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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • HTC One, Droid DNA to get KitKat update by 2014

    HTC device owners have been eagerly anticipating the release of Android KitKat (4.4) for their beloved phones, and now owners of the HTC One and Droid DNA have something to cheer about: a release date. In a spate of tweets HTC USA has confirmed that KitKat will come to the HTC One by the end of January, followed by its arrival on the Droid DNA by end of Q1 2014. HTC USA also addressed concerns that HTC One owners on US-based service provider Verizon had about updating to Android 4.3 — saying that the update would be a “two-step process”,...

  • HTC supposedly working on Android smartwatch with camera

    According to Bloomberg News, HTC is currently working on its own piece of wearable tech (which wouldn’t come as such a surprise considering current market developments). The smartwatch is suspected to run Android and have a camera. Although there isn’t too much information about the product specs and development, anonymous sources close to the matter say it will be released next year. Yesterday HTC co-founders Peter Chou and Cher Wang said that smartwatches are part of a “critical segment” of today’s evolving market. In an interview with the Financial Times, Chou also hinted at developing wearable tech to be “more...

  • Giant screen, crazy speakers, fingerprint scanner: HTC’s One Max is official

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3, meet your new over-sized competitor: the HTC One Max. Yep, after months of leaks and rumours, HTC’s new Android phablet is official. Oh, and yes, it really does have a fingerprint scanner. HTC’s mega companion to the flagship One is all about going big. It is a massive 164.5 x 82.5mm and just over a centimetre thick, and has a 5.9″, full 1080p HD screen and 1.7GHz quad-core CPUs. Its design is very similar to the smaller HTC One, with the same sleek aluminium casing with a notable difference: on the back of the phone, below...

  • The $4420 Gold HTC One unveiled and there are only five in the world

    HTC loves bling. Handing out a Golden record to publicize artists’ sales achievements is so old school. Today, rock stars get golden phones instead. Behold the Gold HTC One — a smartphone that’s actually made of real gold. More specifically, its front and back are made up of 18ct gold with a MOBO logo etched on the back. There will only be five of these bad boys roaming the world, each will set back the lucky owner US$4420. Unless you’re the winner of MOBO’s Best Newcomer of 2013. The Gold HTC One is produced in celebration of the 18th...

  • HTC One Max spotted with fingerprint scanner on its back

    In a recent string of leaked pictures of the upcoming HTC One Max, we happily get an indication of what to expect from HTC’s “next big thing.” Some of the details that emerged suggest that the HTC One Max is going to be pretty damn big and have a fingerprint scanner. As seen in the picture, one thing that’s striking is the fact that we can see a fingerprint scanner between the camera and the SIM slot. The fact that it’s sitting at the back of your phone suggests that it’s meant for your forefinger unlike the new iPhone 5s ...