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HTC’s Nexus tablet said to get official keyboard case

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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HTC’s rumored Nexus tablet has gotten all kinds of leaks and rumors. We know the general specs, but today’s new leak brings forth an accessory (among multiple) we had never heard of before. It seems Google and HTC are putting together a keyboard case to make the HTC Volantis/Flounder a much more productive gadget.

A couple images of the product have emerged, showing only the general outline of the keyboard folio. The source gave enough details to get a general idea behind this accessory, though. The foldable area will turn into a triangular shape, making it a stand for your tablet to lay on.

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When the keyboard is not in use, the tablet is meant to lay on top of the keyboard area, making it look like a more traditional case/folio. The unit will reportedly run on Bluetooth 4.0 and a 450 mAh battery, also featuring an NFC chip for easy pairing.

The device’s measurements are 228 x 320 x 5 mm, with keys only raising 3 mm high. These numbers seem reasonable for a 9-inch tablet, which is the size we are expecting the HTC Nexus device to measure in at.

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This is looking to be a great keyboard for those who want to take full advantage of the rumored tablet. The device will be very productive at 9-inches (3:4 ratio), and the accessory can work both as a regular cover and a keyboard dock. Not to mention the battery and other useful features.

If even half of these features are true, this case will make for a must-have accessory for any HTC Volantis user. I would certainly sign up for one, but we just have to wonder how the price tag will look. It definitely doesn’t look like a cheap product, guys.


Via: The Verge;

Android Authority this week

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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The countdown to IFA has begun, and more info about the devices coming at the show surfaces every day. This week, Samsung teased us ruthlessly ahead of the Note 4 launch, HTC launched the 64-bit Desire 510 and hinted at the Desire 820, Sony’s new Xperia lineup leaked, LG launched the G3 Stylus, two new smartwatches landed, and Asus reminded us that it too has a wearable coming.

At AA HQ, we’ve been busy preparing for the big show next week and the good stuff coming later this fall. Tech news is finally picking up again, and we couldn’t be happier!

Video roundup

Check out Jayce’s popular weekly Android news roundup!

IFA is a big deal this year

Well, IFA is always a big deal because it’s the start of the busiest season in tech, the time when all companies put out their best products so they’re ready on the shelves when holiday shopping begins. Yes, the spring season is important too, but it’s the end of the year that really matters. And this year, competition is intense. Not only we have a slew of cool Android devices duking it out against each other, but the long-awaited larger iPhone is going to make the mobile race more interesting than ever. It all starts next week: Note 4, Gear VR, G Watch R, new Moto X and Moto G, new Xperia devices, and more.

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Fun, games, and a lot of hard work

Tech blogging can be hugely rewarding , especially if you’re passionate about the things you’re writing about all day. Attending shows like IFA, CES, and MWC is one of the best things about it. You get to interact with the people behind the devices, you get to see cool new toys before most people, and overall it’s just lots of fun. On the flip side, it’s also lots of work, especially if you’re part of a small team. Attending briefings, live-blogging, running from one booth to another (especially at IFA, which takes place at a huge and confusing expo complex), all while writing posts and coordinating with the team back home… it can be challenging at times. But don’t get me wrong – the sleep deprivation is totally worth it!

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We did it. Well, some of us did it. Our YouTube team (Kevin, Joe, Josh, Lanh) and our fearless leader Darcy accepted the challenge to get drenched in cold water and  donate to the ALS Association (Lahn also donated to Water.org, while Josh thoughtfully took the challenge on a patch of parched grass.) The results are in the video below – check out this post to learn where to donate and support the fight against ALS.

Coming up next

Obviously, next week will be dedicated to news from IFA, with the Note 4 front and center. Keep an eye on our tag page for round the clock coverage, and don’t forget about our YouTube channel.

Motorola programed its autumn event on September 4, but for some reason it’s in Chicago, not Berlin. Keep an eye out for our Moto X+1 and Moto G2 hands-on impressions.

A Gear Live is awaiting its new owner. And a Nexus 5 is going up for stakes through this Sunday Giveaway. Because what’s better than free gadgets?

