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HTC Vive Hands-On Impressions

24 hours with the HTC Vive was enough to turn me into a VR believer

By on April 6, 2016 at 12:41 PM.

24 hours with the HTC Vive was enough to turn me into a VR believer

Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to play around in virtual reality dozens of times. Whether it was a 360-degree movie on the Oculus Rift or an intense car chase on PlayStation VR, I was always entertained. But until I got my hands on an HTC Vive, I never realized that VR might actually be the next big thing. More →

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HTC Vive Ikea VR Kitchen App

Ikea has already found a great use for virtual reality

By on April 5, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

Ikea has already found a great use for virtual reality

Virtual reality is here and products such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung’s Gear VR are ready to offer various types of VR experiences. And VR content doesn’t have to be only about games, as Ikea will tell you. In fact, the Swedish furniture giant already has the right idea about using VR in unique, creative ways. More →

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HTC 10 Leaked Photos Benchmarks

Leak suggests HTC 10 will be even more powerful than the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s

By on March 24, 2016 at 6:35 PM.

Leak suggests HTC 10 will be even more powerful than the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s

HTC’s One M9 was the most disappointing smartphone of 2015. However, every leak we’ve seen this year indicates that HTC is going to really deliver one of the year’s best phones just like it did in 2013 with the One M7 and in 2014 with the One M8. PhoneArena got its hands on a new leaked photo of the HTC 10 that shows not only the phone’s basic design but that also features an AnTuTu benchmark score for the new device on its screen. In short, the HTC 10 got a score of 156,000 on AnTuTu, which is a higher score than what both the Galaxy S7 edge and the iPhone 6s have received on average. More →

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HTC One M10 Release Date

HTC One M10 finally gets an announcement date: April 12

By on March 22, 2016 at 12:43 PM.

HTC One M10 finally gets an announcement date: April 12

HTC fans, the moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here. Now, you know the new moment you have to wait for. HTC on Tuesday sent out media invites to an event of sorts during which it will unveil its next-generation flagship smartphone, the HTC One M10. HTC isn’t actually holding a press conference this time around, opting instead for a virtual event that will be streamed live via the internet.

Here are all the details. More →

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HTC Nexus 5X 6P Successors

HTC reportedly scores Nexus exclusivity for the next three years

By on March 9, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

HTC reportedly scores Nexus exclusivity for the next three years

Hot on the heels of a rumor that said HTC will once again manufacture Nexus phones is a new report that says the Taiwanese company has scored an impressive three-year exclusivity deal concerning the Nexus smartphone line. If true, we can’t but wonder whether HTC will be still making phones in three years from now.

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HTC 10 Leaked Photos Revealed

HTC’s next flagship phone fully revealed in leaked pics

By on March 4, 2016 at 12:19 PM.

HTC’s next flagship phone fully revealed in leaked pics

HTC has its sights set on a major comeback this spring after last year’s disappointing HTC One M9. Now photos of the new device — rumored to simply be called the “HTC 10” — have leaked on the web and they thankfully show us that HTC isn’t just making a blatant iPhone 6s knockoff like it did with last year’s HTC One A9. In fact, it looks like HTC has made a device that’s sort of a hybrid between its classic One M8 design, the iPhone 6s and the Galaxy S7. More →

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HTC 2016 Nexus Android N 3D Touch

Rumor claims Google will bring 3D Touch to its 2016 Nexus phone

By on March 3, 2016 at 5:20 PM.

Rumor claims Google will bring 3D Touch to its 2016 Nexus phone

Google’s Android N isn’t due for a few more months, yet Android N chatter is picking up on the web. Rumors detailing potential features for Android N have already emerged, including claims that the next version of Android will feature support for 3D Touch-like features. This is still a rumor for the time being, but GizmoChina says that HTC is making a Nexus phone which will run Android N out of the box and feature Google’s native implementation of 3D Touch.

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HTC Vive VR Sold Out

The HTC Vive sold out in less than 10 minutes

By on March 1, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

The HTC Vive sold out in less than 10 minutes

You can still preorder HTC’s Vive VR headset for $799 in the U.S. – pricing varies in the other 23 launch markets – but the device is essentially sold out. That means you won’t be among the first people to get one of the first units, and you’ll have to wait until May, or even later, to get yours. More →

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HTC One M10 Leak

Is HTC’s next flagship another iPhone copy? New leaked photo suggests otherwise

By on February 25, 2016 at 2:26 PM.

Is HTC’s next flagship another iPhone copy? New leaked photo suggests otherwise

After focusing on its line of mid-range phones at MWC 2016, HTC began hinting at its next flagship device via an email sent out to the press and on social media this Wednesday. Sharing an image stamped with the tagline “Power of 10,” it seems clear that the vendor is getting ready to announce the HTC One M10, but no further details were released.

Thankfully, that hasn’t stopped the leaks. More →

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HTC One M10 Announcement

HTC One M10 teased in a mysterious new image

By on February 24, 2016 at 8:10 PM.

HTC One M10 teased in a mysterious new image

Rather than jump into the fray with a smartphone announcement, HTC decided to focus its efforts on midrange phones and the Vive at Mobile World Congress 2016. This paid off handsomely in the eyes of our own Chris Smith, who was quick to call the HTC/Valve hardware collaboration his favorite VR experience to date.

But just because the Vive has been dominating the headlines, it doesn’t mean that HTC isn’t hard at work on its followup to the One M9. At least, we’re pretty sure that’s what’s going on in an email we got on Wednesday.

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SteamVR Performance Test

Find out if your computer can handle VR with Valve’s free performance test

By on February 24, 2016 at 4:56 PM.

Find out if your computer can handle VR with Valve’s free performance test

The dawn of the VR era is nearly upon us, but if you want to be a part of it, you’ll have to make sure your hardware is up to snuff. This week, Valve released a free SteamVR Performance Test on Steam to give users a chance to diagnose their computers before the VR headsets launch later this year. More →

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HTC Vive VR Hands On

No contest: HTC’s Vive VR experience is miles ahead of everything else

By on February 24, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

No contest: HTC’s Vive VR experience is miles ahead of everything else

There’s nothing that wakes you up when the second-day fatigue hits you at MWC like a dose of virtual reality. And who would have thought a few years ago that HTC, Samsung, and LG would extend their smartphone and tablet battles into a brand new business: Virtual reality.

After being disappointed by LG’s first VR headset and amazed by what a 4D experience feels like using Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR, I tried HTC’s Vive. In the year since its announcement, the device went through a few design changes and I have to say right from the beginning that there’s really no contest. If you want VR done right, it looks like the Vive is the way to go.

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HTC One X9 Desire 825 630 530

HTC upgrades its Desire line, brings high-end features to mid-range phones

By on February 21, 2016 at 2:30 PM.

HTC upgrades its Desire line, brings high-end features to mid-range phones

Once again, the leaks have been proven accurate. HTC does have new mobile hardware in the pipeline. In fact, it’s not just one handset that HTC demoed during a quiet media event on Sunday morning, but four of them. We’re looking at three new Desire handsets – the Desire 530, 630 and 825 – and the higher-end HTC One X9 model (top image). More →

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