HTC quietly launches its dual-SIM Desire 600 and LTE-enabled Butterfly S

HTC Philippines officially announced two phones last December 6, the HTC Butterfly S and the Dual-SIM Desire 600. The Butterfly S is an LTE phone that features a Super LCD 3 display underneath a 5″ Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel, UltraPixel camera, BoomSound and a battery that promises 659 hours of standby time. The 4 UltraPixel camera has backside illumination and can capture up to 300% more light than most cameras in its class, which is helped partly by 28mm wide angle lens and F/2.0 aperture. It’s Zoe function shoots 3-second snippets in high resolution, and allows advanced editing features. It’s Video Highlights features creates 30-second movies with music themes which plays great with their BoomSound dual-front speakers which are powered by Beats Audio. The Butterfly S is pretty much similar with the One feature-wise but with a few marked improvements. It has a better capacity 3200 mAh battery. HTC claims that the battery can last for more than 24 hours talk-time in 3G. It also gets a faster 1.9 GHz processor from the HTC One’s 1.7 GHz and can be expanded via microSD cards. There are a couple more, but we’ll discuss the differences in a future review. The Desire 600 is a 4.5-inch dual-SIM phone powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor. It comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage plus microSD support. It has an 8-megapixel f/2.0 camera with BSI sensor at the back and a 1.6-megapixel camera at the front. Both smartphones come with BlinkFeed, which is a tile-based information aggregator; Sense UI and Video Highlights. The HTC Desire 600 will retail for Php 18,990.00 and the Butterfly S for Php37,590 and both will be available at any authorized HTC dealer soon. HTC Desire 600 Specs: 4.5-inch SLCD2 touschscreen, 540 x 960, 245 ppi Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 Adreno 203 GPU 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD up to 64GB Dual-SIM 8MP f/2.0 BSI rear camera with LED flash, HTC ImageChip 1.6MP...

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What does HTC mean? Up to you according to HTC’s new campaign

Aug 17, 13 What does HTC mean? Up to you according to HTC’s new campaign

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HTC has been around the smartphone business since the Windows Mobile days. It’s still one of the top brands to consider when looking for a smartphone even here in our country. However, how many of you actually know what HTC stands for? Funny, I didn’t know either before writing this article (it’s High Tech Computer by the way). In order to revitalize the HTC brand, HTC Corp. hired the services of the charismatic Robert Downey Jr. as their new spokesperson and to star in their new campaign “Here’s To Change”. According to HTC execs and RDJ, the new direction they’re aiming for the HTC brand is “anything you want it to be”. HTC could simply mean “Hold This Cat” or something as absurd as “Hipster Troll Carwash”. Check out the campaign video, it’s brilliant. HTC is still one of the brands that I like when it comes to mobile phones. They just don’t have the marketing power like other brands do but this move can easily put them back into the map. It will surely bring buzz and wider brand recognition. Kudos to HTC for bringing RDJ on board. Related posts: No related...

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HTC One bags Best in Design and Innovation Award in Computex 2013

To all HTC One owners out there, here’s something that should make you feel extra good for trusting HTC and getting their beautiful HTC One smartphone. Out of a total of 254 product entries at the Computex 2013 submitted for consideration, the jury of experts stated that extremely sophisticated detailing makes the new HTC One smartphone stand out from the myriad of smartphones available in a very competitive product category. The new HTC One is as much joy to hold and touch, as to use; and is certainly the best of this year’s entries. “For the HTC One to be recognized with another prestigious award is a testament to our commitment to bring innovation and quality products that our consumers want and need” said HTC Country Manager for Philippines Richard Javier, “this will inspire us to continue provide the best smartphone experience.” Now if only HTC Philippines can do something to boost the sale of the HTC One some more. It’s really a beautiful phone that a lot of people still don’t know about. The HTC One in a postpaid plan is being exclusively offered by Globe while it retails for Php32,990 in authorized resellers. Related posts: First Impressions: HTC One V HTC One X Review HTC’s smartphone shopping guide for Christmas 2012 HTC officially unveils the One, high-end phone with 4-ultrapixel camera Quick Review: HTC One HTC One now officially available in the market, retails for...

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HTC One now officially available in the market, retails for Php32,990

It’s late, but it’s finally here. Last week, HTC officially launched its flagship smartphone in the Philippines – the new HTC One. Country Manager of HTC Philippines Richard Javier emphasizes the importance of keeping their devices up to date to be able to cope with the needs of the people. He adds that the HTC One is the result of HTC’s continued effort to put the consumer’s needs in their topmost priority. The HTC One sports a zero-gap aluminum unibody with a 4.7-inch, full HD (1080p) screen and 468ppi resolution. It runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean and is LTE capable to offer users speedy mobile browsing. Color variations of the HTC One are available in stunning silver and stealth black. The key features that distinctively make the HTC One stand out are the HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe, and the HTC BoomSound. These key HTC Sense innovations set the bar high for smartphones in giving the best mobile experience to the consumers. HTC BlinkFeed lets users transform their home screen into a single live stream of their favorite sites. Here, users can see fresh updates from their social media accounts, news and blogs at a glance so you won’t have to go to different applications to be on the know. HTC has partnered with media companies such as AOL, MTV, ESPN, Reuters to provide more than 1,400 media sources with more than 10,000 articles per day. The HTC One features the HTC Ultrapixel Camera with HTC Zoe that would enables photo-enthusiasts to take quality photos even in low light. HTC Zoe lets users shoot 3-second snippets (about 20 still photos) to catch the perfect moments. Photos and videos are displayed into a motion gallery of memories. The Zoe also creates slideshows automatically with a twist by setting background music and adding themes and effects to the video for that unique camera experience. HTC is well known for the quality audio experience their devices produce with the integration of the Beats Audio that is...

