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HTC Desire 320 unveiled, as its new entry level phone

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC has announced the HTC Desire 320 mobile, as the successor to its 2013 affordable Desire 310 handset.


The latest low-costing Desire sports the Android 4.4 KitKat OS, whereas its predecessor runs 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Other than that, the specs are fairly closely matched – with the screen coming in the form of a 4.5-inch FWVGA display, and a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor powering the phone.

On the rear, is a 5-megapixel rear facing camera, capable of 1080p video recording, whereas the front sports a VGA camera.

There is the addition of an LED flash, where the internal storage has been upgraded to 8GB.

Many other HTC features are a part of the Desire 320, such as the mini movie feature, based around the video highlights functionality.

That is coupled with HTC BlinkFeed, delivering up to the minute info, from social networks and news sites – with offline reading.

Peter Frølund, UK and Nordics General Manager, HTC, said: “Marrying super-fast processing with premium HTC features in a compact form, the HTC Desire 320 delivers a quality experience for the budget conscious well beyond its entry-level model status”

“Following on from the success of the HTC Desire 310, it boasts enhanced power and memory to enable more people to benefit from a quality smartphone experience that delivers the perfect balance between smart essentials and value.”, he added

HTC’s Desire 320 will be available in vanilla white and darkgrey, in the near future.

HTC One Mini 2 unveiled, with a better camera than HTC One M8

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC has announced the successor to its HTC One Mini from 2013, with the title of HTC One Mini 2 - and improvements around the camera, screen size and CPU.

HTC One Mini 2

It comes with a 15-megapixel camera on the rear, and not the 4MP Ultrapixel variant found in the HTC One, HTC One M8 and HTC One Mini.

On the front, is a 5-megapixel camera – an increase from last year’s 1.2MP version.

The front also sees the inclusion of a 4.5-inch HD 720 x 1,280 LCD2 screen (up from the older versions 4.3-inch display).

Powering the 4G device is a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage – and support for microSD cards (128GB).

The latter was missing from the HTC One Mini, and driving it, was a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU.

It still has the front facing, dual-stereo speakers, top and bottom of the screen, known as HTC BoomSound – which has a built in amp, said to deliver rich tones.

Android 4.4 KitKat is the OS of choice, with the HTC Sense 6 overlay, which is accompanied with the BlinkFeed news aggregator and the Zoe picture highlight creator.

“The latest member of the award-winning HTC One family distills the advanced features that have earned it global acclaim, into an elegant, compact handset”, said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation.

“Its size and tapered edges fit perfectly in a hand, pocket or purse, making it look great and feel even better to use. It’s the perfect choice for those who love the iconic design of the HTC One (M8) yet want something more compact.”

HTC’s One Mini 2 will be available in Gunmetal Grey, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold from June – where Omio has already seen pre-order deals with O2.

O2 is carrying the phone for free on £28 a month, with a 500MB data allowance, 500 minutes and unlimited texting – or on PAYG, for £359.99.

HTC One (M8) – unboxing and hands-on video walkthrough

HTC has launched the HTC One (M8), as its new flagship mobile phone. This is a device that is now the company’s top-tier handset, succeeding the HTC One (M7) – from 2013.

Omio has already published hands-on and unboxing pictures, where it’s now the turn of the video version.

We start with displaying all the boxed contents, which includes the phone and the Dot View, see thru case.

This moves on to covering all the specs, such as the FHD 5-inch screen, quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, microSD card and dual, front-facing stereo speakers.

Its new design is mentioned, along with the dimensions and its 90 per cent metal body.

The rear Duo Camera is then detailed, with its more depth captured, with refocussing post photography function.

Motion launch gestures are specified and the way the phone can be awoken from standby mode, by double tapping the display, along with its other features.

BlinkFeeds improvements and HTC Sense 6.0 are stated on our footage, where all the pre-installed apps are shown – such as Zoe, which is covered and its unbundling to Google Play.

HTC’s M8 customisation elements are noted, with the fonts and extended battery life feature – allowing 60 hours of life at 20 per cent power.

