SK Telecom defies Samsung and releases the Galaxy S 5 early

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A couple of days ago, it was reported that Samsung might release the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea a little early because of a 45-day carrier ban imposed by the government. Then yesterday, it was reported that a deal wasn’t reached. Apparently Samsung wanted the global launch of April 11 to stay intact. Now today, Bloomberg is reporting that SK Telecom went ahead and released it anyway.

“We are very puzzled,” Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung said in an e-mailed statement. “SK Telecom strongly asked for an earlier release of the product but we delivered our stance that the global release date of April 11 remains unchanged.”

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T-Mobile to offer HTC One (M8) on April 11

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If you’re a T-Mobile customer and the HTC One (M8) is your next phone, you will have to wait until April 11. They will offer it both online and at retail stores, and it won’t cost you a dime up front. T-Mobile will offer it for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $26.50 while utilizing their Simple Choice Plan. That comes to a total of $636. Who is going to grab one?

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The HTC One (M8) will have a slightly higher clocked processor in Asia

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The folks overseas in Asia always have it better when it comes to smartphones. While the United States offers quad-core smartphones, Asian markets have devices with eight cores! While the new HTC One (M8) does not have an octa-core processor, Asia does still have an advantage with the device. In the United States, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) will be clocked at 2.3GHz; however, Asian markets will get the same processor (MSM8974AC) set slightly higher at 2.5GHz.

Just 200MHz separates the two (as well as the end of their IDs). Will the difference between the two devices exist? Yes. Will it be noticeable? I highly doubt it. Regardless, owners of the new HTC One (M8) are getting one hell of a device.

Source: ePrice
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Could HTC release Blinkfeed to other Android devices?

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HTC’s announcement of the HTC One (M8) yesterday came with news about an update to their UI overlay for their devices. One of the biggest components of HTC Sense 6, or Sixth Sense, is the BlinkFeed app. The app is a feed aggregator that collects information from social networks, your calendar, news sources, and other content and puts it all in one single stream. Currently, BlinkFeed is only available on the HTC One (M8). » Read the rest

HTC is working on an octa-core smartphone

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HTC has been rumored to be working on an octa-core handset for a while now, and we finally have a little more info. The said phone will be the Desire 616 (or Desire 616w) and looks to be for only China.

Now don’t get all upset that it won’t be available elsewhere because it’s going to sport a MediaTek processor, so it  won’t  be as powerful as the One (M8). Plus, it’s going to be all plastic and have mid-range specs. The specs include a 5-inch (720p) display, a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.2.2. So you see, there is really nothing to get jealous about.

No work on a release date or pricing, but we will be sure to let you know when we hear it.

source: Phone Arena

The HTC One (M8) screams high quality but don’t expect to repair it easily

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The folks over at iFixit already got their hands on the All New HTC One (M8) and did their usual teardown. Now the HTC One (M8) is one of the best phones in terms of quality, but there is a huge downside to that. It’s the fact that a DIY repair is going to be very tough. The bottomline is that the higher the quality, the harder it is to do anything yourself. It’s one of the biggest reasons why Samsung continues to use lesser quality materials. It might not feel as great in the hand, but Samsung’s devices are more durable and easier to repair.

Anyways, going back to iFixit’s work, they have given a repairability score of 2 out of 10 for the HTC One (M8). That is pretty dreadful so make sure you protect that bad boy as much as you can.

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No early launch for the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea

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Yesterday a report came out indicating Samsung might release the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea a little early because of a government ban for the carriers in the region. However, JK Shin says no such deal has been made with SK Telecom.

What’s most interesting about this is that supposedly SK Telecom, the regions largest carrier, was ready to announce the early launch. So it’s obvious the two parties were working out a deal and March 27 was a target date.

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HTC One (2013) Google Play edition receives a $100 discount, now available for $499

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With the announcement of the All New HTC One (M8) yesterday and its stock Android Google Play Edition, Google has now cut $100 off the price of the old HTC One Google Play Edition (GPE) bringing it down to $499 from $599.

You can now order the discounted HTC One GPE from Google’s online store. The Google Play edition keeps all the hardware of the HTC One without Sense 5. However, the advantage of owning the GPE variant of HTC One is that users will receive the latest Android updates much quicker. If you’re interested in grabbing the smartphone, it comes with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, an 4MP UltraPixel camera, a 2300mAh battery and the latest Android version. » Read the rest

Verizon to offer ‘buy one get one free’ deal on new HTC One (M8)

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The HTC One (M8) was finally announced today, and once the initial fanfare was over, carriers and retailers began announcing their pricing and availability for the device.

Verizon will be offering a ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ deal on the phone, only for customers who sign a new, 2 year contract. The first phone will cost $199.99.

This is a great deal, especially considering the phone was just released today. More sales like this should come from other carriers, but be sure to jump in on it because it isn’t known how long this will last.

Source: Verizon