Inevitable stock shortages or otherwise, the HTC One release date for the patient masses in the US is coming…and soon. Given the fact that much of the world has been swept away with Samsung Galaxy S4 talk in the meantime, HTC really can’t get the One to the table fast enough, before it ends up becoming yesterday’s news despite not even launching yet.
The good news is that early reviews of the HTC seem for the most part to peg the device as one of the most impressive we’ve seen in a long time, with specs and features to rival the best in the business. And since its February 19th official launch event, advance demand is said to have been extremely high.
Sadly however, there’s one rather unfortunate black spot on the whole affair that’s threatening to cast a menacing shadow over the HTC One as a whole…apparently rather poor battery life.
From top to bottom, the specs and features of the HTC One are as good as anything on the market right now and in some instances head and shoulders ahead of the pack. The 4.7-inch 1080p HD screen is retina-busting in its clarity, the quad-core engine is first rate and the Ultrapixel camera has everyone talking. As far as the battery goes however, we’re looking at a 2,300mAh cell which although right on par with most of the top-tier Smartphones of the last 12-months isn’t really up to sped by 2013 standards.
The trouble is, add all of the HTC One’s specs and features together and what you have is a hugely power-hungry device with a 2012 battery that also happens to be non-removable.
Not the end of the world of course and there’s always the chance that magic could have been worked to keep things running longer than expected, but with a market that’s becoming increasingly insistent on the fewest charges per week possible, it’s looking like the HTC One is destined for a few cross words here and there.