Ok— the HTC One X is an awesome phone, we get it. After seeing it get unboxed recently, HTC went ahead and highlighted the device’s limitless possibilities with its camera and ImageSense software. You do remember ImageSense is a big part of the phone, right? Although we had seen some lackluster photos taken from the device recently, a clever video has been revealed which more than makes up for the HTC One X’s perceived shortcomings with its camera and software. The video highlights the One X going toe to toe with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Sony Xperia S smartphones. While one could interpret the tests as being slightly subjective— you will note how quickly the HTC takes photos in comparison to the Xperia S and Galaxy Nexus, while the One X destroys both devices when the camera is in burst mode (burst mode takes for 4 photos per second). Very impressive indeed.
Talk about raising the bar for cameras on our Androids. What do you all think? You folks impressed with the phone’s camera software yet?
Well we’ve got some great news to kick off your weekend, that is if you are an owner of a DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX, or the HTC Rezound. According to a leaked screenshot from Best Buy, it looks like the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX will start receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next Wednesday, April 4. The HTC Rezound is scheduled for 2 days later, on April 6.
If you remember the latest Motorola report on the status of ICS showed “still under evaluation” for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX. That of course made everyone angry, but I’ve talked to Motorola reps and they told me to expect the ICS update in the 2nd quarter. Well guess what? The 2nd quarter begins this Sunday, April 1. Now usually when someone gives an estimate like this, it’s rarely at the beginning of the quarter, but lets face it, Motorola has been pretty good with updating DROID devices. Since the RAZR and RAZR MAXX are flagship devices, I would be surprised if this information isn’t true. Just to make things a little more interesting, soak test invites just went out for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX so things are adding up.The only issue is if this update will be be bug free, which wasn’t the case with the Gingerbread updates they deployed last summer starting with the DROID X. Lets hope this goes a lot smoother.
As to the Rezound, things have been quiet, but we did see the AT&T Vivid get the official update, so it won’t be a shock if the Rezound also follows suit next week with a little ice cream lovin.
We will let you know more as soon as we hear it.
We know that the T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G is all set for the upcoming Android 4.0 + Sense 3.6 UI update, but there has been an unexpected delay in the prep process. According to T-Mobile’s Facebook page, HTC has sent the ICS ROM to T-Mobile, but apparently the ROM did not pass T-Mo’s gold standard of quality checks. T-Mobile has since sent the ROM right back to HTC for further testing and are hoping the bugs and kinks will be worked out sooner than later before the official update is released to customers. Here’s T-Mobile’s specific statement:
We’ve seen various confirmations of devices getting the coveted Android 4.0 update this year from wireless carriers throughout the U.S., but what about our neighbors to the north? While most Canadian mobile users still do not know of when they will receive the ICS update, Canadian wireless carrier Bell has gone ahead and confirmed it will be pushing out the update to several select devices. While Bell specifically highlights “support for some features vary by manufacturer”, it’s provided a specific list showing the concrete dates of updates for the following devices:
- Samsung Galaxy S II – April 2012
- Samsung Galaxy Note – April 2012
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – May 2012
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE – June 2012
- HTC Sensation – June 2012
- HTC Raider – June 2012
- LG Optimus LTE – July 2012
If you’re on Bell and own one of those devices, be prepared for an enhanced Android experience.
source: Mobile Syrup
The HTC One S has already been announced for T-Mobile, but when? With Europe getting the complete HTC One series in early April, it has to be pretty soon right? Well there aren’t any obvious assumptions in mobile, but things might be looking good for April 22. Sunday isn’t a normal day for T-Mobile releases. Usually it’s a Wednesday or Friday, but since they’ve launched phones on Sundays before, it could be a strong possibility. Love to hear from T-Mobile customers. Are you excited for the One S?
The HTC One X is no doubt an impressive phone— whether in its Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4 form. While the device has generated a lot of buzz and excitement, we do know there is a clear difference between the two versions besides the chipset: the Snapdragon version has an LTE chip, the Tegra 3 version doesn’t. People may not realize that HTC has casually made mention of an HTC One XL smartphone, but there has been some minor confusion of what that smartphone actually is. Here’s a quick answer for you all: the HTC One XL smartphone is essentially the AT&T version of the HTC One X without the AT&T branding that will be released specifically for international markets utilizing LTE technology.
