Taiwan-based manufacturer HTC announces their latest flagship smartphone - HTC One. The announcement was made in a simultaneous two-location (London and New York) event tonight. After several leaked reports, here is the final and official specifications of HTC’s premier product:
- OS: Android 4.1.2 with HTC Sense 5
- 4.7 inches Super LCD 3 Display
- Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz
- Memory: 32GB and 64GB
- RAM: 2GB DDR2
- Battery: 2300 mAh Li-polymer battery
- Ultrapixel Camera (HTC technology) capable of 1080p recording
- NFF capable
- Infrared, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, DLNA for TV streaming
- MicroUSB slot
- Beats Audio
- Dual stereo speakers (at the front)
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/CDMA/LTE support
- Gyro, Promity, Ambient Light, Accelerometer sensors
- GPS and compass
HTC One Price and Availability
HTC One pricing and availability in the Philippines is yet to be revealed. Historically, SMART Communications and Sun Cellular are the only carriers that offer HTC phones in the country. The units were tied up with a data, voice and text plans. For HTC One, we can expect the same.
Open-line models will eventually arrive in the country but price is yet to be announced by specific vendors.
HTC One Savior?
HTC had a rough 2012. Their HTC One X flagship smartphone released last year failed to totter the increasing grounds of Apple and Samsung in the smartphone arena. Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and Note 2 were still the favorite of consumers. Both companies had posted record sales last year.
Will HTC One be the product that will thrust HTC back to the forefront of the smartphone battle? Maybe. But what is clear is that it will be a tough battle, especially this year. Apple is poised to announce the successor of the highly successful iPhone 5 (iPhone 5S?) late this year. Samsung is also poised to announce the much rumored Galaxy SIV next month. It will be a bloody battle indeed.
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Will the iPhone 5 cost $800? That’s too bad for many consumer who used to pay iPhones way way less than that when subsidized by mobile carriers that offer the device. But anyway, that was just a rumor that broke out in Twitter a few hours ago. The topic “iPhone 5 $800″ is still trending in Twitter Philippines until the time of writing this article.
800 USD for an iPhone 5 Possible
Well, actually, 800 US Dollars for an iPhone is not surprising, but it should be sold as open-line, not subsidized by the carrier, and of course, free from contract-bound lock-in period. Here in the Philippines, SMART Communications is selling the iPhone 4S at 33,200 pesos if cashed out, almost exactly equivalent to $800 at the current exchange rate.
iPhone 5 this September 12
According to rumors that spread in the internet, Apple will be holding a media event this September 12, 2012 wherein the company plans to announce the next version of their most successful device- the iPhone 5. But as early as today, leaked photos of supposedly iPhone 5 prototypes have surfaced. The photos indicates that the screen will be bigger, the unit will be thinner and Apple will introduce a new color shade, Gray. Well, rumors will remain rumors until the actual event will be held, so stay on.
At the media event on its campus, Apple Inc announced today iPhone 4S boasting the the following features and features:
- Dual Core A5 Processor
- faster HSDPA downloads (up to 14.4 Mbps)
- New 8MP Camera (1080p HD video capture)
- New 64 GB model
-Voice commands (Siri Assistant)
- Comes loaded with iOS 5 with over 200 new features
Pricing and Availablity
The iPhone 4S will be available in the US on October 14 but pre-order will start Friday, October 7, 2011.
I expect that the iPhone 4S will only be available via Globe Telecoms, the official carrier of iPhones in the Philippines. As for the price, the iPhone 4S will be much similar to the price of its predecessor, the iPhone 4.
The iPhone 4S announcement only mentioned the US release but just as the previous iPhone versions, we can assume that iPhone 4S will be released a few months later. For thousand of Filipino Apple fans, the wait may take a little longer as usual.