HTC One X+ and One VX launched exclusively on AT&T

While Samsung’s strategy is to hit every carrier and every market possible, HTC is quite content with making themselves exclusively desirable for AT&T users in the US. The 2nd largest carrier in the US has once again arrived at an exclusivity deal with HTC’s latest products.

AT&T once held the HTC One X as an exclusive for their network. Now, the HTC One X+ and the HTC One VX join the ranks of the carrier’s exclusive HTC phones.

The HTC One X+ is the upgraded version of the HTC One X. This phone makes use of Quad core technology despite the fact that it will be running on AT&T’s vast LTE network. Much like the HTC One X, the new unit also has a 4.7 inch display, which is just a notch smaller than the rival Galaxy S3. It sports an 8 megapixel camera at the back, with improved low light capabilities from its predecessor.

It also comes with Google’s new Android Jelly Bean, which means the new phone will be able to make use of the Jelly Bean’s exclusive features, such as Project Butter and Google Now. It is one of the very few phones of today to come out of the box with Jelly Bean installed.

The new HTC One X+ is built to last longer thanks to the Tegra 3 processor’s power saving 5th core, and the expansion of the phone’s battery capacity to 2100 mAh. Unfortunately, even though the processor was upgraded, the RAM remains the same at 1 GB. The upside is that the new Jelly Bean powered phone has a whopping 64 GB of internal memory right out of the box for the default package.

HTC is also launching a smaller phone aimed for those on a lower budget. The HTC One VX performs well under pressure with a tried and tested dual core Snapdragon processor. It is basically a shrunk HTC One X, maintaining the top of the line features like Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC technology.

The 4.5 inch display is still very generous, giving you enough space to manage your tasks. The new HTC One VX comes with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but a Jelly Bean update is promised for the future.  A smaller display uses less power, so the phone is only built with an 1810 mAh rated battery.

The HTC one VX only has 8 GB of internal storage, but you can expand the memory further with a micro SD card. Both phones come with Beats Audio, so you can be sure of the sound quality for both devices.

AT&T nabbed a couple of good phones for the holiday season. The HTC One X+ is certainly a promising phone, being AT&T’s first quad core LTE device. For those who want something smaller than the HTC One X, yet still be able to perform heavy duty tasks, the HTC One VX fits the bill quite well.

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Can the HTC One X+ unseat the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5?

Not wanting to be left behind, HTC has unveiled their latest smartphone, the HTC One X+.

The HTC One X+ boasts of LTE capabilities and a faster quad core processor. This new device is similar to that of its predecessor, the HTC One X except for a number of upgrades.

For one, the One X+ will have longer battery life as it has a 2,100mAh battery against the 1,800mAh battery of the One X. This comes in handy as this new smartphone supports LTE technology which is hard on a device’s battery.

It also comes with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS as compared to other devices from other tech companies that carry the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

But if pitted against the big boys, the iPhones 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III, will this HTC device stand out? Although the HTC One X+ could surely shake up the smartphone market, we still have to see whether it can directly impact the bigger players.

HTC has already been producing smartphones for a number of years and have made their name for it. Unfortunately for them, the market is currently being dominated by Apple and Samsung.

We would soon find out if the HTC One X+ can be called a Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 slayer.

What do you think?

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HTC and LG try to take the phablet challenge

The phablet, a term coined after the arrival of the original phablet – the Samsung Galaxy Note, now has a market all to itself. It addressed a niche that needed a much larger display, but still retaining smartphone possibilities. Not only that, it was also a device that resurrected the stylus in the form of the S-Pen. This market has grown, and now HTC and LG want a piece of the pie.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a device that differentiates itself in two aspects. One is the display which is over 5 inches diagonally. The other is the great implementation of the stylus in the overall functionality of the device, boosting productivity and accuracy. These two factors created the ultimate productivity smartphone-tablet hybrid.

LG, a major South Korean brand, could see that the Samsung Galaxy Note was indeed a winner product, and the product line is going somewhere in the future. That is why they created the LG Optimus VU, which Verizon has ironically named the LG Intuition. It was meant to emulate the same success that Samsung had with the Samsung Galaxy Note, but in many people’s eyes, it falls short.

The LG Intuition is soon to hit Verizon. It has been made official, and will be available for $199 in a contract. The LG Intuition also has a 5-inch display, but uses a 4:3 aspect ratio. This makes the device wider at portrait than the usual phones we use, making it harder to fit into the pocket, and harder for smaller hands to use.

Many reviews already find that the LG Optimus VU, now LG Intuition, had a very poor implementation of the Stylus compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note which incorporates the stylus pretty well within the operating system. Otherwise, the specs seem good on paper, rated at 1.5 GHz with its dual core Snapdragon processor, with 1 GB of RAM and LTE capabilities. Then again, usability is always the greatest factor above specs, so even if the device does perform well on paper, it may take a hit in usability with its poor design.