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here’s some of our interesting content this week, perfect for some weekend reading:

Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

Note 4 rumor and teasers:

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HTC goes 64-bit

Xperia Z3 and 8-inch tablet

G3 Stylus is here

ASUS teasers

Gear S and LG G Watch R

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It is only a matter of time before HTC announces its upcoming T1 tablet that will have beastly specifications. Being that all signs point the T1 as the Nexus 8, an October launch seems likely as Android L is expected to arrive then. From Google itself, accessories for Nexus devices have remained scarce. With this tablet, however, Google and HTC are making sure they offer plenty of accessories. Leaked information reveals that a Magic Cover will be available in either leather or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The leather material will come in Natural or Black choices. The TPU Magic Cover will be offered in Coral Amethyst, Mint Indigo, Lime Stone, Indigo Black. In addition to this, a folio keyboard will be made specifically for the tablet.

Like the Nexus 7, the T1 tablet will have both WiFi and LTE-enabled variants. The source, @upleaks, claims that a ton of countries will be getting the WiFi variant including Japan and Korea. That part is expected. For the LTE variant, it will be “coming to Europe, Russia, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Australia(include NZ), Korea, HK.” Of course, the market also dictates what kind of internet connection the tablet can have. So not all of the aforementioned places will have a device capable of LTE speeds. It will work on GSM and WCDMA networks.

Source: @upleaks (1) (2) (3)

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Video: detailed 4.7-inch iPhone mockup compared to Android flagships

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Next week will be intense, to say the least. If you’re an Android fan, that is, because Apple devotees will have to wait another few days for their big event, the launch of the new iPhone.

On September 9, Apple will finally unveil a larger smartphone. Widely expected to be a 4.7-incher, the iPhone 6 will give iOS users what many of them have been openly demanding for years – a large, modern screen.

At 4.7 inches, the new iPhone could finally go toe to toe against current Android flagships, most of which feature displays of about 5 inches. In the video below, from YouTuber Macmixing, you can get a sense of how the new Apple smartphone will compare to two of the best Android devices out there, the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8).

The device in the video is obviously a mockup, but from all the leaks that have hit the web over the past months, we’re pretty sure the production device will look very similarly.

And here’s another video from GadgetJM comparing a mockup iPhone 6 with the newly launched Galaxy Alpha.

So, what say you? Are you impressed with the new, larger iPhone so far? How about the design? Is there any reason for concern for Android phone makers?


Via: Phandroid;

Sprint brings the HTC One E8 to the USA

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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The HTC One E8 has been a hit in Asia and other markets. It was only a matter of time before the One M8‘s plastic twin reached the USA. As it turns out, Sprint will be the first carrier in the States to bring the neat device to this side of the lake.

It has everything you can expect from a high-end device, mimicking most of the M8′s specs.

The Now Network will be offering the One E8 in two colors: white or gray with silver accents. It has everything you can expect from a high-end device, mimicking most of the M8′s specs. The main differences lie in the plastic body (instead of metal) and the 13 MP camera (instead of 4 MP UPixel).

These differences make the device a bit more affordable, but I know many of you find metal to be a bit too slippery, making the plastic build an improvement. Aside from these changes, you will find the same Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p display and 2,600 mAh battery on both smartphones.

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So how much is that non-metallic construction saving you? Sprint sells the HTC One E8 for $499 off-contract, or $99.99 on a 2-year contract after a mail-in rebate. Meanwhile, the HTC One M8 will cost you $649 off-contract or $199 on-contract. Not a bad discount if you don’t mind letting go of the “better” materials.

The HTC One E8 is now available from Sprint’s website or over the phone, so go sign up if you are interested. Those still on the fence can check out our HTC One E8 review and One M8 comparison to learn more about this smartphone.


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Sprint Announces the HTC One (E8) for Its Network, $0 Down Through Easy Pay

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

A new device is available today from Sprint, the HTC-made One (E8). The E8 is much like the One (M8), minus the premium metallic hardware. Instead, the E8 is a mid to high-range device featuring a good-looking polyurethane exterior, with specs that might surprise you given the phone’s $0 down through Sprint’s Easy Pay pricing deal. 

Specs include a 5″ Full HD display, 13MP rear-facing shooter, Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G LTE, 5MP front-facing camera, 2,600mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4+ with Sense 6 on top.

As mentioned, the device is available right now through Sprint’s website, again, priced through Easy Pay at $0 (plus 24 payments) or $99 on-contract.

What do you think of the One (E8)? Is it a decent choice for anyone not looking to sport a metal device such as the (M8)?

Via: Sprint

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Smartwatch and fitness tracker from HTC could arrive sometime next month

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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There may not have ever been a September quite like the one we will see next month. Everyone including Motorola, ASUS, LG, SamsungLenovo, and T-Mobile all have something to offer in September. And let us not forget that Apple will be making some noise as well. One name that has been absent is HTC, but it looks like they are bound to join the September fun. According to @upleaks, HTC will have both a smartwatch and a fitness tracker arriving soon.

