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 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 -:
Android version 4.0.4 / Software version 2.35.531.7 710RD
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 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.
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.
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.
HTC may have promised to stick to its ‘One’ series of unified brand, but the latest handset from the company definitely bucks the trend. The Desire X from HTC sports a typical One series styling, mid-range internals and a budget price tag for emerging Asian markets.
The Desire X is the first phone to make use of Qualcomm’s S4 Play processor. According to Anandtech, the Qualcomm S4 Play processor is based on the 45nm fabrication process and packs in two Cortex-A5 cores clocked at 1GHz, along with an Adreno 203 GPU. Other specs of the Desire X include 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch Super-LCD with WVGA (800*480) resolution, a 5MP camera with F/2.0 and a 28mm wide-angle lens, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS and the other usual bunch of features and sensors.
The Desire X will be available by mid-September in most markets of Asia at an “affordable” price. The handset will be running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC’s Sense 4.0 UI on top of it out-of-the-box, but should get the Jelly Bean treatment as well. There is also a 1650mAh battery inside the 9.69mm thick body of the phone, which should hopefully be enough for it to last a day.
After rolling out the Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 update for the AT&T One X, the International One X and the HTC One S, the Taiwanese maker has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 update for the Sprint EVO 4G LTE.
The update for the Sprint variant of the One X bumps the software version to 2.13.651.1.710RD, and brings along a minor in the Android OS and Sense version of the handset as well. The Sense 4.1 update for the EVO 4G LTE brings with it much needed performance and stability improvements, along with the removal of some unneeded 3D transitions to speed things up.
Like the update for the AT&T and International One X, post this update, EVO 4G LTE owners can re-map the capactive Recents app button on their handset to act as a Menu key or vice-versa. The update also contains many other minor new tweaks and goodies, but first and foremost brings a major improvement in the performance of the device.
Sprint is rolling out the OTA update in batches so EVO 4G LTE owners might need to wait until a couple of weeks before the software update notification hits their handset.
HTC One X is the company’s most powerful smartphone which comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor, 8 megapixel camera, NFC and so on. This handset was originally shipped with the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, the manufacturer has already rolled out the Android 4.0.4 update in the US and Europe. Now, the same update is rolling out for the One X users in India.
This update comes with general stability improvements, music improvements, enhanced camera capabilities, improved browsing experience and much more. After upgrading your device, the recent apps key will open context menu inside non ICS app, instead of opening the multi-tasking grid in Sense. This update will also brings Hindi, Tamil and Marathi language support. Check out the changelog after the break.
System performance and stability enhancements
Internet browsing experience enhancements
HTC Car user experience enhancements
User interface enhancements
New SDK support for developers
Hindi, Tamil, Marathi keyboard Support
The latest update is numbered 2.17.720.2 and it will upgrade the handset to Android 4.0.4 OS and bump the UI to Sense 4.1. The size of the update 141.21 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). As usual, we advise you to backup all of your data and completely charge the battery before upgrading the device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.
We already know that HTC is planning to launch a new smartphone in the next few days. Last week, we have posted the leaked press shot of the HTC’s upcoming smartphone with the codename HTC Proto. Now, it seems that the device will be called as the HTC Desire X while it reaches the market. The guys at ePrice recently shared the hands-on pics as well as the complete specs of this device.
The specs of HTC Desire X matches with the leaked specs of the HTC Proto. The design and specs of this device is almost similar to the previously launched HTC Desire V, which was the company’s first dual-SIM smartphone. However, HTC Desire X will feature an upgraded specs minus the dual-SIM functionality.
HTC Proto will come with a 4 inch Super LCD display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1 GHz dual-core processor, HTC Sense UI 4.0, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 786 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 expandable memory, 25 GB dropbox storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Beats Audio, Google Play Store and a 1650 mAh battery. This handset measures 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm and weighs 120 grams.
HTC Desire X is expected to be available in white and blue colors. This handset will be unveiled this week at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. Until then, check out some hands-on pics of this device after the break.
We have already seen the leaked pics of the HTC’s upcoming smartphone. Now, the guys at The Verge recently shared the press photos of the HTC Proto smartphone. This handset looks strikingly similar to the previously launched HTC Desire V smartphone. Even the specs of both the device are almost similar.
HTC Desire V is the company’s first dual-SIM smartphone. However, HTC Proto won’t feature the dual-SIM capabilities. The image shown above is the leaked press shot of the HTC Proto, while the image displayed below is the HTC Desire V. The design of both the device looks almost similar with the stunning rounded design and curved corners along with the oval design around the camera.
HTC Proto is rumored to come with a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense UI 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, MicroSD card slot, 32 expandable memory an so on. This handset will be powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, instead of the 1 GHz single-core processor found in the Desire V smartphone.
HTC Proto is basically the codename of the device. The commercial name of this smartphone will be unveiled during the launch. Sadly, this device won’t feature the much-needed front-facing camera for video calls. HTC Proto will come with the Beats Audio, since the logo is clearly visible on the back of the device. This handset is expected to be unveiled next week at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin.