HTC One versus Apple iPhone 5s
We recently reviewed the HTC One (M8) and were left in no doubt that HTC has delivered the most cohesive Android smartphone experience yet. There is a symmetry to its physical design and its Sense 6 Android-based software that makes it the most Apple-like smartphone experience that marks it as a standout package. Yet, there is nothing especially derivative about it. HTC has done something that few, if any consumer electronics companies done, which is to truly capture the essence of Apple's hardware design and software aesthetic without simply trying to rip off Cupertino. The iPhone 5s, on the other hand, stands as testament to Apple's legendary hardware and software design symmetry. It has taken this cohesion to new levels with its SVP of design Jony Ive leading both hardware and software efforts for the first time. How do the two devices compare in a head-to-head shoot out?
HTC One available as low as $25 per month
HTC Is now offering its HTC One flagship handset for $0 down on an installment plan. The manufacturer unveiled on Thursday a new page touting the offer, which works much like purchasing a phone through a carrier with no money down. Customers submit to a credit check, and if their credit checks out, they can get HTC's flagship device for as little as $25 per month.
US customers offered HTC One 32GB unlocked, direct from webstore
HTC has made the 32GB version of its One smartphone available directly to customers through its online store for $575. Unlike the 64GB HTC One Developer Edition, which is also available unlocked and direct to customers, the 32GB version does not ship with an unlocked bootloader. The HTC One is the Taiwanese company’s flagship smartphone and is considered to be the best placed Android challenger to Samsung’s Galaxy S 4.
HTC roadshow aims to heavily promote the One in the US
As it has promised, HTC is stepping up its marketing efforts in order to recapture much of the market share that it has lost primarily to Samsung in the battle for Android smartphone market share. The Taiwan-based smartphone maker has announced that it is taking on Samsung and other smartphone competitors by launching the HTC One Live Experience Tour. The roadshow will include pop-up HTC One showrooms in malls, a Live Cinema Experience at select theaters and BoomSound Lounges, which will feature live performances by artists including Pharell, Grouplove and Manchester Orchestra.
HTC One 32GB for $200, exclusive 64GB for $300
The HTC One has gone on sale in the United States as a pre-order through one carrier, while others are still preparing for their own sales. AT&T has started taking orders for the smartphone today as promised, while Sprint will be opening their pre-order queue tomorrow. Canadian carrier Telus has also announced it will open up sales for the HTC One in the near future, ahead of the phone launch.
HTC One gapless design next to impossible to repair
The HTC One has been subjected to the customary teardown by iFixit. The HTC One, which has been delayed by over a month due to parts shortages and yield issues due the complexity of its construction, has picked up iFixit’s first ever score of 1 out of 10 for repairability. The repairers found that the One’s seamless, screwless design makes it almost impossible to remove the display to access the internals without damaging the rear case.
HTC One delayed again, not reaching US till late April
HTC has revealed that its critically well-received next-generation One smartphone has been pushed back yet again. While the company previously indicated that it was heading towards an early April launch in the US, it appears that is no longer the case according to a statement released by the company. Parts shortages and difficulty fabricating its aluminum unibody case has meant the company will miss its original US launch window by up to a month.
The Galaxy S 4 is a technical marvel, but I won't be switching from the iPhone 5
So the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has finally launched with nearly all the major leaks and rumors about the device proving true. There can be no question that Samsung has put everything it could possibly fit into its extra-large ‘Galaxy S IIIS’ as some are referring to it, because it looks much the same as the Galaxy S III. However, as much tech as Samsung has packed into its new flagship, it simply doesn’t tempt me to switch from my iPhone 5.
HTC One facing two week delay, One Developer Edition announced
HTC has revealed that its 2013 flagship smartphone the One has been delayed by at least two weeks, leading to an April launch, reports CNET. It was originally scheduled to hit the market on March 15, but only pre-orders will now be shipping before the end of the month. It is thought that parts shortages, as well as the complex 200-minute process required to cut and machine the sleek aluminum case on the One has led to production yield issues.