Also shown is the refocussing of pictures, with uFocus, and the moving picture, dimension plus.

Wrapping up, is the Dot View case. That protects the phone, along with allowing access to the screen, with a minimised UI on the display – showing functions such as time, weather and notifications.

That is along with the 2013 HTC One, compared with the HTC One (M8), covering its design and features.

HTC M8 ‘All New HTC One’ name, duo camera and Sense 6.0 details confirmed in leaked brochure

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC has seen the specs established in an outed advert of its upcoming replacement, for the HTC One.


The ad is allegedly for the Australian Telstra network, surrounding a phone called the ‘All New HTC One.

It notes the mobile has an ‘all metal body’ and features a ‘brilliant’ full high definition 5-inch, scratch resistance screen – larger than the one found, in the One.

The rear supposedly sports a ‘Duo Camera‘, which is a new addition to HTC, where you’ll ‘capture professional photos and more depth’.

Its description notes it allows you to ‘Create vivid images even in low light’.

That is along with the ability to ‘professionally edit memories after you’ve taken the shot’.

Adding, you can ‘Choose where to focus, highlight what you love, soften backgrounds and add 3D effects’.

That appears to be a mixture of the capabilities of the Nokia Refocus app, along with the augmented reality features of the Sony Xperia Z1, Compact and Z2 mobile phones.

HTC Sense 6.0 appears to be the new overlay to Android, with a ‘double tap’ aspect to turn on the phone – which we have seen in the Nokia Lumia Amber update, to its Windows Phone 8 handsets.

The company is expected to officially announce the device on the 25th of March, at an event that Omio is attending.


HTC Desire 310 mobile unveiled, as a quad-core entry level phone

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC has revealed its latest handset, the HTC Desire 310 – which replaces the Desire 300 – which itself, replaced the popular HTC Desire C.

HTC Desire 310

The new phone comes with a 4.5-inch 480 x 854 TFT screen, with a 218ppi.

Its predecessor sported a 4.3-inch 480 x 800 display, with 512MB of RAM; 4GB of internal storage; support for 32GB microSD cards, and it had a 5MP camera.

That has been carried across to the Desire 310, only it is now powered by a more powerful quad-core 1.3GHz processor – instead of a dual-core 1GHz CPU, and with 1GB of RAM.

Running the mobile is Android Jelly Bean, with the home screen news and social networking aggregator – HTC BlinkFeed, which was first seen in the HTC One.

That can draw info from more than 20,000 articles a day, with an off-line reading mode.

“Everybody today wants a smartphone that can keep up with them, regardless of whether it is a flagship or entry-level model says Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation.

“The latest addition to our renowned HTC Desire range combines super-fast processing and premium features at a lower price, offering users the best possible experience in this category.”

HTC has said the HTC Desire 310 will be arriving with O2, Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse, at the end of April, 2014.

There is noted to be a range of colours of offer, but these haven’t been specified, as yet.

MWC 2014: HTC Desire 816 – hands-on pictures

HTC announced at Mobile World Congress its new HTC Desire 816 mobile phone, with elements brought in from its HTC One family.

We are now running some images of the phone, although without the OS, UI and features – as the company is still adding the finishing touches.

It has a 5.5-inch 720 HD screen, where it’s powered by a quad-core 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU.

That is with 1.5GB of RAM; 8GB of internal storage and support for 128GB microSD cards.

There is a 13-megapixel camera built-in, with a front-facing 5MP snapper.

Carried across from the One is the HTC BoomSound dual, front facing stereo speakers, with Android and the HTC Sense UI, plus the HTC BlinkFeed content aggregator.

Omio has been told it is coming to the UK, along with the HTC Desire 610 version – sometime after April.






HTC One 2 ‘M8′ launching 25th March

Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC has sent out invites to the press for an event in the last week of Q1, where it is expected the replacement to the HTC One will be announced.

HTC invite 25th March 2014

That is thought to go under the codename of the HTC M8, where the invite to Omio offered no clues as to what the event might contain, but we can take an educated guess.

