Thursday, January 24, 2013

HTC M7 launch date set for 19th of February

After much rumours and leaks, one final rumour suggesting that HTC’s upcoming M7 smartphone will be announced on the 19th of February.

Rather than the expected launch date at MWC this year, the HTC M7 will be announced at its own dedicated London event, according to several reports. These reports came from a person who claims to have connections from his “many years or work in the field”. 

The M7 from HTC is rumoured to keep the 4.7-inch display of the One X, but will boast a Full HD 1080p display instead. In addition, the new M7 will also feature a 1.7GHz quad-core processor will power crystal clear screen. The HTC M7 will reportedly also have 2GB or RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The device will also pack a 13-megapixel shooter at the back, offering a ‘Cinesensor’ image sensor, slow motion and HDR video capabilities. 

Lastly, the HTC M7 will run on Android Jelly Bean and will be coupled with an all new, revamped Sense UI – dubbed Sense 5.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

HTC M7 Render Images Leaked!

Render image of HTC M7

HTC’s possible next flagship smartphone, codename HTC M7, has its render images leaked on the Internet, according to

The render images apparently seem like a part short animation instructing new users on how to install SIM card. The design is very different with HTC’s previous flagship phones and looks much simpler and streamlined. In fact, it looks a bit like an Apple iPhone. This might not be the final design for the phone though. It is possibly just a prototype and could get more changes and improvements later on.

There is an interesting report about HTC M7. HTC is going to bring back the we-thought-it’s-long-gone IR (infra-red) port as an additional feature for the smartphone. With IR port, we can use the smartphone as a remote control for some IR compatible devices such as televisions. IR port has been implemented into some big-brand tablets before, particularly Samsung and Sony. Look like HTC wants to follow suit from the success of those companies.

HTC is rumored to have a second-generation quad-core processor from Qualcomm, clocked at 1.7 GHz. It will come with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB internal flash storage. There is no news whether it will have a dedicated MicroSD card slot or not. Thus we cannot know if we will be able to put in extra storage.

With their marketing tagline for previous line of devices like HTC One X and HTC One S  Amazing Camera, Authentic Sound  HTC continues to concentrate their effort in HTC M7’s camera and speaker. The HTC M7 will be equipped with 13 megapixel rear camera with large f/2.0 lens. The speaker of HTC M7 is certified by Beats, thus able to produce crystal clear sound with decent loudness.

The HTC M7 could be running the newest Android to date, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There will be other enhancements as well, such as Clear Words which improve call clarity. It even boasted with the newest and fastest Wi-Fi standard, the 802.11ac, which promised 3 times the speed of current 802.11n standard.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

HTC One Butterfly Quietly Hits Singapore and Malaysia

HTC Butterfly, the first 1080p smartphone.

Are you ready, HTC fans from Singapore and Malaysia? HTC Butterfly, the world’s first smartphone with full HD display, has (quietly) arrived!

According to a forum post, HTC Butterfly has been brought in by a mobile phone retail store named Satu Gadget. The listed price of an original set of HTC butterfly is RM2138. The HTC Butterfly is distributed by SiS Distribution (M) Sdn Bhd and comes with Brightstar 12-month warranty.

HTC Butterfly is a variant of HTC J Butterfly in Japan and HTC Droid DNA in US. It has some notable improvements over HTC OneX+, with the most noticeable one being screen resolution. With 1920 x 1080 Full HD Display, the 5-inch Super LCD3 screen gives us whopping sharp and bright images. It is so pleasurable to read text and watch movie on the screen with 441 ppi (pixel per inch).

HTC Butterfly is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Although the HTC Butterfly has slower clocked processor compared to HTC One X+, which has 1.7 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, it compensates by having double the RAM of HTC One X+. The 2 GB RAM in HTC Butterfly ensures great multi-tasking and smooth performance.