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Quick Review: HTC One

Apr 23, 13 Quick Review: HTC One

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We finally had the chance to briefly play with the HTC One, the highly-anticipated phone from the Taiwanese phone manufacturer. I’ve been eyeing this phone since MWC 2013 mainly due to its gorgeous design and its Ultrapixel camera, and now I finally got to play with it. Design HTC prides itself from putting hours on the design of their new flagship phones and the HTC One is another testament of their brilliant design team. This phone screams premium with its anodized aluminum unibody with a hint of polycarbonate on the sides. The aluminum finish looks particularly good in the front top and bottom with the symmetrical speaker holes on them. While the bezel on the 4.7-inch screen can be narrower, the phone still looks elegant overall. You will also notice that they simplified the buttons down to two: Back and Home. The Search can be invoked by holding the Home button while the Recent Apps can be accessed by double-clicking the Home button, giving you a faster response than by pressing and holding it. The edges are chamfered with a special diamond cutter and I think these will be the first casualty whenever you accidentally drop or bump the phone. Similar to the iPhone 5. If you’ve been using HTC phones before, you won’t be happy to know that they changed the buttons and port layouts here. The tiny power button that also is an IR blaster switched places with the audio jack on top. MicroUSB port is now at the bottom instead of the side. The volume rocker is still on the right but is now more inconspicuous than ever. Not really fond of tiny buttons that are flushed on its edges but surprisingly, I didn’t need to use my fingernails to press them. The microSIM slot can be ejected on the left side by pushing a pin to its pinhole. No microSD slot here which is a shame considering the HTC Butterfly has it. Good thing it comes with a 32GB internal...

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Trolling at the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch in New York

It’s my first time to cover a major product launch overseas and it’s a bit surprising (and amusing) how competition do things differently abroad compared in the Philippines. The Samsung Galaxy S4 was the next big thing for Samsung. The major success of their Samsung Galaxy S series (since the first one) gave Samsung a huge bulls-eye on its back for rivals to pick on. Take for example what LG did by placing a billboard with the same emphasis on the number “4” just above the Samsung Galaxy S4’s billboard at the corner of Times Square  and 7th Ave. Our hotel was along Times Square and we saw this while looking for a late grub after we arrived. LG’s was a digital ad and there’s a screen that also says “LG Optimus 4G is here 4 you now!” mocking the somewhat late arrival of the Galaxy S4. The launch was held at the iconic Radio City Music Hall and it was a cold and long queue outside the venue before the show started. Check out how HTC came to crash the party. There were people representing HTC and the new HTC One which was launched in New York last month trolling the line giving a demo and discount flyers to anybody who’s interested. And it piqued the interest of a lot of media people waiting at the line. It was a long wait outside the below 0 cold and HTC came to the rescue serving hot cocoa to freezing launch-goers. They also had some HTC-branded Pringles and mineral water to give out for those who were starving. I guess this kind of trolling is okay here (and maybe some other parts of the world) but I don’t think it will fly in our country. Imagine if Globe or Smart did a stunt like this during one of their competitor’s event. Related posts: Samsung i9000 Galaxy S Review PTB’s Top 5 Mobile Phones of...

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HTC 8S Review

Mar 05, 13 HTC 8S Review

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HTC has been a maker of Windows phones from the days of the Windows Mobile platform. Eventually, Microsoft had to halt production of the mobile platform to start brewing for the Windows Phone 7 and HTC had to focus on Android after that. It’s no surprise then that when the much awaited Windows Phone 8 (WP8) came to fruition, HTC already had their phones lined up for that WP8 flavor and one of them is the mid range HTC 8S which I’ll be walking you through the rest of the review. Design and Feel I’m a fan of HTC’s design and overall feel. I like the type of finish they apply on most of their phones, non-slippery and has that smooth, almost rubbery texture to it. Although they may not be keen on making ultra lightweight phones, I do like the heft which makes up for a premium feel in return. Fortunately, the HTC 8S has those qualities and it’s such a good phone to hold in your hand. The HTC 8S comes in two-toned bright colors such as blue, white, orange and lime. I’m thinking this would best suit the younger generation but it just made it stand out from the usual black or white phones. At the front, you’ll find the 4” Super LCD Gorilla Glass screen that houses a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Below the screen you’ll find the standard Windows button such as the back, home and search soft keys. As you might have noticed, there’s no front-facing camera on this one. At the top is where the power button which is nicely tucked and non-obtrusive with the 35mm audio jack. There’s not much to see on the left side of the phone. They put the volume rocker and the camera buttons on the right side instead. Looking at the sides, it’s not the thinnest out there but definitely not thick as well. The curved edges is to be desired as it fits the hand nicely. At the bottom...

