Mysterious HTC Titan III appears on Xbox Live Survey

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Dec 032012

A mysterious new HTC device has surfaced on this month’s Xbox Live Rewards survey. One question asks users how excited if they got a particular smartphone. Among options such as the Apple iPhone 5, Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD, Nokia Lumia 920, and Samsung Galaxy S III, is the HTC Titan III.

HTC Titan III reference
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Rumours over the summer suggested that HTC would release three Windows Phone 8 devices. Before launch, one device, codenamed the HTC Zenith, was axed and HTC launched just two, the Windows Phone 8X [product information]and Windows Phone 8S [product information]. If so, the HTC Titan III could be none other than the HTC Zenith.

Rumoured specifications included unnamed an quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, 42Mbps HSPA+, and the same 8MP camera as the Windows Phone 8X.

At this point, it is unlikely that the HTC Titan III will launch in 2012. Perhaps it will be announced as a new Windows Phone 8 flagship smartphone at CES 2013.

Read more: WPCentral

Windows Phone 8S by HTC not coming to U.S.

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Dec 012012

Windows Phone 8S by HTCHTC unveiled two Windows Phone 8 devices back in September, the flagship Windows Phone 8X [product information] and the Windows Phone 8S [product information]. While the former is now available from a number of carriers both in the U.S. and Canada, it’s been far quieter for the latter. In a statement to Engadget, HTC has now confirmed that it will not launch in the U.S.:

“The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is our signature Windows Phone available at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. With our focus on the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, the Windows Phone 8S is not currently planned for distribution in the U.S. market.”

The Verge has learned that HTC’s original plans were somewhat different. The 8S was set to launch with T-Mobile USA as a budget handset. Its availability came into question as Microsoft focused on U.S. carrier testing the Qualcomm 8960 chipset found in the 8X (as well as the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820) over that of the 8S’s Qualcomm 8227 chipset. The delays appear to have forced HTC’s hand.

We have reached out to HTC to find out whether we will still see the Windows Phone 8S in Canada. Don’t hold your breath but you never know.

For those who still prefer the Windows Phone 8S to its more powerful sibling, it may still show up unlocked at some online retailers specializing in such devices.

Read more: Engadget and The Verge

HTC appoints new Chief Marketing Officer

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Nov 282012

HTCHTC today announced the appointment of a new Chief Marketing Officer as it looks to turn its fortunes around in 2013. Benjamin Ho will take over as Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for worldwide marketing and branding, in January 2013.

“We welcome Benjamin to HTC and look forward to integrating the global marketing capabilities he brings to the company, said Peter Chou, CEO HTC. “Our growing brand, centered around our world-class innovation and design capabilities, will provide a global platform not just for HTC, but for Taiwan culture and innovation.”

Ho already has his first assignment. A project internally called Marketing 2.0 will see Ho look to refocus “HTC’s efforts around holistic marketing and mass-market brand outreach.”

Benjamin Ho replaces the departing John Wang.

Read more: HTC

TELUS launches HTC One X+

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Nov 232012

HTC One X+TELUS Mobility today launched the HTC One X+ [product information]. The successor to the HTC One X, it improves on a number of specifications including a faster 1.7Ghz quad-core processor, 64GB of internal storage (instead of 16GB), an improved front camera, and a larger 2,100mAh battery. It also comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Available exclusively from TELUS, it sells for CA$129 with a three-year contract or CA$650 with no contract.

Read more: TELUS Mobility

Codenames for HTC devices in development revealed?

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Nov 232012

HTCHTC could have a very busy 2013 if a leaked list of device codenames is any indication. According to @Football4PDA, HTC has a number of devices currently in development. These include the following:

  • FIT#U
  • LUNA#U
  • TUNE#U

There are no details to go with any of the devices at this point.

As @Football4PDA points out, not all of these may make it to market.

With CES and MWC not far away, we will hopefully be hearing more about these in the near future.

Read more: @Football4PDA [via Twitter] and @Football4PDA [via Twitter]

Official HTC Deluxe photos leaked?