HTC Butterfly has an internal storage of 16 GB, lower than that of HTC One X+ with 32 or 64 GB. However, HTC Butterfly is equipped with MicroSD card slot, which is notably absent in HTC One X+. Thus, users can put in extra storage as needed. The phone can support MicroSD cards up to 32 GB.

Both HTC Butterfly and HTC One X+ have the same 8-megapixel rear camera. But HTC Butterfly gets an upper hand here as it is incorporated with a better front camera with 2.1 megapixels. HTC Butterfly can capture 1080p photo with its front camera whereas HTC One X+ can only capture 720p.

Unfortunately, both HTC butterfly and HTC One X+ in Malaysia do not support 4G LTE. It is such a waste of potential for high end smartphones such as these HTC devices, since Malaysia telco is rolling out their own LTE service respectively.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

HTC Sense 5 UI Leaks with Upcoming HTC M7

Last weekend, there’s a couple of leaked screenshots thought to be from an upcoming version 5 of HTC’s Sense User Interface which believed to be running on top of the unreleased HTC’s Android flagship devices the HTC M7

Now, we have another two more screenshots to look at with the first allegedly is the new lock screen where we can see that HTC had done some changes to it with the usual ‘ring’ is nowhere to be seen, weather information is being displayed and our tipster notified us that the icons have a more “holo” look.

The second image below is reportedly is a screen of the settings and if this screenshot turn out to be the Sense 5’s Setting page actual look then users will need to get to use to the new icons as well as the new switch toggles.

Last but not the lease, our source also tells us that the device on the picture above where there’s not much to be seen is indeed the upcoming HTC flagship devices, the HTC M7. We can’t verify whether this information is true or not so we would recommend it to treat as a usual pre-launch rumours.We also learn that the design is as same as found in the HTC One X, however there is no drilled headset holes.

We were hoping to see some of new HTC devices at CES which was held last week in Las Vegas at there is nothing interesting announced by the Taiwanese manufacturer which at least confirmed that we would see some kind of announcement at Mobile World Congress and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing what the M7 will turn out to be.

The HTC M7 will have a 1.7GHz quad core processor along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, 4.7” Full HD(similar to HTC Droid DNA) display, with a whooping pixel density of 468ppi (pixels per inch). The camera feature isn’t a let-down either, with 2MP front-facing camera and 13MP rear camera which is capable of capturing 1080p video.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

HTC J Butterfly Launched in Australia for AUD849

The International and unlocked model of the latest HTC J Butterfly or known as Droid DNA for US market, is now available in Australia under the name HTC X920e Butterfly.

As the time of writing, the unlocked SIM free version of the device is offered exclusively by online phone retailer MobiCity and is on sale for AUD849 and Shipping of this exceptional smartphone is scheduled to begin on January 18th. Although not yet available in Europe, the Australian market pricing of the J Butterfly give us the rough idea of how the phone would cost when the phone eventually launch there. 

The HTC Butterfly come with a 5-inch Full-HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, Super LCD 3 with Gorilla Glass 2, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 SoC with a quad-core 1.5HGz Krait CPU and Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM plus the 16GB of internal storage and of course there is the microSD expansion slot. 

The smartphone also boast a 8-megapixel cameras with 1080p video recording capabilities and 2.1 megapixel front camera with both of the camera equipped with a dedicated HTC ImageChip technology and offer one-click continuous photography. Connectivity wise, the HTC Butterfly come with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS + GLONASS, NFC.

The Device is still awaited it official launch to European territory, as HTC has reportedly struggled to keep up with the production due to the very high demand for the phone. 

On the other hand, HTC just released their early Q4 earning result and the news is not that encouraging for the Taiwanese based manufacturer. The revenue stats for HTC continue to fall and in the last quarter of 2012 they received $34 million (NT$1 billion) net income before taxes. HTC produced a 2.1 billion (NT$60 billion) revenue in Q4 of 2012 which is a big 41% drop from the last year’s numbers.