HTC is on the losing side right now, and they are trying to bounce right back into the game. The problem is they have yet to land a clear winner in the market, and remains to be overshadowed by larger OEMs that can afford better marketing. The HTC One X was indeed awesome, but they needed more than that to get back into this race. Maybe a phablet will do?

That might just be the case after we are treated into a few teaser photos from PhoneHK detailing an HTC smartphone which looks like it has a 5-inch display. The leak shots were rather blurry, but it does seem larger than the HTC One X. Some leaked benchmarks also indicate that the display would have a 1794 × 1080p HD display. There seems to be no stylus, or it could have a stylus but no slot for it like the LG Intuition.

Judging from the blurry shot, Beats is still available for the device. The photos were removed from the source, but copies of the images have already been spread around the web. If HTC was planning to keep this secret, they are one step further from that goal. It looks beautiful by the way, and you can bet we will be watching out for this device.

The phablet is indeed on its way from being a community watch-word to a real device category. I wonder which OEM will launch their own phablet in the future. What are your bets?

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HTC One X finally catches up with ICS 4.04

HTC is one of the larger companies that promised a lot of their devices will get updates to the latest Android OS back then, the Ice Cream Sandwich. As with other versions of the OS, there are plenty of minor revisions that bring it up slightly from the version 4.0. The latest ICS Rom has a version number of 4.04.

The HTC One X was first announced in February this year. It is recognized as one of the devices that potentially rivals the Samsung Galaxy S3. The HTC One X used a Tegra 3 processor, for the international version and the same Snapdragon S4 that the Samsung Galaxy S3 had for the US, LTE compatible revisions. Pretty much most of the internal functions and features mirror the Samsung Galaxy S3 so much, that it could have been mistaken for each other if the external designs were not far apart.

The HTC One X came out earlier than the Samsung Galaxy S3, and was powered by Android 4.03. After quite some time, HTC finally released Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.04 for the device, porting over the stability fixes that the Samsung Galaxy S3 enjoyed since launch. The new version came with a tweaked version of Sense, possibly allowing more multitasking within the device.

They have also remapped some keys, in response to user feedback. The multitasking key has become the menu key by default, but can still access the multitasking bar by using a long press.

They have also improved the camera, which was already noted to be superior to the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is a very welcome option for HTC fans that use the camera a lot. Overall, the device is smoother than the previous version.

In releasing this version of Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC One X, they have also announced that they promise to update it to Jelly Bean, as well just like it’s rival from Samsung. This should make the HTC One X a more desirable product than ever before. They also announced that the HTC One S and HTC One XL will also receive the said updates.

HTC reiterates that their promises for updates will indeed be fulfilled for all promised devices. Hopefully, HTC will maintain this image of keeping their devices up to date as much as possible with the newest releases of Android. While there are still some advantages of Samsung’s flagship phone over HTC’s, it is still a very powerful option in the market.

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HTC buys-out S3

In today’s technology market, it is difficult not to be called an infringer when patents are concerned. Companies have been accusing one another of copyright infringement.

Even Taiwanese tech firm, HTC isn’t absolved from this problem. But just like any other company out there, HTC has learned their lessons well and started to buy other companies for their patents.

Reports have it that HTC has completely purchased S3 Graphics. Analysts have said that this acquisition by HTC will help the company fend off copyright infringement cases and as well as arm themselves to combat Apple.

HTC general counsel Grace Lei said, “We think S3’s patent portfolio is valid and strong and we have decided to complete the purchase of S3 after cautious assessment.”

S3 currently has around 270 patents. Some of these are licensed to other companies like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. This purchase allows HTC control of those patents.

Two HTC smartphones were delayed in US Customs, due to patent infringement claims by Apple. The HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE were stuck in the Customs for months due to the problem. They have since been released.

Will HTC be more active now since they have new bullets to fire back at companies?


Customs ok’s HTC release

Good news for HTC fans as the company issued a statement saying that their devices are beginning to find their way out of US Customs.

The hold out of HTC smartphones in US Customs was due to patent dispute with Apple. It’s unknown what specific HTC device was being allowed into American shores as the One X and the Evo 4G LTE models were put on hold by Customs official last week over the unresolved patent issue with Apple.

The statement added that each model has to be inspected by the Customs and will only be released if the agency completes its inspection and sees that it can be released in the market.

HTC said, “Some models have gone through inspection and been released to our carriers customers. We don’t have the status of each specific device model at this time, but we are working closely with Customs.”

The International Trade Commission ruled that HTC infringed Apple’s patent for data detection last December. This process allows a device to recognize items like e-mail addresses, phone numbers and addresses in text and automatically moves them to a calendar, dialer or mapping application.

HTC removed this feature on all its phones after the body issued its ruling that imposes a ban on importing HTC products that has the feature.

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