Well, HTC finally did lift the veil off its grand new smartphone, the HTC One. And from what we’ve seen so far, what can we tell you, the phone looks really promising. But the real question on everyone’s minds is if the phone is good enough to steal the spotlight away from current world leader Samsung and its range of amazing products like the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note II and of course, the upcoming Galaxy S4?
There’s no doubt that HTC has worked real hard on making this phone a brilliant gadget. Its specs are truly mind-blowing – a 4.7-inch full HD display with 468 ppi resolution, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, an HDR mic, LTE connectivity, an HTC Ultrapixel camera, a 2300 mAh battery and a variety of storage options to choose from. The Snapdragon 600 processor is especially remarkable in performance, although we don’t know how many Android apps can work well enough with it.
There’s also a brand new marketing initiative being set up by HTC under the new Chief Marketing Officer John Wang. The ad campaign of the HTC One features a bold tagline, calling it to be “Everything your phone isn’t”, but we are still unsure of how aggressively HTC will be able to market the One.
However, the phone does have a beautiful design and looks premium. Even the upgraded Sense 5.0 UI makes Android look even better on the HTC One – but we’re not sure if it will be well received among hardcore Android fans. Let’s hope the company meets with some success this time around.… Read the rest
2013 promises to be an exciting year for the gadget-freak, and how! We just got done with a spectacular CES 2013, and are getting ready to get the latest dope on the World Mobile Congress where a lot more new devices would be unveiled. So we decided to do a recap of some of the hottest rumors about upcoming Android devices, which we hope we can get a glimpse of during the MWC.
One of the most anticipated devices we’re looking forward to seeing at the MWC is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. We’ve been hearing rumors that this one could feature an 8-inch tablet, which makes it a direct competitor to the iPad Mini. However, the Galaxy Tab 3 may not have the S-Pen support like the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0. Since this one’s going to be in the more affordable price bracket, we’d probably find only a dual-core processor in the Galaxy Tab 3, while the Galaxy Note 8.0 could feature a new Exynos 5 range processor.
We are also hoping to see HTC unveil its latest flagship smartphone, the HTC M7, at the event. The M7 is rumored to have a 4.7-inch full HD display, and would probably be powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM. The M7 could run Android 4.2 with an overlay of HTC’s latest Sense user interface.
There’s also good news for those pining after the Google Nexus 4. We’ve heard that this affordable power-packed smartphone is back in stock and some customers have been lucky to receive their shipments within 48 hours! Both the 8 GB and the 16GB versions of the unlocked phone are supposedly available, with a 1-2 week shipping time. So if you’ve been lusting after this device, now’s a good time to place your order for one.… Read the rest
If it is the Xperia Z for Sony and the Lumia 920 for Nokia, it probably will be the M7 for HTC. We’re talking about how the latest flagship models could help revive the former leaders and bring them up in the very competitive smartphone market. While the One X launched last year did have remarkable specs, it didn’t exactly help HTC earn too much of profits.
Even though HTC was the first company to produce an Android smartphone, somewhere along the way, it lost out to players like Samsung. With every passing quarter, as new entrants arrive in the market with their Android smartphones, it’s only going to get tougher for this Taiwanese company to rise above the many competitors. But, we’re hoping that the M7 could be the perfect way to propel it forward.
With spectacular features like a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, this device could find quite a few takers. And even though it has only a 4.7-inch display, it may find enough buyers who need something more compact than the 5-inch giants like the Xperia Z. But it’s not just enough to make an amazing phone – HTC never had a problem with that. Even the HTC One X was a fabulous phone, which is similar in size to the upcoming M7, but less powerful with its 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM.
To be able to sell more, we think HTC definitely needs to focus its energy on having an aggressive marketing campaign for its upcoming flagship to get noticed. It needs to shake off its apprehensions from its sinking performance and renew its confidence when launching the new M7. Also, instead of introducing so many models that end up confusing the consumer (Sony, are you also listening?), give it a solid recognizable name, a la Samsung. This will help consumers remember your handsets and hopefully pick them over those of your competitors.… Read the rest
Windows Phone 8 is actually finding quite a few takers, although it’ll take a whole lot of effort for Microsoft to get it all the way up to the level of Android or iOS. There are very few Windows phone-makers, HTC being one of them. Today, we’re taking a look at their latest offering, the Windows Phone 8S.
The very first thing that catches the eye, apart from its vibrant design, is its price-tag. Priced very reasonably at $365, as opposed to its next closest competitor – the Nokia Lumia 820 at $650, it’s really affordable for a Windows Phone 8 based smartphone. Powering this phone is a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 512 MB of RAM. It’s got a 4-inch Super LCD Gorilla Glass display with a 480X800 pixel resolution.
