Videotron launches Windows Phone 8S by HTC

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Mar 062013
 
Windows Phone 8S by HTC

Windows Phone 8S by HTC

The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is now available from Videotron.

Stand out from the crowd with the Windows® Phone 8S by HTC, thanks to its fun and original design! Its features are sure to charm you! A strong, long-lasting battery, an exclusive built-in amplifier for Beats Audio and an ultra-wide-angle front camera lens

Videotron is offering the Windows Phone 8S by HTC for CA$14.95 on a “reduced price” plan and up to CA$349.95 with no contract.

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HTC Canada offers CA$100 trade-in deal to HTC One buyers

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Mar 012013
 
HTC One in silver

HTC One in silver

HTC Canada today announced that it will offer a CA$100 early trade-in deal for customers interested in purchasing the new HTC One. The offer is similar to the one that was announced in the U.S. when the HTC One was announced earlier this month. In fact, it could be worth even more depending on the device you are trading in.

The process to apply for the trade-in is pretty straightforward. Sign up on the HTC One Trade-In page by providing your email address and your carrier. Once you’ve purchased your HTC One, you’ll have to return your old phone along with your HTC One proof of purchase. Within 60 days, you should receive a prepaid Visa card for the value of the trade-in or CA$100 – whichever is greater.

The terms and conditions stipulate that the HTC One must be purchased by March 31st, confirming that it will launch before the end of the month. It also means that you’ll have to move quickly to take advantage of the offer.

It’s time to dig through the old drawer to see what old phones you still have that you could use to get yourself a sweet deal on the HTC One.

Read more: HTC Canada

HTC One now available through Rogers Reservation System

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Feb 262013
 
HTC One in silver

HTC One in silver

Rogers announced today that the HTC One is now available for pre-order to its existing customers through the Rogers Reservation System. A CA$40 deposit is required.

When HTC announced the HTC One, it indicated that its latest flagship smartphone would begin to ship in late March. We’ll let you know when it lands at Rogers.

Thanks, Sarah!

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HTC unveils the HTC One

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Feb 192013
 

HTC One in silverAs expected, HTC today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, billing it as “a bold step forward” rather than simply another specification bump. Along with it, HTC also introduced the latest version of HTC Sense. Called New Sense, it comes with a number of new features including HTC BlinkFeed which acts as a live homepage, HTC Zoe, a camera app, and HTC BoomSound for improved audio.

“People today immerse themselves in a constant stream of updates, news and information. Although smartphones are one of the main ways we stay in touch with the people and information we care about, conventional designs have failed to keep pace with how people are actually using them,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “A new, exciting approach to the smartphone is needed and with the new HTC One, we have re-imagined the mobile experience from the ground up to reflect this new reality.”

HTC BlinkFeed will provide live content on your homescreen. Along with some 1,400 partners who will provide content, it can also display information from your social networks.

Declaring the “era of the megapixel” over, HTC also unveiled its UltraPixel camera which gathers some 300 percent more light than a traditional one, promising “astounding low-light performance.” It also introduced HTC Zoe, a new camera app that can capture photos and a short 3 second video simultaneously. Much as the BlackBerry Z10 does, it also allows you to eliminate blinking eyes from your shots. Other features include enhanced 360′ panorama, time sequencing and object removal.

HTC BoomSound consists of dual front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier, Beats Audio integration, and HTC Sense Voice which can boost call volume and quality in noisy environments.

Here is a closer look at the HTC’s One specifications:

  • Processor: 1.7GHZ quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • Operating system: Google Android with New Sense
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA/EDGE/GPRS
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080 / 468 PPI)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB / 64GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: HTC UltraPixel with F2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2.2MP with 1080p video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 port
  • Battery: 2,300mAh
  • Dimensions: 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 millimeters
  • Weight: 143 grams
  • Colours: Black or Silver
  • Other: Dual BoomSound stereo speakers, dual microphones, “zero-gap aluminum unibody” construction

The HTC One will launch in 80 countries with 185 carriers. It will begin to ship in late March. In Canada, Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin Mobile are all onboard. Pricing was not announced today. In the U.S., AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will offer the HTC One.

WIND Mobile launches Windows Phone 8S by HTC

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Feb 152013
 

Windows Phone 8S by HTCWIND Mobile this week launched another Windows Phone device, the Windows Phone 8S by HTC. The smaller sibling to the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, it comes with a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 4-inch WVGA (800×480) super LCD display and a 5MP camera.

