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SlashGear’s Best of MWC 2016

SlashGear’s Best of MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016 is coming to a close, and this year it's been more than just smartphones making their pitch as virtual reality in all shapes and sizes carve out a chunk of the mobile space. Devices and platforms that blur the distinction between what's real and what's digital are finally - with the help of potent processors and innovative hardware - reaching the point where they're convincing enough, not to mention affordable enough, to make a splash in the mass market. Read on for SlashGear's Best of MWC 2016 award winners.

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HTC promises a “compelling” camera for next “One M10”

HTC promises a “compelling” camera for next “One M10”

MWC 2016 has all but wrapped up and HTC, once one of the biggest names in the smartphone world, didn't make a big splash as expected. Despite the disappointment of a no show, HTC assures fans that they will have something to look forward to in the next flagship, which almost everyone is calling the "One M10". That, according to CFO Chialin Chang, will come in the form of a smartphone camera that will finally be "compelling". Considering this year's first batch of flagships, HTC will have a lot of work to do.

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HTC One M10 teased: needs for battle vs Galaxy S7 and LG G5

HTC One M10 teased: needs for battle vs Galaxy S7 and LG G5

This morning the folks at HTC revealed a piece of the puzzle that is the HTC One M10. This device may end up being called the HTC One 10, or One M10, or just One again - we're not entirely sure at the moment. What is sure is HTC's aim, that is to drum up as much excitement for the release of the smartphone as possible, well before its release. Of course. They're going to need it. There's a real uphill battle waiting for them when they arrive.

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HTC One M10 details, backside leak again

HTC One M10 details, backside leak again

HTC may have had smartphones to show off at MWC 2016 but, as earlier speculated, the One M10, or whatever its final name will be, was not one of those. Naturally, there was some disappointment that there won't be a real HTC flagship to talk about, but that only means there's more time to talk about what it could be. Like, for example, this latest leak to come out of China. Not only do we have yet another batch of specs, most of which we've heard before, but we're also getting a glimpse of back of the smartphone, which is, admittedly, a bit different from what we've seen before.

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HTC debuts 3 new Desire smartphones with unique paint effects

HTC debuts 3 new Desire smartphones with unique paint effects

At MWC 2016 today, HTC unveiled the three latest models of its Desire smartphone lineup: the 530, 630, and 825. The trio sports a unique look, with each polycarbonate shell coated in a solid tone, with small bits of color literally splashed across the back. No two are exactly alike, with HTC imagining each one as being a canvas for their special paint process.

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HTC One X9 is the latest One variant set for global release

HTC One X9 is the latest One variant set for global release

HTC is really loving the "9" lineup of its One smartphone models. Following the One M9 flagship last year, we saw the launch (and price controversy) of the One A9. Now comes the One X9, a device which already saw a Chinese launch just before the close of 2015. HTC seems ready to give the X9 an international release, with a similar design to the A9 and a metal casing that has the "look and feel of high-end silk."

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HTC Vive consumer edition revealed with pricing, pre-order details

HTC Vive consumer edition revealed with pricing, pre-order details

The wait for the consumer edition of HTC's anticipated Vive VR headset is almost over. At MWC 2016 today, the final version of the hardware, developed with partner Valve, was unveiled, complete with details on pricing and pre-order date, as well as software and features available out of the box.

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HTC M10 “Perfume” might finally have competitive cameras

HTC M10 “Perfume” might finally have competitive cameras

There was a time not too long ago when HTC tried to make it big in the smartphone camera department with its UltraPixels spiel. The problem with that was it was a rather confusing new marketing buzzword that ended up with little to show for. It eventually ditched that term, save for the front camera, opting for a still underwhelming regular sensor. Now it seems that HTC is finally really stepping up, based on a few leaks that point to what could be an impressive camera pair, that will still be "UltraPixel".

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HTC M10 render hints at a clean break, might skip MWC

HTC M10 render hints at a clean break, might skip MWC

HTC has a special place in the Android world, being one of the first adopters of the Android operating system. So when a company with such a history starts floundering, it is both interesting and heartbreaking. HTC has tried, as much as it can, to pick itself up with device after device and product after product, sometimes with old tricks and sometimes with new ideas. The upcoming HTC M10, codenamed "Perfume' might finally be of the latter. If this unofficial render is any indication, HTC might finally be making a clean break from its past baggage, for better or for worse.

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HTC Vive Pre user manual details first steps with VR headset

HTC Vive Pre user manual details first steps with VR headset

The HTC Vive Pre headset, one of the newer virtual reality products that take users to different worlds, has been detailed in its user manual. The manual is available now from HTC's own website, and it brings with it all the details new users will need to know to get started. Among the more boring details, including things like putting it on, the user manual details how to arrange your room to accommodate VR gaming.

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HTC M10 to come with 2 CPU variants but only after MWC

HTC M10 to come with 2 CPU variants but only after MWC

By now, CES 2016 is history, so naturally almost everyone is setting their gaze on MWC 2016 in February. But you know who isn't? HTC, that's who. That is, if rumors of its not so enthusiastic plans for its next flagship smartphone have any ring of truth. While its other rivals, like Samsung and LG, are always on the rumor mill, HTC's One M10, also called elsewhere as the "Perfume", is as elusive as a unicorn when it comes to MWC news. And that's probably because, according to sources, it will be waiting until after MWC to unveil it.

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HTC might spin out Vive into its own company

HTC might spin out Vive into its own company

The advice not to count your eggs before they hatch might not be that familiar in Taiwan. That or HTC is refusing to heed it because that might be exactly what its about to do with it still unlaunched virtual reality business. Despite the Vive VR headset still absent from the retail market, HTC CEO Cher Wang was rumored to set up a new subsidiary that will focus on virtual reality. The idea might have investor support, as HTC's shares reportedly went up by 5.30% when word of the rumor broke out. Sadly, HTC has officially killed of the rumor, saying it won't be doing anything like that at all.

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