Friday Poll: Is a Snapdragon 821 in the G6 or Any Other 2017 Flagship a Dealbreaker?

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?

Is a Snapdragon 821 in a 2017 Flagship a Dealbreaker?

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HTC Isn’t Making an Android Wear Watch, Will Have Another Flagship When Snapdragon 835 is Ready

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…)

So Ummm, the HTC U Ultra, Eh?

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 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…)

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.

What's the Next Flagship You're Most Excited For?

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