Thursday, February 21, 2013

HTC One: Pre-order now available in the UK.

With the wraps on HTC’s flagship smartphone of 2013 taken off at a simultaneous event in New York and London, the smartphone is now available for pre-order in the United Kingdom. Maybe sources have confirmed that the device would start retailing from the 15th of March. Several rumours before the launch suggested that the device would be available in the U.K. from March 8, but we suppose the Taiwanese manufacturer decided to delay the availability date by a week.

As for the price, Clove Mobile has shared the unlocked price for the HTC One. In addition, many technology sites are speculating that an unlocked HTC One would cost somewhere between 400-500 pounds – the same price an unlocked HTC One X was going for a year ago.

The HTC One boasts a 4.7-inch Full HD 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor along with 2GB of RAM. In terms of connectivity, the HTC One features WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC and Infrared. Other than that, the One will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a brand new revamped version of HTC Sense on top of it.

HTC has ditched the conventional and went with a rather interesting UltraPixel camera – at least that’s what they call it. There’s been a lot of buzz circulating regarding the 4-megapixel camera, but HTC said that it’ll produce images large enough to be used as posters and would be four times better in terms of quality when compared with conventional smartphone cameras. Other than the camera, there will be a 2,300mAh battery at the back and a 2.1-megapixel conventional camera on the front.

HTC One will be available in the 32GB and 64GB variants. However, there will be no expandable storage present on the device. We highly suggest you take this into consideration when buying the device once it becomes available.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sexy HTC One doom to fail?

It is no doubt that the HTC One looks great, but Blackberry users are a little familiar with the new smartphone design and see it has just a mere copy of the recently release Blackberry z10 on January 30th.


Though both phones do not differ much in design, the HTC One carries some more advance features. Here are some of the comparisons.

Other than facing Blackberry critics, HTC faces more draconian matters. HTC's design and software teams did a great job creating an attractive and premium-feeling phone, following Apple's love for metal construction and taking it to the next logical progression.

HTC received similar praises last year, but failed to reverse its flagging revenue and profits. HTC has had a history of newsworthy products, but recently the company has shown a troubling habit of getting ignored in the marketplace.

The smartphone industry is definitely a competitive business, HTC lacks marketing firepower that larger rivals like Apple and Samsung posses. "HTC is going up against two of the biggest spenders in the world with intensely loyal followings," said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis.

HTC  have to start stepping up its game and start being more proactive with its own marketing. It's something the company has always half-heartedly done in the past, but it will have to work harder to develop both the One brand and the HTC name.

HTC is reaching out to BestBuy. BestBuy plans to jointly run some commercials featuring the HTC One, according to AliStair Jones, head of marketing of the big-box retail chain's connectivity business group. He also added that this has been the most resources BestBuy has put behind HTC since the pass 18 months.


HTC One teased again. This time showing a smidge of itself.

With only several hours left till the much-anticipated official announcement of HTC’s upcoming flagship, HTC released yet another teaser of its upcoming Android flagship smartphone. HTC has been releasing tiny bits of teaser images all of last week. The image of several Canon DSLR lenses released yesterday caused massive stir on the Internet, creating speculations that the upcoming flagship could feature Canon DSLR add-ons.

Today however, the image released is a little different – revealing just a tiny smidge from the device, hiding under a cloth with its release date of 19th February embroidered on it.

It is confirmed that HTC’s new flagship is set for an announcement tomorrow under the HTC One name. HTC hopes that this flagship device would be the key to bringing back the good old times at the company. Current rumours suggest that this device will sport a FullHD 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a rather revolutionary camera and will run Android Jelly Bean at launch. Alongside the latest iteration of Android, the upcoming HTC One will feature a brand new updated version of HTC Sense.

The launch event of the HTC One would be held in New York City and will begin at 10a.m. on the 19th of February. More information regarding the device will be posted as soon as its available, be sure to check back for more!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Upcoming HTC One could feature DSLR camera add-ons from Canon.

All week, HTC has been sending out little tweets that don’t always make much sense. This is sort of the point though, teasing and offering up tid-bits to get the gears turning and keeping their name in the news. However, HTC tweeted this morning – suggesting the possibility that the upcoming HTC One that we are all awaiting to hear about not too long from now, could feature multiple DSLR lens add-ons.

The recently tweeted tweet consist of the image showed below. It looks rather confusing, but a few intriguing things could be seen if observed properly.

