HTC to ship 10 million 4G smartphones in 2011?

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Jan 102011
 

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Digitimes reports that HTC could ship over 10 million 4G (both LTE and WiMAX) smartphones in 2011, accounting for up to 20 percent of its overall smartphone shipments. Aside from Verizon and Sprint, HTC could also ship devices to customers in Europe and Japan.

In 2010, HTC shipped about 3 million 4G smartphones, namely the HTC EVO 4G. Digitimes also includes shipments of 500,000 of the HSPA+ myTouch 4G to bring the ‘4G’ total to 3.5 million devices.

HTC recently unveiled the 4G HTC Thunderbolt and HTC EVO Shift 4G smartphones.

It appears that HTC could be set for another banner year, given its target of shipping up to 60 million handsets.

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Specifications of Windows Phone 7 HTC smartphones headed to North America

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Oct 112010
 

As reported earlier, three of the five HTC smartphones announced today will be available in North America. Here are their specifications.

HTC 7 SurroundHTC 7 Surround specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Operating system: Windows Phone 7 with HTC Hub
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band WCDMA (HSPA for TELUS and HSDPA for AT&T)
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 3.8-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 448 MB RAM / 512MB ROM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard
  • Camera: 5MP with autofocus, flash and 720p HD video recording
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB
  • Battery: 1230mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 119.7 x 61.5 x 12.97 millimeters / 165 grams
  • Other: Slideout surround speakers with Dolby Mobile and SRS surround sound, kickstand

HTC HD7HTC HD7 specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Operating system: Windows Phone 7 with HTC Hub
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSPA/WCDMA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 576MB RAM / 512MB ROM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard (8GB on European model)
  • Camera: 5MP with auto-focus, dual LED flash, 720p HD video recording
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB
  • Battery: 1230mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 122 x 68 x 11.2 millimeters / 162 grams
  • Other: Kickstand, Dolby Mobile and SRS surround sound

HTC 7 ProHTC 7 Pro specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Operating system: Windows Phone 7 with HTC Hub
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSPA/WCDMA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 3.6-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Input: Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Memory: 448MB RAM / 512MB ROM
  • Storage: 8GB onboard
  • Camera: 5MP with auto-focus, dual LED flash, 720p HD video recording
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB
  • Battery: 1500mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 117.5 x 59 x 15.5 millimeters / 185 grams

Given the design specifications imposed by Microsoft for Windows Phone 7, it does not come as a big surprise that these devices are really differentiated by their form factor.

Full T-Mobile G2 specifications revealed

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Sep 152010
 

T-Mobile G2

With the HTC Desire Z announcement out of the way, the specifications of the T-Mobile G2 (essentially the same device) have been posted on the HTC USA website. Most of this had been revealed by T-Mobile earlier when they announced the G2.

T-Mobile G2 specifications:

  • Processor: 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE / WCDMA/UMTS
  • Other connectivity: GPS/aGPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Input: Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 4GB onboard / microSD cards up to 32GB (8GB card included)
  • Camera: 5MP with auto-focus, single flash and 720p video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: 1300mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 119 by 60.4 by 14.16 millimeters / 180 grams

The T-Mobile G2 is expected to be available later this month to current T-Mobile customers and in early October for new customers.

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Apple sues HTC over user interface patents

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Mar 022010
 

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Nokia and Apple are already facing off in court. Now, Apple and HTC will face off as well after Apple announced today that it filed a lawsuit against HTC, alleging infringement of 20 of its patents related to the iPhone user interface. According to Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs:

“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

I expect that the lawyers will be busy for a few years with this one…

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MWC 2010: HTC Legend and HTC Desire announced with new HTC Sense

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Feb 162010
 

HTC Desire

Aside from the HTC HD mini, HTC also unveiled two new Android-powered smartphones, the HTC Legend (machined from a single aluminum block) and the HTC Desire. Both come with an enhanced version of HTC Sense promising to “take Android to the next level.”

The latest version of HTC Sense adds a new application and widget called HTC Friend Stream that aggregates social network information into one organized flow of updates and a new newsreader application and widget. It also adds a new seven-screen ‘Leap’ thumbnail view to more easily navigate between screens. It also comes with a number of improvements to the browser, email client, and other applications.

Specifications:

  HTC Legend HTC Desire
Processor 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
Operating system: Google Android 2.1 with HTC Sense Google Android 2.1 with HTC Sense
Connectivity: Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) HSPA/WCDMA Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) HSPA/WCDMA
Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Display: 3.2-inch AMOLED HVGA touchscreen 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA touchscreen
Input: Optical joystick, software keyboard Optical joystick, software keyboard
Memory: 384MB RAM and 512MB ROM 576MB RAM and 512MB ROM
Storage: microSD cards (up to 32GB) microSD cards (up to 32GB)
Camera: 5MP with auto-focus and flash 5MP with auto-focus and flash
Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB
Battery: 1,300mAh 1,400mAh
Other: FM radio FM radio

The HTC Legend will be available in Europe in April (including through Vodafone). It will roll out in Asia in Q2. The HTC Desire will be available in Europe and Asia in Q2. It will also be available in Australia exclusively from Telstra. There is no word on availability for both in North America.

