries more precisely meet the expectations of users. The engineer Amit Singhal explains: “If I do a search for the term” olympics “, I would probably get information about the upcoming Olympic games this summer rather than those of summer 1900”. Beyond the deployment of Caffeine platform to optimize server-side calculations, Google has also tweaked further accelerating content indexing.

This update would impact about 35% of searches for which results are most frequently updated. Depending on the keyword “the most recent information can be dated last week, the day before or even the last minute”, is it well explained on the official company blog.

Relevant queries are obviously those related news but also those for regular events such as presidential elections or annual summits. In the past Google believes while the user is expected to immediately get the latest information (if the Olympics). Engineers also included sites collecting user opinions to back those on the latest products reviewed.

Edited on 12/07/2012 at 9:52

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How technology will revolutionize the automobile

The car of the future is certainly beyond your imagination and expectations. Electrical, connected and autonomous, it does not pollute, does not have accident and allows everyone to move from 7 to 107 years. And she relies on to do what some unexpected innovations.

The automotive and wider mobility are changing. energy transition economy of sharing and network saturation pushing the market to turn. And technology will play a key role in this transformation. Perhaps even more than some people imagine, and sometimes unexpected ways.

At least that is a vision shared by some players in new technologies, including Qualcomm, which intensifies its commitment to the automotive sector. The chipmaker is already number one in telematics and embedded connectivity, but it does not stop there.

The firm presented at MWC its long-term vision, and it does not correspond to what we imagined, although it takes the road!

HTC One M8 Ace: an economic variant of the standard bearer of HTC

Like its competitors, HTC disclaims phone standard bearer, the One M8. After presenting a miniature version, the One Mini 2, it now reveals a close variant, the One M8 Ace.

The HTC One M8 Ace is an economical alternative to the original. It is distinguished primarily by its shell, made entirely of plastic and aesthetic closer to the first HTC One, the M7.

Its specifications are otherwise identical, except it exchanges the second dorsal sensor for a few megahertz. He spends more precisely two sensors UltraPixel to 4 million pixels, that modify the design posteriori to point to a single sensor to 13 megapixels. In return the four cores of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip from 2.3 to 2.5 GHz. We find the Full HD LCD 5-inch screen (but presumably without Gorilla Glass), 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal memory, the same connectivity, etc.

The HTC One M8 Ace will be initially launched in China on June 3, at an undisclosed price. It will probably be available in the rest of the world in a second time, at least through importers.

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Honor 6 Plus, in perspective

Huawei has unveiled its new flagship store in the Honor brand: the Honor 6 Plus.

The Honor 6 Plus is not available on the old continent for the moment, but it seemed interesting to compare it to the competition for the most impatient of you can buy it online from 23 December (import) .

The Chinese giant has charming terminal on paper, with a diagonal of 5.5 inches and proposed an aggressive price.

While this is PHABLET? What competitive offer for a price equivalent? Here is what one can say a priori.

The Honor 6 Plus, in perspective

The Honor 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has a 3600 mAh battery and embeds 16GB of memory dedicated to the storage and 3GB of RAM. All powered by Android 4.4 (KitKat) and Kirin 925 SoC HiSilicon.

Multimedia side one discovers a double dorsal 8-megapixel camera, which offers a similar operation to that of the HTC One M8. Both sensors work together to allow the user to rework his shots afterwards. You will be able to change the focus area (focus) or simulate bokeh effect by blurring your background, for example.

Soc side, it is a home-based architecture processors two quadruple heart. Four hearts ensuring common tasks and four others from reinforcements on the most demanding applications.

Sold € 10 more, the LG terminal is one of the lightest in this selection (149g) and it has a beautiful quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). With a screen that occupies 77% of its facade, the G3 is almost borderless and certainly one of the smaller models 5.5-inch market.

Wiko hit hard by offering a smartphone with a diagonal of 5.5 inches to 189 €. Unfortunately in 960 x 540 pixels, it is a very low definition for this type of screen. For this price we must also mention the 4G support and be content with a MediaTek SoC.

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