The image consist of what-looks-like the HTC One in white and a date 2-19-13 around the eye. This created speculations that circulated the Internet, suggesting that the new HTC One could feature a Retina Display. While that might have sounded possible at that moment, this is what HTC tweeted this morning. Again, with the date listed around the edge of the lens. Though the branding of the lens has been blurred out, we can easily tell it’s a Canon lens.

It was fun deciphering the teases, however, it is obvious that it we will not have more information regarding the upcoming HTC One until Tuesday. While a HTC One with support for Canon DSLR lens add-ons sounds astonishing, we’d suggest that you take this news with a reasonable number grains of salt. We’re pretty excited to see what HTC has to offer on the 19th of February. As usual, stay tuned as more news will be posted as soon as more information is available.

Friday, February 15, 2013

8 Windows Phone 8 Settings Tricks for Your HTC 8X and 8S

The Metro-style Settings page
The settings of Windows Phone 8 isn't as scary as it seems. Image Credit:

Do you know that Windows Phone 8 running on your HTC 8X or 8S has tons of features that can aid you enormously?

Many people treat the settings page of an operating system like a forbidden sacred shrine, which only specific people can enter and mess with it. Actually, it shouldn’t be that scary. In Windows Phone 8, all settings have their functions specified. Unless you go in there and blindly tap anything that goes in your sight, you will rarely go wrong by paying attention.

Here, I am going to tell you 8 tips and tricks in enhancing your Windows Phone 8 experience by playing with the settings a bit. These tips are brought to you by Michael Stroh from Windows Blog. So, buckle up and enjoy!

1. Reply the caller with text message when you are occupied

When receiving call, ever notice the “Text Reply” button? When it is not the right time to take the call, you can reply with SMS like “I’ll call you back” and “Please text me” instead. Yet, the default messages sound very boring. You can change them in [Settings>Applications>Phones>Edit Replies]. You can set up to four different messages.

2. Customize your mailbox name

You have multiple email accounts and you don’t like how the system named your mailbox? You can easily change the names in [Settings>System>Email+Accounts]. Then, tap the account you want to rename and change it under [Account Name].

3. Increase the font size when the words are too small for you

Complain that the words on your phone are too small? You can easily increase their size by going to [Settings>System>Ease of Access] and adjust the slider under [Text size].

4. Tailor lock screen icons to your liking

One of the best features of Windows Phone 8 is the function of showing app notifications directly on the lock screen. Even better, you can choose which app status to show too! Just go to [Setting>System>Lock Screen] and you are good to go.

5. Replace the boring default email signature

At default, all emails you sent with your phone include the “Sent from my…” stock signature. You can change it into something more Star Wars’ Yoda-esque tone by digging into the settings. First, tap on the mailbox that you want to modify. Notice the 3 dots button at the bottom-right corner? Tap on that and choose [Settings]. Here you can replace the phrase to your heart content. You can even turn it off if you find it disturbing.

6. Change the function of the Internet Explorer address bar button

When using Internet Explorer with your phone, you can see a button besides the URL bar. Do you know that you can change its function? By digging into [Settings>Applications>Internet Explorer], you can pick your favorite function under [Use address bar button for].

7. Filter out unneeded contacts

If you are like me, you will have hundreds of contacts sitting in your phone. It is tedious and messy when we want to search for specific name in the massive contact list. Luckily, you can filter out the rarely-required contacts by going to [Settings>Applications>People>Filter my contact list] and pick an account you want.

8. Auto-upload videos and audios to the cloud

By going into [Setting>Applications>Photos+camera], you can set your phone to upload your new photo and video shot automatically to some popular cloud services such as SkyDrive and Dropbox.

Here you go! These 8 tips should be able to keep you busy for a while. Like this post? Don’t forget to subscribe so that you can see more useful topics in the future. Now, enjoy the true potential of your HTC 8X and 8S!

Currently, there are only two phones from HTC running on Windows Phone 8. They are HTC 8X and HTC 8S. You can visit the homepage of HTC over here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

HTC Begin Countdown For HTC M7

It’s has been well publicized  that HTC is planning to launch its next generation of flagship phones in an event at New York and London respectively on February 19th and HTC is trying harder to make sure the events gets media and public attention as much as possible. Earlier this week, HTC posted an image with a date 19/02/13 on its social media platform such as Facebook and Twitter with an image that look to be the one edge of a white HTC M7/One. And just barely few hours after that HTC put up a countdown on its official website ( which expires right at HTC’s press event pick off on February 19th. Although the countdown itself is a bit ordinary to begin with, HTC did try to make things interesting by including an animated backgrounds which gives us a quick look at the HTC One/M7.