HTC has also confirmed that the latest version of HTC Sense will be offered as a free upgrade for the HTC Hero in both Europe and Asia. Again, there is no word on an upgrade for the North American Heros.

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HTC product roadmap for first half of 2010 revealed?

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Dec 062009
 

It looks like an HTC roadmap has once again leaked out. Last year, we saw the 2009 roadmap. This time, the company’s portfolio for the first half of 2010 appears to have surfaced online. The information comes from a presentation made in October.

HTC will segment its upcoming devices into four categories: Design/Lifestyle, Social, Performance and Productivity. Spread across these categories are five Android-powered devices and three Windows Mobile ones.

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New details about HTC Touch.B

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Dec 032009
 

A couple of days ago, we saw pictures of the HTC Touch.B (codename Rome) but there were few details to go with them. MobiFrance.com is now back with some new details.

First, forget about Google Android or Windows Mobile 6.5. The HTC Touch.B will run Qualcomm’s BREW platform and could be HTC’s first BREW feature phone to be released.

The device is an early prototype and the ROM is still in development. The interface is still quite basic and some basic functionality such as a video player and Wi-Fi manager are still missing. MobiFrance.com recorded a short video of the device in action:

On the hardware side, new details include 3G connectivity, a touchscreen display, Bluetooth, and a 2MP camera.

HTC is reportedly planning to release its first BREW feature phones in early 2010.

Note: The title link is in French. [Google translation]

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HTC goes global with Quietly Brilliant brand

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Oct 262009
 

We first caught the new ‘Quietly Brilliant’ brand on HTC’s U.S. site a couple of weeks ago. Today, HTC announced that its new brand was going global in a new advertising campaign that would span some 20 countries. Featuring the tagline ‘You don’t need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.’, the YOU campaign will focus on “driving broad, global visibility and understanding of HTC’s unique brand promise – that it’s all about YOU, the consumer, and in fact not the device."

The campaign will appear on TV, billboards and other outdoor campaigns, and major web sites. Up to 95 percent of U.S. cellphone users are expected to see at least one YOU campaign ad by the end of the year.

HTC’s new campaign will run well into next year although it will slow down after the holidays. It will then ramp back up as needed when HTC introduces new devices. The ad campaigns will refer customer to carrier partner sites as HTC does not sell phones directly to customers.

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HTC Touch Pro now available in UK

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Aug 132008
 

HTC Touch Pro

Those lucky enough to live in the UK are now able to buy the HTC Touch Pro courtesy of UK distributor Devicewire.

Like the HTC Touch Diamond, it is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7201A 528MHz processor and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with TouchFLO 3D. It comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSDPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz in Europe/Asia) connectivity, a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen display, a built-in accelerometer to control screen orientation, integrated GPS and A-GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a 3.2MP camera, front facing VGA camera, and an FM radio with RDS. It will measure 102x51x18.05mm and weigh 165 grams. Unlike the HTC Touch Diamond though, it comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, more memory with 288MB RAM and 512MB ROM, a larger 1340mAh battery, TV-out and a microSD card slot.

The unlocked HTC Touch Pro is selling for £514.99 (including VAT) which translates to about USD$960. As I write this, Devicewire still has 6 in stock so better not hesitate too long!

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Why are new HTC devices only tri-band?

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Jun 052008
 

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Those of us in North America can only watch in envy as our friends in Europe and Asia start getting their hands on their new HTC Touch Diamonds and soon HTC Touch Pros. It will take a few more months for both of these to make it over here with a slightly modified configuration for own mobile networks. Jason Dunn, over at PocketPC Thoughts, went to HTC and asked them “Why don’t we see more quad-band GSM phones from HTC?” Offering quad-band GSM devices would allow HTC (and other manufacturers for that matter) to release one phone that would cover the world. It seems more logical than having different tri-band mobile phones for different regions. And that’s only GSM; the same dilemma also applies to the 3G bands.

HTC got back to Jason:

The initial models of Touch Diamond and Touch Pro have been optimized for European / Asian bands because HTC is launching with partners in those countries first. These models do not feature 850/1900/2100 3G as on many of our previous flagship models as European partners have now begun operating 3G on a second band – 900 MHz, and it is difficult to optimize for 4 bands of 3G as well as multiple 2G bands. The considerably smaller size of the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro compared to our previous 3G devices makes this task even more difficult, especially as many of our smaller previous models did not feature GPS. Additional models of both handsets optimized for other regions will launch in the second half of 2008.

As Jason points out, it comes down to size and the number of bands that can be offered. The greater the number of bands, the more complex and bulky the antenna design. Throw in GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and you have another layer of complexity. With customers looking for thin and sleek designs, compromises have to be made.

