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HTC Desire SV Announced; Coming To India This Month For Rs.22,590

HTC recently announced the mid-range Desire SV smartphone. This handset is specially targeted at the emerging market of Asia including India. HTC Desire SV is a dual-SIM smartphone, which runs on the old Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This handset is basically an upgraded version of the dual-SIM Desire V smartphone. The company has also promised to roll out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device in the coming months.

Faisal Siddiqui, Country Head, HTC India, said,
“HTC has always believed in creating smartphones that not only offer the most innovative technologies and design, but also make life a little bit easier. The HTC Desire SV embodies this thinking in a sexy, vibrant, package that offers great value that consumers will love.”

HTC Desire SV features a 4.3 inch Super LCD2 touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex A5 dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5 mm headset jack, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS and a 1620 mAh battery. This handset measures 129.7 x 67.9 x 10.7 mm and weighs 131 grams.

Sadly, this handset does not feature a front-facing camera for video calls. This device will be available in Radical Yellow and Stealth Black colors. HTC Desire SV comes with a price tag of Rs.22.590 (approx. $420) in India. This handset will go on sale during the second half of this month.

HTC One X Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Back in late September, HTC promised that it would be upgrading the two of its One series handsets – the One X and the One S – to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean sometime in October. Now, with just a few days left for October to end, reports are pouring in on XDA forums that the Jelly Bean update for the One X is live in Taiwan and certain other regions of the world.

The Jelly Bean update brings with it quite a lot of enhancements and new features to the One X including an enhanced notification bar, Google Now with enhanced Voice Actions, Project Butter for a lag-free UI navigating experience, and more. HTC has also taken this opportunity to bump the Sense version to 4+. The latest version of Sense is even lighter than before with quite a few unneeded animations removed, improved Camera app, a new Power Saving mode, and other minor UI enhancements.

For the Tegra 3 variant of the One X, the Jelly Bean update also includes a new kernel that brings USB OTG support to the handset and also noticeably improves performance and battery life. The 340MB+ update is being rolled out via OTA, so make sure you have enough battery and access to a fast Wi-Fi network before you start the download.

Via – GottaBeMobile

HTC DLX Blurrycam Pictures Leaks; Specs And 1080p Screen Confirmed

It has been known since quite sometime now that HTC is working on a 5-inch Android handset with 1080p resolution. The specs of the handset was leaked by XDA developer, Football, a couple of weeks ago.

Today, the folks over at Android Central got their hands on some pictures of the handset thanks to one of their source. The picture clearly shows the Verizon branding on the phone, with the DLX having the same styling clues as the DROID Incredible series.

 

The Android Central source also sent a picture of the handset’s About device page that confirmed the specs of this monster – a 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait SoC, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage and a non-removable 2500mAh. The lack of a microSD card slot and a non-removable 2500mAh battery might be a disappointment for many and turn out to be eventual deal-breaker. Hopefully, HTC will release a 32GB variant of the handset as well.

On the software side, the DLX will be running on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ on top of it. There is no word as to when HTC and Verizon will be announcing the DLX, but it should be out around thanksgiving.

HTC J Butterfly Announced In Japan; Comes With 5 Inch Display, S4 Pro, Android 4.1 OS

It was already rumored that the Taiwanese mobile phone maker is planning to launch a 5 inch phablet, similar to the Samsung’s Galaxy Note family of smartphones. Today, HTC finally went ahead and announced the new HTC J Butterfly smartphone in Japan. As expected, this device comes with a large 5 inch 1080p display along with 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and a disappointing battery.

HTC J Butterfly will be exclusively available for the KKDI subscribers in Japan. You will have to wait for a couple of months to get your hands-on this device since HTC is planning to release the company’s first phone-tablet hybrid device at the end of this year. HTC is also expected to launch a similar smartphone in other major markets.

HTC J Butterfly features a 5 inch Super LCD 3 display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, Google Play Store, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 4G LTE connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI-out, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and 2020 mAh battery. This handset measures 143 x 71 x 9.1 mm and weighs 140g.

HTC J Butterfly is also a dust-proof and waterproof smartphone. This handset will be available in red, black and white colors. The price of this device will be announced in the coming weeks,

HTC One X Case Review – Case-Mate vs Official HTC Case

The HTC One X sports a polycarbonate unibody construction and Corning Gorilla glass display. In theory, both of them should make HTC’s precious flagship more durable. In reality though, as the amply shattered glass of my friend’s One X suggests, there is still plenty of room for improvement. In fact, HTC’s sleek construction with a protruding display might have made the One X more vulnerable. It’s never a bad idea to get some extra protection for your beloved smartphone. I asked Mobilefun, a leading retailer of phone accessories, to send across a couple of cases for review, and they obliged.

