Taiwanese carrier FarEasTone Telecommunications has inadvertently revealed HTC is preparing to launch a red version of the HTC One Max. The new color will join silver in the stable of versions that are currently available. With the HTC One, originally launched in silver and black, HTC eventually released red and blue versions. HTC could be on the same path with the HTC One Max, although it may be a little early to predict such an action since the new red version is limited to the Taiwanese market for now.
The latest deal for Black Friday is a price drop for the full retail price on three of Verizon’s best devices. The HTC One Max, LG G2, and DROID Ultra by Motorola are all seeing their full price drop. The One Max and G2 can be bought off-contract for $499 each and the DROID Ultra is available for $449. What is is interesting is that this may not even be a Black Friday-only deal. This could actually be a permanent drop on some great devices. To get your hands on these discounted off-contract phones, hit the source link to be taken to Verizon’s page.
Own an unlocked or Developer Edition HTC One? Well, you’re device is going to be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update starting today. The HTC USA account tweeted that both of those variants will have KitKat and Sense 5.5 brought to them first. Since this is a roll out, be aware that you may not receive the update for a few days or weeks.
Source: HTC USA (Twitter)
Although not as successful as they had hoped, the HTC One was highly regarded by the tech community, including myself. HTC had a clear winner in terms of design so they figured they would build upon that by “enlarging” the phone into a phablet since the demand continues to grow for phones that are large and in charge. The HTC One Max looks just like the One, only much bigger. HTC wasn’t able to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S 4 in the 5-inch category so will they be able to compete with the Galaxy Note 3 in the phablet category? HTC is hoping a few extras like a fingerprint scanner and a microSD slot will entice you, but is it enough and does the greatness of the HTC One translate to a much larger version? Hit the break to find out.
Video Highlights and Zoe are probably my favorite proprietary software features of this year, but I will admit Video Highlights lacked in some areas. HTC made some upgrades with Android 4.2, but they really knocked it out of the park with Sense 5.5 / Android 4.3. For starters, they changed the look of the Gallery, making it easier to navigate with swipes. For Video Highlights, they revamped the interface making things so much easier, changed up the themes (or effects), and added the ability to use your own songs. You can even pick exactly what part of the song you want. About the only thing left is for HTC to give us the ability to make our videos longer, but hey, they need something for Sense 6 don’t they?
Also in Sense 5.5 is the ability to make GIFs from Zoes. This is a needed feature since Zoes and Google’s Auto Awesome feature don’t work together anymore. With the GIF Creator, you can not only select what part of the clip you want, but you can also add effects to it like speeding it up or slowing it down.
Check out my video after the break detailing all the changes to the Gallery, Video Highlights, and the GIF Creator in Sense 5.5.
The economical Desire line keeps chugging along as HTC just announced four new handsets for Taiwan, The Desire 300, Desire 501, Desire 601, and Desire 700. The Desire 700 seems to be an affordable version of the One and it has dual-SIM capability (HSPA and GSM/EDGE). It sports a 5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a quad-core-Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 2,100mAh battery, and BoomSound. It will go for NTD 13,900 ($470).
HTC generally upgrades Sense with each major phone release, and the One Max is no exception. The Max gets upgraded to Sense 5.5 on top of Android 4.3 bringing some really nice enhancements. Most of the features and settings are the same, but HTC upgraded BlinkFeed and Quick Settings. BlinkFeed can now be turned off, but it might be worth keeping around with the latest enhancements. HTC also added a new “Do Not Disturb” mode for those times where you don’t want any calls from anyone that is not on an exception list. The One Max gets a fingerprint scanner so we will take a look at how that works, and last but not least, there is a new app called Scribble.
With the exception of the fingerprint scanner, most of the features should be part of the Sense 5.5 update for older phones such as the HTC One, One Mini, and so on. Hit the break for our complete video walkthrough of these new features.
Note: We covered the new Gallery, Video Highlights, and GIF Creator in a separate post.
From the 24th to the 28th of November, the HTC One is available for $49.99, and on the 29th and 30th of November, it can be snapped up for only $29.99. After that, the price will go back up to $49.99. These prices will come with two year agreements for both Sprint and Verizon customers.
We’re starting to hear more about the M8, HTC’s follow-up to the HTC One. Today’s rumor is brought to you by an AnTuTu benchmark that is showing an HTC device with the name 0P6B120. Normally, these early device benchmarks are to be expected, but what’s special about this one is just how high the mystery device is scoring. The results pin the device with a score of just over 36,000, which beats similar devices (Samsung Note 3, LG G2, etc) by a few thousand points. Obviously we’ve seen that benchmarks don’t actually equate to real-world performance, and benchmarks are extremely easy to manipulate, but this could definitely be one of the first devices to run one of Qualcomm’s slightly faster Snapdragon 805 CPUs.
Over the past several months, there has been a few leaks of a Gold HTC One, but it was usually an image of an aftermarket version of it. The HTC One body does seem to be perfect for a gold color, so HTC is finally going to offer one.
This One will come directly from HTC so you know you are getting the real deal, plus it will be a lot cheaper since it won’t be 18K gold. Underneath all that gold will be the same exact phone that we all know and love with the same specs.
HTC only mentioned that it would be available “across Europe” by Christmas, so we aren’t sure if it will hit other regions. Hit the break for the presser.