HTC U Ultra and U Play Specs (Official)

HTC unwrapped new phones last night, the U Ultra and U Play. You can read all about each at this announcement post, but this space will be for those curious about actual specs. Some of you love to know the dirty details of the insides, so that’s what we like to give you.

As a recap, the U Ultra is the flagship of the two with a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display and secondary ticker, along with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 12MP UltraPixel 2 rear camera, 3000mAh battery, 64GB or 128GB storage, 4GB RAM, and Android 7.0 with HTC Sense. The U Play is the littler guy meant for global markets, with a 5.2-inch FHD LCD display, MediaTek processor, 3GB or 4GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB storage, 16MP rear and front cameras, 2500mAh battery, and some version of Android with HTC Sense.

The U Ultra costs $749, is up for pre-order now, and ships in March. The U Play’s launch is up in the air.  (more…)

HTC Announces the U Ultra at $749 for the US, Mid-Range U Play for Elsewhere

In the middle of the night, HTC unveiled their two new phones that we are assuming are the new line of devices to take them through the foreseeable future. If that means no HTC 11, prepare yourselves, as this might be it for a while. You ready?

HTC announced the U Ultra and U Play. The Ultra is the bigger, badder of the two with high-end specs for 2016 (not a typo), while the Play is the playful little brother that will likely dance around in global markets for a bit, but never quite reach our US shores. The U Ultra is up for pre-order today at $749 and won’t ship for two months or into mid-March (again, not a typo).  (more…)

LG Asks What Your Ideal Smartphone Would Feature, Probably Purposefully Outs G6 in Doing So

LG will announce the G6 at MWC, I think it’s safe to say that that much has been confirmed. We know that the LG G6 will feature a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display with a weird, but could be cool 18:9 aspect ratio, and slim bezels. We also know that LG has ditched the module idea from last year’s G5 and will instead try to make the prettiest of pretty devices. But what else is coming in this year’s flagship from LG? I think the video embedded above tells us a lot.  (more…)

Wednesday Poll: Which OEM’s H1 Flagship Are You Most Looking Forward to?

It’s a new year, meaning we have new flagship devices for the first half of 2017 to look forward to! If I’m not mistaken, we should be seeing the next big launches from Samsung, LG, and HTC rather soon, so we’d like to gauge which company’s flagship you’re most looking forward to.

For Samsung, the Galaxy S8 will be the first major launch since the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, so if you ask me, they’ve got to bring the heat. The LG G6 is expected to ditch the G5’s modularity, so that has me interested. And, as you may have seen, I recently posted up what I’d like to see from HTC, but it’s looking like they aren’t listening to me (courage aka headphone jack).

We also have devices from Moto (mid-2017), Sony (who knows exactly when), and other OEM (Huawei, Honor, ZTE, etc.) launches to look forward to. It should be a really exciting first half of 2017 for Android fans.

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JetBlue Hands Out Free WiFi Now on All Flights

There are few things worse on this planet than WiFi on an airplane. Forget the fact that the connection allows up to all of 4 people before it slows to a worthless crawl, companies like GoGo charge you insane amounts for usage if you don’t pre-pay for access. We’re talking about $40 to fly from one coast to the other for a connection that couldn’t even handle a refresh of Google+.

JetBlue, in an announcement this afternoon, will take some of the airline WiFi pain away by giving it to all of us for free on all of their flights. Actually, yeah, that’s pretty great. Now I can watch Facebook not refresh for 10 minutes without cost!  (more…)

DEAL: Aukey’s 20,000mAh Quick Charge 2.0 Power Bank (With Lightning Port too) is Just $28

Aukey is currently running a pretty solid deal through Amazon on their 20,000mAh Quick Charge 2.0 power bank. With coupon code (AUK2MAHQ), this tank of a battery pack drops to just $27.99, plus it includes Prime shipping.

For output ports, you have a single 2.4A port and single Quick Charge 2.0 port, combined with input ports for microUSB and Lightning. The device also has a flashlight, for those times when your power is iffy.  (more…)