Camera issues said to plague One production
HTC's One smartphone, on which are thought to hang the hopes of the company, may be very short in supply upon its release due to component shortages. This according to new reports out of Taiwan, which claim that HTC is having trouble getting ahold of parts that make up the device's UltraPixel camera.
Android flagship at MWC
HTC brought its new flagship One handset to show off at Mobile World Congress, after the device was revealed last week at separate events in New York and London. Electronista stopped by the company's booth to see first-hand if the handset is as good as its specs list suggests.
Carriers show expected shipping dates of March 15th
The HTC One has been made available to pre-order in the UK, ahead of an expected street date of March 15th. A number of carriers, including Vodafone and Three UK, have started to offer the flagship HTC device, with other retailers also offering an already-unlocked version for Ł510 ($780) including taxes. Another color of HTC One has also been revealed by the manufacturer.
RadioShack confirms will stock HTC One from launch day
RadioShack has confirmed it will be stocking the new flagship phone from HTC, in an e-mail to Electronista. The HTC One, a 4.7-inch Android device with a 468ppi pixel density, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, and options for 32GB and 64GB of fixed storage, will be available from the retailer from its US launch date, which will be sometime in March. A price has still not been confirmed for the smartphone, which will be revealed closer to its street date.
Unibody design, 468ppi pixel density, Snapdragon 600 processor
HTC has launched its new flagship smartphone in dual events in London and New York, one with a number of Sense-based refinements. The HTC One, previously called the M7 in rumors, houses an optically bonded 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with a full 1080p resolution and 468ppi pixel density inside a machined aluminum unibody, with Gorilla Glass 2 protecting the display.
HTC One to get February 19 reveal, land in the US on March 22
HTC’s 2013 flagship smartphone, which is to be known simply as the ‘One’ is expected to go on sale in the US on March 22, reports HTC Source. The device, formerly known by its M7 codename, will launch on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint for $200 on a two-year contract. For that price, users will get a 32GB model with the option to pay $300 for a 64GB model.
Image by HTC One with triple-stacked camera sensor on Flickr
A press photograph of the upcoming HTC M7 has leaked online, a week before the company is due to reveal the smartphone, and two weeks before Mobile World Congress. The image, showing what has been rumored to be called the HTC One, shows the mobile phone as having metalic edges and a nearly edge-to-edge touchscreen display.
Twitter source offers latest HTC leak
The upcoming flagship HTC smartphone, the M7, may actually be called the One, according to a rumor. The usage of the One would in theory capitalize on the company's One series of handsets, such as the One X and the One S, though if true, it could potentially cause customer confusion between a family of products and one single phone.
One SV to use EE initially, other carriers in future
HTC has prepared a new Android smartphone for the United Kingdom, this time with 4G LTE connectivity. Already set to launch in Australia and Asia, the HTC One SV extends the One series catalog and takes advantage of the current 4G LTE network from EE, as well as other carriers when they launch their own high-speed connections.
One X, One S gets update in October, One XL later in year
HTC has revealed its schedule for updating some of its handsets to Jelly Bean later this year. Previously, the company confirmed that part of its One series of handsets will receive the Android 4.1 update, with some software changes found in the newly announced One X+ also being included in the release.
HTC continues to bleed sales and market share
HTC's financial woes have continued into the month of June as it struggles with dwindling sales and falling revenues, reports DigiTimes. After issuing a revised forecast for the current quarter last week, the company has reported its revenues are down a further 16.7 percent for July to just $844 million. This marks a 44.5 percent decrease in revenue year-on-year for the same month as it struggles to capture market interest in its critically well-received One range of Android smartphones.
hTC One series tried by us at MWC 2012
HTC undertook a full-on reinvention of its device strategy at Mobile World Congress on Sunday: it went from a flood of similar models that dragged it down and kept it from seriously threatening Apple or Samsung this fall. With the One X, One S, and One V, though, it's aiming to provide a clear strategy: there's no mistaking which one's high-end and which one's budget. We tried all three on the floor, and we've got a hint as to whether its strategy might be working.