For those worried about the One series of smartphone devices biting the dust now that HTC has unveiled its new U lineup of handsets, rest assured that the Taiwanese phone maker has promised not to discontinue releasing One branded devices. But just to be clear about all of this -- the U series is now the new flagship devices from now on.
To start the new year, HTC is planning to unveil something important. Just this week, the Taiwanese phone maker started sending out invitations to the press for an event scheduled on January 12th next year.
Cliff Maldonado of analytics firm BayStreet Research is predicting that HTC will probably not release a new flagship smartphone offering in 2017 in the United States mobile market, especially across all four major US wireless carriers (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint).
Google’s latest flagship devices, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, were released preinstalled with the tech giant’s own Android 7.1 Nougat, a pretty standard update but still one that came with new features.
HTC has joined forces with major US wireless carrier Sprint in releasing its newest high end smartphone offering, the Bolt. At a price of $599 (or $25 a month over a period of a couple of years), the HTC Bolt is actually being offered as a Sprint exclusive, and will be arriving in the carrier’s outlets starting this weekend.
Strictly speaking, there is still over a couple of weeks to go before Black Friday arrives, but HTC has decided to launch its special offers early. This is clearly an effort by the Taiwanese phone maker to get a jump on the competition, and in the process, further fuel the excitement of consumers who can not wait for Thanksgiving weekend to start.
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.
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