HTC admittedly had a tough 2011 so they promised that 2012 would be better with fewer models and more focus. In late February they unveiled the One series, which consisted of the One X, One S, and One V. If HTC had it their way, that would be it, but unfortunately it’s impossible to make one device compatible with all carriers, and I’m not just talking about the radio. They had to offer a One X XL to satisfy other markets with a different processor.
While many people overseas have been enjoying the One series for a little over a month, these models finally made there way to the U.S. T-Mobile just launched the One S and AT&T will launch the One X (really the XL) in a few days. To further complicate things, the EVO 4G LTE, another One X variant will land on Sprint in the coming weeks.
This review is on the AT&T One X, which will be released on May 6 for a very competitive price of $199 with no rebates. When you consider the One S is on T-Mobile for the same price after a $50 mail-in-rebate, this is an amazing price. This is my full review, but you can also check out my quick hands on as well.
The phone to buy is going to hit AT&T on May 6 for an incredible price of $199. The HTC One X has been impressing the media ever since it was launched. Will it be the phone of the year? Or will it be the soon to be announced Samsung Galaxy S III? If you’re in the U.S. and in the market for a phone now, I would have to recommend the One X because no matter what Samsung shows us, it’s unlikely to land in the U.S. for several months.
The One X is absolutely hands down the best phone on the market as far as performance and looks. This is the best phone I’ve put my hands on. It’s impressive across the board, but nothing is perfect. If there’s anything that I would say is a negative is HTC’s UI skin, Sense. Now don’t get me wrong, Sense has improved with 4.0, but I’m more of a stock guy. I think Sense is perfect for the average consumer and it adds more than it takes away.
HTC is hard at work with updates to address certain bugs like intermittent WiFi disconnects for the HTC One X. They are pushing out update 1.29.401.7 to unbranded European One X’s right now. This is the second update since the release of the One X, so good job HTC. We are hearing this addresses the WiFI issue, but not sure what else. If your One X is unbranded, you can grab it now by hitting Settings/About/Software Updates. Let us know if you notice anything else.
For those of you with a Three branded One X, you are receiving version 1.28.771.9, which is based on the previous update that got pushed a couple of weeks ago. This may not sound right to you, but as you know it takes longer for carriers to release updates once released to unbranded units. A couple of weeks is actually pretty good. They’re promising better battery life with this update. Hopefully Three will have the latest update (from above) out in a couple of weeks as well.
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Many AT&T users are excited about getting their hands on the upcoming HTC One X that will be available on the carrier in a little over a week. As some of you have already figured out, the AT&T version of the One X isn’t entirely like its European cousins. The Euro One X has 32 GB of internal storage, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a few smaller upgrades that are lacking in the AT&T version. To be honest, AT&T’s One X is actually more like the international HTC One XL which is a dual-core, 16 GB, LTE version of the One X. However, HTC Australia states that their One XL also has 32 GB of storage on board, leaving many to wonder why AT&T couldn’t include more storage after all.
So why is AT&T’s One X different from all the rest? Truthfully because it’s not a One X at all, but a One XL that has been misbranded for obvious advertising benefits. However, that’s not the only reason why their One X has less storage. AT&T, like other companies, has conducted research in the past to find that 16 GB is more than enough storage space for the majority of their smartphone users. That, coupled with the fact that T-Mobile‘s recently released HTC One S also comes with 16 GB of storage and is currently $199 on contract makes the plot thicken.
So in an effort to keep the price competitive, it seems AT&T made the decision for less storage while keeping the best intentions of their customer’s wallets in mind. You can’t really knock them for trying to look out for you, can you? Then there’s always Sprint‘s Evo 4G LTE with micro SD card support for up to 32 GB of additional storage, which is perfect for those of you that are soon to be off contract and need a bigger trunk for your junk.
While Verizon always has a stacked Android lineup, it has to ensure it has the latest and greatest devices by keeping things fresh and up to date. To that end, it looks like Big Red is all set for its Summer and Fall lineup for 2012. For starters, it does indeed plan on carrying a version of the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, which we’ll assume will be a 4G LTE variant and will likely arrive this summer. As a follow-up, Verizon does indeed plan on carrying yet additional Motorola DROID RAZR models, perhaps models that have a bigger screen in HD and no capacative buttons? Finally, Verizon does indeed plan on carrying a phablet-type device, but not from Samsung. Instead, HTC is reportedly working on a device with a monstrous 5-inch screen with 1080P display, a quad-core Krait CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU, HTC Sense 5 and a Scribe pen.
