HTC planning UK press event October 6th, possible Euro Vigor debut

Hot on the heels of this morning’s announcement of the HTC Rhyme, news comes to us that HTC is planning a UK press event in London on October 6th.

Although HTC has not disclosed any specifics on what will be covered, there are a few candidates that would qualify for such an event:

  • HTC Rhyme – We know that the European version will be available next month, but specifics on the release are still unclear.
  • HTC Vigor – The rumored 4.3-inch 720p HD display running at 1280×720 and packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor would definitely be worthy of its own press release if a European offering is on deck.

While the exact location of the event has not been made public, that type of info usually gets released on the companies HTC UK Facebook page.  We will keep an eye on that page and keep you updated as additional details on the October 6th event come to light.

Update: O2 just announced they will be the only UK network to carry the Rhyme starting October 17th.   I guess that makes the HTC Vigor our #1 contender for the October 6th event!

[via slashgear]

HTC Rhyme officially announced for Verizon followed by Asia and Europe [Video]

HTC has officially announced the Rhyme. It features a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) display, 1GHz single-core processor, 768MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Android 2.3, and Sense 3.5.

The Rhyme is all about the accessories. They will offer the charm indicator which will light up purple so you never miss a call. You will also find a sports arm band, Bluetooth headset, and the plugless charging dock.

It was originally called the Bliss and is aimed at females, but I am not sure how “Rhyme” is better suited. It will be available on Verizon Wireless on September 29th for $199, with pre-orders beginning September 22nd, followed by Asia and Europe next month.

Update: O2 just announced they will be the only UK network to carry it starting October 17th. A bunch of videos after the break.


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HTC Cutting Back On Using Metal In Favor Of More Plastic?

There may be some of you that are turned off by plastic and sometimes cheap feeling phones. Some of you may like the light weight plastic can bring to your smartphone, or you may not care either way. Well, what ever side of the fence you are on, rumor has it that HTC has made a decision to lean toward the plastic side of things. According to the rumors, HTC will be moving from having 60% of it’s current lineup in a metal chassis to something closer to 30% next year. It’s also known though that HTC has been interested in Nano Molding Technology that allows news ways to build phones using less connective components, so maybe they have something else up their sleeves. I’ll hold off any judgement until I hold some of these devices next year, but as it stands currently, I am not a fan of all plastic. What’s your stance?

[via pocketnow]

HTC Pico poses for the press

Pictured above is the official press shot of the HTC Pico, a casual or budget minded device rumored to run on a 600MHz processor. The phone is also rumored to have 384MB or 512MB RAM. There’s a 5MP camera opposite of that 3.2″ HVGA screen, and speaking of which, that is Sense 3.5 being displayed. Perhaps we’ll hear more info on this Gingerbread device during HTC’s NYC event tomorrow.

[via pocketnow]

LG Optimus 3D and HTC Desire S Get Sprinkled With Some CyanogenMOD Love

The CyanogenMOD team continues to remain hard at work with gracing every device possible with their popular hit ROM. The latest and greatest to join the ranks are the LG Optimus 3D and HTC Desire S aka the HTC Saga.  It’s clear the team won’t stop until they’ve made a world wide recognized brand, if they haven’t done so already, and we’ve got no complaints here.   You can hit up our previous posts to get an idea of the slew and variety of different devices they’ve been working on.  The LG Optimus 3D has been given a very early build of CM7 and we highly look forward to seeing a finished and stable release.  In addition, the HTC Saga/Desire S has made the list of CyanogenMOD nightlies.  If you’re feeling frisky and want to get in on the action, we won’t stop you.  Just be aware of the possible bugs you’ll experience until it’s stable.  If you’re still willing, then head on over to the CyanogenMOD page via the source link and be a part of the success.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via Ricardo CerqueiraCyanogenMOD ]

HTC gets second chance in Apple patent dispute

With all of Apple’s latest lawsuits a-many, it could be hard to stay up to date with who and why Apple is suing. On July 15th an ITC judge determined that HTC infringed on two out of four patents that were in question. The patents found to infringe are, software that allows transmission of multiple types of data, and a system that identifies a phone number in an email allowing the receiver to direct dial the number simply by clicking on it.

