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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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EU Ministers Push for Action on Migrant Crisis

Germany, France and the U.K. pushed for a faster response in dealing with the continent’s migration crisis as Hungarian police detained a fifth person in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.

Striking Workers Block French Port

The labor dispute is preventing travelers from boarding ferries on both sides of the English Channel.

Abreast of the Market

Rocky Markets Could Be Good for These Stocks

Exchanges and market makers are getting a fresh look from portfolio managers seeking out investments likely to benefit from the large market swings.

Fed Appears to Hold Line on Rate Plan

Federal Reserve officials emerged from a week of head-spinning financial turbulence largely sticking to their plan to raise U.S. interest rates before the end of the year.

Crises Put First Dents in Xi Jinping’s Power

Before a planned visit to the U.S., the Chinese president’s image as a bold leader is being undermined by his botched handling of the stock market rout and the country’s economic slowdown.

VW Is Told to Shed Suzuki Stake

An international court has ordered Volkswagen of Germany to sell its nearly 20% stake in Suzuki, allowing the Japanese auto maker to extricate itself from the tie-up after a four-year struggle.

Eni Reports Huge Natural-Gas Discovery off Egypt

Eni SpA said it made a massive natural-gas discovery off the coast of Egypt in what the Italian oil-and-gas company is calling the largest ever find in the Mediterranean Sea.

U.A.E. Takes Lead in Southern Yemen

U.A.E. forces prevented Houthi rebels in Yemen from overrunning the Yemeni port city of Aden, and now also reluctantly find themselves in the business of nation-building.

At Least 11 Die in Saudi Arabia Fire

A large fire at a residential compound of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant killed at least 11 people and injured more than 200, officials said. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Rice Condemns Pakistan-Based Militant Attacks in Afghanistan

U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice on Sunday told top civilian and military leaders in Islamabad that attacks in neighboring Afghanistan by Pakistan-based militants were “absolutely unacceptable,” according to a senior American official.

Egypt Rejects Criticism of Journalists’ Jail Sentences

Egypt’s foreign ministry rejected international criticism of a court’s decision to sentence a team of Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison, summoning the British ambassador to Egypt for condemning the verdict.

Lebanese Official Defies Calls to Resign

A top Lebanese official defied demands from thousands of protesters over the weekend to step down, providing potential fuel for a growing antigovernment movement that is coalesced around uncollected trash.

China Places Cap on Local Government Debt

Chinese lawmakers have placed a $2.5 trillion cap on local government debt as Beijing looks for ways to address one of the major impediments to its economy.

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

BNY Mellon Races to Fix Pricing Glitches

Executives at Bank of New York Mellon Corp. are racing against the clock to make it through a backlog of pricing issues before the markets open Monday morning.

A Bentley, Secret Emails and a Credit-Card Antitrust Case. The Strange Life of Lawyer Keila Ravelo

When federal agents showed up at Keila Ravelo’s home three days before Christmas, they kicked off a chain of events that could send her to prison and scuttle the biggest antitrust settlement in U.S. history.

Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle

As big coal miners struggle, their equipment suppliers—thousands of businesses sprinkled throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky—are scrambling to find new customers anywhere they can. 69

Ageas to Sell Hong Kong Life Insurance Business

Belgian insurance company Ageas said Sunday it will sell its Hong Kong Life insurance business to Chinese asset-management firm JD Capital for €1.23 billion.

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

Rebekah Brooks to Return to News Corp

Rebekah Brooks is expected to head News Corp’s U.K. division, a position similar to one she resigned from amid the phone-hacking scandal. Separately, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing a police referral related to the hacking probe.

Technology

Apple Escalates Ad-Blockers Fight

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Book Reviews

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World War II’s Greatest Escape

Allied prisoners broke out of a German camp using ladders inspired by medieval siege tools.

Video

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11

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1:09