It is no secret that all the major Android players are getting ready to launch their latest flagship devices for the year 2016. We have already received confirmation about the launch event plans from the likes of Samsung, LG and Xiaomi for their latest flagship phones. The others definitely are not far behind, especially those brands that launch their flagships in the first quarter of the year. The name missing out here is HTC, who usually announce their flagship in the month of February. With LG, Samsung and Xiaomi certainly announcing their flagship devices at MWC, it is clear that HTC is giving it a skip.
Their flagship device, the HTC Perfume or commonly called the M10, is expected to come post the MWC event in a separate dedicated event. It is rumored that the phone will come with a QHD display which will measure 5.1 inches and feature a 12.1 Ultrapixel camera with Laser Autofocus.
The M10 will mark a return to the days of Ultrapixel camera for HTC after they had ditched it in the HTC M9. The phone will continue to come with a fingerprint scanner, though the new design leak is curvier than the M9. The phone will feature Snapdragon 820 with 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The first real image of the phone was leaked out by the famous leak-star @Evleaks on Twitter. Missing out in the image are the trusted and loved Boomsound speakers, though there is a rugged power button. The phone in general from the top looks very similar to the Nexus 6P, though with the fingerprint scanner on the front. Think of the design to be a cross between iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6P.
There is no information on when the phone will be available or the cost that it would set you back by, yet!
HTC has usually been very reliable when it comes to rolling out updates for their devices. In fact, they were the ones to release the first Android phone post the new Nexus phones, a device with Marshmallow out of the box in the form of HTC A9. It is only sad to see the problems that the legendary OEM finds itself in, but it still continues to do things that really impress you.
Everyone called it a dummy version and an exact copy of the iPhone, but the HTC A9 has been one of the most talked about devices in the Android world besides the new Nexii. The device basically for many is the perfect hardware thanks to the premium build of the device with a software that is one of the most liked out there, HTC Sense. What the A9 did not show though, is the prowess in designing beautiful phones that HTC has always been known for through all these years.
To put this right, it looks like HTC is set to bring a new flagship called the HTC X9 in January. The mention of the device comes from a flier that was spotted on Weibo and shows three capacitive buttons alongside the boomsound speakers. According to the source, the device will have a 5-inch display with 2K display and will most likely be powered by either Snapdragon 820 or Helio X20 chipset. Not just this, the phone could pack a massive punch with a 23MP camera, 128 GB internal memory and 4 GB of RAM. HTC is expected to continue with the Ultrapixel camera on the front of the phone. From the first look, the phone looks very similar to the recently launched Butterfly 3 with the separated boomsound speakers. Guess, we will only know the final design of the phone when it is launched.
HTC has announced its much awaited HTC One A9. The smartphone that was codenamed Aero A9, has been in the news for a while now and looked upon as a bit of a saviour of grace for HTC who failed pretty miserably with the one M9 and its variants this time around. First look at the phone and you would be tempted to call it an iPhone 6 ripoff, more so than any of the Chinese players you would have seen in the past year or so. In fact, just move the camera module towards the center and rebrand the iPhone 6 from the back, and you pretty much get the HTC One A9. A major difference between the iPhone 6 and HTC One A9 is that the HTC product comes with an oval sensor in front against the round one on the iPhone 6.
Specifications wise, the HTC One A9 comes with a 5 inch True HD 1080 P AMOLED display. It is powered by Snapdragon 617 SoC with 3 GB or 2 GB RAM. Internal memory on the device is 32 GB on the 3 GB RAM variant and 16 GB on the 2 GB RAM version. The rear camera is 13 MP while the front-facing snapper is 4 MP. The battery is 2150 mAh unit. HTC One A9 comes with Android 6.0 out of the box with Sense skin on the top.
The phone comes with a metallic body which on the front houses the speaker grille on the top. It is available for $400 in four color variants: Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold, Deep Garnet.
Keeping in line with the strategy of making sure users have plenty of options when picking up smartphones, HTC announced the HTC E9+ in India. We are not too sure of the moniker of E9+ given that we had only the HTC E8 last year, but it perhaps makes sense cause the flagship device this year looks to be the HTC M9+ rather than the 9 which sadly was not even announced in India. the HTC M9 has received a lot of negative publicity due to the overheating issue of the device especially felt more cause of the metallic chassis which conducts heat more effectively.
The E9+, on the other hand is a budget offering, and will come with a 5.5 inch Quad HD display and a 64 bit 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795M) chipset with PowerVR G6200 GPU. The device comes with Android 5.0 out of the box with Sense skin running on top of it. You get 3 GB of RAM as well as 16 GB of internal storage which can be extended using a Micro SD card. The rear camera is a 20 MP unit while the front camera is an UltraPixel unit. The phone packs a 2800 mAh battery and comes with the standard boomsound speakers.
