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All New HTC One rumor roundup: everything we know about HTC One’s sequel

It’s time to place your bets, ladies and gentlemen, on what new high-end Android smartphone you think will dominate sales for the remainder of 2014. Or at least until the second wave of launches comes, probably headlined by Google’s Nexus 6, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and LG’s G3.

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So will it be the shoo-in favorite, Samsung’s Galaxy S5, despite middling critical reception and a fugly design? Or the rising underdog, Sony’s Xperia Z2, a fairly modest rehash just as much as the S5 is a rehash, yet definitely not as disappointing?

But wait, we have a last-minute contender for the early 2014 world heavyweight title. Better yet, we will have it in three weeks’ time. It’s HTC’s All New One, aka M8, aka One Plus or One Two. First expected at the Mobile World Congress in February, the all-metal spearhead was “delayed” for unknown reasons, though ultimately it may land on store shelves at around the same time as the GS5.

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Does it have the necessary “qualifications” to take on its five-star (more like four-star) rivals? Can it build on the first-gen One’s average sales numbers and prove once and for all HTC is a name to be reckoned with in the mobile landscape? Here’s what it’s all about, and we’ll let you be the judges:

All New HTC One – branding and availability rumor roundup

As HTC’s naming scheme has been rather hectic of late (and that’s putting it kindly), christening One’s follow-up was always going to be a delicate issue. In theory, the smart thing to do would be to start fresh. Either with something other than numbers for names, or with a “Two”. As in the HTC Two.

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But it sounds awful. Also, you can’t start over with a sequel that’s more of the same. Plus, it’d be foolish to deny this thing’s family ties with the 2013 One, since people loved liked its predecessor. Bottom line, “All New HTC One” is the only half-elegant way out of this conundrum. I mean, it worked for Apple, right?

As for timelines, everyone knows HTC plans to unveil the 5 incher on March 25, and roll it out commercially in April. The million-dollar question is will they pull it off? As in, will they deliver a turnaround time of just a few weeks? It’s not easy, especially when dealing with a slab made of metal, but it’s essential for all new One’s survival.

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Also essential – pricing. But there’s not much leeway there, as HTC can’t raise the bar compared with their last spearhead, or significantly lower it. So $200 with contracts, and $650-$700 outright it is.

Design speculations and leaks

It’s pretty pointless to continue talking about “speculations” in this department when the “M8” has made its way online in lengthy hands-on videos, as well as press photo form. So let’s cut the act. Aesthetically, the all new One is an open book.

Coated in silver, black and gold right off the bat, the handheld is both similar and different from its forefather. Similar, as it keeps the overall design language intact, with smooth lines, metal everywhere, sleek horizontal bezels incorporating powerful front stereo speakers, and a classic, polished rear.

Different, as its edges are a little more rounded, the metallic texture more striking, and capacitive navigation keys… gone. Also, the 2014 HTC One reportedly supports microSD card expansion, meaning the back cover will no longer be bolted.

Specs and features

Enough with the Quad HD hoopla. Full HD resolution on 5 to 6-inch phones is perfect… for now. So no, don’t expect HTC’s All New One to trump the GS5 or Xperia Z2 in image and video reproduction quality. Not on paper, though in reality things might be different. After all, thanks to the smaller footprint, HTC’s flagship will boast superior pixel density: 440 ppi.

Our biggest concern with M8’s rumored hardware is the 2 GB RAM. That’s on par with the GS5, but inferior to the Z2. Plus, if an S5 Prime is indeed looming large on the horizon, it will definitely pack north of 3 gigs memory.

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The processor? It’s almost certainly a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, which is probably the best HTC can do at the moment. Remember, the S805 won’t actually ship until May, at the earliest.

Which brings us to the alleged pièce de résistance on the All New One: dual rear cameras. No one’s sure of their real-life benefits, but everyone speculates they’ll improve focus, depth of field, maybe add some post-capture effects in the mix.

HTC M8 video capture

The thing is HTC is likely to gamble on UltraPixel technology once again, which simply didn’t work last year, so their hardware highlight could well backfire in the end. In other news, no fancy (gimmicky?) fingerprint sensor or heart rate monitor is in the cards, while the battery size remains the biggest puzzle.

