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Google Pixel 2: Processor Devil’s in the Details

Google Pixel 2: Processor Devil’s in the Details

We're still several months out from the new Google Pixel 2 devices, but at this early stage of the game we've gone digging into what we can expect from the new Android flagships. Based on data from a source with information on the subject as well as our own investigations, we've got a pretty decent idea of what the basics will be for Google's next flagships. Google might be at the helm of Android, but even it has to work with the state of play in the component industry, not to mention whatever trends are at work at the time. Because of that, we can build a fair picture this far ahead of reveal and release.

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HTC U Ultra update preloads the HTC Sense Companion

HTC U Ultra update preloads the HTC Sense Companion

It hard not to feel ambivalent with the HTC U Ultra. Once you get past the beautiful smudge magnet and the flurry of "U" buzzwords, you're practically left with a smartphone that is, so far, failing to live up to expectations. "Meh" would probably be the most common sentiment here. But perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the U Ultra is the one feature that could have made a difference: the HTC Sense Companion. Absent from the smartphone at launch, the AI-powered personal assistant is finally landing on devices via a huge update, which will finally give everyone a sense (no puns!) of HTC's vision.

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HTC VIVE gets a one-day discount

HTC VIVE gets a one-day discount

Today just so happens to be the first anniversary of the HTC VIVE's launch. The virtual reality headset has been available for a whole year now, and to celebrate, HTC is dropping the price on new VIVEs for one day only. If you've yet to take the plunge and find yourself wanting to dive into the realm of virtual reality, now might be as good a chance as you'll get for some time.

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HTC VIVE gets Viveport subscription and discount for first birthday

HTC VIVE gets Viveport subscription and discount for first birthday

It may be somewhat difficult to believe, but the HTC VIVE turns a year old in a couple of days. When it does, HTC will be rolling out a handful of promotions to celebrate. These include a new Viveport subscription service, some free games, and a discount meant to tempt those who may not have taken the plunge yet.

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HTC U “Ocean” details leak in full

HTC U “Ocean” details leak in full

To call the HTC U Ultra "disappointing" would be putting it kindly. A beautiful fingerprint magnet with a lot of buzzwords but very little to show for it, the HTC U Ultra felt a few notches shy of being a flagship phone. And that's probably because it really isn't. Specs and features for the HTC U, codenamed "Ocean", have finally leaked out and, from the looks of it, this is the HTC 2017 flagship fans have been waiting for. Or it's what HTC wants them to wait for.

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HTC U Ultra Review: Flawed Beauty

HTC U Ultra Review: Flawed Beauty

The fans won't want to hear it, but HTC has made a misstep with the HTC U Ultra. Flagship follow-up to last year's HTC 10, it promises high-style and plenty of functionality to go with its premium $749 price tag, and there's no denying that its high-gloss glass body caught my magpie-like eye. All the same, some questionable hardware decisions have left me frustrated.

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HTC U with Snapdragon 835 shows up at AnTuTu

HTC U with Snapdragon 835 shows up at AnTuTu

Samsung's deal with Qualcomm seems to have thrown OEM's launch schedules into disarray. Since the Snapdragon 835 won't be available to any other smartphone maker until May at the earliest, companies are left with only two choices. Risk being late to get the Snapdragon 835, like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, or launch early but settle for a Snapdragon 821, like the LG G6. HTC, it seems, has another strategy. Launch one device early and another a bit later, which seems to be the implication behind this HTC U that popped up at AnTuTu.

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HTC U (Ocean) has a new kind of touch surface

HTC U (Ocean) has a new kind of touch surface

Even though tomorrow will be all about the Galaxy S8, HTC is sneaking into headlines this afternoon with a couple of interesting new rumors about its upcoming phone. Specifically, we're hearing about some features that will be present in the next phone in the HTC U lineup - confusing called simply "HTC U."

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HTC launches VIVE Tracker for developer purchase

HTC launches VIVE Tracker for developer purchase

HTC made a slew of announcements for the VIVE today, but perhaps the most important one concerns the status of the Tracker. HTC opened the floodgates today, announcing that the VIVE tracker has entered a wide release for developer purchase. This, of course, means that eager developers can finally secure a Tracker to begin development before the controller's general release later this year.

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HTC U Ultra scratched and bent

HTC U Ultra scratched and bent

Is HTC really cursed when it comes to smartphones? Based on the rather mixed reactions for the HTC U Ultra, that might seem to be the case. We’ll hold off on judging pending our own review, but things aren’t looking good for HTC’s new vision. Especially when that premium-priced smartphone gets tortured and doesn’t survive to tell the tale. Yes, it’s time for JerryRigEverything’s usual battery of tests to see how resilient smartphones are. Unfortunately for the HTC U Ultra, it belongs to the few that are revealed to be not so resilient after all.

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Google Pixel 2 detail releases hit the leak valve

Google Pixel 2 detail releases hit the leak valve

The first two bits of information about the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel XL 2 have been spilled. It's the names of the devices, code-names along the lines of previous releases, that've gone and brought us into the excitement realm. This first dabbing of information suggests that codenames Muskie and Walleye have been chosen for the next Pixel smartphones.

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HTC U Ultra will be shipping to U this week

HTC U Ultra will be shipping to U this week

The HTC U is more than just a new series of smartphones from HTC. It represents a rather big change of direction from the company's previous flagship smartphones, not just in terms of design but even in terms of hardware. It ditches what has been, for years, HTC's "M" DNA for a new more marketable "U" moniker, with a new set of features that addresses a new set of needs. Whether the HTC U Ultra is finally the break that HTC needs, we'll find out soon as the company starts sending out devices tomorrow.

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