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17
Jul

Snapdragon 810 v2.1 ships in most smartphones


More OnePlus shenanigans. In their announcement of the OnePlus Two, OnePlus claims that their phone will be running a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 in order to avoid the overheating issues that reportedly plague most smartphones.

Although there have been reports that the 810 runs warmer than its predecessors, we assure you that we have taken all the necessary precautions and beyond to prevent this from occurring in the 2. We worked very closely with Qualcomm’s engineers to integrate an improved version of the chipset (v2.1) in the OnePlus 2, and fine-tuned both hardware and software. The 2 will be “cooler than ever”.

Throughout the announcement of the OnePlus Two CPU, OnePlus refers to its processor as the ‘810 v2.1′ to differentiate itself from the other smartphones using the Snapdragon 801 SoC.

Unfortunately, this is all just a marketing ploy. According to HTC’s Jeff Gordon, Qualcomm has stated that virtually all OEMs with Snapdragon 810 devices are shipping their devices with the Snapdragon 810 v2.1.

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Android Central has shared unconfirmed reports of the same 810 v2.1 processor is packed in the Xperia Z3+ and Z4 tablet.Xperia-Z3-Heat-Issues

While the HTC One M9 doesn’t overheat excessively in most peoples experiences, the Z3+ has had some serious issues.

All this amounts to is that almost all Snapdragon 810 SoC phones are shipping with the v2.1 of the chip, but only OnePlus is insecure enough about their device to make it abundantly clear that they are using the v2.1 810.

Now, this isn’t really a bad thing. Just be assured that your 810 phones are using the v2.1 chip and OnePlus isn’t the only manufacturer that is using the supposedly cooler version of the chip.

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16
Jul

HTC reaches past China, brings the tweaked One M9+ to Europe


Remember when HTC released a shiny new flagship, and then kinda-sorta outdid itself by releasing a much cooler version just a month later? At the time, CEO Cher Wang said the company had no plans to bring that very updated device — the One M9+ — to European or North American shores, but that’s officially no longer the case. HTC representatives just confirmed that the flagship will hit Europe, though at time of writing, we haven’t heard exactly which markets will get their metaphorical hands on the thing. Expect that to change really shortly.

In case your working memory isn’t what it used to be, the M9+ is different from its run-of-the-mill cousin in a few crucial ways. It packs a 5.2-inch Super LCD3 screen running at 2,560 x 1,440 instead of the original 5-inch 1080p panel, for one, and the 20-megapixel rear camera is joined by a smaller secondary shooter that enables those classic Duo camera shenanigans. The biggest change, though, is one you might not pick up on at first glance — HTC swapped out Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 for one of MediaTek’s 64-bit octa-core Helio chipsets with 3GB of RAM. Throw in a fingerprint sensor that bisects of the phone’s BoomSound speaker grilles and you’ve arguably got the phone the original M9 should’ve been in the first place. Now, what do we have to do to get these things in the States?

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15
Jul

Snapdragon 810 v2.1 ships in most smartphones


More OnePlus shenanigans. In their announcement of the OnePlus Two, OnePlus claims that their phone will be running a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 in order to avoid the overheating issues that reportedly plague most smartphones.

Although there have been reports that the 810 runs warmer than its predecessors, we assure you that we have taken all the necessary precautions and beyond to prevent this from occurring in the 2. We worked very closely with Qualcomm’s engineers to integrate an improved version of the chipset (v2.1) in the OnePlus 2, and fine-tuned both hardware and software. The 2 will be “cooler than ever”.

Throughout the announcement of the OnePlus Two CPU, OnePlus refers to its processor as the ‘810 v2.1′ to differentiate itself from the other smartphones using the Snapdragon 801 SoC.

Unfortunately, this is all just a marketing ploy. According to HTC’s Jeff Gordon, Qualcomm has stated that virtually all OEMs with Snapdragon 810 devices are shipping their devices with the Snapdragon 810 v2.1.

Screenshot 2015-07-15 at 15.20.30

Android Central has shared unconfirmed reports of the same 810 v2.1 processor is packed in the Xperia Z3+ and Z4 tablet.Xperia-Z3-Heat-Issues

While the HTC One M9 doesn’t overheat excessively in most peoples experiences, the Z3+ has had some serious issues.

All this amounts to is that almost all Snapdragon 810 SoC phones are shipping with the v2.1 of the chip, but only OnePlus is insecure enough about their device to make it abundantly clear that they are using the v2.1 810.

Now, this isn’t really a bad thing. Just be assured that your 810 phones are using the v2.1 chip and OnePlus isn’t the only manufacturer that is using the supposedly cooler version of the chip.

