Category: HTC

HTC’s Vive VR Headset Is Finally Finished, Costs $799, Launch In April

HMD_V2_Light_1280x520_0113Besides making some (needed?) adjustments to the HTC Vive VR headset, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is finally touting the headset’s price: $799. This price includes the headset plus two wireless haptic feedback controllers, so have at it — oh and thus, the Vive is more expensive than the $599 Oculus Rift. Smarpthone functionality for iOS and Android has also been added to the Vive.

Oh, and this also includes two games (that I’ve never heard of): Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives by Owlchemy Labs and Fantastic Contraption by Northway Games.

Pre-orders begin February 29th, with a shipping time of early April.

Via: HTC Vive

HTC Announced The One A9, But I Mistook It For Another Phone

htc-one-a9Yes, this is supposedly a new smartphone from HTC — it is — the One A9, but it is mysteriously, actually suspiciously similar to the design to the latest iPhones.

Keep in mind Android manufactures have (sometimes wrongly) been accused of ripping from Cupertino’s designs, but this foray by HTC is close to a blatant copy and if I were Google, I’d be slightly nerved.

Regardless, available as a $399 unlocked smartphone (carrier versions are incoming) with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a 5-inch 1080p screen with an octa-core Snapdragon 617, a 64-bit chipset with four cores clocked at 1.5GHz while the others buzzing past at more a modest 1.2GHz, with up to 2TB microSD card support, the One A9 establishes itself as HTC latest effort. Its slim aluminum frame contains a 2,150mAh battery that should benefit from Marshmallow’s battery optimizations. Imaging comes from a 13-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization.

Other than that, and a launch date of sometime in November, the One A9 is a the true successor to the One M9, and for all intensive purposes, seems like a safe bet (or perhaps a desperate one) for a company on the edge of descending into obscurity.

Via: HTC

Here Are The (Prototype) Wireless Controllers For The HTC Vive VR Headset

20150715_142612Wading it through storms and showers in New York City (to the Dream Hotel, no less) this week was thoroughly worth it — because, a demonstration of HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset was in order. The experience is fluid despite needing more work in the user interface (which is designed as a gallery that you “walk” in), as well as the two mounted sensors that will be simplified for consumer use — they fill the room with lasers and in layman’s terms, assist in the calibration and recognition of the user’s real-world space.

And surprisingly, HTC is close to Valve, evening going as far as developing a Portal VR demo.

HTC CEO Peter Chou Steps Down, Co-Founder Cher Wang Takes Spot


Peter Chou used to be the CEO of HTC, but in the up-and-downs that HTC has experienced in the past few years, Chou was not always at the head of the company’s greatest decisions (see the Robert Downey Jr. deal). Shortly after the One M9 launch, Chou will stand down as CEO and transition as the leader of the HTC Future Development Lab. What they’ll be doing? Apparently he “will be instrumental in identifying future growth opportunities for the company.”

Chairwoman and co-founder Cher Wang will take the position as chief executive officer. The journey continues.

HTC’s ‘Uh Oh’ Program: Offering A Replacement One M9, Once, For Free

htc-one-m9-announce-fullbleedExtending the pros of owning an HTC smartphone, the Taiwanese tech talent is adding the ‘Uh Oh’ program to its HTC Advantage customer guarantee.

The deal is: break your shiny new HTC One M9 once due to a cracked screen or water damage (or switch carriers) and they’ll offer one free replacement. Do it again — well, you’re out of luck buddy.

Also, there’s an incentive to not abuse the service: if you don’t wreck your new phone in its first year of life, you receive a $100 discount on the next HTC One purchase, presumably for the One M9’s future successor.

The only con of all this? It’s a United States-only program.

Via: HTC ‘Uh Oh’

HTC Sending Press Invites For Next Flagship Announcement In Barcelona

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 11.34.32 AMMobile World Congress is in March, and we’ve just breached the middle of January, but it’s never too early to being inviting members of the tech press over, is it? That’s the approach HTC is making with its “utopia in progress” tease of an invite.

The date set is March 1st, and it’s been a year since the One M8 was brought to and unveiled in New York City — so it all makes sense, if you’re looking at typical release cycles.

Nexus 9 Review: Some Things Need Work Here

20141102_114141Say hello to the Nexus 9, the first 64-bit tablet by Google, and the first true tablet built by HTC for the Nexus program. This is a wonder-fest of high-end specs and straightforward design. Also included is Android 5.0 Lollipop, in its unchanged, vanilla form ripe with features and the latest features and designs from Google. But there is something that is off-putting here, and that’s what this analysis aims to find out.**