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  • HTC’s Desire Eye shoots 13MP selfies from front-facing snapper

    HTC's Desire Eye (a definite selfie-related pun is lurking somewhere in that moniker) is the company's latest handset, but unlike any other before it. Sporting a 13MP camera up front above the screen, it's sole purpose in life is to take cute pictures of new haircuts and cheeky pouts. Gone is the puny VGA resolution video calling cameras we've all grown accustomed to, and in is a sensor large enough to keep a moderately annoying Instagram user entertained for hours. It's seemingly the largest sensor we've seen on a front-facing camera to date, and it's physically enormous too. Interestingly, it's not...

  • HTC Desire 816 Review: the mid-range phablet that makes sense

    HTC’s focus on its high-end One line-up of smartphones didn’t work out very well. Now, the embattled Taiwanese phone maker is renewing its focus on mid-range smartphones in the hope of increasing the cash flow and keeping the cash cow running as long as it can. To counteract this, HTC's revealed a new range of mid-range Android smartphones, including the Desire 210, Desire 310 and Desire 816. The Desire 816 looked like the most attractive option of the bunch, especially when I compared it to some other options in its price range. Its closest competitors are the Samsung Galaxy Grand...

  • Nvidia-powered HTC Volantis is the new and possibly last Nexus tablet

    After an epic weekend leak, multiple sources are now reporting that HTC will manufacture Google's latest Nexus tablet. In fact, the device dubbed the HTC "Volantis" already exists, according to Android Police. The Android-centric blog claims the tablets will start at US$399, pitting it directly against the 8.4" Samsung Galaxy Tab S. HTC's Volantis (codenamed "Flounder") -- which will likely be called the Nexus 9 prior to release -- will pack some sterling hardware too. Nvidia's Logan SoC will be at the heart of the device, with 2GB RAM and up to 32GB storage. The Logan architecture makes use of the...

  • HTC One M8 review: old name, new tricks

    HTC One was one of the most beautiful and sought-after smartphones from last year which taught us to focus on overall experience more than the hardware specifications. HTC tried to break the norms with an UltraPixel camera and BoomSound speakers. HTC One M8 has been recently released as a successor to the HTC One but does it provide enough to be considered a worthy upgrade? Let’s find out. Unrivalled looks HTC has always been the only brand which could challenge Apple in terms of product design. Most of the time, it even wins these battles. HTC has still decided to place the power...

  • Iron Man-red HTC M8 and Kyocera Brigadier headed to Verizon

    Evan Nelson Blass, known to us as Evleaks has two new phones for us to look at: an Iron-Man red HTC M8 and an incredibly rugged-looking Kyocera Brigadier, both coming to the US telecom Verizon. Kyocera Brigadier, 2014 pic.twitter.com/Li5hnUumUh— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 23, 2014 Tough crowd... pic.twitter.com/V9b58OH83W— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 23, 2014 Little is known of the Kyocera Brigadier, except that Kyocera is a fan of releasing chunky, rugged, water and drop-proof Android phones so we can expect that from the Brigadier. Will Kyocera's new phone be like the title it's named after (a brigadier is one of the highest ranks...

  • Introducing the HTC One (M8): did ‘the best’ just get better?

    The unoriginally named new HTC One, or the HTC One (M8) is the company's best phone since... the old HTC One. Will the M8 draw in new fans? That's a yes. Can it revive HTC's flagging fortunes. Probably not. Still, the M8 is the hottest phone we've seen in an age and when it comes to South Africa, we'll snap it up faster than a gold-plated HTC One. So what's the M8 got in store for us? It's much slicker and metal-y than before. The M8 is 90% metal, while the older HTC One was 70% - this gives the...

  • HTC’s genius plan to save itself: two new smartwatches and a musical bracelet

    HTC, like Nintendo and many other gadget makers are suffering continued financial losses in 2014. The smart move would be to hunker down, offer phones that people really want, and create services that make a difference in our lives. In HTC's case, it's chosen to go with the current trend and release three wearable devices: a bracelet that plays music, A Google Now-equipped smartwatch, and a Toq clone (a smartwatch designed by chipmakers Qualcomm). For those who can't tell, we think it's a bad idea. But hey, what do we know? We're only the ones who're going to be...

  • Updated HTC One ‘M8′ leaked, set for release end of this month

    Every new month calls for a new HTC One. If it's not a brand new colour then its a new size. It's a pattern one can expect: the HTC One is a brilliant smartphone and its maker should capitalize on that. New leaks detail an update to HTC One called the HTC M8, which is a way better name than HTC One 2. Besides subtle design changes, one striking difference of this update is the M8's small bezel. The pictures suggest that the HTC M8 will have on-screen navigational buttons with a 5" display rather than its predecessor's physical buttons....

  • HTC shakes magic 8-ball: smartwatch, new HTC One planned for 2014

    This is a bit of a stretch, but according to a recent Bloomberg interview with HTC, the firm will soon venture into smartwatch territory. There's been years of both technological and developmental issues surrounding the watch, says HTC, "Many years ago we started looking at smartwatches and wearables, but we believe that we really have to solve the battery problems and the LCD light problems. These are customer-centric problems." Smartwatch's have had a tough time making any sort of emotional impact with users, never mind most of the devices failing financially. If HTC can create a One Smartwatch with...

  • HTC One with dual-SIM, microSD slot unveiled in the UK, scratches LTE

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it? HTC has been mulling around with its popular flagship, the HTC One, since its release February this year. The high-end Android smartphone has stolen the hearts of the tech community and has since taken on different forms including a blue variant and a US$4420 golden One. Today though, the Taiwanese company unveiled the dual-SIM HTC One with upgraded storage options. HTC One dual SIM is available for £494.99 (US$809) and will come with a microSD card slot with expandable storage up to 64GB. Similar to the HTC One Max It's rear shell...