HTC One Launched & Goes On Sale in Malaysia

Models holding the new HTC One

Over 3 weeks ago, on 25 April 2013, HTC Malaysia held an event to launch their 2013 flagship Android smartphone, HTC One to the Malaysian market. The event was held for members of the media as well as some partners at Studio Lounge in Tropicana City Mall.

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It took over 2 months since the global announcement in February 2013 which happened simultaneously in New York and London. Check out my coverage along with first impressions from other major tech sites here. I have been waiting patiently for the phone to hit the local shores and I was super excited to attend the HTC One launch in Malaysia, that I skipped the Microsoft Surface RT Malaysian launch happening on the same day.

My mugshot at the door of the HTC One Launch
My mugshot at the door of the HTC One Launch

 

Introducing the HTC One

Models holding the new HTC One
Models holding the new HTC One

As usual with launch events, there were some demo stations setup with HTC staff members showcasing the beautiful all metal unibody design of the HTC One. In case you missed it, here’s a brief specification of the HTC One:-

  • 4.7″ Super LCD3 1080p Full HD display (1920 X 1080)(468 ppi)
  • 1.7 GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 processor
  • 32/64 GB internal storage (no expandable microSD, FREE 25GB Dropbox cloud storage) + 2 GB RAM
  • Powered by latest Android Jelly Bean (with new HTC Sense 5)
  • 4 megapixel HTC Ultrapixel camera, 2.1 megapixel front facing camera (1080p Full HD front & rear camera video recording)
  • 9.3 mm thin, weighing only 143 grams
  • 2,300 mAH non-removable battery
  • Connectivity : WiFi, HSPA+ / LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC
  • Available in Glacial Silver and Stealth Black

For more information, tech specs and features of the HTC One, please check out the official HTC One SEA Product Page  at http://www.htc.com/sea/smartphones/htc-one/ or HTC Malaysia’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/HTCMalaysia

The HTC One with it’s zero gap construction of the all metal unibody of the HTC One Android superphone is a gorgeous phone. It feels so premium and luxurious in my hands. I absolutely love the revised HTC Sense 5 user interface. HTC has indeed done a great job improving the navigation and look of the phone.

The gorgeous HTC One on display
The gorgeous HTC One on display
MWC 2013 dubbed the HTC One as the Best Smartphone of the Year
MWC 2013 dubbed the HTC One as the Best Smartphone of the Year

HTC Malaysia took the opportunity during the launch to remind us that the HTC One is named “The Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet” by Mobile World Congress (MWC) for 2013. That’s not it as well, because a number of major tech sites seems to think that this phone is the Best Android Smartphone of the Year as well. Better than the Samsung Galaxy S4.

HTC One Malaysian Launch 006

HTC One touts some great new features with the new superphone, which includes:-

  • HTC Sense 5 – The new user interface (skin/theme) powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS (not the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.2 OS)
  • HTC Blink Feed – new home screen with Flipboard-like interface of grids to show you the latest news and updates from major news sites and your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • Ultrapixel camera with HTC Zoe  – A new camera lens technology that takes much better pictures in low light conditions and much sharper images. It”s not about the megapixels, but more about the picture quality. HTC Zoe allows you to take pictures and videos and stitch them into a 30 seconds highlight movie clip.
  • HTC BoomSound – Instead of speakers at the back of the phone, HTC One has 2 stereo speakers in the front of the device. With beats Audio Technology, the sound quality is crisp, loud and clear.
  • HTC Sense TV – The Power On/Off button is also an Infrared Blaster, which means you can pair your phone with your TV (any TV) to let you use your HTC One as a remote control  for your TV. This includes flipping channels and managing reminders, etc for  TV programs (including local Astro channels).
  • Zero gap metal unibody design – All metal design with a non-removable battery, with 4G / LTE enabled, gorgeous display with 468 ppi resolution (highest screen resolution in the market today).

Check out this First Look video from  HTC’s official YouTube channel.