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HTC officially unveils the One, high-end phone with 4-ultrapixel camera

HTC officially unveiled their latest premium handset, the HTC One, the mother of all previous One series phones, and this one looks like a real masterpiece coming from HTC. The HTC One is an all aluminum affair on a unibody chassis with a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with a Full HD resolution for a best in class 468 ppi pixel density. It’s the current title holder when it comes to pixel density for current announced/available consumer devices. It is 9.3mm thick and its chiseled sides and metallic back reminds me of the iPhone 5 but with a slightly curved form for better handling. Two speaker strips on both ends of its screen suggests that this phone is also a multimedia beast on its own. The new One uses the latest quad-core chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 600 which has 1.7GHz on each core. Initial Quadrant benchmark brings this phone to the 12,000+ score beating current quad-cores by a huge margin. It also comes with 2GB RAM and will be available in 32GB and 64GB version with no microSD support. So what’s with the ultrapixel? A high-megapixel count is practically useless in most mobile cameras so HTC decided to improve on the One’s sensor instead. According to Mike Woodward, president of HTC America, an ultrapixel is twice the size of a megapixel and its 4-ultrapixel BSI sensor can capture 300% more light than any mobile phone cameras around. The One also uses a new ImageSense system, a new ImageChip 2 hardware on an f/2.0 lens. Really curious how this new camera tech pans out in actual usage. The 2.1-megapixel front camera is no slouch either as it can also record 1080p videos and has an 88-degree wide-angle lens. The HTC One doesn’t lack on connectivity either as it is equipped with both NFC and LTE radio. Even the transparent Power/Lock button also doubles as an IR transmitter allowing you to control your home appliances. There’s also a non-replaceable 2300 mAh battery powering the unit which...

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10 things you probably don’t know about the HTC Butterfly

Feb 01, 13 10 things you probably don’t know about the HTC Butterfly

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We spent a morning with the folks over at HTC to know more about their latest flagship phone, the 5-inch HTC Butterfly. We learned some interesting things about this gorgeous smartphone (especially the red one) that you might want to know especially if you’re considering it for your next handset purchase. 10. It comes in many aliases The HTC Butterfly might be a stranger in other countries but that’s because it goes in different names. In the US, it is known as the HTC Droid DNA and their model doesn’t come with a microSD slot. Hehehe. It comes in black for them though. It is known as HTC J in Hong Kong and HTC J Butterfly in Japan. 9. It has a microSD slot Yes, what we took for granted in entry-level and midrange phones are usually non-existent on some premium devices. Starting with the HTC Butterfly though, the microSD slot will make its comeback in HTC’s future phones. 8. First Full HD smartphone in the market HTC was the first to bring out a quad-core phone last year (HTC One X), and now they’re the first to market a Full HD phone which we’ll see more this year. The HTC Butterfly has a 5-inch Super LCD 3 screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution for a best in class 440 ppi pixel density. 7. 2020mAh battery with Power Saver Mode One of the gripes people might have on this phone is its non-removable 2020mAh battery. HTC peeps who are using the Butterfly as their primary phone are reporting a whole day usage out of it. It also comes with a Power Saver mode that turns off push notifications while the phone is locked, and resumes it once unlocked. 6. No LTE on this one Nope this phone doesn’t come with LTE if that’s your thing. The HTC One SV will arrive late this month though which will be their first LTE handset in the country. 5. Uses the fastest quad-core processor in the...

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Quick Review: HTC Butterfly

Without much fanfare, HTC quietly slips its latest flagship phone in the country, the 5.0-inch HTC Butterfly which is already available right now in HTC stores. The HTC Butterfly is the biggest handset HTC has come up so far and the looks did not disappoint if you’re a fan of HTC and their design principles. It comes in either red or white (I guess black is so last year) and what we played with is the white one. I simply love the edge-to-edge curved Gorilla Glass covering the front of this phone. What I’m not keen of is the silver rectangular strip on top which is just a design element. The 5.0-inch display sports a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution for a whopping 440 ppi pixel density on a Super LCD 3 panel. Honestly, I can barely notice any difference in terms of sharpness and clarity comparing it to my iPhone 5 and its 326 ppi pixel density. Even tried watching a 1080p video on it and although it looked really good, you most likely won’t notice any difference viewing the same file on an S3 or an iPhone 5. I guess having that much resolution is just a numbers game and shouldn’t be a factor when getting this phone. It’s nice to have but not critical. On top you’ll see the 3.5mm audio jack, the Power button and also the covered slot for the microSIM and microSD slot. Yes, finally microSD support is back on a high-end phone. This phone comes with 16GB of internal storage so that microSD card could go a long way especially if you’re storing a lot of 1080p videos. There’s an aluminum strip on each side with a mesh pattern which I initially thought were speakers but again, they’re just design elements. At the bottom is the covered microUSB slot for charging. Am not a fan of such flaps especially for a slot that you often use as it wears out over time. I wouldn’t mind if...

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