The missive was for a reserve the date, for an HTC press event – where the subject line for the email has the text “HTC – Save the date – Thursday 25th March”.

Our title image is from that email, with the more sensitive information redacted.

HTC has since tweeted from its @HTC_UK account the same image, albeit cropped, with the text “The best is about to get better, and also with the hashtag “#SaveTheDate”.

The first line alludes to the fact that it is the supposedly codename HTC M8, judging by the bold claim.

Its timing is also in line with the next top-tier device being launched, with Sony, Samsung and Nokia expected to announce their respected flagship phones for the year – or a good part of it – at Mobile World Congress.

Last year, HTC unveiled their offering, the HTC One, a week before MWC took place.

As a result of this, the company had its own news-cycle, where it wasn’t caught up within all the happenings of the show.

Rumours and speculation surrounding the possibly named HTC One 2, note that it shares the same design as the HTC One, One mini and One max.

That is with a slightly larger screen, where it could have a faster processor, and finger print recognition – which might have been brought in from the HTC One Max; stay tuned for more.

HTC One ‘M8′ successor to arrive in four colours

Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC is said to be producing its HTC One replacement mobile phone a quartet of colours, instead of the previous versions’ options.

The mobile is thought to go by the codename of HTC M8, where the source of the info notes the array of colours will be – black, red, blue and grey.

Originally, the HTC One came in just two variants, silver and black – that was later expanded to black, blue, gold, red and silver.

Two of those colours were exclusive to Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u; blue and red, respectively.

The info comes from XDA TV producer and moderator Shen Ye, in a Tweet – as reported by phoneArena.

It also notes that the M8 could be released with on-screen buttons, allowing it to be as large as the HTC One.

That is despite its rumoured 5-inch, full high definition, display.

Other features are speculated to be enhancements to the rear Ultrapixel camera, along with being powered by a quad-core processor.

There is also the thought that the aluminium chassis will be kept, plus the BoomSound dual, front stereo speakers.

HTC is possibly going to call it the HTC One+ or HTC One 2; stay tuned for more.

HTC One successor to sport better camera and bigger screen

Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC is said to be producing a new mobile phone, set to replace the HTC One flagship Android device – where its details have now emerged.

This information comes care of a person with direct knowledge of the companys’ plans, where they stated that the new mobile will have a large screen.

That is bigger than the one currently used, a 4.7-inch 1,920 x 1,080 Super LCD 3 version.

It is noted to be at least 5-inches, according to the source of Bloomberg.

There is said to be a twin-sensor camera, believed to provide better focus, depth of field and image quality.

This is along with an improved version of the company’s Ultrapixel snapper, within the device.

That is a device that’s design is supposedly close to the 2013 HTC One, with its unibody aluminium chassis.

Omio is not surprised this is the case, as between 130,000 to 150,000 HTC man hours went into developing how to get antennas to work within an aluminium body

The release date for this is said to be at the end of March, which ties in with a possible announcement at Mobile World Congress – or perhaps the week before (like last year).

Via: Android Authority

HTC M8 to be called HTC One+

Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC is reportedly going to be naming the successor to its 2013 HTC One flagship mobile phone, the HTC One+.

The handset that is currently known as the HTC M8, according to rumours and speculation, is also said to have some design changes.

That is over the HTC One, where its capacitive buttons are supposedly absent.

This effectively means there are no home or back buttons, and there’s the introduction of a larger screen.

It is believed the company is going to go with a 5-inch screen, instead of a 4.7-inch display.

This info comes from Android Revolution HD, from an uncredited source.

It notes there is likely to be the inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which was announced in November – which Omio covered here.

Another significant change is the addition of removable storage, in the form of a microSD card slot.

That was missing from the HTC One, but was included in the HTC One Max phablet – announced in October.

The camera is mentioned to have been upgraded, from the 4MP UltraPixel, to either 6 or 8-megapixels.

This is all on a device that will allegedly run Android KitKat, plus the HTC Sense 6.0 overlay.

Via: GSMArena, TechDroid