The tweets providing the information are a little confusing, though. So, like any rumor or leak, take this one with a grain of salt. The source first claimed that the smartwatch, called HTC CWZ, will be heading to “North America/EMEA/Japan/Brazil/Korea and Taiwan.” The next tweet contains information regarding a smartwatch, called HTC WWY, with specifications including a 1.8-inch display with what seems to be “32*160″ resolution, a 100mAh battery, and IP57 certification. The third and final tweet then notes that the HTC WWY could be a fitness tracker much like Samsung’s Gear Fit.

What exactly is the smartwatch and what exactly is the fitness tracker is still up in the air, but at least we should be expecting something in September from just about everyone in the mobile industry.

Source: @upleaks (1) (2) (3)

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HTC Desire 610 Review: a Moto G challenger?

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Bottom Line

HTC’s signature features in a budget-friendly package

PROS
  • Solid build quality
  • Front-facing speakers
  • Decent battery life
  • Affordable
CONS
  • Low resolution display
  • Lackluster camera

7.5

With its Boom Sound speakers, compact form factor, and generally pleasing aesthetic, the Desire 610 is an acceptable budget offering from HTC.

The Desire lineup of HTC smartphones have proved to be quite popular in various emerging markets in Asia and Europe, but haven’t gained a lot of traction in the US market, in part due to the lack of availability of these devices at rates subsidized by network carriers. This is has slowly begun to change, with an HTC Desire smartphone finally making its way to a US network carrier, at a more than reasonable price point, with or without a contract. Here’s our comprehensive review of the HTC Desire 610!

Design

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When it comes to the design, you’ll notice quite a few similarities between the Desire 610 and its big brother, the Desire 816, if only at a smaller scale. It’s made entirely of plastic, with a glossy finish on the back, and a matte finish along the sides. The glossy plastic back is prone to fingerprints and light scratches, and makes the device quite slippery, but the matte finish along the sides does help a little bit with grip. You’re certainly not getting the premium feel that you do with the flagship HTC One (M8), but the Desire 610 is still a solidly built phone.

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All the buttons and ports are found at their typical positions for an HTC phone, with the power button and headphone jack up top, the microUSB port at the bottom, the volume rocker on the right, and the SIM tray and microSD card slot on the left side. Even though it is a low-end smartphone, you do get HTC’s signature front-facing BoomSound speakers with the Desire 610 as well, which may not boast the quality of its more expensive siblings, but is still appreciated nonetheless. You do get huge bezels around the display though, which is definitely a turn off, and makes the phone bigger than it should be.

Display

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The HTC Desire 610 features a 4.7-inch LCD display with a 854 x 480 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 200 ppi. With such a low resolution, pixels are definitely are noticeable when reading text or looking at graphics, and you’re not going to be able to watch content in HD.  The color calibration is also questionable, and the viewing angles aren’t the best either. It does get pretty bright though, so outdoor visibility isn’t an issue, but other than that, this display doesn’t have a lot to offer. With a display of this size, I would have certainly preferred a 720p resolution to really make it stand out.

Performance

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Under the hood is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz, and backed by 1 GB of RAM. Even with its low-end specifications, the phone performs quite well, and I didn’t run into any significant issues with lag. Swiping and scrolling is still pretty smooth, apps opened relatively quickly, multitasking wasn’t a problem, and playing games was fine, without any major hiccups. It probably does help that the low resolution of the display isn’t as taxing on the processing package, but the streamlined HTC Sense 6 is also a contributing factor to this smooth performance.

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When it comes to the battery life, the Desire 610 comes with a 2,040 mAh battery, which seems quite small, but performed admirably. I was able to get through a full day of usage without much difficulty, while using the phone for texting, browsing the web, checking social networks, and playing a few games here and there.

Camera

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The Desire 601 features an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, and a basic 1.3 MP front-facing camera. As far as the camera software is concerned, you get a simplistic and clean interface, but includes standard settings like ISO, exposure value, white balance, HDR, and more. Of course, you won’t find features like uFocus, and you’ll have to get the HTC Zoe application from the Google Play Store to create Zoes.

The picture quality, however, is pretty unimpressive.  Photos lack a lot of sharpness, basically appearing noisy, and very soft around the edges. Colours looked washed out, and low light photography is practically out of the question. The camera will do if you’re looking to post pictures to social networks, but that’s about all you can expect from it.

