Word is that the iPhone 5S is a minor upgrade. But if it's got a better camera, it's major. … Read more
HTC, the embattled smartphone maker, cut its executive compensation by a ton in 2012.
The company revealed in its 2012 Annual Report on Friday that it paid 660.5 million New Taiwan dollars ($22 million) in total compensation to its executives. The compensation includes salary, retirement pay, bonuses, and profit-sharing, according to the Dow Jones, which was first to report on the figures. The NT$660.5 million is down 51 percent compared to 2011, when the company paid out NT$1.36 billion to its executives.
The decision was made last year as HTC's performance continued to dwindle. … Read more
The HTC One is made of aluminum, but HTC is set to recruit an iron man to advertise it -- yes, the folks at High Tech Computers are reported to have signed "Avengers" and "Sherlock Holmes" star Robert Downey Jr. as the face of their phones.
Fresh from the success of "Iron Man 3," 48-year-old Downey Jr. is reported to be stuffing $12 million into his metal trousers for holding up an HTC phone on billboards, in TV ads and in print.
It was a slow week in rumorland, but a couple stories managed to make their way onto the scene.
HTC's long-rumored HTC One Mini is back, now with leaked pictures and specs. The miniature version of HTC's flagship would be thinner, shorter, but still sporting that unibody aluminum design. And now it'll fit into your pocket!
Samsung could also be hopping aboard the mini train, possibly announcing a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini at an event in London on Thursday. This version of the Galaxy will have a 4.3-inch screen, and will fit nicely into smaller hands.
Also on Thursday, Facebook is hosting a supersecret event, where it might unveil its answer to Twitter's Vine: Instagram videos. What do you think? Is Facebook just being a copycat, or is it really onto something here? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.
HTC, Sony, and Huawei are leading the charge into large, full high-definition phone displays, said DisplayMate Technologies. It's a market Apple has yet to enter.
"With the iPhone 4 Retina display, Apple pioneered the previous generation of smartphone displays in 2010," wrote Raymond Soneira in DisplayMate Technologies' Full HD Flagship Smartphone Display Technology Shoot-Out released on Tuesday.
"This time the pioneers are all Android devices, with the iPhone still not even at the basic HD resolution of 1,280x720," he said.
Apple has some catching up to do to achieve "true Retina," as … Read more
HTC has unveiled the Butterfly S at a press conference close to Taipei.
The electronics maker's latest flagship model has now officially launched in Taiwan. The HTC Butterfly S, an updated model based on the original 1080p Butterfly smartphone, comes with a 5-inch, 1080p Super LCD 3 display which is capable of supporting a 440ppi resolution on scratch-resistant glass.<> The Butterfly S is equipped with a 2.1-megapixel camera for video calls in addition to a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera on the back which supports HTC Zoe, software that organizes snapshots into 30-second movies.
Front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers … Read more
HTC has unveiled the long-rumored Desire 200.
The device, which is designed for customers on a budget, comes with a 3.5-inch display and runs on 3G networks. The inside is similarly budget-friendly, boasting a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor and 4GB of onboard memory. The device has just 512MB of memory.
Rumors had been swirling for some time that HTC would launch an update to its Desire line. As expected, the device features rounded corners, a simple black finish, and Beats audio. Users can also monitor their data usage on the device.
HTC has yet to announce pricing and … Read more
Two former HTC executives are hoping for a fresh start with their own company.
Michael Coombes, former head of U.K. sales at HTC, and James Atkins, former U.K. marketing head for the company, said on Monday that they are launching smartphone manufacturer Kazam. The two executives are promising smartphones that are about "stunning design, robust hardware, and intuitive technology, underpinned with improved customer service. Kazam will focus on the European market.
Coombes will serve as CEO, while Atkins will be the chief marketing officer. The two executives left HTC in March, part of an exodus of several … Read more
Those of you eyeing the HTC One can score the phone for half off the usual price, courtesy of a one-day sale at Amazon.
On Friday, the retail giant will sell the HTC One for $99.99, a hefty discount off the usual $199.99 price tag. Buyers will be able to find the phone through Amazon's Cell Phones & Accessories page. But you'll need to be quick -- the sale itself will last just for the day.
The $99 offer is good for all AT&T or Sprint subscribers eligible for an upgrade. New customers can … Read more
HTC's Butterfly S seems to be spreading its wings courtesy of a few images and other details posted online by VR-Zone.
A follow-up to HTC's current Butterfly, aka Droid DNA, the upcoming S edition will sprout a pair of front-facing speakers, according to VR-Zone. The audio will also get some oomph from HTC's new BoomSound technology, which keeps distortion low even when pumping up the volume at full blast.