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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 indication as to how long the sale lasts. If you've been eyeing up the Re, this might be the cheapest... 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 the case. So it could be said that the One A9 is simply an evolution of the One M8 and the One M9 that... 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 those that have been disappointed with recent smartphone releases, you’ll be glad to know that a... 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. Oops! The page has since been yanked offline, though not before the Internet community at large... 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 Android handset).HTC designed with One A9 with curved edges on the corners and side, along with a pair... 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 approval," the presumption being that it would be a drain on company resources to do that for every... 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 has horizontal striping on its rear casing, though the top one sits above the camera sensor with a... 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 to be a deal killer for many people.By going through HTC, you aren't able to take advantage of any... 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 real-world scenarios yet where that extra memory is needed, unless of course you want to point to... 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 HTC has been getting the word out this week that it will be a “limited” quantity and that customers... 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 would take place "across the board." He also said they'd extend into the first quarter of next year,... 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," Reuters reports. He also warned that the job cuts "will be significant," adding that they'll extend... 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. The new Desire family carries on the same design theme that we’ve seen for the past three years... 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 app that will beam "a limited number of promotions" to its handsets. HTC says the pilot program... Read more...
HTC seems rather perturbed at reports suggesting that the company may be acquired by ASUS. Adding fuel to the speculative fire, ASUS Chief Financial Officer David Chang recently confessed that it's a topic that's come up internally at his company. Combined with HTC's recent smartphone slump and backwards adjusted sales forecast, it's easy to see how a merger might make sense, except that HTC adamantly denies the reports. "We strongly deny the news. We didn't contact ASUS and will not consider the acquisition," HTC said in a news release. "As an international brand, HTC will continue to design world-class innovative smart devices through its pursuit of brilliance brand promise."Companies... Read more...
HTC is patting itself on the back for working to improve various aspects of its flagship One M9 after its release. We we recently reviewed the One M9 and had mostly good things to say about the device, and following the newest update, One M9 owners can expect the built-in camera to take better pics, improved battery life, and less heat generated while charging. In regards to the camera, HTC says the update tweaks the auto-exposure balance algorithm to improve overall dynamic range, resulting in images that come to life with more detail and color balance, particularly when snapping photos in bright light environments. HTC also introduced improvements to low light performance for clearer and more... Read more...
HTC’s needed a big hit to reinvigorate its efforts in the smartphone world. Once a dominant player in the early days of Google’s Android operating system, HTC has seen its smartphone fortunes crumble amidst rival Android maker Samsung and profit king Apple. When you throw in Chinese powerhouses like Huawei and Xiaomi, HTC’s outlook in the smartphone market has become even cloudier. HTC was supposed to turn things around with the One M9 flagship smartphone (read the HotHardware review here), the follow-up to last year One M8. However, consumers have been slow to warm up to HTC’s newest flagship. That less than enthusiastic welcome for the One M9 is being felt by HTC, with the company revising... Read more...
What is it with big technology companies putting out horrendous advertisements? Microsoft has a long history of ads that miss the mark, everything from signing up Jerry Seinfeld to go shopping for shoes to the downright bizarre that defy explanation, and it looks like HTC is trying hard to follow in Microsoft's footsteps. HTC's latest attempt at marketing its flagship phone, the One M9, is a fictional drug called Cellami, or metalidone boomsoundide. No joke. Cellami is for people who struggle with afflictions known as bi-phonal displeasure disorder, SAD (Samsung Affective Disorder, or iOS (irritable operating system), not to be confused with bipolar disorder, the other SAD (Seasonal Affective... Read more...
As has become the norm, major smartphone manufacturers are expected to launch a new version of their flagship phones annually. On top of that, the average consumer expects greater improvements and features with each successive release. It’s a tall order to meet such demands on an annual cycle, but that’s exactly where many of the major players find themselves. Now on its third iteration, the One line of high-end Android phones by HTC is hitting the market. It comes right around two years after the One M7, and just under a year after last year's HTC One M8. Casually glancing at the One M9, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the handset for last year’s version. The 5-inch display size hasn’t changed,... Read more...
The HTC One family just grew by, well, one with the addition of the One M9+ (or One M9 Plus, if you prefer), a fancy-pants phone with a spacious 5.2-inch Quad HD display (2560x1440) and all-metal design. Essentially a larger doppelganger of the of the original One M9 and only HTC's second Quad HD device (the other being the One E9+ released a week ago), the M9+ is curiously only available in China.Why only China? According to HTC, it's because the One M9+ is the result of "working closely with mobile operators" in the region to offer a specific set of specifications and radio network compatibility. HTC said it will confirm additional markets locally at a later date, though if you live North America... Read more...
While we're still awaiting for a formal announcement, word on the web is that HTC will unveil a new smartphone sometime today, one that take its place in between the company's mid-range and flagship offerings. Dubbed the One M8s, it looks an awfully lot like the One M8, though it's just a little bit thicker at 9.55mm versus 9.35mm. Looks aside, these are several differences between the two devices. The One M8s features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 System-on-Chip (Soc) and 2GB of LPDDR3 memory powering the 5-inch Full HD 1080p display. Storage chores are handled by 16GB of built-in NAND flash memory and expandable via a microSD card slot. Other tidbits include a 13-megapixel and depth sensing rear-facing... Read more...
Apple isn’t content with setting sales and profits records off the backs of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones (Apple sold over 74 million iPhones during Q4 2014, and recorded profit of $18 billion for fiscal Q1 2015). The company is now going directly after Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone users by enticing them to trade in their devices for a brand spankin’ new iPhone at Apple retail stores. Apple has offered a trade-in program that allows you to trade in an hand over an old iPhone for credit towards the purchase of a new model since 2013, but this is the first time that the company has opened up the offer to customers with competing smartphones. For now, there are no specific... Read more...
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