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In the past few weeks, we’ve been hearing more and more about HTC’s Vive virtual reality (VR) headset. Just over a week ago, we learned that the device would ship in April with an eye-searing price tag of $799. Today, HTC has revealed that preorders for the device are now open and that it will ship on April 5th. "We are delighted to help usher in the next generation of virtual reality," said HTC CEO Cher Wang. "Launching Vive with Valve has helped us ignite the creativity of thousands of content developers around the world." "Our collaboration with HTC and the VR development community has allowed... Read more...
When Oculus revealed at last month's CES that its Rift VR kit would be priced at $599 USD, the world turned towards HTC in hopes of a price reveal from that camp. Well, it's taken more than a month and for Mobile World Congress to happen, but we now have the answer: $799 USD. The most common reaction to this news is going to be, "That's $200 more!", but it can be argued that the price premium is justified because the Vive is the premium solution. At CES, many folks we polled about the Rift vs. Vive seemed to prefer the experience that the latter gave them, as the content generally looked better.... Read more...
We got a great hands-on look at the HTC Vive last week at CES and were wowed by the immersive demos (some of which didn’t play so nicely with our own Marco Chiappetta). After informing us last month that shipments of the consumer version of the Vive would be delayed until April, HTC CEO Cher Wang revealed that pre-orders for the VR headset will actually commence on February 29th. While we now have a pre-order date set in stone along with an April timeframe for shipments, the only big thing left to reveal is the price. Oculus shocked and disappointed many potential customers when it announced a... Read more...
We covered a lot of miles at CES 2016 this year, our fitness trackers often chirping "success" rather early in the day, but we saw a lot of people and a lot of tech gear in our travels. Some of it was hot - damn hot - some of it, not so much. There were some recurring themes this year, as with every year at CES it seems. The hot topics and trends this year were autonomous cars, virtual reality, more thin and light computing and of course more powerful gaming gear. Every Tech Web publication has its own short list of the best products showcased at CES 2016. We're going to run down our top 10 products... Read more...
NVIDIA held a press conference last night where it unveiled its latest autonomous driving technologies, like the next-gen Tegra and Pascal-powered Drive PX 2, but representatives from the company were also setup off-site talking about updates to their SHIELD Android TV device and various VR initiatives. We’ve got video from the press conference posted here, and Paul covered the details of NVIDIA’s new VR Ready program. We can report that the SHIELD Android TV will be receiving an Android Marshmallow update in the not-too-distant future, complete with an updated and more customizable UI, better... Read more...
HTC has found itself under attack from all sides in the smartphone sector, and it really shows. The company has taken fire from Samsung and Apple at the high-end and is under immense pressure at the low-end from Chinese competitors Xiaomi and Huawei. The company's earnings have plummeted and some analyst suggest that the brand has no value.  HTC is now looking to fight Xiaomi and Huawei on their home turf with a fresh smartphone entry: the One X9. While the One X9 isn’t likely to get the blood pumping of an American audience, HTC is hoping that the device, which will retail for 2,399 yuan... Read more...
While kids across the land are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa and wondering what gifts he'll bring, HTC has decided that every owner of an unlocked One M9 handset living in the U.S. made the nice list and will receive a special gift of their own -- an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. HTC is making good on a promise it made earlier this month. Following that up, HTC's Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, announced the news on Twitter yesterday, saying the updates were being finalized for distribution in the next day (which is today). In addition, owners of... Read more...
HTC had originally hoped to make its Vive virtual reality headset available to consumers right about now (by the end of 2015) but those plans have changed. Instead, it will make several thousand additional units available to developers in early 2016, followed by a commercial launch in April of next year, the company announced in a blog post today. "We remain committed to delivering the HTC Vive to a broader group of content creators and partners, and remain focused on delivering the very best experience possible for a consumer release.," HTC said. In the meantime, HTC will continue to work with... Read more...
HTC, a pioneering force in what's now a dominant Android ecosystem in mobile, has seen better days. Samsung and Apple are the darlings of the day, and with underwhelming device releases like the One A9, HTC isn't doing itself any favors. The solution? Solicit user feedback before releasing new products, which the company plans to do through a new HTC Preview program. For those it accepts into the program, HTC will provide access to its latest products, usually before they hit store shelves. In exchange, HTC wants Preview members to share their overall experience and offer up feedback, both in terms... Read more...
HTC could definitely use a boost when it comes to smartphone sales. The company that was once a shining star for the Android movement has been surpassed by flashier competitors like Samsung and budget Chinese rivals like Huawei and Xiaomi. To help gets some of its mojo back, HTC is offering up some holiday promotions to entice buyers to embrace its products.HTC One M9 One of the most attractive offers revolves around the company’s flagship One M9 smartphone. HTC is currently offering the smartphone for $649, which is its regular MSRP. That is by no means an eye-catching price, but the company is... Read more...
HTC has been accused of copying Apple’s iPhone 6/6s design with its latest smartphone, the One A9. That’s not exactly a fair accusation however, since the iPhone 6 has many of the same design aesthetics as some of HTC’s previous One flagship phones, particularly the One M7 which launched in 2013. Regardless of where the design inspiration for the One A9 originated, one thing is certain: the One A9 is a good-looking smartphone with an all-metal unibody design and four attractive colors, which include Deep Garnet, Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, and Topaz Gold. All drama aside, the HTC One A9 is a mid-range... Read more...
It's sure been an interesting month for HTC. When the company introduced its One A9 in late October, it looked like a solid offering overall, even if it looked like it plucked some design cues from Apple's iPhone (something an HTC exec vehemently denies). Things became odd, though, when the company bumped the phone's price up to $499, when its debut price of $399, per most opinions, is exactly where it should have remained. And, as if things couldn't get any stranger, the phone took its good ole time reaching consumers after launch. Oy, HTC. Well, before the One A9 situation can smooth out, we're... Read more...
We’re beginning to wonder if HTC execs are asleep at the wheel as hits every pothole and speed bump in the road ahead at full speed. The company first came under fire for allegedly ripping off the design of the iPhone 6/iPhone 6s with its new One A9 smartphone — a claim that it shrugged off, citing that it was in fact the victim of Apple’s Xerox machines. Next, the company caught heat for introducing the One A9 at a price tag of $399, only to jack the price up to $499 earlier this month. And if that wasn’t enough, the company stated earlier this week that shipments of the smartphone have been delayed,... Read more...
The rollout of HTC's latest smartphone, One A9, has been quite interesting to say the least. When it was first announced, it was impossible to look at it and not think that its design was inspired by Apple's iPhone, something a company exec vehemently denied. But then HTC pulled the odd move of announcing that the phone would become $100 more expensive ($499) after November 7th. At the promotional price of $399, the A9 isn't priced unfairly, but it's not exactly priced in such a way that it'd have a great pull on those mulling their next phone purchase. The market is getting more competitive than... Read more...
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