“Everyone at WIND is very excited to be offering this Windows Phone 8 device to our customers.” said Mirko Rugarli, Chief Marketing Officer of WIND Mobile. “The 8S is a great smartphone that is perfect for those who want speed, accessibility and reliability. At WIND Mobile, we have always worked hard to bring our customers the very best selection of new handsets to match our truly unlimited plan offerings. Our real unlimited data plans are perfect to team with the 8S’s ‘Live Tiles’ feature to ensure our customers can stay on top of every update without having to worry about data overages and hidden fees.

WIND Mobile is offering the Windows Phone 8S by HTC for free on WINDtab with their CA$40 plan, CA$99 on WINDtab with the CA$30 plan, CA$199 on WINDtab with the CA$20 plan or CA$299 outright.

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Image: Is this the HTC One?

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Feb 112013
 

Another day, another HTC One (also known as the HTC M7) rumour. The usually reliable @evleaks is back today with a leaked press render of the HTC One:

Rumoured HTC One

The image is very similar to one leaked in mid-January. The major difference is that this time we see the screen and the new HTC Sense 5 user interface. It also shows a new navigation key configuration that drops the multitasking button, keeping only the Back and Home ones. It also hints at an aluminum chassis.

HTC is expected to unveil the HTC One as its latest flagship at a dedicated event on February 19th. Aside from its rumoured 1.7GHz quad-core processor, Google Android Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0 and 4.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, it will reportedly sport a new “ultrapixel” camera with three 4.3MP sensor layers.

Read more: @evleaks [via Twitter]

HTC M7 to launch as HTC One?

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Feb 082013
 

The usually reliable @evleaks today tweeted that the HTC M7, likely to be HTC’s next flagship device, will launch as the HTC One.

The HTC One is expected to be announced on February 19th at a dedicated HTC event. It could launch with at least three major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

The HTC One could also launch with a new type of camera with three 4.3MP sensor layers to deliver images built from “ultrapixels.”

Read more: @evleaks [via Twitter]

HTC teaser: What is coming “alive soon?”

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Feb 082013
 

There are teasers and then there are teasers. The best ones get you talking and HTC has succeeded with its latest one. Rather than trying to describe what HTC Germany sent out, I’ll let the image below do the speaking:

TC "Alive Soon" teaser

The caption “Alive soon” could be reference to HTC’s upcoming February 19th event where it is expected to unveil its latest flagship, the HTC M7. Then again, with no date on the teaser, it could be for something completely different as well. As for the significance of a heart fused to a circuit board to the world of gadgets, your guess is as good as mine.

Any thoughts?

Read more: Bestboyz.de (in German) [Google translation] (Source: AndroidCentral)

HTC M7 to use “ultrapixels” camera sensor?

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Feb 042013
 
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HTC’s next flagship device, the HTC M7, will use a new “ultrapixels” camera sensor that promises to take much better pictures than we are used to from our smartphones. Past rumours have suggested that the HTC M7 would come with a 13MP camera but Pocket-lint has learned that the camera will instead come with three 4.3MP sensor layers (adding up roughly to the rumoured 13MP figure) that will work together to deliver a single image.

Effectively, each final pixel, or “ultrapixel” as HTC will describe it, will be generated using the data from all three sensors. The image generated will not be as large as that of a 13MP camera but promises to be crisper and cleaner and offer better colour accuracy.

Similar techniques have been used by other companies with other devices to achieve similar results. Notable in this category is the Nokia 808 PureView with its 41MP camera sensor.

HTC will make its new Ultrapixel sensor a key feature of the HTC M7 when it is announced. The name will presumably help distinguish it from more traditional higher pixel cameras and emphasize the uniqueness of what it offers.

HTC is expected to unveil the HTC M7 at a press event set for February 19th.

Read more: Pocket-lint

Bell launches Windows Phone 8S by HTC

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Feb 012013
 

Windows Phone 8S by HTCBell’s Windows Phone 8 device lineup got a little bit bigger today with the launch of the Windows Phone 8S by HTC. It joins the already available Samsung ATIV S and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

This affordable superphone comes equipped with a 1 GHz dual-core processor and runs on the new Windows Phone 8 operating system. Live Tiles allow you to fully customize your Start screen – and they let you see everything that’s happening in your life in a single glance. Plus, the HTC 8S comes equipped with Beats Audio™, delivering the most authentic audio experience available.

Bell is offering the Windows Phone 8S by HTC for free on a three-year contract or CA$279.95 contract-free.

