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All posts tagged "HTC"

  • HTC Vive gets US$100 price cut as Vive Pro launch looms

    Google Cardboard and the Gear VR range of headsets are an affordable way to get into virtual reality, but PC gamers will need to splash out if they want a Vive or Oculus Rift. Now, HTC has announced a 5 April launch and US$799 price tag for the Vive Pro headset, along with a US$100 price cut for the original Vive model. The price cut means the first-generation headset is available for US$499. "With the Vive Pro we are delivering the best quality display and visual experience to the most discerning VR enthusiasts. Our goal has always been to offer the most premium VR...

  • 5+ great smartphones we can’t officially get in South Africa

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, we've got a rather healthy variety of smartphone brands in South Africa. However, there are a few standout smartphones that aren't officially available at all in the country (best use mail forwarding services, third-party websites and the like). We take a look at a few of the more prominent devices... Google Pixel 2 One of the most obvious picks has to be Google's smartphones, as Google's entire hardware portfolio is missing in South Africa. Last year's Pixel 2 was one of the most critically acclaimed devices of 2017, delivering a fantastic camera, powerful internals, squeezable edges, IP67 water-resistance...

  • HTC U11 EYEs leaks on HTC’s own website

    The HTC U11 wasn't available in South Africa, but it was certainly one of the better smartphones of 2017. Featuring powerful internals, a capable camera and those squeezable edges, it showed that the Taiwanese company still has a knack for creating an appealing phone. The company sought to create a mid-range model in the form of the U11 Life, but 2018 also brings word of another budget-minded variant, the HTC U11 EYEs. The new phone was leaked by HTC's own website (spotted by the Tech Chat YouTube channel and Android Police), retaining a few key flagship features. So that means IP67...

  • CES 2018: This is the HTC Vive Pro

    The HTC Vive is one of the few bright spots for the Taiwanese firm, delivering what is arguably the most full-featured VR experience on any platform. But have you ever wanted a sharper experience? That's where the newly announced HTC Vive Pro comes in. Yep, the company has upgraded its headset with dual-OLED screens, packing a combined 2880x1600 resolution. By comparison, the original Vive offered a 2160x1200 resolution. As for other significant improvements? We've got integrated headphones, a new headstrap, dual microphones and dual front cameras. There's no word on the Vive Pro's price or release date though. Vive goes wireless How cool would...

  • 2017 smartphones: avoid these devices

    The year has really delivered in terms of smartphones, as LG, Samsung, Sony and others delivered great flagship devices. We're not saying that all the phones were fantastic though. In fact, there are a few you should generally stay away from... BlackBerry KeyOne Now, this one is a great phone for a BlackBerry-branded device, but is it worth the R9000+ price tag? No. No it isn't. For your cash, you get a mid-range Snapdragon 625 chip, a 12MP main camera that's pretty great and a 3505mAh battery. The combo of Snapdragon 625 and battery means that two days of usage is certainly possible. But...

  • Google Pixel 2 launches this week: what to expect?

    Last year saw the Pixel making its debut, instantly standing out thanks to world-class mobile cameras, powerful internals and a stock Android experience. Now, we're two days away from the Pixel 2 being revealed... There have been loads of rumours regarding the new smartphones, but what are some of the more prominent details we're supposed to expect? Horsepower Early reports initially claimed that Qualcomm would supply a Snapdragon 836 processor for the new phones. But XDA later revealed that the Snapdragon 836 didn't actually exist. So we're expecting the Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM (although 6GB wouldn't be out of the question,...

  • Is Google very close to buying HTC’s smartphone division?

    Last month saw reports that HTC was exploring a variety of options, ranging from a full company sale to its mobile unit being spun off. Now, it would appear that Google is closing in on a deal to acquire the mobile division or a major part thereof. The two companies are in the final stage of talks that would see the Mountain View company only take a mobile-related unit rather than the whole company or the VR division, a Taiwanese publication reported. The website claims that negotiations should be completed by the end of the year -- at least that's what Google Translate tells...

  • 4 HTC smartphones that defined the company over the years

    A new report by Bloomberg suggests that HTC is investigating the possibility of selling its divisions or the company outright. Now, this might not come to anything, but there's no denying that the mobile world will probably be poorer for HTC potentially leaving the industry. So with that in mind, here are four of the most notable smartphones made by the company in its long history. HTC Canary Back in the early 2000s, Nokia's Symbian and Microsoft's Windows Mobile were the two dominant smartphone platforms. And the HTC Canary was the first Windows Mobile device around. The phone's spec sheet makes for entertaining reading,...

  • HTC exploring sale of divisions, self – report

    Taiwanese mobile company HTC hasn't had the easiest few years, having been toppled from its position as one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers a long time ago. Now, Bloomberg has reported that the company is exploring a range of strategic options, from bringing in an investor and spinning off its Vive VR division to selling the entire company. The report, citing "people familiar with the matter", also claimed that HTC has held talks with companies, such as Alphabet. One of the sources added that a full sale wasn't likely, owing to the diversity of its businesses. Bloomberg's sources said that the company...

  • Uh oh! HTC’s default keyboard is showing ads

    Last year's HTC 10 was a pretty good smartphone by many accounts. It wasn't available in South Africa (the company no longer has a local presence), but if you imported it, you might be in for a ridiculously unpleasant surprise. According to the mildlyinfuriating subreddit, the smartphone's preinstalled keyboard has started showing an advertisement just above the keyboard itself, making for a rather inconvenient addition, to put it mildly. Credit: Azirack The smartphone shipped with the TouchPal keyboard as the default method of text input. So you'll want to switch to another keyboard to avoid these ads. But it...