The first case I wanted to check out was ‘Case-Mate Barely There for HTC One X’. As the name suggests, this case is extremely slim (just over a millimeter), and adds very little bulk to the phone. It’s made from flexible plastic and seems to be pretty durable. The case features neatly cut out orifices to provide you access to all the functionality, including camera and charging. Although the Case-Mate case is precisely crafted, portions of it overflow onto the screen, which is a good thing, since it offers protection for the screen on the sides.

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The One X is a pretty good looking phone. If not for its frog-eyed lens, it would have been a real stunner. The Barely There case does justice to the One X’s appearance and retains most of its beauty. Unfortunately, after a few days of usage, my unit developed ugly white patches that you can see in the image above. Mobilefun indicates that this is the first complaint it has received about the case, so it might be one of those one-off manufacturing defects.

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The second case I reviewed is the official HTC Hard Case for the One X. The hard case is one of the most distinctive looking cases you are likely to see. Its perforated back renders it a unique appearance, while also improving grip. The case itself seems to be a lot more rugged than the Barely There case, and didn’t pick up any scratches or other deformities during my usage. HTC also claims that the mesh at the back improves ventilation and helps keep the phone cool during heavy usage. However, the perforations have one significant disadvantage – they also allow dust to accumulate. You will have to clean up your phone once in a while, if you don’t want to end up with ugly dirt spots (second image below).

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Both the HTC One X phone covers received from Mobilefun were excellent. The Case-Mate Barely There for HTC One X costs £15.95 in the UK and Rs. 1121.99 in India, while the HTC One X Official Hard Case costs £17.99 in the UK and Rs. 1266.00 in India. Given the nominal price difference between the two, I will prefer the official Hard Case. It appears to be more rugged, and also provides a better grip, while lending your phone a distinctive look.

HTC One X Official Hard Case: 4/5 (Excellent)
Case-Mate Barely There For HTC One X: 3/5 (Good)

[ Disclaimer: Cases reviewed were supplied by MobileFun ]

HTC Droid Incredible X Specs Leak; Packs 5-inch 1080p Screen and Qualcomm S4 Pro Processor

Rumors have been floating around on the Internet for quite sometime now that HTC is working on a Galaxy Note competitor with a 5-inch 1080p screen resolution. Reports suggested that the screen of the device, which is apparently manufactured by Sharp, recently went into production.

Today, Football, a very popular HTC custom ROM developer and known for his RUU leaks, has revealed the full specs of this 5-inch device from HTC. The HTC DLX (DROID Incredible X?) will be powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor,and  an Adreno 320 GPU. There will also be 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage space, a 12MP snapper at the back and a 2MP camera in the front. . He did not mention anything about a microSD card slot, and given HTC’s recent hatred towards them, don’t be surprised if the device lacks one.

The device will be powered by a 2500mAh non-removable battery. From the leaks and its name, it is clear that the DLX will be arriving first on Verizon’s network by the end of this year. It was just a year ago that phones with 720p screens were released into the market by Samsung and HTC. A year later, and we are looking at screens with Full HD resolution!

It will be interesting to see if HTC spins the European version of the DLX into a Nexus device or not, like LG is going to do with its Optimus G handset.

HTC Posts Its Unaudited Third Quarter Results; Profits Down 79%

The launch of Apple iPhone 5 was expected to drive down the sales of the Android handsets including the popular Galaxy S III. For Samsung, thankfully, the sales of Galaxy S III actually increased by 15% after the iPhone 5 was launched.

HTC, sadly, was not as lucky as Samsung. The company was on the receiving end of the 5 millon release weekend sales figure of the iPhone 5 launch, with its profits dipping by a whopping 79% (YoY) for the recently ended third quarter. According to the unaudited third quarter financial report of the company, it made a paltry profit of only $NT3.9 billion (133.1 million) with a total revenue of around NT$70.2 billion.

Below is the full press release from the company -:

Taoyuan, Taiwan – Octoboer 8, 2012 – HTC Corporation (TWSE: 2498), a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announces unaudited consolidated results for 3Q 2012. For the third quarter of 2012, total revenues reached NT$70.2 billion. Unaudited operating income was NT$4.9  billion, net income before tax was NT$4.0 billion, net income after tax, excluding minority interest, was NT$3.9 billion, and unaudited earnings per share after tax were NT$4.70 based on 831,227
thousand weighted average number of shares.

HTC recently unveiled a couple of WP8 phones (8X and 8S) and a new flagship Android handset (One X+), which the company hopes will help gain some of its lost market share back from Apple and Samsung.