The Windows Phone 8S is equipped with a 5MP rear camera that can even record videos at 720p resolution. However, the one downside is the highly insufficient 4 GB internal memory. But, HTC has been sensible enough to include a microSD card slot for expanding the phone’s memory. The phone has a 1700 mAh battery, which should probably suffice for a day’s use conveniently.
Coming to the exterior, we love the two-tone color scheme HTC has used for this phone. They’re bright, quite like the usual Windows-based phones, but this one’s got a different colored stripe that sets it apart. Its curved edges give it a sleek, slim look, with an all-plastic exterior. However, we should mention that even though the Windows Phone 8S doesn’t have metal, the build is fairly solid and doesn’t look cheap.
One thing to note about this phone is that you can’t remove its back cover – which means you can’t remove its battery. This could be bad news for the frequent travelers who love to carry spare batteries for their phones. But on the plus side, you can swap memory cards on the phone without the need to switch it off.… Read the rest
Saturday saw a remarkable declaration of peace by both Apple and HTC – they had locked horns in a patent battle, but decided to drop all litigation and opt for a licensing settlement deal instead. According to both companies’ websites, this settlement has been announced as a win for innovation. The settlement came as a surprise to many, especially given Apple’s outright animosity against all things Android (case in point – Samsung).
However, Tim Cook may be a milder leader than Steve Jobs when it comes to waging legal wars, as this settlement in particular demonstrates. There are reports that he has already indulged in discussions with his counterpart at Google, Larry Cook, to sort out some of the intellectual property issues.
In this particular deal, HTC will have to make payments of $6-8 for each phone to Apple. HTC was the first company whose Android smartphone was targeted by Apple for potential patent infringements. Analysts are hoping that this agreement would act as a blueprint for future deals. While in this instance, the case has been settled rather amicably, it’s hard to predict if Apple would repeat this settlement deal with other Android manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola.… Read the rest
HTC and Verizon are coming together to release a brand new smartphone, the Droid DNA, exclusively on Verizon’s network. This new smartphone would be available starting from November 21 and will run on the high-speed 4G LTE network. The launch of this new phone is timed perfectly, giving consumers a new option to pick up during the holiday season.
The Droid DNA features a 5-inch touchscreen and is powered by a 1.5 GHz processor. It’s got an 8 MP rear camera and comes with inbuilt software that reproduces sharper and clearer images. The front-facing camera in this phone has a resolution of 2.1 MP, making video-calling and clicking self shots also more enjoyable. You can even capture video at 1080p using the phone. The Droid DNA will run the latest version of Android, the Jelly Bean.
You can also expect excellent sound quality on this device, as HTC has partnered with Beat Audio to provide much better sound experience. What’s most exciting about this phone, however, has got to be the 440 ppi resolution screen, giving it a HDTV-quality display. The exclusive offering that is the Droid DNA is designed with a black soft-touch back cover with red metallic fittings. It’s all of 4mm thick and also has wireless charging using a special charging platform. You can pick up this phone from Verizon at a price tag of $199.99 for a two-year contract.… Read the rest
Mobile phone maker HTC launched the Desire X in India today. This new smartphone from HTC was already on sale by online retailers. It’s powered by the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it will be available in India at a price of Rs. 19,799 and MRP of Rs. 23,499.
With Beats Audio Integration and a 768MB RAM, HTC said that the buyers of Desire X will get 25GB of cloud storage from Dropbox. The phone uses a 1GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera, HTC Sense 4.0 and 4-inch WVGA display. It also has an 5MP auto focus camera with LED Flash.
“HTC Desire X is an extension of your social life. If you’re looking to enjoy and share high quality multimedia, wherever you are, this is the phone for you. It not only looks and sounds great, but also provides a super-fast, highly personal mobile experience at a great price,” said HTC India country manager Faisal Siddqui.
Desire X will be available across India at all major retail stores.… Read the rest
In a recent post on Twitter, ‘Football’ a developer by HTC unveiled some of the detailed specifications of the HTC DLX- the company’s forthcoming smartphone.
Posted on 8th October by @Football4PDA, the tweet read, “HTC DLX: Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz, 5′ Full HD Display, RAM: 1.5GB ROM: 16GB, Camera 12MP/2MP, Battery: 2500mAh (non-removable) Android 4.1.2.”
With not much said, it is speculated that the device will be named the One X 5 or the DROID Incredible X. Clearly, the devices’ 5-inch screen size will support a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor along with 1.5GB RAM. Running the yet-to-be-released Android 4.1.2, this device will boast of an internal storage of 16GB. There will also be a 12MP rear camera with a 2MP camera at the front. It is expected to come with a 2500mAh non-removable battery.
However, no official date regarding the availability or pricing of the device is announced by HTC.… Read the rest