HTC is supposed to released the HTC Max (codenamed T6) during the 3rd quarter, and we finally have some pictures of it. Unsurprisingly, it looks a lot like an HTC One, only bigger. The HTC Max is a phablet if you will, with a 5.9-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display. It will also have the latest and greatest form Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800, along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 2MP front camera, and 3,300mAh battery. It is also supposed to be 9.4mm thick.
Three variants are being created for China: TD-SCDMA for China Mobile, CDMA for China Telecom, and WCDMA for China Unicom. I would expect to see this one in the states as well, but don’t expect it on all four carriers at the start. With Verizon not even launching the HTC One yet, this could end up being their 4th quarter HTC device.
One more pic after the break.
Well the bad news came in last night in the form of the Verizon HTC One being delayed until August 15th, but we have some good news for those that really like the color blue. It looks like you will be able to buy a blue version according to Verizon inventory systems. It’s showing as the HTC6500LVWBLU.
Unfortunately we don’t know if it will be available on the same day as the “regular” version. As far as the August 15th date for the “regular” version, that hasn’t been confirmed. We are only going by a leaked document. However, it will definitely be released during the month of August.
It’s no secret that Verizon customers have been waiting quite sometime for HTC’s flagship One device to finally hit the Big Red. Sadly, it’s launch seems to be continuously delayed. It was supposed to be August 1st, but it looks like is has been pushed back to August 15th.
How many of you Verizon customers have been patiently, or impatiently, waiting for this device to finally drop?
source: Droid Life
It feels as though it has been quite a while since HTC has released positive news about its sales numbers… The wait will continue.
Earlier today, HTC announced that it expects a 30% decrease in revenue in the next quarter as the company struggles to release popular mid-range devices, and as the high-cost, low-margin HTC One fails to garner the same explosive sales as its competitor at Samsung.
In its press release, the company blames its poor quarter on a “higher cost structure and a lack of economy of scale.”
Unsurprisingly, HTC announced that they have a number of mid-range and innovative products in line for release next quarter. Hopefully their future plans turn things around for the Taiwanese phone maker, which currently ranks ninth in global market share, holding 2.4 percent of the market.
Yesterday, @evleaks revealed a press render of Sprint’s HTC One in red— this news comes at a time where carriers are trying to distance their own variants of some devices from other carriers’, in hopes of picking up an increase of sales.
Just last week we reported that MoDaCo.SWITCH had opened their ROM for those who signed up to receive the beta, but now it looks as though the beta has gone public.
The MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM allows HTC One users to effortlessly switch between stock Android and HTC Sense with the touch of a button. The best part is that the ROM uses a single set of user data so all of your apps/information/etc. are available on both UI’s.
Now that “beta 8” is available to the public (only on the GSM HTC One) you can go and grab it below if you’re familiar with the flashing process.
MoDaCo is also working on a project to bring their ROM to the Galaxy S 4 using an Indiegogo project to raise $1500.
Download, installation, and set up instructions below.
Since it’s rumored to be an all plastic body, we don’t expect the HTC Zara to be anything more than a budget device. Based on these specs, it’s safe to say that the Sprint-bound phone has budget written all over it. The display size is large, at 4.7-inches, but the resolution is only qHD (960 x 540). You can expect a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1 GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, a 1.6Mpx UltraPixel camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Sense 5.0, and Android 4.2.2.
We probably won’t see this puppy until the 4th quarter, but I’m in no rush.
HTC made available a new entry level smartphone today, the HTC Desire 500, exclusivly through Taiwan Mobile. The 4.3-inch screen device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz and is equipped with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD. The Desire 500 comes with an 8MP camera capable of capturing 720p video. HTC has their HTC Sense overlay installed on the phone along with BlinkFeed, HTC’s take on a constantly updating homescreen.
It appears the Desire 500 will only be available in the Taiwanese market, but it could expand to some other Asian countries. Reportedly the price point for the device is somewhere around $400 USD, which seems to be on the high side for such a low-powered device.
With rumors circulating that HTC may be looking at an update to the HTC One that includes a plastic body, the name “Zara” has surfaced as a plastic-bodied device. The new name surfaced when HTC indicated they were planning to release some new models during Q3 2013, including the T6 and the Zara. The T6 is believed to be the HTC One Max, a phablet type device sporting a 5.9-inch screen that previous rumors pegged for a Q3 release.
The question is whether Zara is a reference to a completely new device or possibly a code name for some other HTC device, like the HTC One. As we previously reported, HTC started using several codenames for their devices in an effort to throw off leaks, so Zara may just be part of that strategy.
source: China Times
T-Mobile has announced they are starting to push out an over-the-air (OTA) update for the HTC One starting today. The push should last through August 9th. Users interested in the update can get it in one of two ways – waiting for the OTA notification or, if they just cannot wait, by side loading it via a personal computer connection. The update keeps Android at 4.1.2 on the devices. The primary improvements include fixes for LTE connections and reception, although some software stability and processor enhancements are included as well. The update clocks in at 247 MB in size.