Sony PlayStation Mobile Now Available For Compatible Devices

Earlier this year, Sony announced that it is expanding its PlayStation suite to include devices made by other OEMs. The first company whose handsets were compatible with PlayStation Mobile was the HTC One series line-up.

Now, after a quite a few months since the announcement, Sony has finally released the PlayStation Mobile app for all the compatible devices. The PlayStation Mobile will allow Android users to play some of the old PlayStation classic games right on their handset. As of now, the list of PlayStation Certified devices include all the devices from Sony, and the HTC One X, S X+ and V.

Currently, the PlayStation Mobile has 20 gaming titles, which should hopefully grow as the time passes by. Users can play any game purchased from the PlayStation Mobile on three different PlayStation Mobile compatible devices with the same ID.

If you have a compatible Android device, head over to this link to install the PlayStation Mobile app on it. Keep in mind that the service is only available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia.

Via – Android Community

AT&T HTC One VX Unveiled; Takes Mid-Range Handsets To The Next Level

Along with the HTC One X+, HTC announced a new mid-range phone for the AT&T network, the One VX. The  VX is an interesting handset packing a 4.5-inch Super LCD2 with qHD (960×640) resolution, 1GB of RAM, and Qualcomm S4 Plus MSM8930 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 305 GPU.

Other specs of the One VX include 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 1810mAh battery, a 5MP BSI snapper at the back with F/2.0 aided by an LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors.

The HTC One VX will be available exclusively on AT&T’s network in the United States, and will launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board. The press release from HTC does not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the handset except that it should be available “in the coming months”. Since the One VX is a mid-range handset, it should not cost more than $49 or $99 on a two-year contract with AT&T.

HTC One X And One S Jelly Bean Update Coming This October

Beside unveiling the One X+, HTC also announced that it will start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update with Sense 4+ for the One X,  and the One S sometime in October.

The Jelly Bean update will bring with it some much needed smoothness and butter to the One X and One S, along with enhanced voice actions, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, offline speech-to-text and much more.

The Sense 4+ update will bring with it the same software goodies that the One X+ will pack right out of the box including an enhanced Gallery and Camera app, HTC Watch 2.0, a new self-portrait mode in the camera app and slight UI tweaks.

The press release from HTC only states the One X and the One S, and not the AT&T One XL, so it is not clear at the moment whether the company will be rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the latter in October or not.

The Jelly Bean update for the Tegra 3 One X will include a new 3.1.x based linux kernel, which should solve most of the performance, lags, over-heating and poor battery life issues currently plaguing the One X users.

HTC Unveils The One X+; Tegra 3 And LTE Finally Shake Hands!

After quite a few leaks and blurry cam appearances, HTC has finally unveiled the One X+. The handset is the Taiwanese company’s latest flagship model and is barely an update over the One X.

The One X+ sports an Nvidia Tegra 3 AP37 SoC which can clock as high as 1.7GHz in single core mode. The GPU also gets a slight speed bump from 416MHz to 520MHz. Since the AP37 Tegra 3 are higher binned SoCs than the AP33 SoCs found in the One X, there is also lower current leakage from them, which should theoretically help battery life. While the dimensions of the One X and One X+ are the same, the latter is slightly heavier (130g vs. 135g), thanks to a beefier 2100mAh battery.

Other hardware specs of the One X and the One X+ remain the same, except that the latter has a slightly better 1.6MP front-facing camera, slightly better speaker output and more NAND storage (32GB and 64GB).

On the software front, the One X+ will launch with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+. The latest version of Sense 4+ mainly includes some camera related enhancements including an updated Gallery app and some performance improvements.

The One X+ will only be available in matte black color, and will sport an LTE baseband in the United States. This will be the first time that a company has paired a Qualcomm MD915 LTE radio with the Tegra 3 SoC. I am not too optimistic about this combination being battery-friendly though, as Tegra 3 is one of the least power-efficient SoCs out there, which when combined with an external baseband makes matters worse.

The One X+ will be available in Europe and America from October and in Asia from November 2012.

 

T-Mobile Rolls Out Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 Update For HTC One S

T-Mobile has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 and Sense 4.1 update for the HTC One S. The update comes more than a month after the International and AT&T One X, the EVO 4G LTE and the European One S got the update.

