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New HTC One to be more metal as HTC Watch closes in UK

Update: A 12-minute hands-on video of the new HTC One has leaked, I’ve embedded it in the story.

HTC has released the second teaser trailer for the new HTC One, and it promises the handset will be “even more metal” than its predecessor. Looks like those leaked pictures showing it with an all-metal body were on the money then.

In other news, HTC Watch — the mobile company’s film and TV service — is to close this month in the UK. HTC revealed the fact in an email to customers, though it didn’t give any explanation. I’ve contacted it for more info and will update this story if I hear back.

HTC Watch has already started closing in other countries like Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, and the US, so a UK closure doesn’t come as a huge surprise. According to the email, the service will close its doors on 31 March.

If you’ve bought any films or TV shows from the service, you’ll have to download them to your device before then, or you’ll lose them forever.

Update: A spokesperson for HTC told me, “From 31st March 2014, HTC can confirm that it will no longer support the HTC Watch video-on-demand service. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to HTC Watch subscribers and would encourage any customers affected by the change to contact their local HTC support centre. Our focus continues to be on offering the best possible mobile experience to customers everywhere and our strength lies in empowering people to discover and access the right content for them from the wealth of services out there.”

Here’s the second trailer for the new HTC One. 

And the leaked hands-on video.

The handset launches on 25 March. We’ve seen leaked images, specs, and even a price, though until it’s official, I’d take it all with a pinch of salt. The original HTC One had an entirely metal body, and from the pictures, so does the new HTC One. We’ll have to wait and see exactly how HTC has made it more metal.

According to one retailer, the new HTC One will have a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, front- and rear-facing 5-megapixel cameras, NFC, and HTC’s BoomSound speakers. (The previous trailer hinted at these speakers too.) The 5-inch display will have a resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels, and it’ll run Android KitKat.

But as I say, until we hear from HTC, pinch of salt.

What would you like to see from the new HTC One? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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