Since the 5 incher is not a lot bigger than last year’s 4.7 incher, and the waist is roughly the same, my guesstimate is… 2,700, maybe 2,800 mAh. Let’s not forget though that the juicer might be user replaceable this time around.

Software and others

Android 4.4 KitKat is a must for high-enders and mid-rangers nowadays, so it’s no surprise the All New One will run it out of the box. It’s also no shocker HTC plans to overhaul its Sense UI, which thus reaches its sixth iteration.

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BlinkFeed will of course increase the productivity and user friendliness of Sense 6.0, and overall, you have to hand it to HTC. They’ve come a long way with their once clunky, uncomfortable, distressingly invasive Android skin.

Other features that may or may not influence your buying decision include a standard 16 GB of on-board storage (32 and 64 gigs options are also expected), BoomSound and Beats Audio enhancements, 4G LTE speeds, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2.1 MP front snapper.

All things considered, do you reckon the All New HTC One could be an Android frontrunner, or just another dark horse? Sound off in the comments section below.

More HTC M8 Photos Leak

More photos of the HTC “M8” have leaked yet again. We’re essentially seeing every color the phone will come in at this point. But the phone does look amazing in these new colors.

First off, we can now see that the phone will come in a Silver variant. This phone looks really nice, especially with that Sense 6 overlay.

Secondly, we can see that the phone will also come in a Gray variant. It looks like the original HTC One in Black from 2013. Personally, I’d choose the Gray variant over the Silver one, but that’s just me.

HTC has scheduled an event on March 25th, where they will show off their successor to the HTC One. We still don’t know what it will be called, as rumors have been flying from “HTC One 2” to even “The All New One”. Hopefully we learn the official name sooner than the event itself.

Source: Evleaks (1)Evleaks (2),

HTC One sequel will be officially announced on March 25

Save the date: March 25 is when the HTC One's sequel will be announced

It has long been suspected that the HTC One’s successor would be unveiled sometime in March, and now HTC has confirmed it. The Taiwanese manufacturer has sent out press invites for an event on March 25, and while it doesn’t say anything except give out the date of the event, you don’t need to put two and two together to see that it’s the day when the next One will be officially shown to the world. As was the case with the HTC One, there will be events held in both London and New York. (more…)

HTC One Two preliminary specs revealed – 5 inch 1080p display, Ultrapixel camera and more

HTC One According to a new revelation by Evleaks via Twitter, the HTC One successor or the HTC One 2 will feature a very familiar specs sheet and nothing revolutionary as one would have expected. The leak claims that the M8 (preliminary name for the HTC One 2) will pack a 5 inch 1080p display, an Ultrapixel camera of unknown resolution (possibly with a switchable lens) along with a 2.1MP front camera, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0 and a Qualcomm MSM8974 chipset a.k.a the Snapdragon 800.

This doesn’t come across as exciting news as Samsung and LG flagships are rumored to sport a substantially better display and an even better processor, so we hope these are merely the preliminary specifications of the smartphone. Since the HTC One didn’t make a lot of damage to Samsung last year despite showing a lot of promise, HTC will have to up the ante in a big way this year to make some noise in the market and remove that dreaded red ink from the profits column.

Source: @evleaks – Twitter

Via: Phone Dog

HTC One Two Will Have A Switchable Lens Camera

HTC plans to improve its dismal Android market share of 2013 by releasing innovative products this 2014. Right now the company’s world market share stands at only 3%-4% but with new products slated to be released this should hopefully increase. One of the devices that the company is pinning their hopes on is the successor to the HTC One which is called the HTC One Two.

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Analysts in the company’s home country of Taiwan say that the HTC One Two will be following in the footsteps of the HTC One while offering new features. One feature that this device will have is a switchable lens camera. One lens could be used for low lighting conditions while another lens can be used for high lighting conditions. There’s also going to be a fingerprint app available.

These features might not be enough to sway consumers who are Samsung and Apple fans, two of the top brands in the U.S. today.

An HTC representative said that it’s too early to discus 2014 smartphone models however it is believed that the One Two will be available this coming March. The base model will have a 4.9 inch 1080p display, use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, and will run on the latest Android operating system. It’s estimated to cost $600.