Software

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On the software side of things, the Desire 610 runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, with HTC Sense 6 on top. If you’ve used any recent HTC smartphone, you’ll feel right at home with the software experience on the Desire 610. Features such as the vertical scrolling app drawer, BlinkFeed, and HTC’s various customization options all make a return here. Since the Desire 610 is available from AT&T, there are also a bunch of carrier applications pre-installed, but bloatware aside, you still get a clean and smooth software experience, which has been a big selling point of the streamlined HTC Sense 6 UI.

Specifications
Display 4.7-inch LCD, 854 X 480 resolution, 200 PPI
Processor 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
RAM 1 GB
Storage 8 GB, expandable up to 128 GB
Cameras 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.3 MP front camera
Connectivity 3G/4G LTE
Software Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with HTC Sense 6
Dimensions 43.1 x 70.5 x 9.6 mm, 143.5 grams
Battery 2,040 mAh

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Pricing and Final Thoughts

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The HTC Desire 610 is available now from AT&T for just 99 cents with a two-year contract, but can also be picked up at its full price of $200, which is a price point that gives the Moto G a run for its money. While the display may not be as good, the Desire 610 does offer LTE connectivity, which makes it stand out in the crowd of similar low-end smartphones.

So there you have it – our review of the HTC Desire 610! If you’re in the market for the latest and greatest, this certainly isn’t what you’re looking for. But if you’re looking for a device at a reasonable price point that just works, while offering solid build quality, decent battery life, and LTE connectivity, you should definitely give the Desire 610 a chance.

HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $99

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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In need of a premium device without the premium price? Customers of Sprint can go ahead and purchase the HTC One (E8) from the carrier starting today. In either Misty Gray or Polar White, the One (E8) costs $99 with a two-year contract and $499 if you forgo a signature.

The device is much like the One (M8), but HTC has targeted a lower price point with cheaper solutions in certain areas. Most noticeably, the One (E8) has a plastic unibody. The Duo Camera setup with dual LED flash has been nixed and there is a single 13MP camera. The front camera, though, does maintain its 5MP to ensure quality selfies. The One (E8) is speedy thanks to its Snapdragon 801 processor.

If you are interested in purchasing the HTC One (E8), you can head over to Sprint’s site.

Source: Sprint

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Upleaks: Desire 820 has a Snapdragon 410, HTC has two smartwatches in the works

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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We already know that HTC is getting ready to unveil the Desire 820 at IFA, but what exactly can we expect from the handset? For one thing, we know it’s 64-bit. Beyond that? HTC and Qualcomm have both teased the device, making it seem like it could be a pretty big deal. And that’s why a new report from @upleaks takes us a bit by surprise.

While many rumors have led us to believe the Desire 820 will offer up an octa-core Snapdragon 615, a new leak claims the handset will have a quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 (MSM-8916) with just 1.5GB RAM, a 5.5-inch 720p display, an 8MP front cam, 13MP rear cam, 8GB storage and a 2600 mAh battery.

This certainly is a decent enough sounding budget device but, if these specs are true, why are Qualcomm and HTC teasing it so heavy? After all, the Desire 510 has already been announced with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410. This leads us to believe one of the following theories: there is some other killer feature we simply don’t know about, the leak is incorrect, or Qualcomm/HTC are just being trolls.

In addition to outing the Desire 820’s specs, Upleaks also brings us some juicy details regarding HTC’s watch plans. Reportedly HTC has two watches in the works, codenamed the WWY and CWZ. The former of these has a 1.8-inch display and 32 x 160 resolution, with a 100 mAh battery and a water-resistant body. Upleaks also notes this is likely a fitness tracker like the Gear Fit and should surface sometime in September. It’s unclear what OS this device will run, however.

As for the CWZ? This is allegedly the Android Wear device we’ve been hearing about. Upleaks gives no extra details about the watch, though the leaker says we can expect it to launch in September in North America, Brazil, Europe and Asia. If these watches are really on their way, we wouldn’t be too shocked to see them at IFA next week.

So how believable is all of this? It’s hard to say for sure, especially since the presence of just a Snapdragon 410 sounds a little weaker than we had expected from the Desire 820. In other words, a little skepticism is always a good thing until we have more solid details. On the other hand, @upleaks has dished out plenty of scoops since the leaker first hit the scene back in May, and many of these leaks have since proven accurate. The leaker is also the only one that Evan Blass – who recently retired from his role as evleaks – has directly blessed.

What do you think, does the Desire 820 still sound like a device worth hyping up? Interested in what HTC will bring to the table when it comes to wearables?