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Rumour: HTC to follow up M7 with HTC M4 and HTC G2

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Feb 012013
 
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HTC’s next flagship device, the HTC M7, has received a fair amount of attention ahead of its expected announcement on February 19th. It is unlikely to be the only device HTC launches in early 2013 though. Little has been heard about other HTC devices until today though. The usually reliable @evleaks now reports that HTC has two additional devices in the works. Codenamed the HTC M4 and HTC G2 (not to be confused with the earlier T-Mobile G2), they will round out HTC’s product lineup for early 2013.

With the HTC M7 being the next flagship device, the HTC M4 will hold down the mid-tier level with the HTC G2 being the new entry level model. Here is what we know so far about the HTC M4:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Operating system: Google Android Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE where supported
  • Display: 4.3-inch HD (1280×720)
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with f/2.0 and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.6MP FF
  • Battery: 1,700mAh

As for the HTC G2, its specifications clearly indicate an entry-level device:

  • Processor: 1.0GHz ARM Cortex
  • Operating system: Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Display: 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480)
  • Memory: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Battery: 1,400mAh

While the HTC M7 could launch within weeks of its expected announcement (perhaps as early as late February), the HTC M4 and HTC G2 are not expected to launch until the spring. They could be announced at MWC 2013 or even a bit later.

Read more: UnwiredView

HTC schedules press event for February 19th

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Jan 292013
 

HTC today sent out invitations to a press conference that will take place on February 19th in New York City. A similar event will take place in London as well. No details were given about what HTC would announce.

HTC February 19, 2013 invitation

With earlier rumours having suggested that HTC will unveil its next flagship, the HTC M7, at an event prior to MWC 2013, it looks like we know what’s on tap for the event. Then again, HTC could also surprise us with something else entirely.

The HTC M7 is expected to come with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, Google Android Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0, a 4.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, and a 13MP camera (possibly with a Sony IMX135 Exmor RS sensor). The fact that the event will be held in the U.S. supports rumours that the HTC M7 be headed to at least three major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

Read more: BGR

Rumour: HTC M7 to launch ahead of MWC 2013

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Jan 232013
 
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An interesting rumour today suggests that HTC may not wait until MWC 2013 to launch the HTC M7. Instead, it will host its own event on February 19th to unveil what is likely to be its next flagship device. The event could be held in London, a location that HTC has used in the past.

Most rumours now agree that the HTC M7 will come with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, Google Android Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0, a 4.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, and a 13MP camera (possibly with a Sony IMX135 Exmor RS sensor). As for how it will look there are two conflicting rumours (the first and the second). We may know in less than a month which was correct.

A separate tweet from @evleaks indicates that the HTC M7 is headed to three major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. Only T-Mobile which already offers the DROID DNA, has yet to reveal its plans for the device.

Read more: @flapic [via Twitter] and @evleaks [via Twitter]

TELUS HTC One X Jelly Bean upgrade rollout begins

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Jan 222013
 

Good news for the owners of a TELUS HTC One X. The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean upgrade is now available and being pushed out to devices via OTA. Software version 3.17.661.2 also includes HTC Sense 4+.

TELUS HTC One X Jelly Bean upgrade

The update weighs in at a hefty 629MB so be sure to download it over Wi-Fi.

As usual, you can check manually through your settings if you have not yet received your upgrade notification: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

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Another HTC M7 render or a fake?

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Jan 202013
 

A new alleged image of the oft-rumoured HTC M7 has surfaced, bringing with it a bit of mystery and controversy. The image first surfaced on Twitter courtesy of @cypis_. It looks quite different from another image leaked just days ago. Is either one real? If one is, which one?

Rumoured HTC M7

HTCSource claims that two “trusted sources” have confirmed to it that this render is an accurate depiction. For his part, the usually reliable @LlabTooFeR (also known as @Football4PDA) indicates that it’s a fake. To throw a bit more confusion into all this, PocketNow suggests that the render “is not an official HTC render” but is still an accurate representation of the front of the device. The back though is not accurate at all.

Parking aside the fake or real debate for a moment, this latest render shows a device that borrows a few design cues from the Windows Phone 8X and, for whatever reason, sports a realigned button arrangement with the Home button on the right. It also appears to show the new HTC Sense 5.0 icons.

HTC is expected to unveil the HTC M7 at MWC 2013. If nothing else, all the rumours should be settled then.

Read more: @cypis_, @LlabTooFeR and PocketNow