HTC announced their newest edition to the One lineup today. The new smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense on board. HTC has tried to maintain aggressive styling on their new device, but one can’t help but notice the striking similarity to the Apple iPhone design.
HTC One A9 comes in Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold, and Deep Garnett. The HTC One A9 will be available via mutiple carriers and retailers starting in November 2015. It will have the following specs:
5″, full HD, AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen
13MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization
Support for HTC Rapid Charger 2.0
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
Available in 16Gb and 32GB variations with support for up to 2GB in SD card storage
During MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, Spain HTC unveiled their new best thing the HTC One M9. Now, I know what you’re thinking, the One M9 looks a lot like the One M8, right? We can’t worry about this too much, as a two year “look cycle” seems to be the norm these days.
The M9 and M8 both have a 5-inch display and cases that are made of metal. New specs on the M9 are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (64 bit), 3GB of RAM, 20 megapixel rear camera with dual-LED, 4 megapixel front facing camera and will launch with Android 5.0 (Lollipop).
The HTC One M9 will be available in colors, similar to Apple’s iPhone 6 but with a twist. Silver with gold trimming, dark grey with silver trimming and gold body with black trimming.
No pricing or availability on M9 have been giving, but expect a launch in the very near future. You can sign up for information as it rolls out via this link to HTC.
Today Facebook announced Facebook Home, a new way for Android users to turn their device into a social oriented phone. Home isn’t a phone or OS (Operating System), it’s an app that puts Facebook front and center on your device.
Facebook designed Home to make it easier to connect with your friends. Instead of having to switch between a number of different applications, Home is both your lock screen and home screen, which makes it easier to access Facebook content.
Home’s major features are Cover feed and Chat head. With Cover feed your able to see what’s going on with friends and family directly from the lock screen, it acts like a window into what’s going on.
With Chat head, you can chat with friends even when your in the middle of checking an email or browsing the web because when your friends send you a messages, a chat head appears with your friend’s face and your able to see exactly who’s trying to get ahold of you. SMS messages also appear in the Chat head integration.
Facebook Home will be available for download starting April 12th in the Google Play store for select Android devices. These include:
HTC One X
HTC One X+
Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy S IV
An Android tablet version is in the works and a few months away. iPhone integration can’t happen at this point because of how strict Apple is with system access and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
This morning T-Mobile held their Un-Carrier Event, but before things took off the carrier started flipping on their 4G / LTE network in 7 major cities before the official announcement.
T-Mobile talked it’s “Simple Choice plan” which eliminates annual service contracts for consumers and allows them to move to one simple rate plan that offers unlimited text, talk and web.
With the new Simple Choice plans customers start with one line at $50 a month and receive unlimited talk, text and web with 500MB of data. A second line will cost you an additional $30 a month and each line after will cost you $10. If you feel 500MB isn’t enough (it isn’t), you can pay an additional $10 per line for 2GB of data. Unlimited 4G / LTE data is available for $20 more a month per line. Read more
LG wasn’t the only company that decided to crash Samsung’s Event in Times Square, New York. HTC sent some reps along with the HTC One to grab some of the attention away from The Galaxy S 4. The reps showed off the sound quality and “ultrapixel camera” on the handset.
A lot of the viewers were impressed with what they saw, a lady shared “Better than Samsung”, a gentleman talked about how the handset looked saying “It’s slick, smooth, I’m gonna tell you something, it’s sexy!” and another guy even said, “I might have to switch from my iPhone.”
If you weren’t able to make it to London or New York City to attend the HTC event, no worries HTC posted a video of the event from London to YouTube. During the event CEO of HTC, Peter Chou unveiled the HTC One. Also, the CEO of AOL, Tim Armstrong spoke on the partnership with HTC.
The video is about 40 minutes long, but you get to hear all about HTC One and some of the features the new device has to offer like HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound.
Sprint is wasting no time, the company has already setup a page for customers to pre-register for the HTC One. Keep in mind you are only signing up to receive information on when the HTC One will be available for purchase.
The moment HTC fans have been waiting for has finally arrived, as the company has officially announced the HTC One.
The HTC One is wrapped in a zero-gap aluminum body, has a 4.7″ LCD display at 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 4 megapixel (UltraPixels) rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, 2,300 mAh battery, LTE support, Sense 5 and runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
The UltraPixel camera is definitely a different take on cameras as most manufactures are upping the pixels. HTC has another take on giving their users a great experience.
In regards to the camera HTC stated:
“For years, people have been misled about what is important in a camera, what matters is not pixel count, but pixel size. Bigger pixels let in more light, it’s simple physics… We’re trying to balance out what a lens can support and what a sensor can support. We’re talking about real image quality, not just megapixels for the sake of megapixels. The era of the megapixel is over.”
Below are specifications on the UltraPixel camera:
BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0, Sensor size 1/3′
Dedicated HTC ImageChip 2
F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
Front Camera: 88 wide angle lens with HDR capability
1080p Full HD video recording for both front and back camera
Continuous shooting and VideoPic
Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
HTC Zoe with highlights and HTC Share
Retouch with Object Removal, Always Smile, and Sequence Shot
The HTC One also introduces HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound. These key new features innovate the mobile experience and will set a new standard for smartphones.
HTC BlinkFeed: is a bold new experience that transforms the home screen into a single live stream of personally relevant information such as social updates, entertainment and lifestyle updates, news and photos with immersive images so that people no longer need to go to separate applications to find out what’s happening.
HTC Zoe: gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets. These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories. It also automatically creates integrated highlight films from each event comprised of Zoes, photos and videos set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects.
HTC BoomSound: introduces for the first time on a phone, front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier and an amazing full HD display that immerses people in music, videos, games and the YouTube clips they love. Beats Audio integration is enabled across the entire experience for rich, authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube video or playing a game.
Three of four major carriers in the U.S. will be offering the HTC One AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. There is no release date or price, but rumors are hinting at March. Below is a video on the HTC One.