There’s a few theories on why this is too. AT&T perhaps wanted to keep the more edgy HTC One X branding, but HTC realized it needs to cater to other growing LTE markets worldwide. That means in order to bring an LTE variant of the One X smartphone outside of the US, it will need to need to you guessed it– bring the Snapdragon S4 version of the device. Instead of causing confusion abroad by having two different versions of the device bearing the same name, HTC kept things simple and named the Tegra 3 version of the device the One X and the Snapdragon S4 version of the device the One XL.
So there you have it gang. The One X will also be known as the Tegra 3 version. The One XL will be also known as the Snapdragon S4 LTE version. And those of us in the U.S. will have the lucky honor of having AT&T’s version of the One XL known as the One X. OK… so there is some minor confusion for us here in the States, but you hey– you get the point.
We won’t see anything here in the U.S. for a couple of months, but those of you in Europe get to check out the new HTC One Series starting next week. Of course we may never see the likes of a Tegra 3 version stateside, so we’re seriously jealous. Those of you in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will be able to get your hands on your choice of the HTC One X, One S, or One V starting this Monday, April 2. We certainly aren’t surprised with this date since everybody and their brother has been reporting an early April release and we’ve already seen pre-orders started in the U.K.
The One X is expected to come in around at €599 (CHF 719), the One S will cost €499 (CHF 599), and the One V will be €299 (CHF 349). For those of you clamorring to get your hands on one (no pun intended), it might be a long weekend for you.
Today is a joyous day for owners of the UK version of the HTC Sensation smartphone. We know HTC pledged to unleash the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device, but it was uncertain of when each device would actually receive the update. HTC Sensation smartphones operating under Vodafone UK’s mobile network has gradually begun receiving the Android 4.0 update. Here’s Vodafone’s comments on the exciting update:
“Great news. The testing of the ICS update for HTC Sensation is complete, and we plan to start rolling out the update tomorrow, 29th March.
The update will be rolled out in phases by the Over The Air service, so if yours doesn’t appear right away, you can either wait for it to appear, or go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now.”
Those of you on the device will now have an added lease on life, thanks to ICS and of course Diet Sense-4.0. Guess that means you guys can stick it to your Samsung Galaxy S II bretheren, right?
It’s no secret. The iPod owns the portable media player sector, but that hasn’t stopped Android OEMs from taking a stab it. Most recently, the Samsung Galaxy Players have been top dog for team Android, but it appears HTC is near ready to join in the fun and with a novel design it seems. The screenshots you see here in this post are taken from a patent filing from Q1 2011. In the illustrations (another after the break) you can clearly see a kickstand as well as multiple speaker grills. This thing looks like its ready to crank it up to 11, no sweat, and since its HTC, a device like this has got to have Beats on board. Of particular interest is that it appears the speakers are ordinarily hidden and you slide the two back halves to create the surround sound experience. Speaking of Surround, we’ve seen an approach similar to this on the Windows powered HTC Surround. Looks like they saved the better stuff for Android!
Yesterday’s benchmark looked pretty good for the AT&T version of the HTC One X, but today’s benchmark brings it back to reality. We already know the AT&T version of the One X won’t get the super fast NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, but for some reason people are trying to prove the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 is going to be just as fast. Yesterday’s benchmark was on the Vellamo browser, but that was built by Qualcomm. Do you see where I’m going with this?
Anyways, we now have results from the ANdEbench, AnTuTu, and CF-Bench. What did we find out? We found out that the S4 is definitely an upgrade over the S3 as it should be, but not as daunting when you eliminate the Vellamo results.
I have to be honest, in the majority of my reviews I’ve stated that benchmarks really don’t mean much. It simply doesn’t give you a solid picture of real life, but I know a lot of people get fired up over them. The bottom line is that I don’t think the AT&T One X will be able to stack up with the Tegra 3 version, but will it still be a solid phone? Of course it will, and I’m positive the majority of consumers will be quite pleased with it. Hit the break for more results.