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HTC One M9 Leaked Images

HTC One M9 Hima front

We’d be lying if we said we got enough of these HTC One M9 leaks, but it’s always nice to get a good look at a device well ahead of its launch. A trusted, reliable source of Phandroid’s close to the Taiwanese company passed along a couple of new photos for us to take a look at.

The photos themselves don’t show or tell us much that we haven’t already seen or heard — it’s the HTC One M9. And yes, it looks awfully similar to the HTC One M8. But this is one of the clearest shots we’ve gotten of the front of the device to this point.

One thing we can take away is that HTC moved the power button from the top of the device to the right side. It’s a small change, but anyone with an HTC One M8 knows how annoying it can be to have to reach for the top of the device to power it on or off. We’d already seen evidence of the change in leaked renders last night, but it’s nice to get more hard evidence.

HTC One M9 Hima front side leak

With that they’ve also shifted the volume rocker and power buttons to be lower on the right edge of the device. We reckon the change was made to make for more comfortable access to said buttons for those with smaller hands. It’s a move we typically see with phablets (such as Motorola’s Nexus 6), but to our knowledge we’re still getting the same 5-inch form factor featured on the HTC One M8.

For what it’s worth, our source was able to confirm the long-rumored combination of an octa-core chipset (likely the Snapdragon 810) and 3GB of RAM, but they weren’t able to corroborate any of the other HTC One M9 specs we’ve heard to this point. Here’s a quick recap of what’s rumored to be stuffed inside:

  • Snapdragon 810 chipset with Adreno 430 GPU (which is an Octa-Core chipset)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • 2,840mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7.0
  • 20.7 megapixel camera on the rear, UltraPixel camera on the front

There’s no reason to believe the rest of that list won’t hold up once the official announcement is made at Mobile World Congress on March 1st. We’re digging for more information and we’ll be sure to pass anything we hear along, but in the meantime let us know if you think this device is shaping up to be a worthy successor to one of 2014’s best flagship Android phones.

UPDATE: We got a nice photo of the back, which has been included down below. Enjoy.

HTC One M9 Hima back

HTC Desire 826 First Look

HTC One M9 Specs (AKA Hima) LEAK In Full

The update to the HTC One M8 will launch inside Q1 of 2015. It’s called the HTC One M9 AND these are its full specs

HTC released the One M8 in March this year to generally positive reviews – we quite liked the handset here at KYM. As is the way of the world, there is an inevitable sequel in the works and it’s expected to launch a full year after the M8.

The HTC One M9 has been codenamed Hima for quite a while now with a few details doing the rounds. But today is the first time we’ve seen a full leak of the specs. Upleaks has secured the information from a trusted source suggesting the handset is set to be almost the same size as the HTC One M8.

According to the leak it’ll have dimensions of 144.3 x 69.4 x 9.56 mm but there is currently no clue on the weight of the handset.

It suggests there will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core chipset inside made up of a 2GHz quad-core Cortex A57 running alongside a 1.5GHz quad-core Cortex A53 setup. All this will be joined by 3GB of RAM as well as Cat 6 LTE connectivity.

There will be a Full HD 5in screen as on the HTC One M8 and it’ll also launch with the latest and greatest Android Lollipop software on board. As for cameras we’ll see a 20.7MP main shooter on the back but it’s currently uncertain what the front facing snapper will be – the leak suggests either 4MP or 13MP. That could mean there are two versions of the phone doing the rounds or HTC just really isn’t sure how far to take its obsession with selfies.

As for the battery we can expect to see a 2,840mAh battery, a slight upgrade from the 2,600mAh offering on the M8.

Another source claims to have got hold of the HTC One M9’s front panel and it suggests the next HTC flagship will have a strong screen-to-bodywork ratio with more display and less bezel. Here’s the image leaked from the source suggesting the bezels will be slimmed down quite some way.

In the image there isn’t the room for the BoomSound speakers at the top and bottom of the handset. Previous rumours suggest HTC is trying to thin those down even further though, so it may end up being an even more compact design than before.

The source claims the front panel is 5.2in, not 5.5in as we’ve heard from a variety of rumours.

