Owners say HTC’s Micro Arc Oxidation Process on the One S looks to be Flawed

Last month HTC spoke quite highly of their micro-arc oxidation process that they used on the HTC One S. The whole process explained, sounded very interesting. You can read more and see a video from the HTC YouTube channel by checking out our previous article on the specifics of this process HTC used, including claims that you wouldn’t even need a case for your beloved Android device.

Well there looks to be a turn of events a month later. This process HTC was bragging about in March may actually not be so great, and they may have to make some improvements.  Based on some photos provided by XDA members enlan and robban87, there could be a real issue.
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[Leak] First press shot of the HTC DROID Incredible 4G surfaces

With the HTC One series landing on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, where does this leave Verizon Wireless? We would like to think the upcoming HTC DROID Incredible 4G will be a One X, but rumored specs don’t jive. In fact it doesn’t even line up with the One S. What was known as the Fireball is supposedly featuring a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Sense 4. I’m referring to it as a DROID, but honestly we don’t know if will be marketed as such, but I would be surprised if it weren’t. Sadly, this will only be the second device on Verizon to launch with ICS on board.

With the Rezound’s price drop, I would imagine we will see this one in big red stores pretty soon.

source: pocketnow


HTC One S to be unveiled by T-Mobile at press event on April 18

HTC and Sprint held their event last Wednesday, and next Wednesday the 18th, it’s going to be HTC and T-Mobile. Our inbox just got the press invite and T-Mobile isn’t trying to be coy about this one as you see HTC One S is front and center. Looks like this is going to be a pretty big party because there’s going to be a musical performance by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. For now we’re anticipating an April 25 release, but we will know for sure next week.

 

Unboxing of the HTC One V [Video]

We’ve all heard plenty about the HTC One Series, especially the One X and the One S. There is another handset in the series, though, called the One V. The website Netbook News has located the budget handset for sale in Taiwan, on Chunghua telecom. It cost 10,000NT, which is around $325 USD, off contract. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

The One V is considered low end because it has a SLCD2 screen with 420 x 800 pixels resolution, along with a 3.7-inch display. It will be equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, along with HTC’s Sense UI. The One V has a uni-body aluminum shell, just like the HTC Legend. It will contain a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. The microSD card slot will let you expand the memory up to 32GB. You can expect a 5 MP camera and Bluetooth v4.0. It will also have the new HTC ImageSense software so you can do nifty things like shoot pictures while you’re filming a video, or use the camera in low-light situations. This handset uses a regular-sized SIM card slot, while the other One series phones need a Micro SIM.

Check out this video to see the HTC One V get unboxed, as well as a gaming test with Shadow Gun and Temple Run. Several benchmark tests are run as well, such as vellamo, quadrant, antutu, sunspider, and nenamark 1 and 2. Let us know what you think about this HTC offering in the comments.

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source: Netbook News

 

 

LG Optimus 4X HD faces up to HTC One X in benchmark tests

As sure as night follows day, benchmark bickering follows the release of a new Android device. I guess we never really outgrow the childhood “My Dad’s bigger than your Dad” complex. Only a couple of days ago we showed you how HTC’s One S performed and now it’s big brothers turn as the One X goes head-to-head with LG’s Optimus 4X HD in a battle of the quad-core titans.

Techblog got its hands on both devices and put them through popular benchmarking tools Quadrant, AnTuTu and NenaMark2. Not surprisingly the results were relatively similar with each phone performing stronger in certain areas. Quadrant saw the LG score a very respectable 4,512 with the HTC posting a market leading 4,909. LG came out the narrow winner in the AnTuTu test posting a 11,147 over HTC’s 11,030.  Finally the HTC managed 47.6 fps ahead of the LG which managed 44.5 fps in the NenaMark test.

So whilst all the publicity and hype is firmly set around the HTC device it’s encouraging to see that LG’s flagship phone more than holds its own against the best in the market. The true test as always will come down to which one performs every tasks better, no doubt a story for another day. Will you be considering the Optimus 4X HD as an alternative to the LG One X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

source : Techblog

via : engadget

T-Mobile HTC One S training begins, April 25 release seems likely

It seems like the rest of the world is enjoying some HTC One Series love, but those of us in the U.S are still waiting. We got a glimpse of the EVO 4G LTE variant last week, but we won’t see that till probably late May. There is the One X for AT&T, but still nothing official as far as when. Looks like T-Mobile might be the winning carrier for releasing something from the One series first. The One S has been rumored to land on April 22, but according to Tmonews, training has begun and things seem to point towards April 25 instead. Can you handle three more days? I know I can.

source: tmonews

HTC no longer will bundle Beats headphones with future smartphones

In an attempt to separate itself from the many Android manufacturers, HTC’s latest partnership with Beats Electronics has developed the Beats Audio software making the music-listening experience much more enjoyable and customizable for a small amount of their current Android users. To help create awareness, HTC had decided to bundle Beats headphones with the purchase of certain HTC Android phones, such as the HTC Rezound. Now HTC’s Martin Fichter has stated to CNET that “an accessory like the headphone doesn’t factor in when someone is buying a smartphone.  If they want a Beats headphone, they’ll buy it directly.” In other words, for the time being HTC is no longer planning on providing Dr. Dre earmuffs with future Android offerings. This move will indeed be saving the company heaps of money and let’s face it, the majority of serious music listeners will most likely have already purchased some fancy cans of their own. Let’s not forget that HTC will still continue to support Beats Audio technology and incorporate it in their future handsets. Anyone bummed about this news? Will this really keep some of you from buying awesome phones like the Evo 4G LTE? Let your thoughts be heard in the comments below.

source: CNET

HTC’s 2012 Q1 Earnings Are Out and They Aren’t What HTC Wanted

Taiwanese manufacturer HTC released their  unaudited earnings for the Q1 of 2012. HTC earned a total revenue of NT$67,790 million, which is a decrease on their year-on-year of 34.92%. January 2012 was a bad month for HTC compared to January 2011. They had a 52.55% decrease from year-on-year(YoY). Things are looking up for HTC though. Even though they reported loses in February and March. The decline is slowing and looks to be turning around for HTC. The YoY for February was just under -37% and the YoY for March was just under -17%. It does look as if HTC is righting their ship and with the new HTC One line releasing, things can only get better from here. What do you think? Can HTC turn it around and post some earnings this year? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: HTC

Was That a 3D version of the EVO 4G LTE in HTC’s ‘Making Of Video’?

Could there be a 3D version of the new HTC EVO 4G LTEin our future? If you look at this “Get to know the HTC EVO 4G LTE” video you can see a quick glimpse of a dual camera version of the final product. Clearly HTC isn’t trying to hide anything from us because you can see the device plain as day. This wouldn’t come as complete surprise if it did eventually hit store shelves because the EVO 3D needs a successor too. Who knows, though, this could just end up being another one of their prototypes that ends up in their “could’ve been” pile. Check out the video below to see what the device could potentially look like. It shows up right around the 23 second mark.

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What do you guys think? Would HTC sneak an image of an unannounced device into this video?