Fair enough, I say, except that I travel just enough that I want my phone to come with quad-band GSM support at least. I guess I’ll be skipping the HTC Touch Diamond and Pro for now (likely until I get my hands on one and have to eat my words).

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HTC announces HTC Touch Pro

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Jun 042008
 

HTC Touch Pro

HTC formally announced the HTC Touch Pro (codename Raphael) to the world today. Essentially, the HTC Touch Pro adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to the HTC Touch Diamond but also features a few enhancements.

Bringing a beautiful new angle to mobile business productivity, the HTC Touch Pro utilizes similar styling and functionality of the highly anticipated Touch Diamond™ and introduces a variety of business-focused enhancements that make getting work done on the go quick and easy.

The HTC Touch Pro is powered by a 528MHz Qualcomm processor and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It also comes with tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) HSDPA (7.2Mbps)/HSUPA connectivity, a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen display, 288MB RAM and 512MB ROM, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, integrated GPS and A-GPS, a 3.2MP camera, a VGA front-facing camera for video calls, an FM radio with RDS, and a microSDHC expansion slot. The battery is rated at 1340mAh.

Like the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Pro will come with TouchFLO 3D.

TouchFLO 3D provides a stunningly intuitive way to zip through common tasks like messaging, calendar appointments or making calls with just one touch. Delve a little deeper to find that your music, photos, contacts and surfing the web are also responsive to the touch. In addition, the Touch Pro includes a new innovative touch-sensitive control for device interaction.

The HTC Touch Pro measures 102 x 51x 18.05 millimeters and weighs 165 grams. That makes it about 7 millimeters thicker and 55 grams heavier than the HTC Touch Diamond.

The HTC Touch Pro will be available in Europe, Asia and the Middle East by late summer. A Latin and North American version will follow later in the year.

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More details on upcoming HTC Touch Diamond accessories

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May 132008
 

HTC Touch Diamond docking base

MoDaCo has found out more information about the upcoming HTC Touch Diamond line of accessories. HTC have told us that they are planning an ambitious accessory line expansion to coincide with the release of the HTC Touch Diamond.

Aside from the already spotted docking base, we should see:

  • A slip case with a microfiber lining (already available for pre-order from eXpansys UK for £9.95)
  • An extended 1340mAh battery with replacement battery cover
  • A car charger

More accessories are also promised.

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HTC to offer cradle for HTC Touch Diamond

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May 122008
 

HTC is unveiling some accessories to go with the HTC Touch Diamond. First up is a desktop cradle. Matt over at Tracy and Matt’s Blog has landed a picture showing an elegant cradle in the same glossy finish as the Diamond.

It comes with a 3.5mm audio line out (letting you plug it into your stereo) and will support both synchronization and the charging of your Diamond.

The HTC Touch Diamond Desktop Cradle is available for pre-order from Clove, a UK online retailer, for £25 (about USD$49).

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HTCmail goes live (Updated)

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Jan 162008
 

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It looks like HTCmail is now almost open for business. The service had been originally announced at the time of the release of the HTC TyTN II.

Take control of your communications with HTCmail, the fastest and simplest way to access critical business information on your phone.

No need to worry about different accounts or server settings, with HTCmail all your emails, appointments, contacts, files and more are collected into one central location that can be accessed whenever you want, wherever you want. From your phone, your office PC, or any computer connected to the internet – the choice is yours.

HTCmail comes with 2GB of storage capacity and is compatible with both Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices. It supports Microsoft Direct Push email, access for up to 5 POP3 or IMAP email accounts, Outlook Web Access plus Outlook Desktop 2007 and auto-device configuration for easy set-up.

Prices start at €11.66 for service and there is a 2 month free trial. A valid HTC IMEI number is required.

Update: It turns out that HTCmail is not quite ready for prime time. HTC confirmed to french site Mobinaute that the current link is reserved for developers and translators. The official launch is expected in the upcoming weeks. Until then, pricing for the service could still change.

Source: MoDaCo

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More evidence that HTC Shift will ship in 2008

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Dec 142007
 

HTC Shift

If you’re waiting to get your hands on an HTC Shift, you will have to wait a bit longer. As reported earlier and now further supported by a report from DigiTimes, HTC has delayed volume shipments of the HTC Shift. Originally expected in November 2007, the Shift is now expected in January 2008.

DigiTimes sources indicate that the delay is due to integration problems between the hardware and software. The HTC Shift features both Microsoft Windows Vista as well SnapVUE, an always-on mode that provides you instant access to critical information – including e-mail previews, local weather, calendar, and SMS – even if the device is not switched on. This unique configuration appears to have given HTC a bit more trouble than it originally expected.

The HTC Shift is powered by a 800MHz Intel processor and a 400MHz Qualcomm processor. It comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, 1GB RAM for Vista and 64MB and 128MB ROM for SnapVUE, a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen display that slides and tilts out to sit above the QWERTY keyboard, either a 40 or 60GB hard drive, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, integrated GPS, a fingerprint sensor, a VGA camera for video conferencing, and an SD expansion card slot.

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