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By Rich Woods
HTC is back with its first 5G phone, the U20
by Rich Woods
HTC isn't much of a global name in smartphone sales anymore, with its last global flagship phone arriving in 2018. The company is introducing two new phones today though, the U20 5G and the Desire 20 Pro.
The U20 is HTC's first 5G smartphone, packing Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 765G chipset for high-end performance, along with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. It comes with a 6.8-inch FHD display with a hole-punch cut-out. As for the camera, there's a 48MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. The front camera is 32MP.
And then there's the Desire 20 Pro, as spotted by Android Central. The screen is still FHD+, although it's a bit smaller at 6.5 inches, and it's powered by a Snapdragon 665 instead of the 765. Along with a 3.5mm audio jack, it also packs a 5,000mAh battery and 18W fast charging.
Unfortunately for HTC fans, these devices are only arriving in Taiwan. The U20 is coming on July 1 for NT$18,990 and the Desire 20 Pro is coming on June 18 for NT$8,990.
HTC could launch a 5G flagship phone in July
by Rajesh Pandey
Remember HTC? The company that was once known for its premium flagship Android devices with excellent build quality? It has largely gone into oblivion as its smartphone business has struggled over the last few years to launch a competitive product. The Taiwanese smartphone maker still has not given up on its smartphone business though and it now plans to release a flagship smartphone with 5G connectivity no less in a couple of months from now. The company's last flagship launch was the U12+ in May 2018.
The device will be based on the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform and launch in July. As per the report, the upcoming 5G HTC flagship would feature a design similar to the company's last flagship, the U12+, though it would be updated to reduce the bezels around the display. Other details and specs of HTC's next flagship are unclear as of now.
The report also claims that before HTC's new flagship launch in July, the company will announce a 4G Desire mid-range handset in June. The device would be powered by a Snapdragon 6xx chip from Qualcomm. It is possible that both these products from HTC would only launch in China, though again there's no clarity on that as of now. Given the current economic scenario, HTC's mid-range phone has a higher chance of doing well provided it has the right mix of specs and features.
Are you looking forward to a new flagship smartphone launch from HTC?
By Jay Bonggolto
HTC to launch standalone Cosmos Elite headset and External Tracking Faceplate in April
by Jay Bonggolto
HTC announced today that it will begin selling the standalone Vive Cosmos Elite head-mounted display in April along with a pre-installed External Tracking Faceplate. There's also a standalone version of the faceplate as well.
The Vive Cosmos Elite started rolling out to consumers earlier this month for $899, featuring 2880 x 1700 of combined pixel resolution. The headset-only package will retail for $549 along with a redemption code for Half-Life: Alyx and six months' worth of free Viveport Infinity, both of which are also available for the $199 standalone faceplate.
The HMD's flip-up headset design allows you to switch between reality and virtual settings. The Vive Cosmos Elite and the External Tracking Faceplate also support Vive’s peripherals including its wireless adapter and the Vive Tracker. Both the standalone Cosmos Elite headset and faceplate will be available beginning next month, with shipping dates varying by region.
Cosmos Elite Headset availability:
China and Taiwan - April 16 EU and the UK - April 27 U.S. and Canada - May 1 Australia, Korea, and New Zealand - May Saudi Arabi and the UAE - May 18 Japan - To be announced External Tracking Faceplate availability:
Korea and Taiwan - Late April U.S. and Canada - May 1 EU and the UKUK - May 15 Australia - May Middle East - June 10 Japan - To be announced The faceplate is compatible with base station versions 1.0 or 2.0 as well as the original Vive or Vive Pro controllers. You can also swap it with the original inside-out tracking faceplate that ships with Vive Cosmos.
ProtonMail to come pre-loaded on HTC Exodus and Exodus 1s
by Paul Hill
ProtonMail has announced that it is working with HTC to pre-load its email client on the HTC Exodus and Exodus 1s going forward. The Exodus devices, which are aimed at privacy-conscious customers, will now provide easy access to ProtonMail’s encrypted email services. Proton Technologies said the move is part of its “growing investment in protecting democracy in Asia.”
Commenting on the partnership between ProtonMail and the Taiwanese firm, Founder and CEO of ProtonMail, Andy Yen, said:
While anyone can download ProtonMail from the Google Play Store, the Exodus devices give casual users easy access to privacy-enhancing tools. By shipping with ProtonMail, less technical users that may never have heard of the service will be introduced to it for the first time; this will boost their privacy if they choose to use the service. ProtonMail will also gain new users and perhaps new premium subscribers.
It’s unclear if existing devices will get the ProtonMail app after this announcement but those buying the devices new will have it pre-installed. You can find out more information about HTC’s Exodus devices online.
By Jay Bonggolto
HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is now available for preorder, shipping on March 18
by Jay Bonggolto
HTC unveiled its expanded lineup of Vive Cosmos headsets for virtual reality fans a few days ago, including the Vive Cosmos Elite. Today, the company has opened pre-orders for the headset and it will ship with an external tracking faceplate onboard for 360-degree tracking of an entire room (via Engadget).
HTC claims the headset's Base Station 1.0 system offers up to 15 square meters of space for an immersive VR gaming experience. It features 2880 x 1700 of combined pixel resolution and its flip-up headset design allows you to switch between reality and virtual settings.
Its motion faceplate is also sold separately and it comes with six camera sensors to expand your range of motion. Its wide field and six-degree-of-freedom support also provide accurate inside-out tracking.
The Vive Cosmos Elite will begin shipping on March 18 to consumers for $899 and pre-orders are now live on HTC's website. Also, you can get a six-month Infinity membership if you pre-order the headset.