Luckily for HTC, the U.S. Trade commission recently decided to review the judges findings and will ultimately decide the fate of HTC and its U.S. product line. HTC is happy about the decision for review, “and we are confident in our case,” said HTC spokesman, Adam Emery. If found guilty a ban may be placed on all of their Android based phones which equate to 36% of all U.S. Android based phones. Apple doing what they do best, countered the finding and said that if the commission opted to review the patents that were infringed, the agency also should consider the two that were found to not be infringed.


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HTC Vigor to Be the Droid Incredible HD? We’ll Know By October 13th

Our brothers in green over at droid-life received a supposed leaked document today that reveal a release date and a name change for the HTC Vigor as the HTC Droid Incredible HD. Now keep in mind that the veracity of the document is a bit questionable, but the facts listed on it do line up with what’s already been said. The exception to this is the listing of the screen resolution specs, which contradict each other. At first it says that it has a WVGA (or a resolution of 800 x 480) but then goes on to say that the screen is “optimized for HD content” with a resolution of 1280 x 720. Sounds a bit fishy, but then again internal corporate messages aren’t always incredibly up to snuff. Regardless, the document lists a release date of October 13th, so we’ll certainly know for sure by that date. What do you think? Real or fake? Let us know in the comments!

[via droid-life]

Droid Incredible 1 & 2 Get Sense 3.5 Courtesy of ROM Ports of HTC Bliss & Runnymede

HTC is doing a pretty admirable job of keeping its future devices under wraps (though not without their share of a few leaks), so we don’t know exactly what to expect with timeframes for the HTC Bliss & Bass (aka Runnymede). That said, if you’re rocking a rooted Droid Incredible 1 or 2 and you’re curious to dip into the realm of Sense 3.5, XDA has you covered. Users wdfowty and newtoroot have released their ports of both ROMs to the Incredible 1 and 2 respectively, giving flash hungry ROM-aholics like myself something to whet their appetites. If you’re feeling a bit daring, click into the links after the break, but remember: you do so at your own risk and make sure to read ALL of the directions. There’s also a video of Sense 3.5 in action after the break, so jump on in!
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HTC Vigor Graced with Its First Press Shots

We had written a few days ago of a leaked list of phones set to be released on Verizon. Of these, two were of great interest: the Samsung Prime and the Thunderbolt 2, set to replace the Droid Charge (reviewed here) and the Thunderbolt, respectively. Come to find out, the Thunderbolt 2 is going to be the HTC Vigor, and you can expect some pretty sweet specs. There’s nothing as far as any word on details beyond the press shot above, but stay tuned and you’ll know as soon as we know!

[via pocketnow]

HTC Runnymede Gets a Major Name Upgrade as the HTC Bass

There are certain names that just didn’t/don’t get you cool points in school. I’m not gonna call anyone out or anything, but I’m sure you can think of a few. “Runnymede” would definitely be one of those names. The good news is that apparently HTC is not that kind of parent, and “Runnymede” was merely a codename. If Handtec is to be believed, the name that the device will ship with will be the HTC Bass, a moniker that makes a lot of sense given its Beats Audio relationship. The official press shot, render, and specs that we had originally posted for the device still remain the same. Also, it’s looking like a Beats Solo headset will be included with the device.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the HTC Bass will most likely have these specs:

  • 4.7-inch, 480×800 display
  • 1.5GHz single-core MSM8255 (same CPU as Flyer)
  • 768MB of RAM / 16GB of storage
  • Eight-megapixel / 720p rear-camera with dual flashes & 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam
  • under 10 millimeters thick
  • Sense 3.5
  • DLNA
  • Bundled Beats headphones (not earphones)
  • Android 2.3.4

Certainly not a poor contender, though the focus is definitely audio fanciness over general performance. Click the Handtec link below for a chance to get your very own, and make sure to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.

[via pocketnow, original source handtec]