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Nov 222012

Many have been hoping that HTC will launch an international version of the 5-inch 1080p smartphone which has so far been launched in Japan as the HTC J Butterfly [product information] and in the U.S. through Verizon as the DROID DNA [product information]. We’ve already seen one alleged image of this variant as it might be known and now official images appear to have leaked as well. It will reportedly launch as the HTC Deluxe DLX, and, based on the images below, will come in white, brown, and black.

Rumoured HTC Deluxe

Rumoured HTC Deluxe

Rumoured HTC Deluxe

While there are no specification details to go with the pictures, the HTC Deluxe DLX is widely expected to be similar to its siblings, the HTC J Butterfly and DROID DNA. It is expected to come with a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, a 5-inch 1080p HD Super LCD3 display, and 2GB of RAM.

While there is no word on availability and pricing, GSMArena‘s source indicates that some kind of announcement could be made on December 6th.

Read more: GSMArena

HTC dismisses Apple settlement fee rumours

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Nov 202012

HTCWhen HTC and Apple announced that they had entered into a new licensing agreement and dismissed current lawsuits between them, they did not reveal terms of the agreement. Speculation followed that HTC would pay Apple between US$6 and US$8 in licensing fees for each Android device it sells. HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, today responded to this rumour, dismissing the cited amounts as “outrageous.” Speaking at a carrier event in Japan, he said,

“I think that these estimates are baseless and very, very wrong. It is a outrageous number, but I’m not going to comment anything on a specific number. I believe we have a very, very happy settlement and a good ending,” said Chou

The terms of the agreement are confidential and HTC has only said that it will not “have any adverse material impact on the financials of the company.” Details may yet come to light if a legal request by Samsung to see the terms is granted by the courts.

Read more: Reuters

Windows Phone 8X by HTC coming to TELUS (Updated)

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Nov 182012

Windows Phone 8X by HTCBoth Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless already offer the Windows Phone 8X by HTC [product information]. TELUS will also offer the HTC Windows Phone 8 smartphone according to a tweet this weekend. Asked whether it would carry it, it responded:

Hello. We will be carrying it, unfortunately I don’t have a date. Keep an eye on info.

It remains to be seen when it will launch and whether TELUS will offer the 8GB or 16GB models (or both) and in what colours.

Update: A TELUS email has now contradicted an earlier tweet that the carrier would offer the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

“TELUS will not be carrying the HTC 8X. TELUS will however, be offering the HTC One X+ coming out this month. We work closely with our partners on a roadmap of devices that evolves on an ongoing basis and our commitment is to offer our clients the best selection of devices possible.”

If you’re looking for a Windows Phone 8 device from TELUS, your only choice so far is to wait for the Samsung ATIV S which is still listed as coming soon.

Read more: @TELUS [via Twitter] (Source: MobileSyrup)

Leaked image of HTC DLX global model

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Nov 152012

As some past rumours hinted, HTC is planning a global variant of the Verizon DROID DNA [specifications]. An image of the global edition of the HTC DLX (to be launched as the HTC Deluxe?) has now surfaced courtesy of @evleaks:

Rumoured global version of HTC DLX

We can expect the HTC DLX to sport very similar specifications to the DROID DNA including the 5-inch 1080p display and 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

There is no word yet on when HTC could formally announce the HTC Deluxe/DLX. Will HTC wait until CES 2013 or MWC 2013 or could we see it earlier?

Read more: @evleaks [via Twitter]

Bell launches Windows Phone 8X by HTC

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Nov 152012

Windows Phone 8X by HTCBell today launched its first Windows Phone 8 device, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC [specifications]. They are carrying the 16GB model only.

The Windows Phone 8X by HTC combines a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and blazing-fast speeds of up to 75 Mbps on Canada’s largest LTE network1, making your everyday tasks faster than ever.

Plus, it runs on the new Windows Phone 8 operating system, with Live Tiles that let you see everything that’s happening in your life with a single glance. It’s also equipped with Beats Audio to deliver authentic and rich sound, and it lets you view pictures and videos in vivid HD on a 4.3″ Super LCD screen.

Bell is offering the Windows Phone 8X by HTC for CA$49.95 with a three-year contract or CA$599.95 with no term.

