More details have surfaced about HTC’s flagship device, the Endeavor, which is expected to be announced at MWC this year. It’s already been reported that it will be running Android 4.0, adorn a 4.7″ 720p screen, an 8 MP rear facing camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and tout 1GB of RAM. A Tegra 3 based 1.5GHz quad-core processor is reported to be the brains of the device.
Now we have some more insight into what the Endeavor will bring, including some confirmations and details of the aforementioned specs. There’s been quite a few details uncovered, but here are what I believe are the most important:
- The phone will be Beats branded including software, device branding and will include Beats headphones in the box
- Like the Galaxy Nexus, the Endeavor will ship with a 5-pogo-pin connector for use with a speaker dock
- No MicroSD slot, and will be using MicroSIM technology
- The quad-core Tegra processor has been confirmed as an nVidia AP33 1.5GHz/XMM6260
- The screen will be of SuperLCD variety — no OLED
Seems to me that this phone might even make me swallow an early upgrade fee and retire my Galaxy SII
for now. We’ll have to see as more details surface. Hit the source for details in their entirety.
For those of you folks looking to buy a new yet affordable Android tablet, let me clue you in on a great deal that is going on right now. Buy.com is offering a refurbished 16GB HTC Flyer on their website for only $199.99. In case you didn’t know, the Flyer is a 7-inch tablet that currently runs Android 2.3, and of course there is HTC Sense on top of that too. One thing to keep in mind is that the tablet has been confirmed to be updated to Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but don’t plan on it ever seeing ICS. To see the full specs run-down be sure to check out our earlier post here. There you will find all the gritty details on this device to better help you make a decision.
I feel that the 7-inch platform is an excellent choice when looking for a tablet. It’s small enough to be more portable than a 10-inch and it’s big enough to have a pleasant multimedia experience. When you compare the Flyer to the likes of a kindle Fire, I would much rather have the Flyer. Especially since the price point is the same with this deal, to me it seems like a no-brainer. I should also mention that if you were hoping to get a stylus with this deal, you will need to purchase one separately. Also, even though this is a refurbished unit you still get a 90-day manufacturers warranty. A pretty smokin’ deal considering you can buy a new one for around $400 right now. Hit up the source link to place your order.
With incredible awe and wonder, we’re all still on “Edge” as to what the heck HTC has up their sleeves for MWC this year. As news continues to trickle down the pipeline, according to several other sites, some possible nomenclature has surfaced for these devices. “One X”, “One S” and “One V” look to be possible HTC names to hit some anticipated devices in Barcelona this year. Pocketnow reports that the HTC One X will be the name given to the previously mentioned “Edge” and/or “Endeavor”. And the boys over at SlashGear are claiming that the previously announced Ville will be dubbed the One S. We’re also being told that when it comes to writing the names out, HTC will add the “X” and “S” as superscript in the titles, further showing it to be HTC’s branding. And our friends over at Pocket-lint are claiming that the third handset on HTC’s roster will be called the “One V” and is reported to be a music centric device like the Rhyme. Sources state that the V will house a 3.7-inch display, Android’s ICS 4.0 and a 1 GHz CPU most likely by Qualcomm.
source: The Verge
With Samsung doing very well with their letter-based naming scheme, HTC is looking to the same. It only makes sense because how many different names can you come up with? It’s the perfect way to simplify things since they recently announced a cut back on the number of phones they will release this year.
We’ve already told you about the official names of the Endeavor and the Ville. which will be called the One X and One S when they get unveiled at Mobile World Congress.
Here’s an announcement that always brings a smile to my face. The wonderful folks over at HTC have just added yet again some new devices to their line-up of handsets with unlockable bootloaders.
We’ve added more devices to the bootloader unlocking tool on HTCdev, including the HTC Hero, Legend, Droid Eris, myTouch 3G, and myTouch 4G.
Time to unleash your brilliance. HTC is constantly pushing to create the ultimate experience for developers. Now you can access the tools you need to make great things happen. OpenSense SDK. HTC Sense…
So, what are you waiting for? Hit the source link and get your booty unlocking party on. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Feel free as well to hit up our new forums with any questions or issues you might have on a specific device.
It appears that HTC is planning on pushing Beats Audio anyway they can. While also planning a streaming music service to take on companies like Spotify it appears that the Taiwanese company is in the process of building a wireless boombox that could connect to your HTC phone over bluetooth to stream music. Currently the company sells a wireless boombox made by Monster however due to the recent break up of Monster and Beats Audio, HTC and Beats Audio may have to press forward on their own.
If the sources of PocketLint are correct, HTC will be getting the
coveted Sony Playstation certification for its smartphones and tablets in the second half of this year. It is expected for Sony and HTC to make the announcement at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a couple weeks.
The PlayStation certification program kicked off last year with the announcement of the PlayStation Vita. Sony Entertainment CEO, and soon-to-be Sony Co. president, Kaz Hirai, says that this certification program was intended to expand the PlayStation experience across many platforms, beyond just the PSP borders. It has been a slow start for the program as not many device manufacturers have jumped on the opportunity to become certified. Maybe it’s because the Xperia Play didn’t take off as well as Sony had hoped, I don’t know.
There’s been a lot of concern in the Android community lately for how OEM’s will improve upon, or ruin, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Thanks to a leaked RUU (ROM Update Utility) for the Endeavor, we have an early preview of what apparent enhancements HTC has planned for the latest Android OS and Sense 4.0. Also, after some sifting through the zip we came across nfc.img, all but solidifying the inclusion of NFC as well as indications that Beats Audio will be on board. Plenty of screen shots featuring the lock screen and home screen widgets await just past the break.
If you are in the market for a new smartphone and taking good pictures is an important factor in deciding then maybe these test photos will help you in deciding. This collection shows photos from six HTC phones and tablets, including a few that will probably be seen at MWC this month in Barcelona. What you may finding intriguing is the fact that some of the photos suggest that some of these devices have received codename changes from their original names. As you already know the HTC Edge became the Endeavor. Hit the break to check out these images. Also, make a note of the Quattro tablet name change… Enjoy!
- Photo courtesy of PhoneArena
HTC has been fairly mum to start the new year while quietly working in the background working on devices and not drawing any sort of attention. However, we are now seeing some of its work finally come to fruition in the form of an attactive new Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone which has emerged from the wild. This mysterious phone comes fully-loaded too featuring the following:
- 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- Sense UI 4.0
- 8MP Camera with VGA FF camera
- AMOLED screen
- 4G LTE connectivity
While the identity of the device is a mystery, we may have a hunch of what it will be. First off the specs seems to match up with a few existing HTC phones out there– namely the Rezound smartphone even though the processor is not clocked as fast. Also, The 4G LTE radio stands out in the featured specs as well. While we’re not certain by any means, this device seems to match up with a certain 4G LTE global phone Verizon does have planned for release at some point this year, especially since the phone has a giant 4G LTE logo as well which almost always is a dead giveaway for Verizon Wireless devices. So this could possibly be the HTC Fireball we’re looking at ladies and gentlemen.
There’s one unusual thing to point out about the phone. While ICS devices will generally use on-screen buttons, we see this mysterious device featuring not only the familiar hardware buttons, but four hardware buttons to be exact instead three. Of course this device is a prototype and will likely be modified and have a few changes once its formally released to the masses later in the year. You’d still think however, that the four buttons are still a bit of a head-scratcher even if it is a prototype.
There are no other additional details of this smartphone, but stay tuned with TA for further details or news.
(Photos courtesy of PhoneArena)