HTC has planned a press event for March 25 at which we expect to see the company introduce its flagship smartphone for 2014 (the formal invitations just went out today). Though HTC has yet to spill any details about what we'll see that day -- all signs point to an "HTC One 2" -- I have a few suggestions as to what needs to happen before the company can hit a home run. Sure, some of these are little more ambitious than others, but that's all right. There's at least a month's worth of … Read more
There's a lot riding on Samsung's Galaxy S5, and it goes beyond having the most coveted smartphone in the market.
The Galaxy S5, which will make its debut on Monday at Samsung's "Unpacked 2014 Episode 1" event at Mobile World Congress, serves as a potentially critical turning point for the Korean electronics giant. After a lackluster response to the Galaxy S4, Samsung's impending new flagship phone could indicate whether the company still has "it," and ultimately determine whether the company cements its position as king of the hill -- or starts to … Read more
Hewlett-Packard executives had a lot of positive things to say about PCs in the company's earnings conference call on Thursday. And CEO Meg Whitman said she's seeing renewed interest in traditional PCs over tablets in business.
"There is some momentum in a long overdue PC refresh. What I think commercial customers are understanding from their employees, while they may want a tablet, they actually also need more traditional compute devices to do their real work," Whitman said during the company's earnings conference call for the first quarter of 2014. In the quarter, HP delivered better than expected results. … Read more
The HTC Desire 8 should provide a large, albeit mid-range, Android experience when it makes its debut.
According to a fresh set of leaked specs out of evleaks, the handset should include a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB RAM. The display size is tipped to be a bordering-on-phablet 5.5-inches with a 720p resolution that should put the image quality around 267 pixels per inch.
Additional specifications for the Desire 8 include 8GB internal storage with microSD expansion, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and 5-megapixel front-facing shooter.CNET's full coverage of Mobile World Congress
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The next HTC One is poised for some color changes, according to a new report.
The Twitter account @evleaks, which has been reliably leaking product images for quite some time, has revealed two new versions of the upcoming sequel to the HTC One. The first model comes in a dark gray, while the other features a silver finish. Another Twitter account, @htcfamily_ru, showed off a blue version.
There have even been reports of a gold version of what's been dubbed the HTC One 2.
The next HTC One flagship is widely viewed as an integral component in that company'… Read more
"Congress" usually isn't a word that inspires excitement, but the Mobile World Congress is anything but usual. Held every February in Barcelona, Spain, it is the the premier global event for the wireless industry. Think of a smaller CES, but pack it with only smartphones, tablets, and everything mobile, and you'll get the idea. Then, drop it all in one of the world's most seductive cities -- sorry, Las Vegas -- and you wind up with a most exciting tech show.Full CNET coverage of the 2014 Mobile World Congress
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Known as the Xiaomi Hongmi ("red rice," in Mandarin) in China, the dual-SIM 3G Redmi is the first handset from the company that is officially available outside of China, Taipei, and Hong Kong, and is set to retail online for both Singapore and Malaysia.
It's the first time the company is launching a handset in countries where Chinese is not the main language, and to start off with a budget handset seems like a bold move, except for the fact the Redmi is more than what it seems. Despite a low price of just $133 (S$169), … Read more
Xiaomi, the China-based smartphone maker that has caught the attention of mobile aficionados worldwide, has finally branched out of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
The company on Wednesday announced that its Android-based handsets will go on sale on Friday in Singapore. The midrange Redmi will retail for about $134, while its flagship Mi-3 smartphone will go for around $332, CNET Asia reported Wednesday.
Xiaomi has been a mobile darling for the last year or so, and gained all the more attention for hiring Google's former head of Android product development, Hugo Barra, to lead its overseas expansion. It offers … Read more
With five Hydro devices currently under its belt, Kyocera is no stranger to making waterproof handsets. Ranging from entry-level to midtier, all the Hydro smartphones can be submerged under three feet of water for up to 30 minutes and keep on ticking.
The Hydro Plus, which is saddled with slow 3G speeds and a disappointingly dated Android 4.0 OS, sits at the entry-level end of the spectrum. And while both its specs and overall performance aren't impressive, the handset includes Cricket's unique Muve Music service that's ideal for music lovers, manages to take decent photos for … Read more