Rumors pertaining to HTC’s upcoming flagship device offering, the U12, may have surfaced in the interwebs earlier this month, but the Taiwanese tech giant is just content moving along with its phone making business. This week sees the company unleash two new additions to its Desire lineup of smartphones -- meet the Desire 12 and the Desire 12 Plus.
When HTC had formally announced its Vive Pro virtual reality headset during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that was held in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada more than a couple of months ago, it did not reveal any further details regarding the pricing.
LG’s fans may be a bit saddened that the phone maker had decided not to unveil a new flagship device offering at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress annual event (but the South Korean tech giant did showcase its new artificial intelligence software suite by way of the V30S ThinQ phablet). But the most ardent followers of the brand should still feel excited when it comes to any news about the follow up to last year’s G6.
Rather unexpectedly, Chialin Chang, the President of the mobile and connected devices division at HTC, has announced his resignation this week. The Taiwan based phone maker had already been going through a lot of changes in the past few months. More than a couple of weeks ago, it saw a part of its mobile division (the crew that was responsible for helping develop the Pixel devices) officially join Google.
Google has recently confirmed that it has completed its acquisition of a significant portion of HTC’s hardware division. First made public back in September of last year, the deal is worth $1.1 billion, and basically involves Google absorbing more than 2,000 engineers from the Taiwanese phone maker (that is about 20 percent of HTC’s crew of engineers, including members of the team that developed and built the Pixel devices).
The new U11 Eyes phablet sees (sorry, no pun intended) HTC offer another new twin camera configuration handset, but this time around with a deliberate focus on targeting mobile users who are fond of taking selfies. Indeed, the device’s pair of 5 megapixel cameras on the front side come with the HDR Boost function, a bokeh effect that allows users to play around with depth of field (live or after capturing an image), and a selfie mode that features support for live beautification (more on this later).
This week during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), HTC has generated some buzz by introducing new upgrades to its Vive Pro virtual reality headset, as well as unveiling the Vive Wireless Adaptor. For good measure, the Taiwanese tech giant has also decided to announce that it has overhauled its Viveport VR and Vive Video services.
As indicated in its official blog, iFixit has decided to formally lower the pricing of its iPhone battery replacement kits to just $29, effectively matching the $29 price being charged by Apple in order to replace batteries of old iPhone units that Apple has slowed down. For those still not in the know, earlier this week Apple had issued an official apology for slowing down the processing speed of some old iPhone models in order to prevent them from randomly shutting down whenever the battery is not charged enough or when used in cold climates.
Despite going through a lot of changes in the last few months, HTC is continuing to do what other phone makers are doing heading into the busy holiday shopping season -- introduce new devices. This week saw the Taiwanese phone maker officially announce a couple of handsets, namely the HTC U11 Plus and the HTC U11 Life.
Not too long ago, HTC was considered as one of the largest phone makers of Android powered mobile devices across the globe. Some even say that the brand was one of the pioneers, especially with past releases like the T-Mobile G1 (which is viewed by many as one of the earliest Android phones), and of course, the Nexus One, the first ever Google Nexus smartphone.
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