Here’s a rundown on the rumors surrounding the HTC One (2014) aka HTC One Two

  • Model: HTC One (2014) aka HTC One Two (Codename : M8)
  • Display: 4.9-inch display [either full HD (1920x1080p) with 440+ ppi (pixels per inch) pixel density or QHD (2556x1440p) resolutions with 560 ppi]
  • OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Processor: 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 or 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 chipset
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • Rear Camera: 10.0-UltraPixel main camera with separate swappable lens for low and bright light conditions
  • Front Camera: 2.1-megapixel
  • Battery: 3000 mAh or greater
  • Others: Finger-print sensor, Beats audio speakers, microSD card slot

Last year the HTC One was not able to place a dent in the sales of its chief rivals the Samsung Galaxy, and the iPhone. In terms of worldwide rankings HTC is at 6th place behind 3rd placer Lenovo and 5th placer Huawei.

via forbes

HTC M8 Scores Wi-Fi Certification, First Concept Renders Also Crop Up

HTC needs to put one in the win column and it needs to do so yesterday if it’s to survive past next year, so there’s a lot riding on the box-office success of the upcoming “M8” flagship smartphone. But will the “One Two” have what it takes to give Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Sony’s Xperia Z2 a run for their money?

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Only time will tell. What’s crystal clear right now is the M8 is indeed real and looming large on the horizon. The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place one by one, with the latest being a Wi-Fi certification of a handheld dubbed 0P6B10000/0P6B20000.

There’s no question this is the M8, with one SKU probably designating the standard, international version and the other a region-specific, dual-SIM, microSD-enabled flavor. Or who knows, maybe HTC has a surprise in store, and the basic M8, like the basic One max, will carry expandable storage. In any case, one SKU is most definitely for the Dual SIM One Two.

Anything else the Wi-Fi Alliance reveals? Not exactly, but we expected that much. The agency has always been discreet about the specs and features of approved devices, spilling the beans only on M8’s Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support.

HTC M8 Wi-Fi

Luckily, we have a number of recent reports to guide us through the beast’s list of features, allegedly headlined by a 5-inch Full HD (not 2K) display and quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU. On the software side of things, Android 4.4 KitKat shall be seasoned with Sense 6.0 UI spices, with 2 GB RAM and a mystery “UltraPixel” camera filling the rest of the blanks so far.

Expected in the year’s first fiscal quarter, including on all four major American carriers, the M8 is destined to break cover at CES, in January, or MWC, in February. As far as design goes, we oddly don’t have any solid prototype leaks as of now, albeit there are two concept renders circulating around the web.

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The first is an Ancel Lim sketch and actually rings true, being essentially a slightly larger, thinner, flatter, more rectangular HTC One with tremendously skinny bezels. Now, I for one would usually be an advocate of aesthetical overhauls rather than rehashes, but in this particular case why fix what’s very obviously not broken?

Well, one way to go if HTC ultimately decides to drastically change something could be Christof Gruber’s way, pictured above. The designer envisions a silky white One Two with red stripes for personality, a chunkier chassis, blocky overall vibe and massive battery beneath the hood. Nah, I still think I prefer Lim’s concept. Don’t you?

Via [Wi-Fi Alliance], [Concept-Phones] (1), (2)

CES 2014 Preview and Rumor Roundup: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

How’s your schedule looking for January 7 to 10? Not packed? Then you probably forgot CES was coming. And I can’t blame you, what with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the upcoming Christmas deals taking up so much precious time.

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But the so-called holiday shopping season will soon be done, and once it is, you have no reason to continue ignoring the Consumer Electronics Show. The internationally renowned technology expo of Las Vegas got off to a timid start back in 1967 and rose to true prominence in the past decade, with both exhibitor and attendance numbers going through the roof.

According to official stats, over 150,000 people attended CES 2012 and roughly 3,000 exhibitors showcased a wide range of innovative products in 2013, the two numbers being all-time records.

Could it be a mere coincidence CES, like February’s MWC, grew so huge at exactly the same time that Android leaped to world fame heights? Don’t think so, which is why it’s become a tradition for us fanatics of Google’s mobile OS to look forward to the first two months of any given year almost as much as the last couple.

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Alright, chitchat over, time to get cracking. Here’s an early preview of CES 2014, complete with all the Android-powered gear that could see daylight a month from now.

