When news broke out that Google was turning to HTC for its its upcoming Pixel smartphones, some may be wondering why the tech giant was not partnering with Huawei. After all, their most recent collaboration, the Nexus 6P, was considered by many industry watchers and consumers alike as an impressive phablet offering.
For the last two years, HTC has been successful with its Desire lineup mainly because it is a midrange line. The company continued to manufacture high end smartphone models to try to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung but to no avail.
Recently this week, Google took the opportunity to announce by way of a video that it will be having a media event in the city of San Francisco in California on October 4th of this year. Not much details were included in the video announcement, but industry watchers are expecting the tech giant to be debuting its latest flagship smartphone during that media event.
For some time now, the mobile devices that Google has released under its Nexus branding have always had pretty competitive pricing. Sure, the Nexus 6 (made by Motorola) may come with a price of $649, but if you actually pause and consider the handset’s state of the art display screen, that cost may be justified. For the tech giant’s new Pixel smartphones, however, Android mobile users may have to expect to pay more.
HTC had itself a hit with the One A9 smartphone, the premium midrange handset that Taiwanese phone maker released last year. Combining sound design aesthetics, excellent production, and better than average battery offering, the HTC One A9 generally impressed, and the fact that it was one of the first devices to be powered by Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow certainly did not hurt.
HTC first introduced its Desire 530 smartphone back in February early this year during the 2016 Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, together with other handsets such as the Desire 630 and the Desire 825. The Desire 530 generated some buzz with regards to its design which was inspired by streetwear fashion (more on that later).
There has been much speculation about HTC manufacturing the next Nexus device or devices for Google, with no definite details regarding the appearance of the handset(s). But a recent leaked image that surfaced online should give Android or HTC fans a glimpse of what is to come. The photo was published just this week by tech blog Android Police.
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