Originally Posted by Desert Cactus
This is huge news for HTC and Android in general. I've always considered Apple to have the best quality built products including phones. This is no longer the case I think. I personally have seen a few Ones already while I have only seen one HTC One X from last year.
This is a little tangential to your point - but last year's Sprint variant of the One X - the HTC Evo 4G LTE - actually set the stage for this year's One.
HTC has done aluminum before on their old Windows phones but the One is in a whole other class - and a big part of that is because it's not their first attempt.
Check out the statements on machining and metallurgy in the following and you'll see why I think that the LTEvo was in many ways actually a prototype for the One.
Opening line - "We're always looking years in advance..."
The chassis construction of the One has been the product of evolution as much as invention, that's why it's so good right out of the gate - in my opinion.
Until recently, while the biggest thread here was what accessory to get, the biggest thread (of about the same size at the time) in the SGS4 forum was comparing it to the One.
HTC, as you say, is definitely winning with their design specs.