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1
Jul

Evo Check Case for the HTC one M9


The return on investment for smartphone cases is pretty high. Most offer pretty good protection at the fraction of the cost of a deductible or a brand new device. My Nexus 6 has been saved quite a few times. For good reason too; I live on that device. When someone’s daily driver becomes unusable it means that they are less productive. This can quickly translate into actual dollars lost.  Nobody wants this. Besides the obvious financial implications, people seem think cases are just a good idea. They have been known to add aesthetically pleasing experiences to some devices that are just too bland for some users.  Some people use cases for advertising their experience outwardly to the world.

With the new crop of Android flagships, this paradigm does not seem to be shifting. Cases are here to stay. Recently I was sent the Evo Check Case for the HTC One (M9) to review. This case by Tech21 is really great. Its elegant design lends itself to offer loads of protection without adding a lot of bulk. The M9 isn’t a really thick phone to begin with, but some cases on the market tend to add a little more heft than needed. I feel this is due to the M9’s aluminum casing and carrier varied colors. The variant of the M9 I used for testing was the rose gold model from T-Mobile. Tech21 says this case “is the next step in the evolution of Impactology and intelligent impact protection.” The case is really light and gives full access to the ports, buttons, microphones, and RF sensor. This case also comes with a small bezel to keep the phone face off flat surfaces.

The armband I use for running doesn’t take the phone and the case together. This isn’t really an issue as the Evo Check is easy to remove and install. Tech21 has done a great job with the aesthetics of this case as well. It has a great balance of sleekness and grip. It doesn’t feel like it will slip out when in my hand. Another great touch is that the volume rocker and power buttons seem to be raised and more responsive. For sometime now, I’ve felt that the buttons of the M9 were a little too close to the body of the phone and lacked a great tactile experience. With this case, that problem has seemed to go away. A simple drop test also showed that this case can handle drops from about 6 feet. Not bad for a simple TPU case.

My ultimate review of this case is a “buy”. Have an M9 and in the market for a case in the $40 range? Head over to the folks at Tech21. You won’t be disappointed.

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30
Jun

Honor 7 & Meizu MX5 vs the competition


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Today not one but two Chinese manufacturers have announced new devices and both handsets are feature-rich at affordable price tags. Huawei’s e-commerce brand Honor has announced the Honor 7 while Meizu has announced the MX5, but how do these two handsets compare against each other and to the competition?

Honor 7 vs Meizu MX5

Before comparing these handsets to their rivals, let’s take a look at how they compare to each other. Both handsets adopt all-metal builds and while the Honor 7 has been influenced by the Ascend Mate 7, the MX5 is Meizu’s first switch to an all-metal design.

Last year’s Huawei phablet – the Ascend Mate 7 – certainly had an influence on the Honor 7

Both handsets offer Full HD displays but the 5.5-inch AMOLED screen on the MX5 is slightly larger than the 5.2-inch IPS display on the Honor 7, meaning it has a slightly lower display density of 401 pixels per inch (versus 424 ppi). Both handsets run on Android Lollipop, with Meizu adding Flyme 4.5 on top, while Huawei added its own Emotion UI v3.1 interface.

Huawei & Meizu in video:

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Switching to the camera, both handsets use Sony modules; the Meizu MX5 comes equipped with an IMX220 module that offers 20.7MP resolution, laser autofocus and 4K Ultra HD video recording while the Honor 7 uses an IMX230 module with 20MP resolution, Phase Detection autofocus, optical image stabilisation and, presumably, 4K Ultra HD video recording as well.

Up front the MX5 has a 5MP front camera with Full HD video while the Honor 7 has an 8MP selfie camera with Huawei’s Beauty Level feature built-in. Beneath the rear camera is where Huawei have added the fingerprint sensor on the Honor 7, which is a feature that’s missing from Meizu’s flagship.

Under the hood, both handsets have octa-core processors with the Meizu MX5 using the MediaTek Helio X10 Turbo CPU clocked at 2.2GHz and the Honor 7 using Huawei’s own Kirin 935 processor, also clocked at 2.2GHz. There’s also 3GB RAM on both handsets and the biggest difference comes in the storage options; the MX5 is available with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage while the Honor 7 has either 16GB or 64GB storage.

The price of these handsets is where they may go on to challenge the established manufacturers: the MX5 costs roughly $290 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB costs approximately $322 and the 64GB comes in at $387. In comparison, the Honor 7 is available in three models: the lowest variant comes with 16GB internal storage and single SIM LTE for approx. $322, while the next version up offers the same storage and dual SIM 4G LTE for $354 and the top model offers 64GB storage and dual SIM LTE for $402.

