While HTC Sense 6.0 is set to be released tomorrow along with the all new HTC One, the update schedule for the software was leaked today for existing HTC phones, answering a number of questions people had concerning Sense 6.0 and whether or not existing phones would get it.
According to the leaks, the software will first be brought to the One itself, followed by the One Max and the One Mini. The One will be getting the update sometime in May or June, with the One Max and One Mini getting it in June or July. Not only that, but the HTC Butterfly S will also get the update sometime in June or July. Unfortunately, that’s where updates end and there are no current plans for any other devices to get the update.
HTC has had the worst time keeping their 2014 flagship device a secret. We’ve seen a ton of leaks about every little thing about the device, and there have even been a few hands on video already, some of which were a little more official than others. But hey, since we’ve seen it all, why not go through some unboxing photos for good measure?
Russian retailer PDA Plaza managed to get a hold of a Verizon version of the device and photographed every detail of opening it up. If you’ve ever opened a new device before, you won’t be surprised to see plastic bags and wrapping all over the device. Nothing too extraordinary here.
We are only two days away from the unveiling of the All New HTC One (M8) so why not another thorough hands on video review? I have good news and bad news. First, the good news, this video is much better than previous ones. The bad news is that it’s in German, and Google’s closed caption translator isn’t all that effective. Still, you can get a pretty good idea of the new Sense 6.0 and some of the new Duo Camera features.
The video is a total of 14:02, but the camera section is pretty thorough and starts at about 5:30. The reviewer says the main lens is 4.1 UltraPixel and the secondary lens is 2MP. This contradicts with an earlier report indicating at least one lens is 16MP. As expected, the front-facing camera comes in at 5MP. The review does show how you can re-focus images in certain spots, and he even shows a tilting 3D effect, which I still don’t get.
There was a report that the All New HTC One (M8) would be available in the UK right after HTC’s official unveiling this Tuesday. Of course everyone in the U.S. wanted to know where the love is, and we have an answer. A very “trusted source” has confirmed that Verizon Wireless, yup that’s right, Big Red, will offer the phone this Tuesday, March 25, at 1:00pm which is right after the unveiling. I guess that marketing poster we saw a couple of days was real.
For those of you on AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile, your day will come, but it won’t be for another two weeks. Earlier reports indicated the global launch for that exact timeframe, so it looks that rumor will hold.
According to Twitter user @evleaks the all new HTC One (M8) will retail for $600, which is the same as the current HTC One. This news comes just days before the official release of the device, which is set to be released on the 25th of March.
It was also revealed in the same tweet that the device will come in gold, just like the previous HTC One. The gold version of the device will only be available at Best Buy.
HTC has released another “technical translation” video to keep the hype train going for the March 25th unveiling of the All New One. The previous videos in this marketing campaign have gone over improvements to BoomSound, the premium metal body, and the Ultrapixel camera of the device. The fourth video recaps one of the coolest software features of the original HTC One: Zoe.
This technical translation breaks down exactly what makes HTC Zoe so special, and (sort of) tells us what awesome new things Zoe will do on the All New One. Yes, the phone is still pixelated, and yes, all the worthwhile information is still censored.
A promotional page on Twitter is making the rounds and bringing news of an “amazing new HTC device” to be released soon. The “share the secret” page really isn’t leaving much to speculation, with a mock up image of a device that looks strangely similar to the all new HTC One, also known as the HTC M8. The page also gives a price for the device, with an approximate retail price being $639.99.
Furthermore, AT&T is giving away 5 handsets between today and March 25, or one per day until the official launch of the device. People can also earn additional entries into the competition by sharing links with their friends on Facebook and Twitter.
There it is! A ton of people, including myself, were wondering whether or not HTC would be live streaming the announcement of next HTC One. The answer is yes. A live stream will go live next week on March 25, next Tuesday. The page currently has a countdown that reads “THE BEST IS ABOUT TO GET BETTER” and includes a timeline of tweets involving HTC.
As you can tell, my tweet did make it to HTC’s timeline on the countdown page. If that kind of stuff makes you giddy, tweet HTC and head over to the source link. We will be live from HTC’s announcement in New York City next week, so stay tuned.
With sales of the Nexus 7 not hitting their mark, rumor has it that Google is already looking to July to release a new generation of tablet that’s just a little bigger. More rumors have the 8-inch tablet coming in at close to nine, 8.9 inches to be exact. While the Nexus line is famous for bringing quality hardware at a lower-than-premium price point, a new rumor suggests that this new tablet will break away from that tradition.
HTC’s All New One has passed through Chinese TENAA certification, and the listing finally confirms the last thing we didn’t know about the device; the megapixel count of the two cameras on the rear of the device.
The TENAA listing has reported two resolutions for the All New One, one of which is a 16 megapixel shooter, and the other is listed as a 4 megapixel camera. That makes it pretty clear HTC is going to try a 3D photo gimmick with this device, so the next reasonable explanation would be mixing the 4 MP Ultrapixel camera with an uber-high resolution 16 MP camera. In low-light situations, the Ultrapixel camera can take over for sharp shots, and in brighter situations, the higher resolution camera can take the crystal clear shots.