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Das One: HTC stellt neues Smartphone vor

Und da dachten alle, Spaß gäbe es nur auf dem Mobile World Congress in Barcelona…

In New York hat der taiwanesische Mobiltelefonhersteller HTC am Dienstag sein neues Flaggschiff-Smartphone, das HTC One vorgestellt. Wie zuvor bereits spekuliert worden war, arbeitet im Inneren des Geräts der neue Snapdragon 600-Prozessor mit vier Kernen und 1,7 GHz Taktfrequenz. Dazu gibt es zwei GB Arbeitsspeicher und 32 GB internen Speicher (in den USA auch 64 GB). Beim Betriebssystem verlässt sich HTC auch weiterhin auf Google. Android 4.1.2 steht bereit – bis das Smartphone in den Handel kommt könnte auch noch ein Update auf 4.2 erfolgen. Das Display ist 4,7 Zoll groß, verfügt über eine Auflösung von 468 Pixel pro Zoll und wird von extrem stabilem Gorilla Glass geschützt. Ungewöhnlich für ein Mobiltelefon: Die Lautsprecher sind nach vorne gerichtet.

Bei der Präsentation war zu erkennen, dass HTC die Nutzeroberfläche – bekannt als HTC Sense – überarbeitet hat. Das neue One verfügt nun über eine Funktion namens „Blink Feed“. Damit verwandelt sich der Startbildschirm in eine Mitteilungszentrale, in der ständig die neuesten Updates aus sozialen Netzwerken, eingegangene E-Mails und Nachrichten angezeigt werden. Auch Inhalte des Sportsenders ESPN sollen dank einer neuen Partnerschaft zur Verfügung stehen.

Viel Zeit widmete HTC bei der Vorstellung des neuen Smartphones der „UltraPixel“-Kamera. UltraPixel bedeute, dass die einzelnen Pixel größer seien, erklärte das Unternehmen und versuchte wieder einmal die Legende von „Je mehr Megapixel, desto besser“ zu zerstreuen. Stattdessen käme es auf die Größe der einzelnen Pixel an. Darum beschreitet das Unternehmen einen ungewöhnlichen Weg. Nur vier Megapixel löst das neue HTC-Flaggschiff aus. Dabei ist die Fläche des Bildsensors vergleichbar groß wie bei Konkurrenzsmartphones mit bis zu 13 Megapixeln. Ob sich diese Entscheidung auszahlen wird, muss sich erst noch zeigen. In ersten Tests werden die Bilder jedoch gelobt. Das One verfügt außerdem über verschiedene Kamera-Modi und soll – dank „UltraPixel“ – bei wenig Licht bessere Fotos als der Vorgänger machen können. Auch ein Videoschnittprogramm mit Namen „Zoe“ haben die Macher dem Gerät spendiert.

Das HTC One soll ab Mitte März auch in Deutschland in den Handel kommen. Die unverbindliche Preisempfehlung liegt bei 679 Euro. In den USA werden AT&T, Sprint und T-Mobile das Gerät anbieten, in Deutschland sind alle großen Mobilfunkanbieter im Boot.

HTC-Präsident Jason Mackenzie sagte, man erhoffe sich viel vom neuen Smartphone: „Das sind nicht einfach nur ein paar grundlegende Verbesserungen.“ Vielmehr wolle man das Angebot von HTC auf ein neues Level heben.

Und tatsächlich steht für HTC einiges auf dem Spiel. Nachdem das Unternehmen zu Beginn schnell Erfolge mit dem Android-Betriebssystem von Google feiern konnte, wurde es bald von der Konkurrenz aus Südkorea überholt. Mittlerweile dominiert Samsung den Markt, HTC hat eine Außenseiterrolle.

Laut einer Analyse von Gartner Research ist der weltweite Marktanteil von HTC im vergangenen Jahr auf 4,7 Prozent gefallen. 2011 waren es noch 9,1 Prozent. An der Spitze liegt Samsung mit nun 30,3 Prozent vor Apple und Nokia.

 

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Mixed Jobs Report Sets Fed Up for Close Rate Call

U.S. employment growth slowed in August but the jobless rate fell to the lowest level since 2008, a mixed reading less than two weeks before a crucial Fed meeting. 207

Hungary Says It Will Bus Migrants to Austria Border

Hungary said Friday it would provide buses to take migrants to the Austrian border after a stream of people who have been stranded in the country for days set out for the border on foot. 137

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Refugees meet a well-oiled system that gets them off the street and into emergency shelters fast, but some say it is already under strain and is struggling to offer newcomers long-term prospects.

The U.S. Veterans Who Fight ISIS

A former Army Ranger and a decorated Marine are among U.S. veterans volunteering to join Kurdish fighters against Islamic State in Syria.

Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Waters

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Inside Israel’s Bid to Derail Iran Pact

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has undertaken a high-stakes campaign to persuade Congress to scuttle the Iran nuclear agreement, leaving the White House infuriated and many Democrats resentful. 1024

G-20 Increasingly Concerned About Slowing Chinese Economy

China’s market routs and a string of weak data are fueling concern among Group of 20 officials that a slowing Chinese economy could fuel further market instability and push global growth deeper into a long-term rut.

Putin Pitches for Foreign Investment in Russia’s Far East

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From Piles of Trash Sprout Demands for Change in Lebanon

Protests demanding political reform bridge country’s longtime political, religious and ethnic divides.

Saudi King’s Visit a Chance to Invigorate U.S. Ties

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U.A.E. Says 45 of Its Soldiers Killed in Yemen

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No Emerging Markets in Your Portfolio? Look Again

Some foreign-stock mutual funds have 30% or 40% of assets in developing nations.

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Live Oak Bancshares is betting that its hybrid model can be an example for how to expand small-business lending.

Heard on the Street

This Plastics IPO Is Timed Right – For the Seller

Bayer’s material science division, now called Covestro, had a strong first-half ahead of a planned initial public offering. That looks hard to keep up.

Chinese Companies Share Investors’ Pain

China’s listed companies joined in the market mania, buying up shares in one another; now the holdings that padded earnings as prices boomed threaten to gut them as they plunge.

Brussels Beat

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Volkswagen CFO Nominated as Board Chairman

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BASF, Gazprom Renew Abandoned Asset-Swap Plan

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GVC Wins Race to Acquire Bwin.party

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