The MX5 replaces Meizu’s previous flagship, the MX4

At these prices, both handsets are significantly cheaper than the competition and while it’s difficult to make in-depth comparisons until these devices arrive for review, let’s take a look at how they compare against the other major flagship handsets on the market.

Honor 7 & Meizu MX5 vs the competition

Like many Chinese companies, both Huawei and Meizu have attempted to challenge established devices by focusing on offering impressive specs with an even more impressive price tag.

they certainly have feature sets that will appeal to almost all users

Along with rival Chinese OEMs Gionee and Xiaomi, these companies have transformed the mid-range market by offering feature-rich smartphones at a price that belies belief. While they won’t have all the bells and whistles found on handsets that retail for almost double the price, they certainly have feature sets that will appeal to almost all users.

Let’s take a look at how the Meizu MX5 and Honor 7 specs compare vs the best from Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC.

Detail Honor 7 Meizu MX5 Sony Xperia Z3+ HTC One M9 Galaxy S6 LG G4
Hardware:
Display: 5.2 inch IPS
Full HD (1080×1920)
Density: 424ppi
5.5 inch AMOLED
Full HD (1080×1920)
Density: 401ppi
5.2 inch IPS
Full HD (1080×1920)
Density: 424ppi
5.0 inch Super LCD3
Full HD (1080×1920)
Density: 441ppi
5.1 inch Super AMOLED
Quad HD (1440×2560)
Density: 577ppi
5.5 inch IPS
Quad HD (1440×2560)
Density: 538ppi
Processor: Octa-core Kirin 930
4 x 2.2GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz
Octa-core Helio X10
8 x 2.2GHz
octa-core Snapdragon 810
4 x 2GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz
octa-core Snapdragon 810
4 x 2GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz
octa-core Exynos 7420
4 x 2.1GHz, 4 x 1.5GHz
hexa-core Snapdragon 808
2 x 1.82GHz, 4 x 1.44GHz
Storage: 16/64GB

Expandable: Yes

16/32/64GB

Expandable: TBC

32GB

Expandable: Yes

32GB

Expandable: Yes

32/64/128GB

Expandable: No

32GB

Expandable: Yes

RAM: 3GB 3GB 3GB 3GB 3GB 3GB
Build Type: Metal Metal Glass Aluminium Unibody Glass and metal Plastic front with Plastic or Leather rear
LTE: Cat 6 (300Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL) Cat 4 (150Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL) Cat 6 (300Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL) Cat 6 (300Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL) Cat 6 (300Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL) Cat 6 (300Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL)
Fingerprint Sensor: Yes No No No Yes No
SIM card Single/Dual SIM Single SIM Single SIM Single SIM Single SIM Single SIM
Software: Android 5.1
Emotion UI v3.1
Android 5.0
Flyme OS 4.5
Android 5.0
Sony UI
Android 5.0
HTC Sense 7
Android 5.0.2
TouchWiz UI
Android 5.1
LG G UX 4.0
Camera:
Sensor size: 20MP 20.7MP 20.7MP 20MP 16MP 16MP with color spectrum sensor
Autofocus: Phase Detection Laser Yes Yes Yes Laser
Optical Image Stabilisation: Yes No No No Yes Yes
Video: 1080p@60fps 1080p@60fps
2160p@30fps
1080p@60fps
2160p@30fps
1080p@60fps
2160p@30fps
1080p@60fps
2160p@30fps
1080p@60fps
2160p@30fps
Front camera: 8MP, video TBC 5MP, 1080p@30fps 5.1MP, 1080p@30fps 4MP Ultrapixel
1080p@30fps
5MP, 1440p@30fps 8MP, 1080p@30fps
Flash dual-LED (dual tone) dual-LED (dual tone) LED flash dual-LED (dual tone) LED flash LED flash
Battery:
Capacity: 3100mAh 3150mAh 2930 mAh 2840 mAh 2550mAh 3000 mAh
Fast Charging: 100% in 1 hour 25 mins
50% in 30 mins
mCharge
60% in 40 mins
Quick Charge 2.0
60% in 30 mins
Quick Charge 2.0
60% in 30 mins
Quick Charge 2.0
60% in 30 mins
None
Wireless Charging: No No No No Yes, PMA+Qi Optional

There you have it – the specs of the Honor 7 and Meizu MX5 certainly show that it’s possible to make a handset with the latest flagship specs at a price that’s anything but flagship. Of course the specs list only reveals a small part of the overall experience and we can’t comment on how good these handsets are until they arrive for review but the specs comparison certainly gives us food for thought.

