HTC admits to boosting benchmarks on the M8

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All_New_HTC_One_M8_Featured_LargeAdd this to the not so shocking category of news that we cover, but it appears that HTC is actually boosting its all new HTC One’s benchmarks. Citing a “high performance mode” the company admits that yes, it does indeed boost these scores. Like other companies, Samsung for example, HTC engineers have “optimized” the software to run in certain scenarios. The folks at c|net received an email in response to this discovery, and an HTC rep had this to say:

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HTC One M8 in high demand in Taiwan

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While the HTC One M8 launched in a few countries last week, its still not available worldwide just yet. One place it is available however, and high in demand, is HTC’s home country of Taiwan. Focus Taiwan reports that One M8 orders “have been doubling every day” in Taiwan since its launch date of March 25, and according to the handset’s local distributor, demand is currently “higher than supply” right now.

U.S. carriers don’t seem to be having the same problem with stock, perhaps due to its limited sellers. The One M8 is only being sold online, with the exception of Verizon offering it at their actual store locations. On April 11, all carrier stores will have the phone in stock.

Source: Focus Taiwan
Via: PhoneArena

HTC Desire 316 official in China

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HTC-Desire-316The rumored HTC Desire 316 is official. The device appeared on HTC China’s website as the latest addition to the company’s Desire lineup. The 316 is a slightly different version of the Desire 516. The link to the handset’s description actually shows 516, but the description is clearly of the 316.

The new smartphone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and has a 5-inch qHD (540 x 960) display with a 1,950 mAh battery. It weighs 160 grams, measures 140 x 72 x 9.7 mm, and features a 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and microSD card support. On the back of the device there’s a 1,950 mAh battery.

Source: HTC China
Via: PhoneArena

 

Has HTC succumbed to benchmark cheating?

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Let me preface this post by saying that I don’t give a rat’s you know what about benchmarks, and I have made that clear in the majority of my reviews. Benchmarks don’t provide real life details, but the fact that companies can cheat on them makes them even more irrelevant. Samsung was caught numerous times doing this, and I would never think HTC would do the same, but when you look at the numbers, they very well might be.

In looking at the AnTuTu Benchmarks, the HTC One  (M8) came in at 38,815, which blows away other phones with the same Snapdragon 801 chipset. The Galaxy S 5 came in at 34,898, the LG G Pro 2 was 30,068, and the Sony Xperia Z2 came in at 32,768.

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HTC president claims Samsung Galaxy S5 is “just a cheap piece of plastic”

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While HTC certainly does make some nice phones, Samsung‘s sales have always been higher than HTC’s. Because of the fact that both companies have new flagship devices launching at almost the same time, there is quite a bit of competition between them, which is perhaps why HTC president Jason Mackenzie wasn’t too reserved about his opinions on Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S5.

Mackenzie critiqued Samsung, saying that they don’t invest in customers, but instead invest in advertising. This is a common critique of the company. He then went on to say that Samsung’s device was made out of cheap plastic, and that HTC is aiming for customers who “want the best”.

Source: Business Insider

HTC One M8 Mini appears on Swedish carrier site

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While the all new HTC One was announced on Tuesday, there was no mention of a small version of the device, and the fact that there was a mini version of the last HTC One doesn’t mean there will be one this time around. Despite this, a HTC One Mini has appeared on a Swedish carrier, Telia’s, site.

The fact that such a device exists isn’t really surprising, and releasing a mini version of the device would be a no brainer for HTC considering the fact that not everyone wants a device the size of the One. Specifications of the device have yet to be released.

Source: Swedroid
Via: Phandroid

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint’s HTC One Max receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

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AT&T and Sprint are now rolling out the KitKat update to both the Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One Max, respectively.

AT&T is now rolling out the KitKat update to its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which will bring an improved user interface, ability to choose the default messaging app, improved GPS functionality, direct camera access from the lockscreen and much more. You can check the full changelog below: » Read the rest

AT&T HTC One Mini receives Android 4.4 KitKat

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AT&T is now rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the HTC One Mini along with the HTC Sense™ 5.5.

Just like always, the update is a staggered one which means that the OTA update will be available for some users right away, while it might reach other customers a week or two later. The update carries the version number 3.10.502.3, and since it is sized at 658 MB, you will need to be on Wi-Fi to download it.

Based on the changelog posted on AT&T’s website, the new update includes “key enhancements to the user interface, phone dialer app, lock screen, caller ID, HTC BlinkFeed™ apps”. In addition, you will get an improved user interface with restyled status and navigation bars, emoji support, enhanced bluetooth and security as well as the ability to directly look up for contacts from the dial pad and much more.

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HTC looks to double their market share in 2014

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HTC might have made the best phone of last year (and this year), but their results are from manufacturer of the year. When it comes to smartphones, Apple and Samsung clearly dominate. Companies like LG, HTC, Sony, and Motorola are just sitting at the bottom of the barrel hoping to catch fire.

HTC’s 2013 smartphone market share wasn’t even 5 percent, but they have big plans for 2014. CEO Peter Chou has set a goal of reaching 8-10 percent of the market. It doesn’t seem like much, but that certainly won’t be any easy task.

Furthermore, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang feels they will return to profitability by the 2nd quarter of this year. Better smartphones sales will help achieve that, but they also confirmed they are planning on launching a tablet as well as a wearable device, most likely a smartwatch.

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Verizon now offering 30% discount on the new HTC One (M8) along with the BOGO deal

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Verizon is already offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on the new HTC One (M8) and on top of that, you can get up to a 30% discount on the price of the HTC One (M8) you’re paying for.

Of course, this can be combined with the BOGO deal which Verizon is offering, but you’ll have to sign a 2 year contract. To get the 30% discount, you’ll have to enter the discount code VERIZON30 at checkout. This means that with the BOGO deal, you can get two HTC One (M8) handsets for just $139.99 on contract. » Read the rest