Samsung

Could debut: Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 Lite, Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, Galaxy Gear 2, Grand Lite, Note 12.2, Galaxy J (global version), 8 and 10-inch AMOLED tablets, Galaxy Fame and Young sequels

Will intro: Note 3 Lite, Tab 3 Lite, Grand Lite, Fame and Young Plus

The Koreans will undoubtedly unleash a flurry of both handhelds and tablets during the opening months of 2014, however CES may not be the ideal stage for some unveilings. The S5 and Note 12.2, for instance, are too big (pun intended) to not get their own press events.

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At the other side of the spectrum, you have three toned-down, “Lite” versions of existing phones, plus a couple of follow-ups for dirt-cheap low-enders. Now don’t ask me why, but I feel Sammy sees CES as the ideal place to get these all out. Maybe the Tab 3 Lite too, albeit that thing might ultimately have to wait until MWC.

Sony

Prime suspects: Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Tablet Z2

Near guarantees: Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1S

As Samsung basically snubbed CES 2013, the Android landscape was in dire need of a different hero. A show-stealer. Thankfully, Sony entered the stage and snatched the spotlight with the Xperia Z1 and ZL, at the time the world’s best, snazziest, fastest smartphones.

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It’s thus only logical to expect a second serving at CES 2014, though my guess is the ZL doesn’t warrant a sequel. Instead, the Z2 “Avatar” may be chaperoned by the oft-rumored Xperia Z1S, aka the global version of the Z1 f, aka the Z1 mini.

The Xperia Tablet Z? Well, it’s nearly one year old, but there have been no rumors signaling a successor. And even if a new premium 10-incher is in store, it’s unlikely to go official before MWC.

LG

Could unveil: G2 Pro, Nexus 8, G Health smartwatch, G Flex

Will launch: Smartwatch

I’m not really buying the alleged market name of LG’s future smartwatch (G Health? What’s that, a pharmacy?), but if the G2 makers have something in the pipeline for CES 2014, it’s probably this mysterious piece of wearable technology.

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Nexus 8? No way it lands so early and at an event with so many fresh gizmos battling it out for the limelight. G2 Pro, aka 5.7 or 6 inch version of the G2? It’s a definite possibility, but secretly, I hope it’s not real as it doesn’t make much sense. And then there’s the G Flex, technically already out and about, yet in need of extra hype and so most definitely to be showcased further in glitzy Vegas.

HTC

Could: M8 (aka One Two, or just Two), Butterfly 2, more Desire mid-rangers

Will: M8 or Butterfly 2

Even more than Samsung, HTC had a terribly shy presence at last year’s CES. Will lightning strike twice? No way to know for sure, but my prediction is no. The Taiwanese are by now desperate at seeing their market share shrink and you know what they say about desperate times.

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That’s right, they call for desperate measures. Case in point, a precocious M8 intro to undermine possibly another early release, that of Samsung’s Galaxy S5. Assuming the “One Two” is not finished, a Butterfly 2 makes almost more sense, this time with an eye on a wider, possibly global rollout.

Asus

Could: PadFone mini, MeMoFone, smartwatch, Chromebooks, new Transformers

Will: All the above

If Samsung and HTC hold out on taking the wraps off the GS4 and One Two and Sony puts off Z2’s release, CES 2014 could well be Asus’ moment of glory. Granted, the PadFone mini, Chromebooks and low-cost Transformer sound quite niche-y and unimpressive, but the MeMoFone may truly be the company’s first ever bid for a spot under the high-end smartphone sun.

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As in full-on, simple, bells and whistles-free smartphone, with no keyboard docks or similar doohickeys, just the best possible camera, biggest battery and zippiest CPU (Snapdragon 800, maybe 805?).

Others

Just because they didn’t make the cut… yet and failed to get their own sections in our preview today, it doesn’t mean Motorola, Acer, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, HP, Oppo, Alcatel or Archos don’t have what it takes to potentially steal everyone else’s Vegas thunder next month.

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For now, it’s simply a matter of knowing too little to get excited. First, there’s Moto, which, if present at CES, will probably look to further build buzz on the G. Acer and Lenovo have their sights almost solely set on budget-conscious tabs, HP has been an extremely busy bee of late and the first juicy Huawei gossip is only now starting to make the rounds.

Meanwhile, ZTE, Oppo, Alcatel and Archos are the very definition of underdogs, as is up-and-coming Vivo. But everyone likes an underdog, so don’t you ignore them. And keep in touch, as we plan to update the rumor roundup as we near the January expo. For now, stay safe and dream big.