HTC One (M8) for Windows Announced

HTC-One-M8-for-Windows_2_blog

After weeks of seeing leaked images and specifications of the device, we now have confirmation that HTC is releasing their flagship Android device, the HTC One M8 in a Windows Phone variant. The HTC One (M8) for Windows was announced on August 19 as a Verizon wireless exclusive.

Even though Samsung’s Ativ SE was similar to their Android devices, the HTC One for Windows is the first true “clone” of an Android device running Windows Phone. Recently, Microsoft made it possible for OEMs to build Windows Phone hardware on their Android device chassis by relaxing the guidelines and minimum specifications in their reference design. One of the key changes made were relaxing the requirement to have three physical buttons on the front (Back, Start, Search) and to have a physical button for the camera. With those restrictions lifted, and adding support for accessories like cases to interact with the phone, as well as widespread support for Bluetooth LE and the like, the road was cleared for OEMs to re-purpose their devices for Windows Phone with minimal changes. An additional key barrier removed was the license fee for Windows Phone which went to zero dollars.

The impact of these relaxed guidelines was the signing of a dozen-odd new OEMs, primarily in the Asia-Pacific and India regions. These current low-cost Android device makers would now be able to put Windows Phone on those low-cost Android devices. These device makers are of course playing in the high volume markets where a large population of feature phone users are moving to their first smartphone. It is therefore crucial for Microsoft to have a significant presence in the region or risk being completely cut out of the next big platform play.

Back to the HTC One for Windows, it comes with all the goodness we have seen in the Android variant like HTC BlinkFeed, HTC BoomSound, Duo Camera with UltraPixel technology, a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera and support for the HTC Dot View case. Additionally, the Windows Phone 8.1.1 OS adds Cortana, the personal digital assistant and a host of other features as I detailed in an earlier post.

Key specifications for HTC One (M8) for Windows

SIZE: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
WEIGHT: 160 grams
DISPLAY: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p

CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3GHz quad-core CPU

STORAGE/MEMORY

  • Total storage: 32GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage

CONNECTIVITY

  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
  • DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer,
  • micro-USB 2.0
  • Microsoft Project My Screen
  • Miracast
  • Support consumer infrared remote control

CAMERA
Duo camera

  • Primary camera: HTC UltraPixel™ camera, BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens
    HTC ImageChip 2
    1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
    Secondary camera: capture depth information

Front camera

  • 5MP, f/2.0, BSI sensor, wide angle lens. with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording
  • Gallery with UFocus™, Dimension Plus™, Foregrounder

HTC’s previous stab at Windows Phone, the HTC 8X/8S, was a well-designed phone which got no love at all after being released. Let’s hope, for the sake of Windows Phone, that this iteration gets some marketing push as well as support in terms of future updates.

Are you going to get this device? Let me know in the comments.

LG G2 And Blue HTC One Press Shots Leaked

Later today, LG will unveil the much awaited G2 smartphone. However, @evleaks has already shared the leaked press shot of this powerful device. The leaked pic reveals the front and back side of LG’s flagship smartphone. LG have also placed the volume rocker on the back of this device, right below the 13 megapixel camera.

lg_g2_leaked

LG G2 is expected to come with a 5.2 inch full HD display, 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 2 GB RAM, 4G LTE, NFC (Near Field Communication) and so on. The South Korean mobile phone manufacture is expected to sell more than 10 million units of this device globally. The complete specs of this device will be revealed after today’s announcement.

htc_one_blue_leaked

Apart from the LG G2, @evleaks has also shared the leaked press shot of HTC One with a fresh coat of paint. HTC One was originally launched in Black and White colors. After few months, HTC released the red colored HTC One. Now, it seems that the Taiwanese tech giant will soon launch its popular HTC One smartphone in Blue color.

This handset is expected to ship with the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box. Apart from that, there won’t be any major changes in this device. The Blue HTC One looks quite stylish in my opinion. HTC will announce this device in the coming days. Stay tuned!

Red HTC One Available For Purchase In The United Kingdom

HTC-One-Glamor-Red

If you’re located in the UK and want an HTC One with a bit more color, you’re in luck. HTC has released a red variant of the device in the UK where retailer Phones4U is offering the smartphone on-contract on a wide-range of networks. Red joins the readily available black and silver colors that are available in the UK and other countries. As of now, we’re not sure if HTC will launch the red variant of the HTC One in the rest of Europe or even the rest of the world.

