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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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Quarter battery charges up with MacBook cord, powers your iPhone

Quarter battery charges up with MacBook cord, powers your iPhone

There's a mobile power bank device out there called Quarter. It's pretty neat. You may have been confused by what it does if you've already heard about it. Let me tell you what it's all about. Quarter is a battery, one that you charge up - fill up with power, that is to say - then stick in your backpack for later. Later, you take it out, plug in the cord that charges your iPhone, and let this battery power up your iPhone instead of looking for an outlet.

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HTC One A9 Review

HTC One A9 Review

"Pick your battles" is good advice, especially when you're a minnow among sharks, but the HTC One A9 seems determined to fight on all fronts. You'd think the company's newest hero phone would have enough going on just trying to convince us that a flagship needn't max out the spec sheet, but HTC compounds its challenge by launching a device that can't not be compared to the wildly popular iPhone.

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HTC Re action camera slashed to just $50

HTC Re action camera slashed to just $50

It was around this time last year that HTC unveiled a little stand-alone camera called the Re. With its periscope shape, it was, in a single word, odd. It was a bit of a cross between an action camera and a smartphone camera, but didn't exactly excel in either category. It was far from capable of capturing footage of the same quality of a GoPro, and while it has a 16-megapixel sensor, its photos and video were hardly better than a smartphone. But it was the asking price of $200 that made these issues a real problem.

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HTC just torpedoed the One A9’s great US pricing

HTC just torpedoed the One A9’s great US pricing

Perhaps it was too early to break out the champagne in honor of HTC. While the new HTC One A9 is naturally a contentious one because of its design, it's hard to deny that it is a quality phone that could indeed stand tall among HTC's flagship, give or take a few disappointing details. It seems, however, that HTC wasn't exactly being candid with what the smartphone will really cost, only now revealing that the mouth-watering price it announced last week is really only a time-limited promo and that the One A9 will really cost $499.

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HTC Grip pushed back again to first quarter next year

HTC Grip pushed back again to first quarter next year

HTC has tried to venture outside of smartphone comfort zone with products like a strange action camera and a virtual reality headset. While these products seemed quite decent or at least interesting, they're not exactly the hottest items in the market. And in the case of the HTC Vive VR headgear, isn't even in the market yet. Another product that is joining that "coming soon" list is the HTC Grip, which has again been delayed, this time with a slightly more definite date of "early next year".

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HTC defends One A9 design, will roll out to M, Desire lines

HTC defends One A9 design, will roll out to M, Desire lines

The HTC One A9, which the Taiwanese OEM just unveiled Tuesday, is technically an OK, if not great, Android smartphone. Sadly, all its strengths, and even its weaknesses, will be drowned out by its one glaring feature, or misfeature, depending on who you ask. To almost everyone except HTC, the One A9 looks too eerily similar to Apple's new design that debuted on the iPhone 6. Of course, HTC is denying that accusation by doing perhaps what it should not: calling Apple the actual copycat instead.

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