Other sources have suggested HTC is happy with the metal body found on its current flagship range and will keep the same style with a few refinements. Those same rumours suggest there will be the same three colours as the HTC One M8, grey, gold and silver as well as a “Gunmetal Gold” version as well.

Looking similar is one thing but the latest leaked picture of the HTC One M9 via Zol proves that the M9 will be a decidedly different beast than its predecessor. As you can see below, the HTC One M9’s design has been refined in many ways; it appears to be thinner and uses attractive metallic accents that bounce of the mirror black frontage. The back of the handset will apparently keep the same curved aluminum setup, which is fine by us as it not only looks great but also makes the handset easier to hold.

“The One (M9) will feature a 2560 x 1440 QHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel front-facing camera, 20.7-megapixel main camera, 2,840mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop,” according to BGR. The only discrepancy here –– compared to previous reports –– is the inclusion of a QHD display similar to what is found on the Nexus 6 and LG G3. Other reports had claimed the contrary; that HTC would stick to 1080p for its next flagship –– and we’d hoped that was going to be the case after testing a slew of QHD Android handsets in 2015.

At first it appeared the company was sticking to its guns over display resolution and size, which meant the next HTC One would have the same size display as 2014’s HTC One just with a slightly larger battery pack, which would mean, ladies and gentlemen, better battery performance. This is how the iPhone 6 Plus does it and why the Nexus 6, despite having a HUGE battery cell, can barely make it through 10 hours of heavy use.

HTC appears to be looking at the complaints levelled at last year’s model –– namely the camera, battery life and software –– and fixing those rather than arbitrarily updating EVERYTHING just for the hell of it.

After launch there will likely be a series of other colours such as the blue, pink and red versions doing the rounds of the HTC One M8.

The leak suggests there will also be a range of official accessories with the new flagship such as a DotView case, Premium Screen Protector and an Active Headset.

Source: knowyourmobile.com

HTC Desire eye Unboxing

HTC Desire Eye Review

The HTC Desire EYE has the best name possible given its talents. This is a phone that offers pretty remarkable features for those who want to snap photos of their mates, or even themselves. It’s the first phone to have two cameras – one on the front, one on the back – that both offer the same resolution and optics. It’s also the first camera to offer a dual-tone LED flash on its “selfie camera”.

Plastic isn’t a disadvantage

HTC is a company that has invested and produced great phones in metal. The HTC One M8 is on our best phones list because it’s one of the most impressive handsets on the market. HTC spends more time and effort on the design and build quality than almost anyone else, and that shows on the HTC Desire EYE. It’s a plastic body – technically, a polycarbonate, which is stronger and thinner than regular plastic – but it just oozes quality.

HTC Desire EYE

Our phone is white and red, and the texture of the rear is perfect for a phone. It’s not slick like the iPhone 5C – and feels miles better in the hand as a result. If you’ve used other plastic phones, put them out of your mind, because the EYE really is a class-leader. That’s even more impressive, given that this isn’t a high-end phone – it’s aimed at the mid-market, and mostly younger users.

Selfie first

Older people – like this reviewer – won’t understand the urge of the youth to photograph themselves in a variety of positions every single day. However, anyone witnessing 18-year-olds using phones will understand that the selfie has become hugely important, and its own way for people to communicate and document their lives.

HTC Desire EYE

On the one hand, you could say that anyone not constantly photographing themselves in various states of duckface would have no business buying this phone, but that’s not fair. While the camera is a focus for this phone, it’s got loads to offer anyone who just wants a great phone.

The design of the hardware is great, and HTC puts plenty of work into its Android skin, Sense. Customisations to Android get a mixed press. Some love them, some hate them. From the outset of Android, HTC has designed its own interface for users, and it has plenty of good things, like great widgets and Blinkfeed, which gives you access to all your social feeds in one place.

On the downside, Sense obscures Android’s standard look. If you want that, you can install things like a different launcher, or just go for a Nexus device, which runs Android as Google designs it. When Lollipop rolls out, and comes to the EYE, it might be desirable to have its flat look, and Sense can sometimes slow down HTC’s adoption of the latest Android version.

Performance and features

The HTC Desire Eye isn’t equipped with the very latest processor, but it’s not far behind either – it’s got a decent amount of power for a mid-range device that is aimed more at the mass market than at the high-end, where people must have the latest and greatest processor.

