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Latest HTC One X9 leaks move branding to the top

Latest HTC One X9 leaks move branding to the top

Branding on smartphones are an inescapable fact of life. OEMs of course put their unmistakble, sometimes obnoxious, stamps on their products and carriers are sometimes only too happy to outdo those even. Sometimes, however, those marks are better placed elsewhere where they can be both visible yet unobtrusive. Like how HTC might finally be relocating its name from the chin of its smartphone to the top. At least according to this latest photo set leak for the One X9.

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Leaked HTC Andriod Marshmallow roadmap: 6.0.1 under evaluation, One M7 dead

Leaked HTC Andriod Marshmallow roadmap: 6.0.1 under evaluation, One M7 dead

Smartphone manufacturers seem to be want to end the year right by their users. Or at least plan the next year right, based on some leaked information about Android 6.0 Marshamallow updates. Lenovo has more or less revealed their hand in China, both for local and international models. Now it's HTC's handsets' turn to get some attention. The OEM has been rather silent about its update plans, which is quite uncharacteristic given its recent history. But thanks to leak source LlabTooFeR, we're getting a glimpse of when HTC plans to update its smartphones to either 6.0 or 6.0.1. Or both. Happy to say that in this color coded chart, things are mostly looking good.

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HTC One M10 details and release dates begin to flow

HTC One M10 details and release dates begin to flow

This morning a key detail in the 2016 release of HTC's next flagship was revealed. The code-name for the product was tipped: HTC Perfume. We're to understand that it'll smell like success. Not literally, of course - it'll probably smell like aluminum. What's possible with this device is a new look at the HTC flagship line, released with another predictable name (HTC One M10) but a whole new body. And Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, of course, and a whole new updated version of HTC Sense.

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HTC Perfume smells like next flagship device says source

HTC Perfume smells like next flagship device says source

Back in August of this year, a rumor was making the rounds that HTC was working on a new high-end smartphone for the top of its range called the HTC O2. That device was tipped to use a Snapdragon 820 SoC and to have a launch date set for Q1 2016. A new rumor is now making the rounds that claims that the HTC O2 is no more and that a new flagship device is in the works called the HTC Perfume.

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HTC Vive release date set, Valve VR DK2 incoming

HTC Vive release date set, Valve VR DK2 incoming

HTC has announced the release date of their Valve collaborative project, the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. This headset uses a couple of hand controllers and a room-wide playing area to differentiate itself from the competition, and exists as a team effort between HTC (for manufacturing) and Valve (for software). We had our first look at the HTC Vive and Steam VR back in March of this year - now just a little over a year later, the device will be headed to stores for the masses.

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HTC, Under Armor team up again, this time for a smart scale

HTC, Under Armor team up again, this time for a smart scale

You can say a lot of things about HTC, but one thing you won't be able to accuse it of is a quitter. Going against all odds, expectations, and sometimes even against rationality, the Taiwanese OEM seems hellbent in staying on its own course. Or die trying. Despite the major setbacks it faced in the health and fitness department, it is once again starting a venture with Under Armor for another fitness product, but this time for something as simple and mundane as a connected weighing scale.

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Vivo X6 and Plus released, both join the HTC/iPhone lookalike club

Vivo X6 and Plus released, both join the HTC/iPhone lookalike club

This week the folks at Vivo have decided to reveal a set of device by the name of Vivo X6 and Vivo X6 Plus. These devices should look fairly familiar to you. They have a set of details that will remind you instantly of either an HTC One or an iPhone, depending on what you're more familiar with. They might even remind you of a Samsung Galaxy S6. They've all joined a family of machines that come from a single design philosophy - one where the front of the phone is white or black and covered with glass while the back is metal or glass and has two two antenna bands.

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HTC Preview solicits user feedback for upcoming designs

HTC Preview solicits user feedback for upcoming designs

HTC once admitted that it didn't have the massive marketing budget the likes of Samsung has at its disposal. So instead, they relied more on word of mouth, viral marketing, and the power of the crowd to get their message, and their products, across. Now they seem to be once again trying to harness that resource when it comes to quality testing and design feedback not just for new software but even for upcoming hardware by launching the new HTC Preview program for loyal fans to join.

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HTC debuts yet another One variant, the M9(s)

HTC debuts yet another One variant, the M9(s)

With HTC's One A9 nearing launch, the company is already gearing up to release yet another variant of its latest One model. This time it's the One M9(s), and while it does look basically identical in design to the original One M9, there are a few differences in specs. The phone will be launching in Taiwan first, starting on November 21st. At this point, it seems likely that anyone who has wanted some form of the M9 already has one, but we'll have to see if this new version ends up meeting some market demand.

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HTC One X9 sighted at TENAA hints at larger One A9

HTC One X9 sighted at TENAA hints at larger One A9

It seems that, despite the controversy of the One M9, HTC isn't ready to give up the "9" generation. The One A9 did meet with relatively more positive feedback, which HTC practically ruined by revealing the fine details of the smartphone's pricing. Now over at TENAA, China's equivalent to the US' FCC, a certain One X9 has surfaced. Majority of its features, even most of its design, resembles the One A9 but in a larger screen size. Interestingly, it does deviate just a wee bit from the much criticized design.

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HTC One A9 preorders pushed back days or weeks

HTC One A9 preorders pushed back days or weeks

It would appear that several variants of the HTC One A9 will be shipping far later than was originally expected. While HTC's website had all four colors of the HTC One A9 up for pre-order, now the Gold and Red versions are kicked back to a "Coming Soon" status. The Verizon version - which wasn't up for pre-order in the first place - has been pushed to December availability - then quickly to "as soon as possible". The Verizon version is currently undergoing "extensive testing and certification."

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Sprint wants to charge you $700 for a $500 HTC One A9

Sprint wants to charge you $700 for a $500 HTC One A9

Sometimes carriers mark smartphones up from their standard, manufacturer price. Sometimes this amount of money is negligible - like AT&T's $20 over the standard $499 HTC will charge for the HTC One A9. But Sprint's not feeling like offering the device at HTC's current price - nor the lower price of $399 the device is currently at on promo. Instead, Sprint is charging users $696 for the HTC One A9. That's $197 more than HTC will charge AFTER their promo is done - or $297 more than HTC's current price for the same device.*

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