We’re used to see production videos from Apple with Jony Ive talking designing and details of making a new i-product. HTC is taking design just as serious as the Cupertino company. The new HTC One is probably the most beautiful looking smartphone on the market right now. We shouldn’t be surprised that a beautiful phone has some serious design process. In a public video, HTC’s design team talks about the process of turning a slab of metal into their high-end handset. The Taiwan handset maker is taking the opportunity to assure prospective users to go for their quality product. It sound really geek to hear words like zero gap construction, electro chemical etching process, nano matrix structure, special diamond cutter, etc.
It seems HTC has some poor judgment on tablet market two years ago and they’re now trying to clear their excess stock. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang announced an initiative at a World Bank roundtable last week to donate 100,000 HTC tablets to young women in Asia-Pacific countries, which is dedicated to promoting women’s rights. The tablet will be distributed to schools, in an effort to establish a technology-enabled learning platform to aid education among young women throughout the region. According to the Taiwanese company, the tablet selected for distribution is the HTC Flyer. The device features an all-metal chassis and comes with a stylus. It is equipped with a 7-inch capacitive touch screen rated at 1024×600 pixels of display resolution. The model debuted in May 2011 and was discontinued in December of 2011. The introductory price is US$499 for 32GB Wi-Fi models. HTC was the only Asian private business invited to attend the forum sponsored by the World Bank at its headquarters in Washington DC. Wang’s commitment to donate tablets drew applause at the meeting. A booth displaying HTC’s lastest products was also set up at the World Bank roundtable venue, drawing many visitors.
Early this week, Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission said that it had formally set up a case to investigate whether Samsung was deceptively pitching its products online and attacking its rivals’ devices. The case stems from media reports on a post in an online forum said Samsung hired students in Taiwan to open several propaganda accounts as part of a marketing campaign to promote its new flagship phone Galaxy S4 in the country and attacking HTC’s products. These false identity account is set up with intention to deceive or mislead others in online communities. The Taiwan commission will now check whether the South Korean company was guilty of false advertising and damaging the reputation of another business. Samsung could be subject to a fine of up to NT$25 million (US$837,500) if it is found to have violated the Fair Trade Act. HTC said that it is considering legal action against Samsung after the government decided to investigate the case …
HTC 606w has been seen in China getting regulatory approval. The Taiwanese phone maker shows off a nice blue piping around the bezel of an otherwise fairly uninspiring handset. It’s similar to HTC First but minus the Facebook Home launcher. The new HTC 606w sports a 4.3 inch 720p screen with 342ppi pixel density and a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. The phone have 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage along with the UltraPixel camera on back. There is also a 1.6MP front facing snapper. It is running Android 4.1.2 with the HTC Sense 5.0 overlay. Unfortunately, it’s powered by a 1700mAh battery which may be a bit on the weak side. No word on an official device name nor possible release date. The HTC 606w is a 3G WCDMA handset which is properly aiming to compete at the crowded mid-range segment. We hope the price will be good enough to match with domestic brand like the Xiaomi Phone or Meizu MX. In addition, HTC also need to put in extra effort in marketing to tell Chinese consumer about lower UltraPixels is better than high megapixels.
There are so much news from China that passes by that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Here are the Chinese tech news that have left behind because we’re just too busy or too lazy to post. There are stories on HTC’s facebook phone, Apple banned Chinese e-book app, the sales number of Xiaomi phone and so on, check them out after the break. Video for this week: the Chinese really love to watch Jon Stewart making fun on North Korea. Hope everyone have a fresh start to your week and enjoy using you favourite gadget.
[UPDATE: Specs of HTC First] Facebook unveiled a software suite which stakes out a “home” on Android smartphones as it steps up its challenge to Apple and Google in the booming mobile market. The new software weaves into the home screen to focus experiences on social network. Home will be available through Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, which will launch its Facebook home-screen smartphone called HTC First, to be available through US carrier AT&T at a price of US$100. HTC chief Peter Chou said it is the only phone that has Facebook Home pre-loaded and optimized. Facebook is convinced that people will want a phone designed around people rather than apps. Some no doubt will. But previous attempts to produce “Facebook phones”, including the ChaCha from HTC, which allowed people to post photos directly to Facebook with the press of a physical button, have hardly been wildly successful …
The new HTC One has just released last week in Taiwan and there is already a clone device selling in China. The knockoff phone is calling itself the “HDC One”, the body is made of plastic instead of aluminum, it provides an accurate copy of the original, forgone are the Qualcomm CPU, 1080p display and Ultrapixel camera. The counterfeiter has returned us the most common 8-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. The “HDC One” (model name: Huaxin 9299A) comes with a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and 720 HD display (4.7-inch, IPS), system running Android 4.2.1. There is not much of battery power on board, a 1,600mAh cell is there to provide a decent usage time. It only supports 3G WCDMA 850/2100 MHz radio network, no 4G. The phone is now taking pre-order in “HDC” online store, priced at 988 yuan (US$158), it has already sold 3,700 units. More pictures after the jump …
Taiwanese smartphone vendor HTC yesterday launched its new flagship smartphone in its home ground market as the company adopts new marketing strategies to regain the share of the market it has lost to rivals. Taiwan is the first Asian country in which HTC launched the new model, the company plans to introduce the new smartphone to Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific (including Beijing) before the end of the April. The new phone will be the company’s only flagship product launched this year, as it aims to focus on quality rather than quantity in the fiercely competitive global smartphone market. Under a two-year contract, Taiwan users can own the phone at no cost by paying a minimum monthly subscription fee of between NT$2,199 and NT$2,540 (US$74-85) to local telecom carriers …
HTC Butterfly, also known as J Butterfly in Japan and Droid DNA internationally, was the first 5-inch full HD phablet with a beautiful 1080p display and high-end specification. HTC Butterfly is a very powerful handset, an experience price tag is the unfortunate tradeoff. If pricing is a matter for you, take a look at this Chinese handset called “Jia Jia Tong X920e”. Its facade design is basically identical to the genuine, featuring a curved 5-inch IPS display. Unfortunately, it’s only a 720p display. It includes a 1.2GHz quad-core MT6589 processor and 1GB of RAM that ensures Android 4.2.1 to run smooth and snappy at a reasonable price. Despite that, the clone is actually not as fast as the Butterfly even both machines are also powered quad-core processor.
Chinese handset vendor Yulong, better known as Coolpad, is worried that the company will be unable to meet the heavy demand for its products because its suppliers will not be able to produce enough components. Coolpad may be a virtual unknown in the west, but in China here, it’s a major smartphone maker besting Apple’s iPhone and Nokia in 2012. The problem stems from the unexpectedly strong sales of smartphones in Chinese market. Many domestic phone makers have begun seeking a 5-inch hi-definition (1080p) screen for their phones, after Samsung’s Note2, which uses such a screen, became a hit worldwide. But screen makers could not expand their production lines overnight, which has resulted in the serious shortage. Other shortage includes 12-magepixel camera module and 16GB ROM chips. OPPO and Xiaomi, two of the rising Chinese smartphone makers, are also concerning the slow expand of component production couldn’t catch up the market demand. HTC, whose Butterfly phone exceeded Apple’s iPhone in sales in Japan in the first week after its debut, could not meet the demand too for its product because of the scarcity of components. Last week, HTC confirmed that its flagship One phone will be shipping late. Look like every manufactures are having the same difficulty in securing adequate phone components while competing with Apple and Samsung.
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