HTC, a VR company finally admitting to being a VR company, is planning to go mobile with its VR division this year, according to CNET UK who spoke with HTC CFO Chia-lin Chang during an HTC U Ultra event this week. During the brief interview, Chang confirmed that his company would launch a headset that would blend mobility and VR, though you shouldn’t expect it to be another Gear VR. (more…)
Word has slowly slipped out through media channels that Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 835 processor may not make it into the first wave of flagships for 2017. In fact, an HTC exec already said in an interview that we shouldn’t expect any of the phones coming to Mobile World Congress at the end of February to have the 835, but that they are all likely to have the slightly older Snapdragon 821 from the end of 2016. Multiple reports have now suggested the same for LG’s G6.
We talked quite a bit about this topic on yesterday’s DL Show, but wanted to address it here as well. Basically, we want to know if the lack of a Snapdragon 835 in a new 2017 flagship is a dealbreaker for you?
To me, I don’t know that it is because the 821 is very good and the 835 may not even be offering that big of a performance boost, though we are fully expecting Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 line to launch with an 835. That’s a problem for other companies struggling to rise to former glory. It’s hard enough to compete with the marketing budget of Samsung, but nerds often care about the finer details like specs, and processor seems to rank up there as an important one.
So you tell us – is the lack of a Snapdragon 835 in a 2017 flagship a dealbreaker?
Were you hoping that HTC was currently working up to the release of their first Android Wear watch? Were you curious why their recently announced U Ultra lacks a Snapdragon 835? If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, we may have some answers, thanks to an interview Tbreak Media posted today with HTC’s Chialin Chang, their president of smartphone and connected devices. (more…)
As you can tell from our HTC U Ultra and U Play coverage, we’ve never touched the new U phones, weren’t under embargo with information on them as they were announced last night, and (obviously) didn’t have any idea what they were when we shared some thoughts earlier in the week on what we’d like to see HTC do in 2017. HTC decided long ago that we weren’t worthy, so we’re left to comment from afar on their new products most seasons. And that’s fine, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of comments when they do come around.
Let’s talk about the HTC U Ultra. (more…)
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…)