Although there is a lot of power here, we did still notice that there were some slowdowns at times. Very occasionally the phone would hang somewhat, and leave us a bit frustrated. This was when there was a lot running though, and this happens with all phones from time to time. It’s really nothing to worry about, but a bit more RAM would boost the speed a bit.

HTC Desire EYE

While the cameras are a nice touch, the HTC has none of the health and security-related features that Samsung and others are starting to include. There’s no fingerprint scanner – not a bad thing, it has to be said – and no heart rate monitor. HTC seems to be less interested in health than other Android phone manufacturers.

Does that matter? No, not really. If you want health, Google has its own app for that, and you can always buy a smartwatch or activity tracker. Ultimately, HTC has largely ignored all that with good reason.

Double camera

The big move for HTC with this phone is that it has included a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, with dual-tone flash. The idea here is that you can take selfies with the same quality that you shoot your friends via the rear-mounted camera.

What that involves in reality is a flash on the front of the phone, and not one of those dreadful ones that just shines a bright LED at you; this one has two LEDs with different tones, to give you natural lighting.

Photos from both cameras are pretty reasonable. In good light they look nice, with good colour and sufficient detail. Zoom in a bit and there’s still some of the softness that you always see on cameraphones. Comparing the front to rear cameras proved that the two are pretty similar. There are loads of effects too, and if you want to apply a beauty filter you can, although it makes everything look very odd, and crushes a lot of the detail.

Waterproof

One of the nice treats about the Desire EYE is that it’s effortlessly waterproof. It has a rating of 30 minutes at a depth of 1 metre, which is more than enough to see it through a fall into the bath, sink or toilet. You could even take it into the shower with you, if you really wanted to.

HTC Desire EYE

The big advantage to this phone though is that there’s no need to check that the back is on properly – it doesn’t come off – and there are no rubber ports to push into the USB socket or anywhere else. The trays for the SIM card (nano) and the microSD card are on the left, and have to be dug out with a fingernail, but that’s no big problem.

Conclusion

The HTC Desire EYE says it’s one thing – a selfie phone. In fact, there’s so much more to it, and what HTC has done is produced a phone which has far wider appeal than an initial glance would let you believe.

The EYE is brilliantly built, made from a really nice material that feels superb in your hand, and it has plenty of features to keep you going. Perhaps it would be good to have health tracking built in here as it is on the phones from LG and Samsung, but it’s really not the end of the world.

Ultimately, the EYE is good at what it set out to do, but has a far broader audience than its “selfie” image would have you believe.

Source: digitalspy.co.uk

HTC Unveils Rapid Charger

HTC Corporation has announced a new charger with quick charging ability.

HTC Rapid Charger 2.0HTC Corporation

Based on a 15W USB wall charger unit, this charger can charge up quicker than any available normal charger. While the Rapid charger 2.0 can charge any micro USB based device, a few models will get the benefit of its quick charging ability.

According to the manufacturer, the HTC One M8 , HTC One E8, HTC One Remix and HTC Desire Eye will currently support this quick charging ability and many future devices will follow.

The Rapid Charger 2.0 is based on a technology developed by Qualcomm named ‘Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0′, announced by the company earlier this year. It uses a special technology, due to which devices with Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip will be able to reap full benefits.

The HTC Rapid Charger 2.0 will be retailed in the US for $35 and will focus at the latest flagship devices owners. The charger will be able to charge the devices 40 percent more quickly than the usual solutions.

Leaked HTC Sense 7 screenshots show Android 5.0 influence

HTC Sense 7 Material UI

The first glimpse of HTC’s next major release of Sense UI has made its way into the hands of YouMobile. And, if these first few screenshots are any indication, HTC may not stray far from the standard Android 5.0 aesthetics.

There isn’t a great deal to go on just yet, but it appears we could be in for more of the flat design with high contrasting accent colors. We’ll have to wait for more leaks to see how widgets and features like Blinkfeed might look with an infusion of Lollipop.

Google is expected to offer up the final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop next week; HTC previously promised to deliver a software update within 90 days of receiving the code from Google. Given how far along HTC looks to be with the update, we might assume they have been fast at work with developer previews.

