The HTC One, the Taiwanese mobile company’s hottest new gadget, became the first smartphone to make a video call from the top of Mount Everest in the hands of British climber Daniel Hughes. The Android phone may work from the highest point on earth, but make sure to bring a stylus or you’ll run the risk of losing a few fingers due to the extreme cold while using the touchscreen.
“I don’t have a cameraman with me — it’s me and a pole and an HTC smartphone and an Inmarsat modem,” Hughes explained from the top of Everest.
Sponsored by HTC, Hughes’ ascent to the top of Mount Everest is part of Everest Million, the mountaineer’s effort to show the world what it’s like to climb the the highest point in the world. Not only did Hughes make a video call from 8,848 meters above sea level, he also tweeted regularly from his two copies of the HTC One (although many of his updates were just pictures of his frozen feet), of course, both smartphones were encased in sturdy protective cases as well.
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Check out a video (embedded above) of Hughes showing off his collection of smartphones, solid state hard drives and modems at base camp before making the trek up Everest.