The red model of the HTC One is clearly based off of the black model. This is due to the fact that the device features black accents that blend well with the red side and back panels of the device.

The HTC One is HTC’s current flagship device. The phone features a huge 4.7″ S-LCD 3 display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM. The smartphone is available in both 32GB and 64GB variants.

Source: Android and Me

HTC One 4.2.2 Update Coming By Mid-June

HTC One 4.2.2 Update To Drop Mid-June

Andrey Kormiltsev, the country manager at HTC Russia, has tweeted that the offical OTA rollout of Android 4.2.2 for HTC One users will begin in mid-June. This update has been requested by HTC One users for quite sometime as the release was made available by Google in early February of 2013. This update should bring Sense 5.0 tweaks to the device as well as some of the updates that Google implemented with Android 4.2.2. This includes updated notifications and the introduction of lock screen widgets.

If you’d rather not wait until mid-June to update your HTC One, a leaked ROM for Android 4.2.2 has been available to HTC One users for quite some time now. Installing this update will take a bit more time and skill than the official OTA update will, but it’s worth a shot if you know what you’re doing. The leaked update can be downloaded via the XDA-Developers website.

Source: Android Pit
Image Source: Kārlis Dambrāns

HTC Releases Strong May 2013 Revenue Statistics

htc_one_google_edition

HTC has today released its revenue numbers for the month of May 2013. May has been a good month for HTC as it released better than expected numbers. As far as unaudited revenues go, we saw the bring in NT$29B, which is equal to roughly $969M USD. This is a 48% increase from April where we saw the company report unaudited revenues of NT$19.6B, or $655M USD.

The past few years haven’t been the best for HTC, a Taiwanese consumer electronics company.  During the company’s previous quarter, HTC reported just NT$42.8BB ($1.43B USD) in revenues. So the fact that they’ve already reported $1.624B USD in revenue this early in the current fiscal quarter shows that HTC is on the road to recovery. If sales continue to be strong throughout the month of June, we should see HTC meet or beat its projected revenues of NT$70B ($2.3B USD).

These improved revenues show that the newly released HTC One smartphone is helping the company’s sales drastically. This smartphone was released in March of 2013 and features an all-metal design. The phone sports a quick 1.7GHz quad-core Krait 300 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and is powered by Android 4.1.2. HTC has also released other new devices this year including the HTC First with Facebook Home.

Source: TalkAndroid

HTC One Google Edition Announced; Coming Next Month For $599

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled the Google Edition of Galaxy S4 which was packed with the stock Android, instead of the ugly TouchWiz UI and its gimmicky features. Following the footsteps of Samsung, HTC went ahead and announced a similar variant of its extremely popular HTC One smartphone. You heard it right! The HTC One Google Edition will be shipped with the stock version of the most recent build of Android Operating System.

“A special edition of the new HTC One running stock Android will be exclusively available through the Google Play store in the United States starting on June 26th. This edition pairs the all-metal unibody design, low-light capabilities of the UltraPixel camera and dual front-facing stereo speakers of the new HTC One with the stock version of the latest Android software, Jelly Bean 4.2.2,” HTC said in a statement.

htc_one_google_edition

There are no major changes in the specs of this device. It comes with the usual 4.7 inch full HD display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 4 megapixel/ultrapixel rear-facing camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI-out, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and 2300 mAh battery.

HTC One Google Edition will go on sale from June 26 via Play Store in the US. This handset comes with a price tag of $599, while the Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be available for $649. Which handset are you planning to buy? Let us know in the comments section below.

HTC One Released In India For Rs 42,900

Today, HTC announced that it will be bringing its latest and greatest flagship – the One – to India by the end of April for a MOP (Best Buy) price of Rs 42,900. The HTC One has a zero-gap aluminium unibody, with a 4.7-inch S-LCD3 1080p display in the front adored by BoomSound stereo speakers on its top and bottom.

htc-one

The One is a beast in every sense and packs in a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage to make up for the lack of a microSD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, GPS and even an IR blaster so that you can directly control all your remote appliances from your phone. The handset also includes a revolutionary new camera that aims to buck the Megapixel race. While the camera only has a 4.3MP resolution, it consists of a 5 element plastic lens with an f/2.0 aperture. All this combined with the new custom made camera sensor from HTC provides the One with stellar low-light performance and bigger pixels dubbed as “UltraPixel”.