The device is a Dual SIM unit with both the SIM slots being nano-SIM. The phone will be available in grey, gold and rose gold color with the release in the market happening around May end which is when pricing will be annoucned too.
HTC is set to unveil its latest flagship device in India in the coming week. HTC has built what one would say is a cult following in India, though it was high time that they took this cult following to a more a hardcore sales oriented goal. The device, called the HTC M9 which is succeeding the HTC M8, was announced in Barcelona at the MWC alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge which were showcased at the same event.
The M9 since has gone on sale in the part of the US and Europe and so far has received very lukewarm response. This has mainly been cause of the reports of overheating of the phone and people at times not being totally impressed with its dual tone construction. The device is set to be unveiled in India on April 14th and the media invitations for the same have started coming in. The invite specifically does not mention the M9, but does say, “Brace yourselves as we get ready to showcase the most exciting revelation in the history of smartphones” clearly indicating the device is indeed the flagship M9 here.
With the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge set to go on sale around April 10th in India, you would think that HTC is slightly late in the game given that the two devices were launched pretty much at the same time at MWC. It would not be wrong to think that with a late unveil for the media, the sale of the phone would begin pretty promptly to make sure HTC stays in the game.
While there is nothing official or a press note to confirm, there have been several notifications across the web on Reddit and XDA Forums that the Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 has started receiving the Android 5.1 update. The Google Play Edition device is essentially an HTC One M8 which is running the software at heart of the Nexus 6 or stock Google Android the way they would want it.
The device may not be sold out in large quantities, but if you have used an RUU to convert your HTC M8 Sense version to the HTC M8 Google Play Edition, chances are you would be getting a notification for the update very shortly. The update is about 250 odd MB in size and brings whole set of Android 5.1 changes which includes stability, changes in interaction while interrupted notifications as well as cosmetic and animation changes here and there. There is no word on when the update will be released for the Sense variant of the HTC One M8, though you would think that another month or so would be a good time if one were to guess about the arrival estimated time.
If you own an HTC One M8 Google Play Edition, do let us know in the comments section below if you have been hit by the update yet.
Possibly our most favorite Android phone, in terms of at least the build quality, aesthetics and feel, HTC One M7 is set to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in India. Some of the users are already reporting the update is being received as an OTA, while the others are still in line, given the batch rollout. It has already been confirmed by HTC, that the HTC M7 is at the end of its life cycle with the Lollipop update set to be the last for the device. It is not too bad for a phone that is now two generations old, though when you see the iPhone 4s still received the iOS 8.1 update, you do see why Android fans may feel a little aggrieved.
In order to check for the OTA update, you must go to Settings > About > Software Updates > and then select “Check now” and most likely you will receive the notification for update if you have not tampered with any system files. The update is pretty huge so we would recommend you to use WiFi in order to download it. It would also not be a bad idea to backup your phone before you update the device, even though there is no chance that your data would be lost or compromised.
The HTC M9 has definitely not hit the highs of the highs that HTC had expected. It is also rumored, that it was the lukewarm reception of the flagship device this year, which prompted a senior management change at HTC too, with Peter Chou being demoted in the hierarchy of the organization. It looks like HTC is in a hurry to right the wrongs that it did and therefore barely twenty days after the release of the M9, another invite has poured in seemingly for a device called HTC M9+.
From the image released, the invite is set to take place in Beijing on April 8th, and has been given the moniker More than One. The image in the artwork shows a device very similar to the HTC M8 rather than an M9, with a circular camera module, brushed Aluminum unibody construction, with single tone as well as the return to the dual camera setup.
The device is expected to bring a Quad HD display with 5.2 inch screen, Snapdragon 810 SoC or MediaTek MTK 6795 SoC and 3 GB of RAM on board. The device will have a 20 MP rear camera and also rumored to have a new fingerprint scanner in the front on a new home button. It may well be that the M9+ is the actual flagship product of the year and not the M9, or it could well be that it is a half-baked product, put out there quickly to cover the crack on the HTC image that the M9 may have caused.
HTC One M9 was perhaps the most well known Android smartphone by the face, even before it had launched on the internet. In fact, if you had a penny for every story written about a leaked HTC phone in the past half year, you would be happily sitting being a millionaire. The next HTC flagship seems to be following the same trend as the HTC One E9 has been spotted in the wild in China.
The device is a slimmer and sleekier version of the HTC M9 and features a 2K display, which has become bit of an industry standard today. You have a circular camera ring on the E9 as compared to a square module on the HTC M9. The device is obviously a successor to the HTC E8 that was launched last year, and therefore you can assume that the construction will be primarily be of plastic than full metallic body.
The phone will feature a 2GHz octa-core chip with 3 GB of RAM on board and 32 GB of Internal storage with micro SD slot expansion. The rear camera will be a 20 MP unit. The phone was spotted by TENNA and the details were revealed on their website. Since the device in most likelihood has been passed by TENNA, we should hear more details on the availability and price point of the device very soon.