HTC Announces The HTC J; Japanese Variant Of The One S

After releasing a trio of Desire branded handsets for the Chinese market, the company has released a new handset targeted towards the Japanese market. The handset, HTC J, comes with a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with qHD (640*960) resolution, a GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and an Adreno 225 GPU.

There is also an 8MP camera in the back, along with a 1.3MP snapper in the front. All the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors and 4G WiMAX are also present. If you have not guessed it by now, the HTC J is nothing but a re-branded HTC One S. This means that the phone will also carry the Beats Audio logo and HTC’s ImageSense feature. It is not yet clear whether the J will keep the same micro-arc oxidation build as its European sibling though. The handset will be running on Android 4.0 with HTC’s Sense 4.0 UI on top of it.

The J should hit the Japanese carrier – KDDI – network sometime by the early next month, at an unknown price.

Via  – The Verge

HTC: Customers Prefer Thin Smartphones Over Better Battery Life

HTC phones are known for their poor battery life, and it looks like the company just got a valid excuse to use lower capacity batteries in its handsets. According to a survey done by HTC, customers prefer a slimmer phone compared to those which had a beefy battery but were bulkier. HTC Vice president of product strategy, Bjorn Kilburn, says that due to this the company shelved its plan of releasing phones with 3000mAh+ batteries.

I am not really sure what kind of people HTC surveyed, but I can vouch for nearly every Android handset owner out there that they will prefer a thicker phone with better battery life compared to a slim phone that barely lasts a day. Kilburn did state though that this does not mean HTC is not trying to improve the battery life of its handsets. He stated that the One X is the first phone from the company to pack in such a big battery inside a 9mm body, so as to make sure the device lasts through a day of moderate use.

Time to stop dreaming about a HTC One X with a bigger internal battery then!

Via – The Verge

HTC One S Coming To T-Mobile On April 25 For $199.99

T-Mobile recently announced the price and availability of the HTC One S smartphone. This handset was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 along with the high-end HTC One X and mid-range HTC One V smartphone. We have good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this handset in the US. The HTC One S will be exclusively available for the T-Mobile subscribers from next week. It is the company’s first smartphone which runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

“The HTC One series is a revolutionary device portfolio and we’re proud to be the first carrier to introduce the HTC One S to the U.S. market,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “With a stunningly thin design that doesn’t compromise performance, the HTC One S is a sleek 4G smartphone with beauty and brains that our customers will be proud to show off.”

htc one s

HTC One S features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4.0, 8 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera, 3.5mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 3.0, Play Store, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage and a 1650 mAh battery.

The HTC One S allows you to access 25 GB of free cloud storage from DropBox. It also comes with the T-Mobile’s exclusive version of the popular ‘Where’s My Water?’ game from Disney Mobile, with ten levels that can’t be played anywhere else. This handset will be available for purchase starting from April 25 at T-Mobile retail stores, T-Mobile online store, select dealers and national retailers. The HTC One S will be available for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate.

HTC One X Coming To AT&T On May 6 For $199.99

AT&T recently announced the price and availability of the powerful HTC One X smartphone. This handset was originally announced and showcased earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The HTC One X comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display as well as a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This handset will be exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US from next month.

HTC One X is AT&T’s first smartphone with Beats by Dr.Dre Audio built-in to the hardware and software. It is also the carrier’s first smartphone to launch with the latest version of the Android Operating System. HTC Watch on One X allows the user to access thousands of Hollywood blockbusters and offers companion content to find out more about the film.

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HTC One X features a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4, 8 megapixel camera, Full HD (1080p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI, DLNA connectivity, microUSB 2.0, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Internal GPS Antenna, HTC Watch, Beats audio and a 1800 mAh battery.

The HTC One X will be available for purchase from May 6. However, this device will be available for pre-order starting from April 22. The HTC One X comes with a price-tag of $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $39.99 minimum monthly voice plan.

HTC One X Gets Its First Software Update; Reportedly Improves Battery Life

HTC has already started rolling out a new software update for its recently released flagship handset, the HTC One X. The new software update, carrying the version number 1.28, contains some bug-fixes as reported by One X owners over the last two weeks.

This includes some graphical issues, better compatibility of the on-screen menu key and the new Google apps, and a slightly tweaked auto-brightness level. The update also fixes a bug, which will lead to a 10-20% increase in the battery life of the One X. For whatever it is worth, the update does not bump the Android version to 4.0.4.  Some users are also reporting an improvement in the network signal strength post the update.

The OTA update weighs in around 30MB, and is rolling out to only unlocked One X variants as you read this. Owners of the unlocked variant of the One X can also try and manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About and then selecting the ‘Software Updates’ option.

Via – Android Central

HTC Unveils Three New Desire Handsets For China

HTC has announced a trio of Desire branded handsets for the Chinese market – the VT T328t, VC T328d and V T328w. Except for their complex names; the handsets are similar to each other. The spec sheet of the handsets include a 4-inch WVGA (480*800) S-LCD, a 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor with an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot. The usual connectivity features and sensors are also present.

At the back of these Desire branded handsets is a 5MP camera aided by an LED flash. If you have not guessed it by now, these three new Desire handsets from HTC are nothing but re-branded HTC One V. Even though the handsets don’t use the One brand, they come with HTC’s ImageSense and Beats technology. The handsets will also be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 out of the box.