Read more: Bell Mobility

Verizon announces DROID DNA by HTC

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Nov 132012

Verizon DROID DNA by HTCAs expected, Verizon and HTC today unveiled the DROID DNA by HTC. Often the topic of leaks, there were few surprises today as it was announced.

“It’s no secret that people depend on their smartphones more and more every day which rightfully raises expectations for performance, speed, and design. The DROID DNA by HTC embodies a smartphone that pushes the envelope in all of these areas with the first true 1080p HD display, latest quad-core processor, and Verizon’s 4G LTE network, all wrapped in a beautifully crafted design,” said Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Corporation. “The DROID DNA by HTC is sure to top wish lists this holiday season.”

Verizon DROID DNA specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • Operating system: Google Android Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 4+
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE / CDMA1x/EV-DO Rev A / UMTS / GSM
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4 & 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 5-inch HD (1080×1920) SLCD 3 (440 PPI)
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with LED flash, 1080p video capture and f/2.0 aperture
  • Front-facing camera: 2.1MP with f/2.0 aperture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack
  • Battery: 2,020mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 70.61 x 140.97 x 9.7 millimeters / 140.05 grams
  • Colours: Black
  • Other: Wireless charging

The Verizon DROID DNA by HTC will go on sale on November 21st for US$199.99 with a two-year contract or US$599.99 with month-to-month service. Pre-orders start today at

Rogers launches Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC

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Nov 132012

Rogers CommunicationsWhile Rogers may have launched a limited number of Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones almost two weeks ago, it is today available on its website for anyone to order along with the 16GB Windows Phone 8X by HTC. The two are the first Windows Phone 8 devices the carrier has launched.

Rogers will also offer the 8GB Windows Phone 8X by HTC and the Samsung ATIV S (the former exclusively) but neither are available yet.

Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC are available for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract or CA$549.99 on a month-to-month term.

Read more: Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC

HTC updates Android 4.1 upgrade plans

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Nov 122012

HTCHTC has updated one of its Q&A page with additional information on its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update plans to its devices. HTC is “actively reviewing our product portfolio to identify candidates to receive Jelly Bean” but, so far, only the HTC One X and HTC One S upgrades are confirmed.

HTC has prioritized its review process. It started with devices launched in 2012. It will then turn its attention to its 2011 devices.

As it stands, at least two devices released in 2012 will not be updated. These are the HTC One V and the HTC Desire C. HTC explains that devices with 512MB RAM or less will not be upgraded to Android 4.1 as such upgrades would not deliver an “optimal user experience.” HTC does make clear that these devices will still get software improvements, security fixes, and technical support as required.

HTC added that Android 4.1 upgrades will include HTC Sense 4+.

Timelines are also vague with HTC warning that carrier certifications may also delay deployments further.

Read more: HTC

Nov 122012

HTCApple and HTC settled their legal differences over the weekend and entered into a new 10-year licensing agreement. The terms were not disclosed by the companies but the agreement could be quite lucrative for Apple if Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu is correct.

Citing multiple industry sources, Wu suggests that HTC will pay Apple between US$6 and US$8 in licensing fees for each Android device it sells. That could work out to between US$180 and US$280 million if HTC sells between 30 and 35 million Android smartphones in 2013.

HTC indicated that the agreement would not have any adverse material impact on its financials, suggesting that Apple could also be paying HTC some licensing fees thereby reducing the net amount HTC will pay Apple.

HTC already pays a reported US$5 per Android device to Microsoft to cover a separate licensing agreement.

Read more: Mashable

HTC and Apple settle lawsuits with new licensing agreement

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Nov 112012

HTCHTC and Apple yesterday announced that they have agreed to dismiss all current lawsuits and enter into a new licensing agreement. It will span 10 years and extend to current and future patents held by both parties.

“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.

“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.”

Speaking to The Verge, HTC spokesperson representative Jeff Gordon added that the new agreement will not “have any adverse material impact on the financials of the company.” The specific terms of the settlement will remain confidential.

Apple first filed an ITC complaint against HTC back in March 2010. It added a number of additional ones in 2011 and 2012.

Read more: HTC and The Verge