HTC had a stellar year in 2011, enjoying boosts in profits and critical acclaim to boot. But coming off the back of a strong year meant expectations were up.
So far, HTC has not quite lived up to those expectations. Profits dipped in January, to a paltry £354 million. OK, so it wasn’t exactly a disaster, but HTC will not have been pleased.
February was better, with a £433 million profit. But profits were still down by 37% compared to the same time last year.
But luckily for the tech giant, MWC came along in February – giving the manufacturer the opportunity to unveil some exciting new smartphones.
HTC grabbed the opportunity with both hands, and unveiled its new One Series – a range of three very decent-looking smartphones. The HTC One X, One V and One S were all on show at MWC, but what do you need to know about them?
HTC One X
The daddy of the group, the HTC One X is a quad-core beast that will be leading the charge for HTC in 2012. It looks not dissimilar to the Sensation range, and will run ICS.
The One X is a pretty big device, with a 4.7-inch Super LCD touchscreen, but the weight is kept down and it looks very cool.
HTC One V
If the One X is the daddy of the One Series, then the One V is the baby. And by that we mean the low-end one.
It seems that HTC is not one for massive redesigns, as the One V is reminiscent of the HTC Legend. Not that this is a bad thing – it is a good-looking device.
The One V also runs ICS, but with a 1GHz processor under the bonnet it does feel a little slower than its series counterparts.
HTC One S
As you might have guessed, the One S sits in between the other two handsets as a mid-range device. But don’t let that put you off, it’s a very decent smartphone that should be able to hold its own in the market.
With a 1GHz dual-core processor powering ICS, the One S is nice and quick. It also has an 8MP camera and comes in a slim 7.6mm body.