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HTC unveiled its latest flagship smartphone to world early this morning, the HTC 10. If you missed our original coverage of the announcement, we’ve got it posted up for you right here. Earlier this evening, however, we were able to spend some time with HTC at an event in New York City and got some hands on time with the new phone. HTC has asked that we hold any benchmarks, technical data, or impressions of the 10’s camera performance until the full review goes live (which should be in a couple of days), but if you want a quick tour of the phone, we’ve got the goods for you here. The All New HTC 10 Android Smartphone The HTC 10 has a chiseled aluminum, uni-body chassis with distinct... Read more...
HTC didn’t have a really tight lid on its new “10” flagship leading up to its launch, as images of the final production device leaked last month. And just yesterday, a full promotional video for the HTC 10 found its way onto the web to once again spoil the fun. But today, HTC is finally having its day in the spotlight and its new flagship is clearly a shift forward for the company, even if its design is more evolutionary than revolutionary. As we mentioned yesterday, the HTC 10 has a chiseled aluminum unibody chassis and chamfered edges. The 5.2-inch QHD Super LCD 5 is covered in Gorilla Glass and if you’ve seen the HTC M9 and A9 that came before it, there are no surprises here when it comes... Read more...
When it comes to 2016’s flagship Android smartphones, we’ve already seen what Samsung and LG have to offer in the form of the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and G5 respectively. But what about the folks at HTC? Well, thanks to a leaked promotional video, we’re getting an excellent look at the new “10” smartphone from all angles. The promo video takes some cues from 2001: A Space Odyssey before showing the HTC 10 being carved from a solid block of aluminum. The finished product is handsome, chiseled device with polished, chamfered edges and a slight camera bump on the rear. The design language is still unmistakably HTC, with perhaps a bit of iPhone 5s thrown in for good measure (when viewed from the front).... Read more...
Whether or not this latest push for virtual reality resonates with consumers and brings the technology into the mainstream remains to be seen. But it appears that all of the major players in the space, from the GPU manufacturers, to game developers, and VR leaders like HTC, Oculus, Samsung and Sony (among others) are all in it for the long-haul this time around. Some of us here at HotHardware have witnessed everything from the introduction of the Nintendo Virtual Boy to Virtuality pod-laden movie theaters first hand, and can say with certainty that the latest wave of VR technology is head and shoulders above anything that’s come before it and the companies involved are infinitely more optimistic... Read more...
While the other major vendors showed off their latest smartphone wares at Mobile World Congress last month, HTC decided to keep a low profile, instead preferring to keep the focus on its Vive VR kit (a move that's hard to disagree with). Little did we know, the company had a surprise in store for the near-future, and that near-future is almost upon us. Mark your calendars: HTC is getting "obsessed" on April 12 with the "power of 10". The company announced this reveal date on Twitter, and tells us all to tune into HTC.com on April 12 to take it all in. And of course, not only press invited, but all of us/you as well. HTC notes that this reveal will kick off at 8AM New York time, which is 1PM in... Read more...
We’ve already seen what Samsung and LG have to offer this time around in the flagship Android smartphone realm thanks to the debut for Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5 respectively last month at MWC 2016. But what about HTC? The company has been dropping hints via teasers for the past few weeks, but as is often the case when it comes to highly anticipated smartphones, the new “10” has been leaked ahead of time for all to see. OnLeaks and EVLeaks tag-teamed the HTC 10 today with a bevy of leaked prototype shots and renders. OnLeaks kicked off the festivities with three images of a prototype in black, one of which clearly shows off the integrated USB-C port (while the LG G5 also features a USB-C... Read more...
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 us to create the most compelling and complete VR solution," added Valve's Gabe Newell. "In the coming... 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. When we're dealing with $600 to start, though, most people are not going to like the idea of coughing... 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 $599 price tag for its Rift. All signs are pointing to an even higher price tag for the Vive, which... 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 we saw on display at the show, in no order of importance or preference. However, we will group... 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 speech recognition, and some nuts-and-bolts updates like HDMI-CEC support than can both turn a... 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 off-contract (roughly $370), will make a bigger splash in China. First and foremost, you’ll find a 5.5-inch... 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 HTC's unlocked One A9 handsets could expect an incremental bump to Android 6.0.1, which comes with... 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 developers, content creators, and companies to "create content that spans gaming, medical, education,... 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 of what they like about the product and what might be improved. "At HTC, we believe brilliance... 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 also giving away a Desire 626 smartphone, a $179.99 value, for free with your purchase. If you need... 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 handset that is powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor. This processor includes... 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 already being treated to a look at HTC's next smartphone. The One X9 looks like it could be a higher-end... 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, and customers that ordered red and gold variants won’t have their smartphones ship until later... 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 ever, and so it makes the challenge these phones at this price range have all the more difficult.... Read more...
Have you ever watched a friend that was once on top of the world spiral out of control in his later years? Maybe it was drugs or alcohol that brought him down, but whatever the case, there's a feeling of pity and perhaps even guilt for not being able to do anything about it. In some ways, it feels the same rooting for HTC. No, I'm not saying that HTC employees are snorting lines of blow or drowning their sorrows in a whiskey river. But the company does show signs of imploding. Following a string of revenue losses over the past several months, HTC has decided to no longer issue guidance on its future performance. HTC is hoping to avoid situations like the one that played out a couple of months... Read more...
Last week, HTC unveiled its latest smartphone, One A9, to a decent amount of fanfare. Rather than stand on its own, though, the buzz around the Internet was that the phone was a rip-off of Apple's iPhone. HTC didn't take too kindly to this criticism, and commented a couple of days later that it's in fact Apple that ripped off its own One M7, released back in 2013. Wherever the truth lays in that, it doesn't much matter, because the One A9 is a great-looking phone, period. Part of that owes thanks to the great color selection, which includes Deep Garnet, Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, and Topaz Gold. Priced at $399, the One A9 isn't the most competitive phone out there. In fact, some aspects of the... Read more...
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