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It's becoming increasingly clear that HTC is putting a lot of its weight behind virtual reality (VR), and it's no doubt for good reason. The company is currently responsible for one of the best VR kits on the market (HTC Vive), and with the entire VR realm growing at an alarming rate, the company stands to benefit handsomely for its efforts. For that reason, it's not a surprise to learn that HTC is planning to release more VR headsets in the future; but its next product is going in a slightly different direction. It's not going to be a true Vive successor, and it's not going to be a "copycat" device,... Read more...
Earlier this month, HTC announced its latest flagship: the U Ultra. The smartphone comes packing a 5.7-inch QHD which is joined by a second 2-inch (160x1040) “ticker” display for notifications. Other features include 4GB RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, a 12MP rear camera and a front-facing 16MP camera. Conspicuously missing, however, was Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 835 processor. In its place was last year’s top-end chip, the Snapdragon 821, which itself is a slightly higher-clocked Snapdragon 820. As we learned earlier in the week, this is due to the fact that Samsung hoarded the initial... Read more...
HTC is back at it again with a brand new flagship that will take on the next wave of smartphones from Samsung and LG. While HTC hasn’t in recent years found the same success that it once did in the early days of Android, the company is hoping that its new U Series family will improve its fortunes. The U Ultra is the true flagship of the family, featuring a large 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) display. Complimenting that primary display is smaller 2-inch (160x1040) screen that is used to show reminders, notifications and your favorite contacts (among other things). In a break from previous HTC flagships,... Read more...
While shoppers are busy trampling over each other in pursuit of the hottest Black Friday deals, HTC 10 owners can sit back and wait for a treat that is arriving at no cost. It's Nougat, the delicious Android 7.0 update that is being pushed out today to unlocked HTC 10 devices. It's not clear how HTC might be staggering the release, but the company did confirm that testing is finished and that it is rolling out Nougat starting today.The caveat here is that only unlocked HTC 10 handsets are getting the update. While HTC was able to complete what it calls TA (technical assistance) testing, wireless... Read more...
We told you earlier this week about the MSI VR One, which allows you to freely roam around in a virtual environment, completely unencumbered by wires. The VR One accomplishes this feat by strapping a fully functional gaming PC on your back, complete with GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics, Intel Core i7 processor and a $2,000 price tag. However, what if you could achieve the nearly the same wireless freedom for roughly one tenth the price of the VR One? That’s where TPCast comes into view. TPCast is a startup company that was birthed from the HTC Vive X accelerator program, and its accessory for the... Read more...
When Google launched its Android Wear platform for wearable devices a couple of years ago, HTC was listed among a collection of nearly two dozen partners said to be working on a smartwatch utilizing the specialty OS. HTC's name still sits on that list, though here we are two and a half years later and the company has yet to announce an Android Wear smartwatch. Will it ever? Newly leaked photos suggests the answer is yes, and perhaps soon.The first rumor that HTC was working on a smartwatch came in 2013, though it was never interested in releasing a gimmicky product. Half a year later, Google brought... Read more...
Google just announced its Pixel smartphones, but unfortunately for Google, the beans were already spilled prior to the official debut. As expected, the Pixel and Pixel XL represent Google’s new approach to smartphones with 5- and 5.5-inch displays respectively and attractive aluminum unibody designs. HTC may have built both smartphones, but Google is taking full credit for the design. Google also is pushing HTC branding aside, and instead brands each as a “Phone by Google”. So what about the hardware lurking inside these phones? Let’s get to it, shall we? The Pixel’s 5-inch display has a 1080p... Read more...
If virtual reality headsets are going to truly break into the mainstream market, there needs to be a lot of content for consumers to devour, and it has to be easily accessible. In recognition of those requisites, HTC's Vive team today announced the global launch of Viveport, its own app store for a variety of VR content and experiences including, education, music, sports, and more. To kick things off, many of what HTC calls "super-hit" titles are available at a discounted rate of just $1 for the next 48 hours. These include Mars Odyssey (normally $7.99), The Music Room Mini (normally $29), Firebird... Read more...
HTC hasn’t exactly found a winning sales formula with its flagship Android smartphones, and its most recent mid-range entry — the One A9s — didn’t exactly win over the critics. However, HTC is looking to try again with its new Desire 10 smartphones, which add a dash of style to its mainstream Android offerings. The two smartphones — the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle — are nearly indistinguishable from one another on the outside, sharing the same sleek exterior design. Both are constructed primarily of glass (5.5-inch display size) and plastic, but they do include metal trim and gold accents... Read more...
It's been a long time since HTC was the top dog in mobile, a position now held by either Apple or Samsung (depending on your vantage point and criteria). Unfortunately for HTC, it's new One A9s isn't going to help the company reclaim its former glory. It's a decidedly mid-range handset, though that in and of itself isn't the problem.What's at issue here is how it compares to its predecessor, the One A9, a phone we reviewed in 2015 that left us "wanting more" because of its "mid-range internal hardware combined with the somewhat small battery and higher than we expected price tag." Rather than improve... Read more...
The HTC 10 is a perfectly competent flagship Android smartphone (see our review here), but it launched with what some thought was a rather lofty price tag: $699 unlocked. And faced with stiff competition from deep-pocketed Samsung and its Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge flagships, HTC hasn’t exactly found thundering sales success with the smartphone. Earlier this week, we revealed that T-Mobile has already kicked the HTC 10 out after less than three months of availability. In fact, T-Mobile dropped the HTC 10 faster than it did the sales bomb otherwise known as the BlackBerry Priv. However, HTC is taking... Read more...
The running rumor is that Google has tapped HTC to build both of its 2016 Nexus phones, each one set to debut with Android 7.0 Nougat. Of the two, the one codenamed Sailfish is the smaller handset, presumably with a screen size of 5 inches, versus the larger Marlin phone that's said to sport a 5.5-inch display. If you're wondering what they'll look like, some low quality photos of the former give an early glimpse, assuming they're legit shots. Photos of the unreleased handset ended up in the hands of Android Police, which said it's 100 percent positive it's Sailfish that's pictured, not the larger... Read more...
Now might be the time to strike if you have been wanting to get your hands on the HTC 10, but weren't a fan of its price tag. The smartphone is currently $599 USD (instead of $699) and also comes with a $100 credit for accessories. HTC launched its flagship smartphone this past April and it packs in Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon SoC, HTC's highest-resolution UltraPixel camera sensor to date, and 24-bit Hi-Res sound (you can read HotHardware’s review of the HTC 10 right here). Ordering from the website directly offers some additional benefits. The “Carbon Grey” color for example, is exclusive... Read more...
HTC is hitting the smartphone market with a splash  - a micro splash that is. The company just released the HTC Desire 530, a phone with a retro-style micro splash finish and respectable audio and camera systems. Nigel Newby-House, AVP of Product Planning at HTC remarked, “At HTC we want to bring people the most progressive devices with features customers love. The new HTC Desire 530 is the most unique Desire available – combining our micro splash finish with impressive audio and high quality cameras, all at an incredible price.” The Desire 530 boasts a 5 megapixel front-facing camera that... Read more...
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