It’s interesting to see HTC opt for a major new release of Sense instead of a minor refresh to the current 6.0 build. Typically, the hardware maker reserves this sort of thing for new devices in the spring. With that in mind, there’s plenty of time for refinements and new features for the HTC One M8 successor.

Source: cnet

First Image of Nexus 9?

This Could Be the First Image of HTC’s Nexus 9 Tablet

The whole ‘dropping a number’ thing seems to be catching in tech circles. First, Microsoft ignored the ninth digit entirely to leap from Windows 8 to Windows 10 – our kingdom for a “ours goes one higher” 11 – and now HTC is said to be readying its new Nexus 9 tablet for its Google paymasters, despite the complete lack of a Nexus 8 yet. And here’s the proof! (Sort of.)

This unsubstantiated snap comes courtesy of reliable Twitter pic rumour factory @Upleaks, which appears to show a HTC-branded Nexus tablet all right – keep staring past the hideous pink watermark – with the familiar matte-finish back and a noticeably changed size ratio to boot. Bar a micro USB port and an LED camera up top left, that’s all there is to go on for now, but still: exciting, ever-so-slightly blurred backage, huh?

As you can see from our complete Nexus 9 rumour rundown, chip-maker Nvidia previously named the “HTC Nexus 9″ in a lawsuit filed against Samsung and Qualcomm, also suggesting it will include the firm’s new, rather impressive Tegra K1 processor, so we certainly know it’s coming.

The Nexus 9 is also rumoured, somewhat predictably, to boast the upcoming Android L, spearheading Google’s still-in-beta operating system alongside Motorola’s also-rumoured Nexus X smartphone, codenamed “Shamu”.

We reached out to HTC, who declined to comment in that typically polite fashion that all companies do when they’re desperately trying to sit on a massive exclusive.

Source: gizmodo UK

HTC One M8 Eye coming with dual 13MP cameras

The HTC One M8 is a fantastic phone, there’s no doubt about that, but it still seems to be lagging behind the competition when it comes to the camera. If the rumours are true then a new version of the phone may be released, one that improves the One M8’s camera resolution from 4MP to 13MP.

Megapixels and resolution aren’t the only things that make a camera good, and our own review points out that the One M8 does perform incredibly well in low-light areas thanks to HTC’s ‘Ultrapixel’ technology. Similarly the dual-cameras allow for a whole host of bonus photography options. So imagine what it would be like with a small resolution boost.

Unfortunately the M8 Eye doesn’t have Ultrapixel, or at least that’s what the folks at Phandroid are saying. But, unlike the HTC One Mini 2 or the One E8 the extra resolution isn’t without the advantages of the dual camera sensor. Essentially this means that the M8 Eye should be able to perform all the post-shot edits that the One M8 can do. It just means that it might be as great in low-light settings.

HTC has hinted that photography is a big part of the event it’s holding on 8th October in New York, and it could be that if these rumours are true the company will be announced the M8 Eye to the world. The 8th is just over a week away, which means we don’t have long to wait. That being said, HTC has been prone to serious leaks in the past so don’t be surprised if we hear more about the M8 Eye in the next few days.

HTC’s Nexus 9 tablet may debut on October 16

Google may reportedly introduce new members of the Nexus family in October and speculations are rife that HTC would debut the Nexus 9 tablet on October 16.

The tweet regarding the same has come from an anonymous tipster and does not offer much to bank on.

However, assuming that the date and phone’s name prove accurate, people can also anticipate the formal release of Android ‘L’ along with it, since Google famously uses new Nexus phones and tablets as debut devices for any major OS update, CNET reported.

The mid-October timing certainly makes sense and matches previous autumn launches of Android. In addition, the Nexus 5 smartphone is set to celebrate its first birthday on October 31.

The last few months have given way to numerous leaks and rumours about a Nexus 9 tablet. Most recently, images of a keyboard case purporting to belong to the device, emerged online.

In addition to the powerful Tegra K1 processor, other hardware specifications of the HTC Nexus 9 could include an 8MP rear camera and 2GB RAM. Known by its Volantis code name, the tablet may be just one of multiple tablets due from HTC, the report added.

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