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HTC went out on a limb when designing its Re camera, a handheld recorder that's shaped like a periscope (it looks like a high tech inhaler). But it's the price that's probably holding it back more than anything else from mass adoption. It debuted at $199,putting it in direct competition with GoPro, such as the GoPro Hero+ HD ($199.99). That was before HTC slashed 75 percent off the price of its Re camera.The Re is now on sale for $50 on HTC's website. And yes, HTC uses the words "on sale" in its listing, so it appears this is a temporary price cut and not a permanent slash. However, there's no... Read more...
Ever since we first saw renders of the One A9 leak to the web, we all took notice of its similarity to the iPhone 6 (and the iPhone 6s). Some thought that the overall shape of the smartphone and the plastic antenna lines running across the back of the device bared more than a passing resemblance to the Apple’s best-selling smartphone. However, many were quick to point out that it wasn’t HTC that copied Apple — it was the other way around. HTC brought out the One (retroactively named the One M7) in 2013 which featured an aluminum unibody design and those same, thin antenna breaks in the rear of... Read more...
Today’s unveil of the HTC One A9 was simply a formality; images, renders and specs for the smartphone have leaked like crazy over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, those of you expecting a crazy, high-powered follow-up to the One M9 will be disappointed. The HTC One A9 has its feet firmly planted in mid-range land.  The One A9 is powered by Qualcomm’s new octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, which includes an integrated Snapdragon X8 LTE controller. You’ll find a 5-inch edge-to-edge Full HD AMOLED display that’s covered in Gorilla Glass 4. It includes an integrated fingerprint reader and for... Read more...
We've said it before and we'll it again, it's insanely difficult to keep a secret in this day and age of the Internet. Think about the last time there was a product launch without a leak beforehand. It happens on occasion, though more often than not, the Internet provides an early glimpse of what's to come. Today the Internet is sharing what look to be official press renderings of HTC's forthcoming One A9 handset, plus a spattering of specs. Though HTC hasn't officially announced its One A9 phone, Orange France let the cat out of the bag by inadvertently posting live a product page for the handset.... Read more...
HTC is having a terrible time keeping its One A9 handset under wraps. There have been several leaked photos to hit the web, including a set of press renderings that show a colorful lineup and, more recently, some shots of the actual phone, albeit a so-called dummy unit that's used for display in stores.Twitter user @OnLeaks posted the most recent photos, which show the One A9 (codenamed HTC Aero) from various angles, including both front and back shots. As we've seen before, the One A9 looks a lot like Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s smartphones, save for the software (the One A9 is very much an... Read more...
HTC President Jason Mackenzie shed some light on why his company is not committing to monthly security updates for Android like Google, LG, and Samsung all do. According to Mackenzie, a monthly release schedule is simply "not realistic," not when HTC has to go through the process of receiving approval from wireless carriers each time it doles out an update.Mackenzie stated as much on Twitter in response to a user asking why HTC wasn't following in the footsteps of other phone makers who have promised monthly security updates. He explained that "in order to push an update you have to get carrier... Read more...
Famed leaker Evan Blass (known on Twitter as @evleaks) posted what look to be official press photos of HTC's unreleased One A9 handset (codenamed Aero). Due to launch sometime this fall, the One A9 is a premium looking device that will inevitably draw comparisons to the design of Apple's latest iPhone 6 models (probably not by accident).It starts with the overall shape of the One A9, which more closely resembles an iPhone 6/6s than a One M9, the latter of which looks a bit wider. There are rounded corners and, on the backside, a pair of horizontal stripes near the top and bottom. The One M9 also... Read more...
Looking for a high end handset? Chances are you've eyeballed Galaxy devices from Samsung and iPhone models from Apple. Lest anyone forget, HTC is also a player in the performance smartphone segment, and to tempt users towards its One M9 handset, the company is offering a generous $100 in Google Play credit with purchase.Yes, we meant to put two zeros in that figure -- one hundred dollars, in other words. That's not an insignificant amount of credit, which you can use to purchase movies, music, games, and more. The only catch is that you have to purchase the device direct from HTC, which is going... Read more...
Where our smartphones are concerned, it feels like we're in the middle of a "megapixel race" kind of situation, one where companies continue to beef up specs to almost ridiculous heights, all without providing a tangible real-world benefit. We talked about this just the other day, when Samsung unveiled new 12Gb memory chips that could give upcoming smartphones a staggering 6GB of RAM. With RAM, the fact Apple continues to pack its high-end iPhones with only 1GB of the stuff suggests that 4GB in a mere smartphone could very well be overkill, or at least inefficient use of it. We're just not seeing... Read more...
If you’ve been itching to get your hands on HTC’s elusive Vive VR headset, PAX Prime could be your best bet. The Penny Arcade Expo is underway today in Seattle and it’s packed with gaming goodness, including several of HTC’s VR headsets. HTC and Valve will be showing off some new titles for the headset at PAX Prime, and news about the headset’s release date is slowly trickling out.Fantastic Contraption on ViveSadly, the news thus far is that only a small number of Vives will be available before the end of the year. A note on the HTC Vive site reads “Consumer product available holiday 2015,” but... Read more...
The smartphone sector is a place where are giants are born and, in some cases, eventually fall on hard times. That's the story behind HTC, once a massive player in the smartphone market when Android was young, and now a company that's struggling to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung at the high end, and Chinese competitors like Huawei on the low end. Instead of quarterly gains and obscene revenues, HTC is cutting staff just to stay afloat.We knew it was coming. HTC's Chief Financial Officer, Chialin Chang, warned a week ago that "significant" job cuts were on the horizon and that they... Read more...
HTC was a dominant player in the early days of Android and often enjoyed record sales and profits. That seems like a million years ago now that Apple and Samsung are dominant players. HTC also faces stiff competition from Chinese players in the low end of the market, and all combined, it's taken a toll. No longer king of the mountain, HTC is reportedly planning to slash its workforce and scale back the number of smartphones it offers.Chialin Chang, Chief Financial Officer for HTC, told reporters that the job cuts won't be concentrated in any single division, but will take place "across the board,"... Read more...
HTC isn’t exactly at the top of its game these days. The company’s flagship One M9, while competent, has failed to reverse its weakening position in the smartphone market. Competition from the likes of Apple (with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) and Samsung (with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge) has been incredibly fierce, with Apple dominating the smartphone market in profits. With HTC not having much luck at the high-end, the company is moving down a few rungs by sprucing up its popular, mid-range Desire lineup. The new smartphones include the Desire 520, Desire 526, Desire 626, and Desire 626s.... Read more...
HTC holds a place in history in helping to pioneer the Android platform. Back in those days, HTC was kicking tail and taking names, and more importantly, making some serious bank. Things have changed since Android was a newborn on the smartphone scene, and now HTC finds itself slashing sales forecasts and putting up with takeover rumors. Though HTC contends it isn't for sale, the company is looking for ways to turn around it fortunes, and one of those ways is through ads. In what seems like a bad move to us, HTC this week began rolling out an update to its BlinkFeed... Read more...
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