Friday, March 22, 2013

HTC One in Singapore

With its aluminium unibody, 4.7 inch Super LCD3 display, clean and curvy design HTC One smartphone may be "The One". This new Google Android smartphone running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7 GHz and equipped with 4 megapixel rear and 2.1 megapixel front cameras, HTC One is sleek, powerful and gorgeous.

HTC One release date in Singapore is 13 April 2013. Only HTC One silver and 32 GB will be available on April 13. HTC One black model and 64 GB versions will be available in May. HTC One Singapore price will be S$968 (US$777.76) for the 32 GB version, and S$1,068 (US$858.11) for 64 GB. These are retail prices with no contract from local telcos.

All 3 operators in Singapore have contract plans for HTC One. The cheapest HTC One contract in terms of monthly payments, price of HTC One and total cost is StarHub's SmartSurf Lite which would cost you $1,381 in 2 years. SingTel and StarHub also provides Premium contracts where HTC One comes free.

Below are SingTel HTC One price plans.

Singtel HTC One Price Plans
Price Plan Monthly Subscription HTC One price Data Bundle 2 Years Total Cost
Flexi Lite $39.90 $528.00 2 GB $1,485.60
Flexi Value $59.90 $328.00 3 GB $1,765.60
Flexi Plus $99.90 $98.00 4 GB $2,495.60
Flexi Premium $205.00 $0.00 12 GB $4,920.00

Below are StarHub price plans for HTC One.

StarHub HTC One Price Plans
Price Plan Monthly Subscription HTC One price Data Bundle 2 Years Total Cost
SmartSurf Lite $38.00 $469.00 2 GB $1,381.00
SmartSurf Value $58.00 $299.00 4 GB $1,691.00
SmartSurf Premium $98.00 $99.00 6 GB $2,451.00
SmartSurf Elite $205.00 $0.00 12 GB $4,920.00

Below are M1 price plans for HTC One.

M1 HTC One Price Plans
Price Plan Monthly Subscription HTC One price Data Bundle 2 Years Total Cost
ValueSurf+ $39.00 $548.00 2 GB $1,484.00
LifeSurf+ $59.00 $398.00 3 GB $1,814.00
ExtremeSurf+ $98.00 $238.00 5 GB $2,590.00
MaxSurf+ $198.00 $238.00 12 GB $4,990.00

According to HTC, the new HTC One will be released in UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. The company says that it has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One.

HTC One release date in Singapore was originally scheduled by mid-March 2013. But after its early launch on March 7th was cancelled, it was announced that the HTC One will be launched in April 2013 with authorised resellers and mobile operators.
M1, StarHub and SingTel were supposed to be the first telcos to offer their customers this highly-anticipated handset, but according to recent reports coming from the carriers in question, the HTC One was MIA at the aforementioned IT bazaar. Although surprising news, this isn’t the first market where the HTC One release date has been delayed, showing that things are not going in the right direction for HTC.
Source : HTC One Release Date: Things Are Definitely Not Looking Good
Taiwanese manufacturer’s newest flagship smartphone HTC One android smartphone release date in Singapore
was originally March 9th. But it will be available in Singapore on April 2013.
 HTC One's biggest bet is on its UltraPixel camera, essentially a 4-megapixels camera which captures three times more light in one pixel than normal. The compact camera module used in the UltraPixel camera could be the cause of a delay in the availability of the HTC One:
"A report from Taiwan brokerage KGI Securities suggests there's more to it than customer satisfaction--it could be due to a low yield in components. In particular, the compact camera module used on its UltraPixel camera. 
The brokerage firm lowered its shipping estimate of the HTC One from 4 million units to between 800,000 and 1.2 million, citing "channel checks that indicated production bottlenecks". It also predicted that the company will ship only 10.5 million handsets in the first half, far below the 14 to 15 million units predicted earlier."
CNet Asia has a very extensive review of the phone where they have concluded that "The HTC One has all the hallmarks of a great smartphone, and this is why we have no issues giving it our Editors' Choice Award".

CNet Asia have done a camera shootout for HTC One vs. iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy S3 and here is their conclusion on UltraPixel camera on HTC One:
We liked the performance of the One when it came to closeup shots--something we, being foodies, do often with our meals. Overall, we found the Ultrapixel camera to be on par, if not a hair ahead of its competitors, especially in low-light and macro shots. It loses out a little in regular daylight settings especially in terms of detail due to the lower megapixel count. 
Some consumers may also be put off by the HTC One's slightly duller shots and prefer the more saturated images of the iPhone or S3. Ultimately, it boils down to personal preference, but it's worthwhile to note that washed-out shots can be easily enhanced with ubiquitous editing apps, especially if you're going to be posting that shot on Instagram anyway. 
All four smartphones in our shootout have top-of-the-line cameras, which are capable of great images, but you should be aware of each of their strengths and weaknesses. If you're a casual photographer who shares images on social networking sites, and like the idea of Zoes (three-second video snippets) and the inbuilt video editor, it'll be quite easy to overlook those aforementioned minor "flaws". The HTC One gets the job done well.
Source : Camera shootout: HTC One vs. iPhone 5, Lumia 920 and S3

HTC One Singapore price is $968 (32 GB) without contract.


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