Below is the official change-log from T-Mobile -:

Version

  • Android version 4.0.4 / Software version 2.35.531.7 710RD
  • Updated 9/26/2012

Improvements

  • Helps with data connection delay
  • Helps with signal fluctuations
  • Helps with Wi-Fi dropping connection or not connecting
  • Helps with Wi-Fi stays connected when out of range
  • Helps with device crashes or restarts
  • Helps with email links do not open
  • Helps with loading screens or lag when returning to home screen
  • Helps with streaming music skips
  • Improved Wi-Fi stability
  • User interface improvements
  • Improvements to Bluetooth connectivity

While Android 4.0.4 mainly contained some bug-fixes, the Sense 4.1 update should bring about a decent speed boost. Most importantly, the update brings the ability to re-map the Recents app capacitive key to either the legacy menu button on a single press.

The 150MB OTA update is already live, and should be available to your One S within a couple of weeks.

HTC Announces Its Flagship WP8 Handset – HTC 8X

HTC has just announced its flagship Windows Phone handset, the Windows Phone 8X. The ‘X’ in the name makes it clear that this handset is the Taiwanese maker’s hero WP8 handset. Externally, the WP8X is made up of poly-carbonate plastic and will be available in bright colors like Nokia’s Lumia series. Frankly, the 8X looks too similar to Nokia’s Lumia handsets, and Nokia might just sue HTC for this.

“Pairing HTC’s beautiful new Windows Phone 8X and 8S with our brand is a big milestone for both companies,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “Together we are offering customers a clear choice and a truly unique experience. I’m thrilled to take our longstanding partnership to the next level.”

Internally, the WP8X packs in the same internals as any other high-end WP8 handset. This includes a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, quad-band GSM support, LTE support, a 4.3-inch 720p (1280×720) S-LCD2 display, NFC and an inbuilt 1800mAh battery. The 8MP snapper at the back of the handset sports the same ImageSense technology as found on the One X, along with an f/2.0 lens, aided by a single LED flash. The front 2.1MP camera has an ultra-wide 88 degree lens. The 8X will also be the first Windows Phone from HTC to sport the Beats Audio logo. HTC also states that the handset has “an enhanced amp” for improved audio quality. Quite a far cry from the poor audio quality of their Android handsets.

Like the One series, HTC has taken great efforts to make the 8X. Each of the 245 speaker grilles at the back of the phone is individually drilled showing how dedicated the company is.

Like Nokia, HTC did not announce a specific shipping date except a vague November on over 150 carriers worldwide at an unknown price.

HTC Droid Incredible X Leaked; Will Go Heads-On Against Samsung Note 2

I am not a big fan of the phone-tablet hybrid segment that Samsung has been pushing with its Galaxy Note series of products. These devices, which are often referred to by the awkward sounding moniker phablet, are too large to be used comfortably as a phone and are too small to realize the benefits of a tablet. However, I must be in the minority as the Note has been doing pretty well.

If rumors are to be believed then HTC is also preparing to join Samsung. HTC Source has learnt from a tipster that the HTC hybrid device bears a codename DIx (which might stand for Droid Incredible X), and will sport a Qualcomm S4 Pro chip with four Krait cores. Other rumored specs include a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This actually amounts to a pixel density of 440 ppi; however, somewhat confusingly, the source believes that the DIx will have a pixel density of 480 ppi.

The DIx will offer 1.5 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. Unfortunately, no expansion slot will be provided. The battery is also said to be non-removable.

As always, take these rumors with a pinch of salt, but we do have a leaked snap of the device in question, which is embedded below.

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Watch Nokia’s Lumia WP8 Event And Motorola/Verizon Event Live Here

September has turned out to be major tech month with quite a lot of big companies holding major tech events. Samsung started September by announcing the Galaxy Note 2 and the first Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ativ S. Today, Nokia will be announcing its hotly anticipated next-generation WP8 running Lumia handsets with PureView technology.

Along with Nokia, Motorola is also holding an event today to announce the much leaked RAZR M and RAZR HD. Tomorrow, Amazon will be holding an event to announce a new version of the Kindle Fire.

Next week, the mobile industry will see new standards being set when Apple announces the next-generation iPhone along with iOS6.

Motorola will once again be holding an event in New York on September 18th, this time with Intel, to announce a new Intel powered Android smartphone. This will be the first time a major Android OEM will be using an Intel SoC in their Android smartphone.

On the very next day, i.e. on September 19th, which is again a Wednesday, HTC also has an event scheduled in New York where the company will presumably announce some new WP8 handsets. There is still no confirmation whether the Taiwanese maker will be announcing some new Android based devices or not at the event.

While Apple and HTC won’t be live streaming their events, Nokia and Motorola will be doing a live webcast of their events today. The Nokia Lumia WP8 event can be watched live from here, but make sure your browser has the required Silverlight plugin installed.

The Motorola event, thankfully, will be streamed live on the company’s YouTube channel. The event is scheduled to start in 11 hours from now, and can be watched live from here.