What do you think of the specs of the Meizu MX5 and Honor 7 vs the competition? Which handset would you buy (if any)? Let us know your views in the comments below!

12
Jun

HTC reveals limited edition One M9 INK


After teasing a limited edition HTC One M9 back in April, the company finally revealed phone on Thursday. HTC, in collaboration with tattoo artist Cally-Jo and supermodel Jourdan , worked together to bring this piece of art to the public.

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On comparing with the regular version of the HTC One M9, the INK’d version has an engraved tattoo designed by INK’er Cally-Jo on the back. The rest of the specifications and design are the same as regular version. The engraved tattoo is made up of two symbols, an eye and a hand. According to HTC, the eye represents strength and sincerity, while the hand stands for protection and positivity.

The open hand and eye symbolize the need for protection and strength while still being open and approachable in personality and style. The natural leaf elements and patterns around the outside of each visual reflect the growth in creativity that Jourdan is feeling at this time, and the sun and moon together represent balance and harmony in her character.

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The HTC One M9 has not been the biggest success of the year as anticipated by the HTC so hopefully this limited edition M9 will help them get some attention. HTC also launched the 24-carat Gold Edition HTC One M9 couple of weeks ago.

Although the smartphone has been announced by the company, there is no word on a release date or pricing. If you’re interested you can register on HTC’s website for further information. We suspect this phone won’t be priced too much higher than the regular version based on the previous model.

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29
May

HTC confirms Android M support for One M9 models


HTC representative Jeff Gordon took to twitter to confirm the One M9 and the One M9+ would receive Android M support. It should not come as much of a surprise given the devices are only a few months old and already run the most current versions of Android available.

Android M, announced at Google I/O yesterday, is now available in a developer preview release. The official build will likely debut some time in the third quarter of the year.

HTC was quick to pledge support for Android L last year, even going to far as to promise an expected timetable. Although HTC would miss its self-imposed mark by a short window it was able to deliver Android 5.0 updates to a number of models within the first few months of general availability.

We might look for HTC to make a more formal blanket statement regarding Android M down the road. It stands to reason that the One M8 and other models will be in line to receive the release once it’s available.

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13
May

Verizon HTC One M7 getting Lollipop this Thursday


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While the One M9 is the current hotness from HTC, the original One (m7) still remains a solid handset and is still enjoyed by many as a daily driver. The biggest downside for Verizon One M7 owners is the lack of Lollipop, something that Sprint and T-Mobile owners have had for a while now. The good news is that this is finally changing!

HTC’s Mo Versi took to Twitter today to announce that Verizon has approved the Lollipop update for the M7, and the OTA will begin pushing out this Thursday.

The update to Android 5.0 will include all the security enhancements of Lollipop as well as a number of visual tweaks including improved notifications and a redesigned recent apps panel. One of the biggest changes in vanilla Android is Material Design, and while the update will bring some of these aesthetic improvements, they will be much less noticeable due to HTC’s custom skin.

We’ll be sure to update this post as soon as the update goes live. Verizon M7 owners, now that Lollipop is finally here, do you plan on keeping your phone longer or are you preparing to update to a newer device in 2015?



13
May

HTC One M7 from Verizon getting Android 5.0 today


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The HTC One M7 smartphone from Verizon is receiving the Android 5.0 update starting today. The carrier made this official a few days ago, so its arrival today should barely surprise the customers. Verizon has been kind enough to offer a full changelog as well, so we know everything that’s new with the update for a device that is transitioning from Android 4.4.

Verizon has divided the update in two parts and the final version brings the build number 6.21.605.3. There will be changes identical to the One M8 Lollipop update here and users will see that the smartphone will support new lockscreen features, a redesigned Quick Settings menu and some subtle Material Design related changes. The update has begun rolling out immediately, so you should find the update before the end of the day.

Already seeing the update? Make sure you let us know by leaving a comment below. You can check out the full changelog from the company’s page below.

Source: Verizon
Via: Droid Life

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4
May

HTC drops four new One M9 promotional videos


OneM9PromoHTC just released a few new videos this morning highlighting some of the aspects of HTC’s third generation flagship, the M9. The device, while receiving mixed reviews, has been seen has a refinement of the first two generations.

From Sense Home, HTC’s Sense 7 Blinkfeed launcher with theme/icon support, to low-light selfies, HTC is showing off everything to love about the M9. We have all four of the videos for you after the break. Enjoy.

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