The four second clip did highlights the HTC corporate logo and reveals the silver and white casing of the HTC M7. Since we have a hard time make out the details on, we have include a video below so that you can watch as many time as you want. With the unveiling is more than five days away, it is likely that HTC would release a few more teaser video before the countdown is up. 

The HTC M7 is rumoured to maintain a 4.7-inch display similar to the One X but will come with a Full HD 1080p display instead. Moreover, the HTC flagship M7 will also come with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor plus a 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.  here is the comparison of HTC M7 vs HTC One X

The HTC flagship device will also come with a 13-megapixel camera at the back which offer a ‘Cinesensor’ image sensor, low motion and HDR video capabilities. Finally and most importantly, HTC M7 will run on latest Android Jelly Bean and will include the all new revamped HTC’s in house Sense UI known as the Sense 5.

Friday, February 8, 2013

HTC Teases the M7 with…. a Human Heart

The M7 poster have a very unique feel in it.

What is this? A heart connected to a circuit board? This is gonna scare those who are having hematophobia (the phobia of blood) away. And is that an HTC logo down there? Oh goodness gracious! What have they done?

Okay, huh hmm! (Clearing throat)

Jokes aside, look like HTC is going all out in their marketing effort. Just as I mentioned in an earlier post, CEO of HTC, Peter Chou admitted that HTC wasn’t doing enough on marketing front. HTC’s competitors like Samsung pours billions of dollars to make sure their products stay strong in the consumers’ mind. Thus, whenever someone wants to buy a cell phone, Samsung is almost always the first brand to come up in mind, resulting in big loss of HTC.

HTC is surely wanted to change the game now. The teaser poster appeared on a German forum undoubtedly catches our eye balls easily. The image of a cybernetic heart attached to circuit board and the tagline “Alive Soon” seem to indicate that a new life is getting pumped up in near future. It’s likely tipping the birth of HTC’s next flagship phone, the M7.

HTC has sent an invitation for an event holding on 19 February in New York. The purpose of the event is believed to be the debut of HTC M7. The existence of HTC M7 has been confirmed by none other than Peter Chow himself in a video broadcasted in Taipei. Peter Chow was seen holding the M7 to take pictures of the audience in some kind of year-end party.

More recent rumors of HTC M7 pointed out that it is going to bring brand new sound and camera experience to the consumers. The M7 is claiming to have 13-megapixel rear camera which is made by combining three 4.3-megapixel sensor layers. The camera is said to be able to capture crisper, cleaner images with better color accuracy.

Seeing the teaser poster, I couldn’t wait to see HTC M7 in action. Will the impact of the M7 surpass that of the One X Plus* from last year? This is going to be a great showdown!

*If you want to know more about HTC One X Plus, you can get more information here.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

HTC M4 Image Leaked

Whenever we thought about the next HTC device surely, the HTC M7 will be the first to be in your mind but we all must not forget that HTC is also currently working on the HTC M4. And not forget that this mid-range Android phone in the same league as it siblings the M7 but it would be a very appealing option for customer that are looking for a device which is decently equipped at very affordable price.

While earlier rumour have revealed most of the HTC M4 Specs which include a 4.3-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM plus 5 megapixel camera at the back, we now have a clear picture of how the device might looks thanks to a handful of leaked image purportedly the HTC M4. The HTC M4 inherit some of the similarities of the HTC M7 and the older HTC One X released last year but what caught most of our attention was the camera on the front and the speaker grill. Oddly enough, the latest picture of the HTC M4 look very similar to a leaked image of white HTC M7 which surfaced in the middle of January. 

 We don’t see any reason to doubt whether the picture is indeed the  M4 Pictures, but it do raise question mark as the image is similar to the white  M7 leaked image. We have seen numerous image of a black HTC M7 which is completely different than the white version of the leaked images plus the HTC recent announcement of a new sound experience gives even more reason to believe the credential of the image that show stereo speakers on the front of the device. 

Last year, Samsung went to great length to hide the final design of the Galaxy S III. Many of the engineers who worked on the project had no clue what the final design even looked like since they used special cases and even had alternate designs of the phone during development. Alternately, HTC could have a design specifically for North America and another design for Europe and the rest of the world. It’s impossible to know.

Could HTC follow the same tactics that Samsung do last year? Samsung was very aggressive to hide the final design of the flagship Galaxy SIII where even the engineers that worked on the project itself didn’t have the clue of how the final design might look as they only worked using special cases and even had an alternate design of the phone during the development. It is impossible to tell whether HTC might have decide to design phone specifically for North America and while another going to Europe plus the rest of the world market