Also check out the gallery below for some highlights on these features of the HTC One:-

I can’t tell you how much I love the hardware of the HTC One. To get an opportunity to touch it in person and play around with the new HTC Sense 5 user interface, I absolutely love the device and can’t wait to own one!

Hardware overview of the HTC One
Hardware overview of the HTC One

The HTC One feels good in my hands and I am once again impressed with HTC’s build quality n all their smartphones over the years. This is very reminiscent of the old HTC Legend metal body design.

For your pleasure, here’s a gallery of images from HTC Malaysia of the HTC One press images, event pictures as well as some lifestyle pictures:-

 

Pricing and Availability

During the event, HTC Malaysia informed us that the HTC One will be available with 4 major telcos (Celcom, Maxis, DiGi and U Mobile) and SenQ starting early May 2013. HTC’s authorised retailers will have their stocks ready for outright purchase from mid May 2013.

HTC Malaysia executives and local Telco partners launched the HTC One in Malaysia
HTC Malaysia executives and local Telco partners launched the HTC One in Malaysia

And finally, the wait is over. If you’re as excited as me, then you’ll be glad to hear that the HTC One is finally available for sale in Malaysia!

The HTC One is on sale at the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 2,299 for the 32GB version and RM 2,499 for the 64GB version with authorised HTC dealers and distributors or discounted with local telco plans.

What disappointed me is that the availability of the smartphone happened quite sporadically, where DiGi started their sale in the week of 6 May 2013, followed by Celcom, then Maxis’ plans announced only last week on late Wednesday night of 15 May 2013, along with HTC Malaysia’s dealers and distributors.

DiGi – HTC One plans from RM 1,269

DiGi - HTC One plans HERE
DiGi – HTC One plans HERE

Check out DiGi’s HTC One plans at http://www.digi.com.my/PhonesDevices/HTC_One.do

Celcom – HTC One plans from RM 1,428

Celcom - HTC One plans HERE
Celcom – HTC One plans HERE

Check out Celcom’s HTC One plans at https://www.celcom.com.my/personal/devices/android/overview/htc-one

Maxis – HTC One plans from RM 1,299

Maxis - HTC One plans HERE
Maxis – HTC One plans HERE

Check out Maxis’ HTC One plans at http://new.maxis.com.my/content/maxis/en/personal/devices/all-phones/htc/htc-one.html?

U Mobile – HTC One plans from RM 1,488

U Mobile - HTC One plans HERE
U Mobile – HTC One plans HERE

Check out Maxis’ HTC One plans at http://www.u.com.my/phone-deals/htc-one

 

I bought the HTC One!!!

As impressed I am with the HTC One smartphone, I have to state my disappointment with HTC Malaysia for the stock and availability of the smartphone here as well as the communication of the availability from the local telcos.

Yes, there is a seriously limited number of stocks for the HTC One here in Malaysia. After multiple enquiries with my telco as well as on LowYat.net forum’s official HTC One thread, I finally rushed over to Maxis KLCC to get my hands on the HTC One early in the morning last Thursday. Shortly later in the afternoon, I was informed that the centre has sold out on their stock!

Apparently, there’s only the Glacial Silver, 32 GB version available in the market today through the operators or dealers. There are very limited number of the Stealth Black version of the same storage. It’s hard to find, so I suggest you call your telco centre or retailer before you make the trip there. Based on my sources, the 64GB version will only be available either next week or end of the month. It’s very uncertain for now. Batches of shipments are slowly rolling in weekly, very slowly.

It seems it”s a general global shortage of the HTC One everywhere in the world. HTC had some issues with their Ultrapixel manufacturer. Good news though, HTC announced that they’re increasing production to meet strong demand of the smartphone.

HTC One packaging ready for unboxing
HTC One packaging ready for unboxing

I am very very happy and excited to play with my HTC One. Are you excited about the availability and getting ONE (pun intended) for yourself? Stay tuned for my next post where I will share with you my unboxing and first impressions of the HTC One!!!

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