During its press conference in February, HTC (2498) failed to announce a release date for the HTC One. It was previously rumored that the company’s flagship smartphone would launch on March 15th, however a new report claims the phone’s release has been delayed until later this month. According to phone retailer Clove, the HTC One has been “officially” delayed in the United Kingdom until March 29th. An HTC spokesperson confirmed to BGR that the company “will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April.” HTC’s new flagship smartphone is equipped with a 4.7-inch full HD display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and a new “Ultrapixel” rear camera. BGR’s full review of the HTC One will be published in the coming days.
Does the world really want a “Facebook (FB) Phone?” Probably not, but that apparently isn’t going to stop HTC (2498) from delivering one. UnwiredView’s evleaks has posted a set of specifications that are purportedly for the HTC Myst, a yet-to-be-announced smartphone that is centered around Facebook. In case you don’t remember, HTC has tried something like this back in 2011 with the ill-fated HTC Status smartphone that had a dedicated Facebook button and that looked like a rejected BlackBerry (BBRY) design concept from around 2006. The HTC Myst will reportedly be somewhat more like a modern smartphone, however, with a 4.3-inch touch display with a resolution of 320 pixels per inch, a MSM8960 dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. While these aren’t exactly high-end specs, it’s unlikely that HTC is going to push the Myst as a premium device, especially since it sold the HTC Status for a mere $50 with a two-year agreement from AT&T (T).
HTC’s (2498) share price dove 6% yesterday as investors fretted over whether February revenue might drop below NT$12 billion. Well, it did. In fact, it plunged all the way to NT$11.37 billion. This was a -27% decline compared to January… and January revenue was down -28% from December. That January tumble was a pretty normal seasonal drop, but this February decline definitely isn’t. As a sign of that, HTC’s January revenue was down only -7% year-on-year — meanwhile, February sales were down -44%. More →
HTC (2498) previously revealed that it would not be brining any other One-branded devices to market in 2013, making it do or die for its new flagship smartphone. The company has indicated, however, that select devices will be updated to the new Sense 5 user interface. Despite only releasing one flagship smartphone this year, an HTC executive hinted that the company may bring its new user interface and “ultrapixel” camera technology to a variety of mid-range devices. More →
HTC (2498) announced its new flagship One smartphone at a press conference earlier this month. Along with an impressive list of high-end specs, the device includes the newest version of the company’s Sense user interface. Sense 5 is less intrusive than earlier versions and contains a number of unique features such as Blinkfeed, the company’s Flipboard-style widget for news stories, photos and social updates. The one question on everyone’s mind — at least, everyone who owns an HTC smartphone — was whether or not their device would ever be updated to Sense 5. More →
HTC (2498) confirmed earlier this week that it plans to release new Windows Phone 8 smartphones later this year, and a recent report suggests the vendor’s first new device will feature modest specs. According to Evleaks at Unwired View, the company has cancelled earlier plans to bring a high-end Windows Phone product, originally codenamed Zenith, to market. HTC will instead offer a mid-range handset running Microsoft’s (MSFT) latest mobile operating system in the coming months. More →
Samsung (005930) stared down an army of critics when it launched the Galaxy Note in 2011. The 5.3-inch screen was viewed with deep suspicion by many industry experts. By August 2012, Samsung had sold 10 million units. Now the handset industry is set to face the onslaught of an armada of copycats. Huawei’s Ascend P2. ZTE’s Grand Memo. UMI’s X2. HTC’s (2498) One. Sony’s (SNE) Xperia ZL. And on and on. These smartphones all have display sizes ranging from 4.7 inches to 5.7 inches, and most of them are fairly close copies of the Note concept. More →
Despite lukewarm sales of its Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S, HTC (2498) remains “fully committed” to the Windows Phone operating system. The company’s vice president of global product planning, Tai Ito, said in an interview with CNET on Tuesday that HTC has a “good collaboration with Microsoft for a future release this year.” The executive acknowledged that Windows Phone 8 performance is “not as good as the market expected,” however he believes that after some time consumers will begin to embrace it. Unfortunately, HTC’s upcoming Windows Phones might not feature the same design elements as its new HTC One smartphone, as the executive added that the company is taking a “family approach to separation.”
HTC’s (2498) new One will be priced higher than the 16GB iPhone 5 in the United Kingdom. Which is nothing short of nutty. Vodafone is offering a 24-month plan for the HTC One with 600 minutes and 600 MB for £33 per month. You can get the same exact plan for the iPhone 5… except you have to pay £100 upfront sum for the One while the iPhone 5 comes free with the plan. Orange is offering a 24-month HTC One deal with unlimited voice and 1GB of data for £36 — the same as the 16 GB iPhone 5. Except that again, you have to pay £100 for the HTC’s new flagship phone and you get the iPhone 5 for free. More →
The early days of Android were exciting simply because just about every electronics manufacturer around tried their hand at building an Android smartphone. This led to a lot of truly bad devices (e.g., anything that came with early versions Motorola’s MOTOBLUR skin), but it also led to a lot of unexpected success stories such as HTC (2498) and its relatively successful DROID Incredible and EVO 4G models. But as the Android market evolved, it soon came to resemble how George Carlin described an average classroom full of children: “A few winners and a whole lot of losers.” More →
HTC (2498) laid all its cards on the table Tuesday morning as it finally unveiled the highly anticipated HTC One smartphone. As is often the case with HTC smartphones, a string of rumors and leaks painted a fairly good picture of the phone leading up to its unveiling, but there is something important that was definitely lost in translation among the specs and press renders that trickled out over the last few weeks: This is a complete reimagining of an HTC smartphone. More →
It’s been no secret over the past couple months that HTC (2498) has been working on a brand new flagship smartphone for 2013. As specifications and photos have appeared online, many have questioned whether HTC’s new phone — yes it’s called the HTC One — would radically change the company’s course. I spent some time with the HTC One, and I came away absolutely loving the device. It really feels as if HTC has evolved into a completely different animal in the short time since the HTC One X was released last year. More →
HTC (2498) on Tuesday finally took the wraps off the HTC One, its newest flagship phone intended to go head-to-head with the likes of Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S III and LG’s (066570) Optimus G. HTC’s newest device features a 4.7-inch full-HD display with a resolution of 468 pixels per inch, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,300 mAh battery and a new “ultrapixel” camera. But HTC isn’t overly emphasizing top-notch specs to sell its device and is instead promoting some key features that the company has added to help differentiate it from the hordes of other Android smartphones that get released every year. More →