On the software side, the One runs on Android 4.1.2 with the greatest and latest version of Sense UI (v5) on top of it. HTC has included some really nice features in the latest Sense UI including BlinkFeed for a new re-defined homescreen experience, and HTC Zoe for a new imaging experience.

HTC has also tied up with Reliance GSM to offer 1GB of free 3G data to all One customers for three months. The handset should retail for a couple of thousand lower when it hits the market, making it a very tempting deal.

 

Three UK Opens HTC One Preorders

Three UK

Three UK, a mobile carrier in the United Kingdom, has opened preorders for the recently announced HTC One. The device is available for £34 per month on the company’s Unlimited Internet 500 plan or for £36 per month on the company’s The One Plan. Both of these plans come with 24-month contracts. If you’d like, you can pay £479.99 for the device on a pay-as-you-go plan without a contract. As of now,  the carrier is offering both the silver and black iterations of the device for preorder and expects the phones to be delivered on the 15th of March. 

The HTC One was announced on the 19th of this month and is HTC’s new flagship smartphone. The device is powered by Android 4.1.2 and runs on a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU with 2GB of RAM. In terms of storage, you’ll have 32GB of storage to fill with apps, music and other content from the Google Play Store. The device is NFC-ready and features a giant 4.7″ 1080p display with a pixel density of 468 pixels-per-inch.

Source: Three UK via TalkAndroid

HTC One Unveiled – Snapdragon 600 Processor, Sense 5, BoomSound And UltraPixel Camera

After quite a few leaks in the last few hours, HTC has finally officially announced its latest flagship – the One. The One is a typical HTC handset with an unibody aluminium fit-and-finish. The handset sports a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with a resolution of 1080p (1920*1080) and a ppi of 468. The front of the handset is protected by the Gorilla Glass 2 interrupted by the dual-stereo speakers that come with their own dedicated amps for BoomSound.

Inside, the One is among the first Android smartphones to make use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU. There is also 2GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of on-board memory. The usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors are also present, except for a microSD card slot.

On the software side, HTC has blessed the One with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and a brand new version of Sense. In its fifth version, the Sense homescreen has BlinkFeed that aggregates all your social networking updates and notification right on your homescreen. The homescreen design has definitely been inspired from Flipboard.

A few unique features of the One include a 2.1MP front-facing camera with an 88-degree wide-angle view, first seen on the 8X, an IR blaster that is integrated into the Power button of the handset, and a brand new UltraPixel camera at the back. The One ‘only’ comes with a 4MP f/2.0 camera at its back. However, the sensor is capable of capturing 300 percent more light thus allowing for some stunning pictures. It is also capable of recording 1080p videos at 60FPS, and features HTC’s ImageChip 2 along with Optical Image Stabilisation. HTC has also simplified the UI by only keeping the back and home button, and totally removing the Recents app button.

The HTC One will be available in the second half of March in silver or black across 185 carriers all over the world including T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T in the United States.

HTC One High Resolution Shot Leaked

HTC will be unveiling its newest flagship smartphone on February 19th, in parallel press conferences held in New York and London. The star of the show will certainly be the smartphone we have been have been reading about under the codename M7.

Last week, FrAndroid suggested that the M7 will retain its name when its launched officially in France on March 8 for €649.99 (about $870). However, @evleaks, a Taiwanese tipster who has been accurate before, is now suggesting that the M7 might be just a codename. The fresh report suggests that HTC will officially unveil the M7 as the HTC One. Evleaks has also obtained a high-resolution press shot of the HTC One, which shows off the 4.7” monster in all its glory.

HTC-One

The HTC One will be powered by a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon processor, and feature 2 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of internal storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera, and a 2 megapixel front camera. The rear camera is speculated to be using a stacked sensor with ultrapixels that will boast of an extremely impressive f/2.0 aperture. The camera will also be capable of super slow-motion and HDR video capture in 1080p. On the software side of things, it will ship with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), and sport the latest HTC Sense 5 user interface. The HTC One will also feature something called “Double HP techno Beats” technology for enhanced music experience.