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HTC, $746 ★★★★ HTC knows how to make a smart­phone state­ment: with alu­minium. The One hand­set ar­rives in a pre­mium metal body with no gap be­tween its 4.7-inch screen and its form, and a pre­cisely ma­chined bezel not dis­sim­i­lar to the iPhone 5. HTC’s new 4G flag­ship phone de­buts many features of its own, how­ever, in­clud­ing two front speak­ers pow­ered by Beats au­dio, a photo-heavy, Flip­board- like home­screen called BlinkFeed, a uni­ver­sal in­fra-red TV con­troller, an unortho­dox cam­era with many new features and an ‘‘Ul­tra­pixel’’ res­o­lu­tion. Pho­to­graphic re­sults show crisp fo­cus, great colours and greatly im­proved low­light treat­ment, though crop­ping and zoom­ing should be kept to a min­i­mum. The 1.7GHz quad-core chip and 2GB RAM keep An­droid Jelly Bean (4.1.2) steam­ing along, though users can­not ex­pand its built-in 32 or 64GB me­mory.

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