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28
Mar

The HTC One M9+ has its design showcased in latest leak


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Renowned leaker @Upleaks has posted a couple of press renders clearly showing the design of the much-anticipated upscaled variant of HTC’s flagship smartphone of 2015, the One M9.

As can be seen in the image above, the design of the M9+’s chassis is extremely similar to the standard One M9, with only a few minor alterations. One being a second UltraPixel camera on the back of the device. Another, a fingerprint scanner beneath the screen on the front.

If recent speculation is anything to go by, the One M9+ is set to pack a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, a high-end octa-core Mediatek CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 2,840 mAh non-removable battery.

As with all leaks and rumors, we have to take the alleged design and specifications with a large pinch of salt until HTC provides us with some solid evidence regarding what it has in store for its next flagship phablet, but thankfully we don’t have to wait too much longer until we find out as the Taiwanese company has a press event scheduled for April 8.

Source: Twitter

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28
Mar

New shake-up at HTC as designer Becker announces departure


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HTC’s management team has been shaken again this week as their VP of Industrial Design, Jonah Becker, has announced he is departing from the company. Becker took over from his predecessor Scott Croyle less than a year ago as the lead designer for the company. Those two, along with Claude Zellweger, were principals with One & Co, a design firm that HTC acquired back in 2008. Zellweger will continue to work on connected products for HTC’s line, but a statement from the company says Creative Director Daniel Hundt will be taking over Becker’s role and will focus on the company’s smartphones.

According to some sources, there is a growing struggle within HTC between the design team and the sales team. This could be the reason HTC has seen two lead designers leave the company now within the space of a year.

HTC issued the following statement concerning Becker’s departure:

We can confirm that Jonah Becker has left HTC; he had been with the Company since HTC acquired One & Co over six years ago. We would like to thank Jonah for his work with HTC, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. He has been succeeded by Daniel Hundt, based in our San Francisco design office.

Becker’s move comes only one week after Peter Chou moved on from his role as CEO to lead the new Future Development Lab. In his place, chairwoman Cher Wang took over as CEO. Thus far there is no indication that Becker’s decision was directly related to that change in leadership.

source: @JonahABecker
via: Engadget

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28
Mar

The newest HTC One M9 commercial still doesn’t show what makes the device stand out


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HTC has just released its newest advertisement for the One M9, showing off the device in some mildly active scenarios. While the new ad isn’t nearly as interesting as the Robert Downey Jr. clips we saw a few days ago, it does show off some of the M9’s features.

In the commercial, the device is used by some students running through a museum, snapping pictures along the way. The ad then cuts to a clip of a stylish man rollerskating through a crowd of people complete with the tagline “let them stare”. The clip ends with a girl saving the party she’s attending with her trusty One M9 when the power goes out.

HTC has never really been the type of company to focus it’s advertisements on why the M9 stands out from the crowd, though it does still make for some entertaining ads, to say the least. Do you think a focus on features and specifications in these advertisements would be better for the company? Or is showing off the device in real world situations a better route?

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28
Mar

HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6 pre-orders kick off: which are you buying?


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The time has come for many smartphone fans around the world to choose which device they’ll pick up next – the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the HTC One M9. Both devices are now up for pre-order on most U.S. carriers, so tell us, which one will you choose?

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are arguably two of the most beautiful devices the company has ever produced. Both handsets feature a dual-sided glass build with metal trim and a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display. The S6 has a 2550mAh non-removable battery, while the S6 Edge will give you a little more juice with its 2600mAh cell. They’re both powered by a Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM, and either 32, 64 or 128GB of on-board storage. Although Samsung has opted to give us higher storage options this time around, the omission of a microSD card slot and removable batteries may stray Samsung fans away from the company’s newest devices. To learn more about the Galaxy S6, check out our full review.

Where to buy:

Since there are multiple different storage options available on each carrier, to save some room, we’ll give you availability info for the 32GB variant of each device.

Galaxy S6

  • AT&T – $199.99 with a two-year agreement/$22.84 per month with the Next 24 program
  • T-Mobile – $679.91 outright/$27.50 per month over 24 months
  • Sprint – $199.99 with a two-year agreement (after $50 mail-in rebate)/$20 per month over 24 months
  • U.S. Cellular – $199.99 with a two-year agreement/$34 per month for 20 months
  • Verizon has yet to open up pre-orders, but you can sign up on this page to get updates on the device

Galaxy S6 Edge

  • AT&T – $299.99 with a two-year agreement/$27.17 per month with the Next 24 program
  • T-Mobile – $779.76 outright/$32.49 per month over 24 months
  • Sprint – $299.99 with a two-year agreement/$25 per month over 24 months
  • U.S. Cellular – $299.99 with a two-year agreement/$39.50 per month over 20 months
  • Verizon hasn’t opened up pre-orders for the S6 Edge either, but you can sign up on this page to get updates on the device

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HTC One M9

While Samsung changed just about everything with the S6 and S6 Edge, HTC went for a more iterative approach this time around. Even so, it’s hard denying that the HTC One M9 is one beautiful smartphone. The handset features HTC’s iconic aluminum unibody design language and a 5.0-inch LCD full HD display. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion up to 128GB. It also has a non-removable 2840mAh battery. HTC decided to move the UltraPixel camera around to the front of the M9, but the device’s 20.7MP rear-facing shooter just doesn’t compare to the Galaxy S6’s 16MP camera. Many HTC fans have been concerned that the One M9 isn’t a worthy upgrade from the One M8, though many would argue the company didn’t need to make drastic changes this time around. For more information on the One M9, check out our full review.