The VT T328t will be available on China Mobile, while the VC T328d will be available on China Telecom, and finally the V T328w will be available under China Unicom network. Talk about too much ‘China’ eh? All the three handsets will be available by the end of this month.

Via – GSMArena

 

Verizon’s Incredible 4G Pictures Leak: Re-Branded HTC One S?

The original Droid Incredible was one of the most popular Android handsets to be available under Verizon’s network. It’s successor, the Droid Incredible 2, was however a disappointment as it barely offered any update over the original Incredible. Now, it looks like HTC and Verizon will soon be releasing the successor to the Droid Incredible 2 as well known as the Incredible 4G.

The folks over at Android Police have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the upcoming 4G LTE capable handset. According to the tipster who leaked the pictures, the Droid Incredible 4G will sport a 4 or 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960*640) resolution, a Qualcomm S3 or S4 processor, a GB of RAM, 8GB of in-built storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP camera, NFC, MHL, Beats Audio and the usual connectivity features.

The Incredible 4G will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. If the specs are anything to go by, the Incredible 4G might just be Verizon’s version of the HTC One S. This means that the Incredible 4G should also pack all the latest camera goodies found in the One S including zero shutter lag, the ability to click pictures whilst recording a video and much more. Looking at the leaked pictures though, the Incredible 4G will be sporting the same sporty styling as its predecessors.

HTC Acknowledges One S Chipping Issues; Provides An “Immediate Fix”

Over the last couple of days, reported surfaced on the Internet that the recently released handset from HTC, the One S, was having some build quality issues. Users were complaining that the ceramic finish of the black One S was chipping off without any physical damage whatsoever. The news soon spread like fire on the Internet, and managed to garner HTC’s attention.

HTC has now confirmed that the black paint chipping off in certain One S handsets is an isolated handsets, and the company will be tweaking its manufacturing process to make sure that this problem does not affect other handsets. Below is the official statement from HTC -:

HTC is committed to delivering a high quality product and great experience for all our customers. There have been a few, isolated reports of this issue. The finish on the One S was laboratory tested as being at a hardness similar to ceramic. While that’s hard, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to damage. Regardless, HTC takes quality very seriously and are providing all customers with an immediate fix and we are implementing some small changes to ensure customers do not experience this issue in the future.

For customers who have already purchased the One S, the “immediate fix” for them is to get the phone replaced within the DOA period. The DOA period varies from country to country but is usually 30 days in most regions of the world. If your One S is already more than a month old, which is tough considering the phone went on sale just 2 weeks ago, HTC will be happy to fix the phone under warranty.

 

HTC Rhyme Gets a Software Update; No, It’s Not Ice Cream Sandwich!

HTC and Verizon are soon going to start rolling out a new software update for the ladies-droid, the Rhyme. The HTC Rhyme was released around September last year, and is a mid-range Droid targeted mainly towards female Droid lovers. While HTC and Verizon have confirmed that the Rhyme will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, this new software update is a mere bug fixer. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Rhyme is expected to land sometime in late Q2 or early Q3.

Below is the full change-log of the software update (v2.20.605.3) via Android Police -:

Device Features

  • “ Ringtones” has been replaced with “Edit Home” when the Menu key is pressed on the home screen.
  • Updated signal strength meter to 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI).
  • Mobile networks no longer disabled when using Power Saver.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.

Device Dock Features

  • Default applications in Dock Mode have been changed to “Phone” and “Calendar”.
  • In-call volume control has been added to Dock Mode.
  • “All Apps” option has been added to Dock Mode.
  • Resolved issue of dock volume changing to 20%.

Applications & Widgets

  • Device displays available music on the device and provides an option to purchase ringtones from the MOD application when a user is attempting to set a new ringtone through a prepopulated list.
  • Mail shortcut now shows unread mail count.
The update is gradually being rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air) and is roughly around 68MB in size.  If you have not already got the update, expect the OTA pop-up to hit your phone in the next few days.

HTC One V Launched In India For Rs.18,299

Back in February, HTC announced the new HTC One range of smartphones. The HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V are the first three members of the HTC One family. The HTC One X and One S are high-end smartphones, while the HTC One V is a mid-range phone. These handsets runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

Along with the HTC One X, the company also launched the HTC One V in India. If you are looking for an Android 4.0 powered smartphone, without burning a hole in your pocket, then you should definitely for for the HTC One V. This handset comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen display as well as a 1 GHz processor. If you are planning to buy this device, then check out the complete specs below.

“We are much focused on creating an invaluable camera and audio experience that is user-friendly, so customers will love using it and we believe that the HTC One series will deliver this like never before,” said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager of HTC India.

htc one v

HTC One V features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, A-GPS and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 120.3mm x 59.7mm x 9.24mm and weighs just 115 grams.

The HTC One V is currently available only in Jupiter Rock color. Airtel subscribers will get 500 MB of data for 3 months, 100 full songs download and 200 minutes of Mobile TV with the purchase of this handset. The HTC One V comes with a price-tag of Rs.19,999, but you can easily get this device at a best buy price of Rs.18,299.