Kevin over at jkontherun is beside himself with endearing, childish glee over the FCC approval for HTC's Herald, seemingly to be hitting T-Mobile shelves near you in the not too distant future. It looks like an incremental rather than groundbreaking update over existing models; 2-megapixel camera instead of 1.3, slimmer chassis, improved keyboard... but still no HSDPA.
HTC the maker of T-Mobile Dash has announced the new HTC P4350 known as HTC Herald. The phone will be available in Europe, Middle East, and Africa on December. At 17mm thick, the Herald feature sliding full QWERTY keys. Sporting 128MB ROM and 64MB RAM, Windows Mobile 5.0, and a 200Mhz processor with mobile office applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and PDf viewer makes this phone full fledge phone for business road warrior. The large 2.8” color display is a touch screen with capabilities to view in landscape mode.The Herald supports GSM/GRPS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.0.
While it's not entirely unlikely that the HTC One Max (still not confirmed to exist in and of itself) would be delivered with a fingerprint scanner aboard, images appearing today appear slightly less finalized than past iterations. What we're seeing in the HTC One Max thus far is a test phone, one aimed at the "phablet" range of devices also being attacked at the moment by the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and the Samsung Galaxy Mega - a 6.3-inch phone released internationally and just today confirmed for several USA-based carriers. Today's HTC One Max leak includes several pogo-pins for docked charging and a black block suggested by photo source ePrice as a fingerprint reading sensor.
This week the group behind Verizon's DROID brand have released a trailer for a game that's already been out on the market in BETA form: D:COM. This game is suggested to be coming in as a Verizon-exclusive title in the near future: augmented reality robot combat and all. What's not as clear is the idea that this release might be a sign of an upcoming (and relatively unexpected) smartphone.
Despite seemingly making most of the rebadged smartphones available around the world, HTC has still found time to stir up some rumours with a new teaser campaign. Apparently they're planning to "herald a new mobile experience that will change the way we use and control our phones" at an exclusive event in London on June 5th, and they've released a photo of someone touching the number 5 to drop a heavy-handed hint at some sort of touchscreen.
Might my HTC-design vitriol have to be retired? Not only have pictures of their new PPC-6800 smartphone for Sprint emerged, with a noticeable improvement in aesthetics, but thanks to a SlashGear reader we've had a hands-on report of it and it's all starting to sound quite tempting.
Check out our exclusive first-play report after the cut...
It has been rumored that HTC may be coming out with a new smartphone called the Vox that gives you the best of both worlds when it comes to voice calling and computing. Like the HTC P4350, they maintain the slide out QWERTY keyboard for landscape-oriented computing, but have added a traditional numberpad to the front for regular candybay-style voice calling. Supposedly, this new phone will use Crossbow, the newer version of Windows Mobile.
It is believed that the Vox will have a 2.4-inch display along with the normal features of Wi-Fi, EDGE support, and Bluetooth. Other features include a 2 megapixel camera, microSD slot, and 96MB RAM/128MB ROM memory. But again, all this is rumor, and no official specs will be released until early next year.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg approached Samsung to make the next Facebook Home smartphone, sources claim, though the likelihood of Samsung following the ill-fated HTC First is seen as being low. Zuckerberg met Samsung Mobile's chief, Shin Jong-kyun, during a trip to Korea this week, where, an insider told The Korea Herald, he "asked Samsung to step up cooperation" with the social network.
The clues continue to appear for the summer 2013 generation of Samsung devices, each of them riding in on the herald that was the smartphone GALAXY S 4. As this hero device brings in this generation's aesthetic style and software features, each of the following will come up: Samsung Galaxy Note III, Galaxy Camera II, and GALAXY S 4 LTE-Advanced. Then there's the Samsung Galaxy Zoom, another new camera/phone balance we've not yet seen.
HTC's recent legal loss in the ITC Apple patent case, along with Microsoft's aggressive patent push amid Android OEMs, has reportedly left manufacturers increasingly wary of Google's open-source OS. According to the 21st Century Business Herald, growing Chinese brands like ZTE and Huawei are looking to adopt Windows Phone Mango either as a placatory measure toward Microsoft or the first step in a transition from over-reliance on Android. However, the platform spat could also have an unlikely beneficiary: MeeGo.