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HTC EVO Shift 4G spotted in the wild

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2011

It was only a matter of time before someone got their hands on the HTC EVO Shift 4G, and now it has happened. Some lucky guy out there has managed to get the device ahead of the official announcement. It looks like a close relative to the EVO 4G, but with a QWERTY keyboard, lower-resolution 5-megapixel camera and a smaller display.

We don’t see a front-facing camera though, so I guess you can forget video chat. Even so, looks great.

HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE specs leaked

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2010

The full specifications have been revealed for the new HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE, which includes a Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core processor 1.2 GHz. This should be taken with a grain of salt since the actual processor mentioned still has not been released by Qualcomm, but the specs give you an idea of what to expect with this handset.

A leaked screen shot also shows that the HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE might not just be restricted to Verizon and in Europe, O2 and Vodafone could be offering it soon as well. Below are the reported specs.

HTC HD2 to get Android direct boot

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

HTC’s HD2 Windows Mobile phone has been a popular device for Android ports and now the Dark Forces Team’s MAGLDR 1.09 might make things easier for Android fans. The program lets Android builds be flashed directly to the NAND ROM, which is where the stock Windows Mobile build normally resides.

Current Android ports require a WinCE-based bootloader to run. MAGLDR should be released to the public in just a few days time and Windows Phone 7 should be able to be ported to the HD2 using this tool as well.

HTC Thunderbolt to be Verizon’s first 4G LTE handset

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Are you eagerly waiting for the first 4G LTE phone from Verizon? We have some news. Verizon Wireless is set to unveil about a half-dozen 4G LTE smartphones at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show. This may be the first in line. The HTC Thunderbolt resembles the Desire HD, it’s just much more capable.

The device features a kickstand and Google branding. Verizon has refused to comment on the phone so far. It looks ultra sexy though, don’t you think?

O2 Germany claims the HTC 7 Pro will arrive in Jan 2011

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

HTC had already previously mentioned that the HTC 7 pro was expected to launch in Europe in early 2011. And now the folks over at O2 Germany have put up a page showing the Windows Phone 7 device which features a QWERTY keyboard, announcing that the device is expected to be available next month.

That launch date could change, we guess, but we’re glad that it is almost here. We’re looking forward to seeing this device arrive.

HTC Sense to get music, video services and more

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2010

HTC Sense started off as a user interface overlay to make the experience of using a HTC phone more enjoyable, but the company will now expand the service with the recently launched HTCSense.com portal. HTC’s head of user experience, Drew Bamford says that some additional services are on the way.

These services include music and video content services, as well as access to newspapers, magazines and eBooks. HTC is also planning a video chat service, similar to Apple’s FaceTime and some other services related to home entertainment.

Photos of the HTC EVO Shift 4G spotted

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

The HTC EVO Shift 4G has been pretty elusive, but now it has shown up in some real honest to god photos. The QWERTY slider smartphone from Sprint opens up to reveal a chrome bezel underneath. The tipster who submitted the photo also mentioned the inclusion of an 800MHz processor inside, HTC Sense for an easier user experience and a couple of status LEDs above the keyboard.

As for the rest of the details, we just have to wait for Sprint to reveal them. Since it is going to be one of the high-end models, we can safely expect the HTC EVO Shift 4G to retail for $199.99 with a 2-year contract.

HTC Wildfire getting Android 2.2 in Europe

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

On its Facebook page, HTC has revealed that its entry-level Android-powered Wildfire will get a software update to Android 2.2. Wildfires in Europe will start receiving the update this week, while a global rollout will take place by February. European carrier Vodafone has already confirmed the news.

You might remember that the Wildfire launched in May with Android 2.1 and a 3.2-inch, 320×240 LCD touchscreen. It also sports a five-megapixel camera, a 528Mhz processor and Wi-Fi along with Bluetooth. The update will let users share the handset’s Wi-Fi connection, install apps on the SD card and improve the camera and Bluetooth performance.

HTC to launch their own App Store

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

HTC knows how to make cool and popular phone designs. So naturally they want to have their very own App Store. The cloud-based site that they propose seems to be a HD Desire 2 exclusive one. It will be called htcsense.com and very soon you will see that name in adverts all over the place.

Future high-end phones will have support for this feature. We can never have too many apps after all. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

Official HDMI dock for HTC EVO 4G finally available

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2010

The HTC EVO 4G has been out for months now, but the official HDMI docking station is just now finally being released. You can get one from Sprint stores for $39.99.

The dock is available in all black, made out of smooth, glossy plastic, with the bottom covered in rubber for a nice grip. It features micro USB and HDMI ports. If you own an HTC EVO 4G, you’ll want to pick one up.

Sprint taking pre-orders for HTC 7 Pro December 8th?

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2010

The rumor is that Sprint is taking preorders for the HTC 7 Pro on December 8th. This is the company’s first Windows Phone 7 offering and it makes sense as it goes with HTC’s previous announcement of the HTC 7 Pro, saying it will be available only in the first half of next year. So a preorder at the end of the year would fit into the overall plan.

No word on pricing yet for HTC’s 7 Pro, but it shouldn’t be anything unexpected with a contract. We expect more leaks to slip out very shortly.

HTC Surround and Samsung Focus available November 8th from AT&T

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2010

AT&T has just made it official that they will be offering both the HTC Surround and Samsung Focus starting on November 8th. The Surround and Focus are two of the carrier’s three Windows Phone 7 launch phones.

AT&T’s third Windows Phone 7 will be the LG Quantum, which will also launch on the same day. The carrier also said that its BlackBerry Torch smartphone will be available in red on November 7th, and that it will launch a new promotion giving a free accessory to customers who purchase two other accessories at full price.

HTC Wildfire coming to the US this quarter via unknown carriers

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2010

The HTC Wildfire has been launched in Europe and Asia in the first half of this year and now HTC has announced that it will be landing on American regional carriers before the end of 2010. No mention of which carrier will be offering the phone, but considering that regional carriers were mentioned, it could be MetroPCS, Cricket, US Cellular, Cellular South and similar.

Nothing on pricing yet, but the phone will generally cost you about $300 without a contract. It runs Android 2.1, but an update to Froyo should be released later this year by HTC. The smartphone also features a 3.2 inch QVGA (240 x 320) multi-touch capacitive display, Wi-Fi, GPS, stereo Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, and MicroSD card support.

HTC 7 Pro gets FCC approval

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

HTC has another smartphone device that has just received the approval of the FCC. The HTC 7 Pro will run on Windows Phone 7, targeting CDMA networks. That’s why the name is 7 Pro. We should have expected it, since Microsoft has mentioned that CDMA will not be available until the first half of 2011.

This FCC-approved model looks like it will be accompanied by Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth + EDR connectivity. Which carrier do you think the HTC 7 Pro will appear on?

HTC Knight coming to Sprint

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

A new Android device may be hitting Sprint soon. The alleged HTC Knight. The device features a similar design to the EVO 4G, though if you compare them side-by-side, you’ll notice several differences, the most obvious being the different earpiece and additional space below the buttons.

This just might be a CDMA version of the Desire Z, since some literature associated with the device implies that it has a sliding screen (and a slide-out keyboard of course). Hopefully we will know more soon.