Well, it looks like those of you needing to upgrade your phones this year will have at least a few good options of throwing down some of your hard earned coins. You folks excited at the idea of what’s to come from Verizon?
The latest news from the rumor mill sure is intriguing. Word on the street is HTC and Facebook will be participating in another joint venture to develop a smartphone. If you recall friends, both companies joined together to create the Facebook Phone last year, so yes friends, we will likely a follow-up to the oh-so familiar Facebook-centered smartphone that was heavily promoted last year. Like the original, the new smartphone will be a specially made device which is you guessed it— Facebook-centric that will arrive in the third quarter of this year.
DigiTimes reports HTC has some reasons for both HTC and Facebook making the second attempt at developing an exclusive or custom smartphone. Although Google selected HTC for the G1 (HTC Dream) and the Nexus One smartphones, Samsung has been the successor for the following Nexus phones— the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. It looks like HTC is likely unhappy that Samsung is expected to continue on the Nexus line by developing the next Nexus device, so it’s decided to press on and partner with Facebook for another opportunity at an exclusive and special device instead. In addition, Facebook is in the midst of becoming a public company. That means it is expected to further expand its investments and sources of income. Naturally, the launch of its own brand of smartphones being part of its development strategy would be a good way to start.
And that’s the kicker folks— the new version of the Facebook phone would possibly not just feature a Facebook button, but rather be a more complete and integrated Facebook experience. It looks as if this upcoming device will have much more involvement with Facebook’s development team— so this may be the true Facebook phone we’ve all been speculating for years. Then again, it could of course be another Salsa/ChaCha-type phone, but hey– at least we’ll find out soon enough.
Yeah I know, teardowns are for the hardcore geeks. Most people don’t care what’s inside there phone, they just want it to work. Some of us get a high in seeing what really goes into making a world class phone like the HTC One X. In fact, sometimes we might even need to open the phone up on our own to replace a “non-removable” battery. If you’re just browsing or you want to find out how to open your One X, hit break for some more pics and the source link for more info.
Reports have been coming in that Verizon had silently posted the HTC DROID Incredible 4G for sale on DroidDoes.com. The page listed complete specs, pricing and the option to buy it now. Unfortunately it seems that someone decided to pull the page down almost as soon as it was put up. Just to recap, the DROID Inc 4G is rumored to have a 1.2 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4.3 inch qHD (960 x 540) display, Sense 4 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Feel free to check out the source link below in the chance that you might get another lucky glimpse of this elusive HTC smartphone.
Canada has been seeing a lot of HTC love lately with Rogers getting the HTC One X last week. This time, thanks to an anonymous tipster, Bell is getting in on the goods with the HTC One V set to arrive on May 3. Reminiscent of the HTC Legend of old, the One V is built with a uni-body aluminum shell surrounding a 3.7 inch SLCD2 display. Inside, you will find a 1 GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage with micro SD card support, 5 MP camera, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s no official word on pricing at this time but the HTC One V will be advertised toward the mid-range smartphone crowd. Personally, I think this is a pretty smooth looking device, however I wouldn’t mind a bump in the specs department. Anyone planning on picking up one of these HTC crowbars next week?
HTC is looking to jump in on the chipmaking party by partnering with ST-Ericsson. According to the China Times, HTC:
“Will develop a dedicated application processor that will be incorporated into its low-end smartphones when production starts next year”.
There seems to be a few suggestions for why HTC is moving towards its own development of chips and processors. For starters, Apple and Samsung each have their own powerful line of processors with their A4/A5/A5X and Exynos chips which offer great performance and enhancements, while keeping the development in-house. HTC will likely look to follow the success of both manufacturers and create a top-quality chip for its own devices. In addtion, HTC will likely want to reduce its association with both Qualcomm and NVIDIA. An example is HTC’s own flagship One X smartphone which features the Tegra 3 in unlocked and European versions, but the Snapdragon S4 in the 4G LTE versions. Having its own in-house processor will avoid any compatibility problems currently plaguing the One X (i.e. not being able to have an integrated LTE modem on the Tegra 3 chip).
HTC is a reputable brand and is generally well-regarded when it comes to the development of the hardware in its devices, but you gotta admit— it is moving into unknown territory and you have to think that it may be getting ahead of itself. Hopefully the first line of chips will offer premium performance as the Exynos and A4/A5/A5X line of processors do.
source: The Next Web