Where to buy:

  • AT&T – $199.99 with a two-year agreement/$23.64 per month with the Next 24 program
  • T-Mobile – $649.92 outright/$27.08 per month over 24 months
  • Sprint – $199.99 with a two-year agreement/$20 per month over 24 months
  • Verizon’s pre-orders begin April 1st, and you can sign up here if you’d like updates on the device
  • HTC – $649 outright for the unlocked/developer editions

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28
Mar

Grab all Quad HD wallpapers from the HTC One M9+ here


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Right before the HTC One M9 was announced, we came across a flurry of wallpapers believed to be of the smartphone. Now with the One M9+ expected to break cover soon, it has received similar treatment as well. 

The One M9+ smartphone is believed to be packing a Quad HD display, so all the wallpapers on offer here are in native 2K resolution (2560 x 1440). Currently, only devices like the LG G3, the Motorola Droid Turbo, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Nexus 6, the yet to be launched Galaxy S6 and a few other devices this resolution by default.

You can grab the wallpapers individually from the gallery below. Click on either of the images below to get a full res version and right click (or long press if on mobile) to save the image on your system. Make sure you leave a comment below if you like any of these wallpapers.

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Source: Google+

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27
Mar

Pack of 3 HTC One screen protectors, $5.95



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27
Mar

Leaked renders reveal HTC One E9+ color variants


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Earlier this week, HTC all but confirmed the existence of its One M9+ smartphone, but the company also apparently has a different One E9+ handset in the works as well. @Upleaks has just shared a few alleged press renders of the E9+, showing off three color options for HTC’s other upcoming large handset.

The design looks virtually identical to the phone that passed through China’s TENAA certification agency earlier in the month, down to the two-toned color scheme and the redesigned camera lens placement. The leaked images suggest that the E9+ will be made available in grey, gold/white and gold/silver variants.

Details about the HTC One E9+ are still thin on the ground. The handset is rumored to be a 5.5-inch smartphone with a QHD display, rather than the 1080p resolution found in the One M9, and is said to have a plastic body, rather than metal. Previous leaks have also hinted at a Mediatek processor, 20MP camera, and 3GB of RAM, making this a remarkably similar sounding handset to the One M9+, which is expected to debut at HTC’s event in Beijing on April 8th. The only major differentiator between last year’s E8 and M8 was the handset’s plastic body.

It is possible that HTC will be announcing some or all of the anticipated E9, E9+ and M9+ smartphones at the event in China early next month. HTC’s One E series typically hasn’t ventured much further than China in the past, although the One E8 did end up making it to the US through Sprint.

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27
Mar

HTC lead designer departs after less than a year


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Jonah Becker, Vice President of Industrial Design at HTC, has announced that he has left the company, news which has also been confirmed by HTC. Becker had taken up the roll less last April from Scott Croyle, and is to be succeeded by HTC Creative Director Daniel Hundt.

Becker worked for One & Co when it was acquired by HTC back in 2008. Both Croyle and Becker had worked at the company, but the departure leaves Claude Zellweger is the last remaining senior designer from One & Co at HTC.

HTC has already undergone a major senior managerial shake-up this month, Peter Chou stepped down as CEO and has been replaced by Cher Wang. This leadership adjustment looks to be marking a change in direction for the company, but it is not known how much or little this influenced Becker’s decision. For HTC, losing its second lead designer in less than a year suggests deeper internal issues within its senior ranks.

Although the reasons for Becker’s departure have not been made clear, one industry source suggests that there has been an ongoing power struggle between the HTC design team and the company’s sales goals. How much of this struggle is reflected in the HTC One M9’s similar aesthetic design and subtle component changes from its predecessor, I don’t suppose we’ll ever know.

Here is the statement from HTC with regards to Jonah Becker’s departure:

“We can confirm that Jonah Becker has left HTC; he had been with the Company since HTC acquired One & Co over six years ago. We would like to thank Jonah for his work with HTC, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. He has been succeeded by Daniel Hundt, based in our San Francisco design office.”



27
Mar

HTC’s lead designer leaves after less than a year


For a tech company that places so much emphasis on design, we can’t help but think something’s up when one of the key designers leaves. Today, we bring you the sad news that HTC’s VP of Industrial Design, Jonah Becker, has announced his departure on Twitter. To our surprise, that’s less than a year after he picked up from where his predecessor Scott Croyle left off. With Croyle and Becker gone, this leaves Claude Zellweger the last remaining principal of One & Co — the design firm that HTC acquired back in late 2008 — running the design team at the smartphone company. According to a statement from HTC, Becker will be succeeded by Creative Director Daniel Hundt, who happens to look a lot like Apple’s Jony Ive.

Becker’s announcement comes just a week after HTC’s shakeup at the top level, where Peter Chou passed on his CEO title to chairwoman Cher Wang, in order to focus on the company’s new Future Development Lab. It’s not clear as to why Becker has left HTC so relatively soon after Croyle, but we have learned from our source that there is an ever increasing power struggle between the design team and sales team these days. Another source told us the switch from the M8’s UltraPixel main camera to the M9’s 20-megapixel counterpart is an example of such.

And here is the full statement we received from HTC regarding Becker’s exit:

We can confirm that Jonah Becker has left HTC; he had been with the Company since HTC acquired One & Co over six years ago. We would like to thank Jonah for his work with HTC, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. He has been succeeded by Daniel Hundt, based in our San Francisco design office.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, HTC

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Source: Jonah Becker (Twitter)

27
Mar

HTC One E9 leak confirms glossy plastic flagship experience



AndroidCentral has reported an image leak of the One E9, courtesy of @upleaks

The phone will offer the top-of-the-line hardware in a plastic chassis, as can been seen in the photo. It is likely to be marketed as the One E9 Plus solely to Asian markets since the One E8 was marketed in this manner.

Supposedly, the device will be released in China next week at around $480.


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