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HTC One: A Closer Look at the Hardware Industrial Design

By , Photos and Video by Alex Davies - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

HTC doesn't disappoint with the industrial design of the One. We go face to face with the designer.

As much as we're not fans of the term "superphone," the HTC One undoubtedly deserves the title of being super rather than just a plain smartphone. The all aluminum body is something that we've seen for generations and from other phone makers, but the idea of integrating an IR blaster into the power button push aspects of the HTC One's design into genius territory.

   

The decision to focus on photo quality with "Ultrapixels" rather than continue to play the megapixel game is admirable. Even small touches such as using a specifically polished concentric pattern on the volume rocker speaks to how much HTC cares about putting out a good design.

 

  

We had the fortunate chance to sit down and chat with Jonah Becker, director of design at HTC, to get some additional insight on how such an industrial design came to be. Check it out below:

 

HTC One NYC Launch Event: Industrial Design Interview

   
  

 

Don't forget to check out our original hands-on with the HTC One here.

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    dalethepcman , February 21, 2013 9:55 PM
    I loved the feel of the case of my N1 made by HTC. I'm sure this is just as nice, but without running pure android its still a no buy for me.
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    redeemer , February 21, 2013 10:08 PM
    HTC make the highest quality Android phones I mean they always have. Now they need to market the heck out of it just like Samsung did with their cheap ugly Galaxy S3. HTC needs to do better than Samsung's gimmicks like "Design for Humans" and "Inspired by Nature" lol oh yeah "Hyper Glaze" "Nature UI" ETC!
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    internetlad , February 21, 2013 10:14 PM
    too bad this isn't made by apple, then somebody might leave it at a bar, and I could find it.
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    deadlockedworld , February 21, 2013 10:18 PM
    I just can't believe its taken this long for other manufacturers to follow Apple's lead on designing quality. Think what you will of apple, they manufacture some beautiful devices ... and their competitors still love plastic.
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    redeemer , February 21, 2013 10:23 PM
    /\/\ the thing is Apple producst after light use get scuffed up pretty badly, Pocketnow has long-term use product reviews and the iPhone 5 shows wear and tear to easily especially on the machined edges. The HTC one X was the best built phone around, and HTC has topped that with the One.
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    alexthager , February 21, 2013 11:14 PM
    redeemer/\/\ the thing is Apple producst after light use get scuffed up pretty badly, Pocketnow has long-term use product reviews and the iPhone 5 shows wear and tear to easily especially on the machined edges. The HTC one X was the best built phone around, and HTC has topped that with the One.


    I've always been a fan of the design of the iPhone. However, I will say, this phone looks outstanding. I loved the One X, but this device is incredible. The first Android phone I've truly adored. I hope HTC and other manufacturers continue putting out remarkable products like these.
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    redeemer , February 21, 2013 11:24 PM
    Apple knows that the iPhone 6 need to be all that and more, and I am sure they will pull it off in a big way. I do not think that the hardware specs in the S4 will be that big of a deal considering the Sony Xperia Z, Optimus G Pro, HTC One all packing. I think Samsung will take Touchwiz to the next level and intro new exciting tech in the way of software. The thing is in my opinion if you pay top dollar for a phone it should at least look the part!
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    nodeffect , February 22, 2013 12:07 AM
    If it's logo change to Apple, it would make a whole lots of differences and many people would keep start buying it. The design is awesome, the hardware is awesome.

    Honestly, most HTC phones are awesome, and samsung is overrated with it's cheap plastic design phones and hardware wise, it doesn't really outperformed other phones in the market.

    This shows how ignorant people are thses days. If it's Apple or Samsung, it must be a great phone.
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    kitsunestarwind , February 22, 2013 12:08 AM
    Such a nice phone why the hell did they have to ruin it by putting shitty Beats audio into it
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    samwelaye , February 22, 2013 4:38 AM
    kitsunestarwindSuch a nice phone why the hell did they have to ruin it by putting shitty Beats audio into it


    Actually, some phones have a built in headphone amp (like the DNA) that make a HUGE difference. So its not ruined in the slightest. If this has that, and a high quality DAC (right term?) this could be a music lovers best phone. Other than the no microsd though since to take advantage of the quality its nice to use FLAC
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    s3anister , February 22, 2013 5:31 AM
    samwelayeActually, some phones have a built in headphone amp (like the DNA) that make a HUGE difference. So its not ruined in the slightest. If this has that, and a high quality DAC (right term?) this could be a music lovers best phone. Other than the no microsd though since to take advantage of the quality its nice to use FLAC


    DAC is the correct term, it stands for Digital-to-Analog Converter. However, signal amplifiers are used in concert with the DAC(s) so actual audio quality can be all over the place. At least Beats audio tends to be decent, at a minimum.
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    Anonymous , February 22, 2013 7:08 AM
    Im a big fan of HTC but this looks Too much like Iphone rubbish
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    amdwilliam1985 , February 22, 2013 12:55 PM
    deadlockedworldI just can't believe its taken this long for other manufacturers to follow Apple's lead on designing quality. Think what you will of apple, they manufacture some beautiful devices ... and their competitors still love plastic.


    I can't believe Coca-Cola haven't sue Apple yet, they've made great 75 cents aluminum "device", haha.
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    amdwilliam1985 , February 22, 2013 12:55 PM
    redeemerHTC make the highest quality Android phones I mean they always have. Now they need to market the heck out of it just like Samsung did with their cheap ugly Galaxy S3. HTC needs to do better than Samsung's gimmicks like "Design for Humans" and "Inspired by Nature" lol oh yeah "Hyper Glaze" "Nature UI" ETC!


    Of course you don't get it, Samsung phones are made for human, while their competitors are "Design for Sheeps" ;) 
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    thomasf94 , February 23, 2013 6:21 AM
    This looks EPIC. Take my money
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    luckiest charm , June 3, 2013 12:01 AM
    This might be weaker than Galaxy S4 but really looks and feels much better and solid.