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HTC May Fire Back At Rivals With A 5-Inch Smartphone (The “One X 5?”) Of Its Own

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Samsung and LG have already crossed the 5-inch smartphone screen barrier, and now it seems that HTC is planning to make a similar leap any day now. The folks at Engadget happened upon what appears to be an early press render of a hefty new HTC handheld — supposedly dubbed the HTC One X 5 because of its sizable screen — on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo.

But what’s that you say? The device in question looks a little familiar?

That’s not entirely a surprise. A leaked spy shot (see below) of an unknown HTC phone started making the rounds recently, and the color scheme, button layout, and placement of the front-facing camera seem to indicate that these two devices are indeed one and the same. Should that be the case, then the One X 5 may well sport a Snapdragon S4 chipset, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 1080p display, though some of the specifics don’t quite add up. HTCSource’s insider claims that the device’s display has a whopping 480 ppi pixel density — a number that doesn’t really make sense since a 5-inch screen running at 1080p should top out at 440ppi or so — but I’m willing to chalk that up as a minor goof.

The red-and-black trim also seems to point to a future on Verizon Wireless (where it could sport the Droid Incredible X moniker), but that’s not exactly a lock. Remember the similar-looking HTC Sensation XE? (Please tell me I’m not the only one.) Still, the fact that the benchmarks of a similarly-spec’d device (and clearly Verizon-bound) HTC phone first appeared online earlier this summer could mean that the One X 5 may soon appear on domestic store shelves, albeit possibly without a stylus in tow.

There’s little question that HTC has something up its proverbial sleeve, but when will it finally see the light of day? It could be awfully soon — HTC does have a big press event on the books this week — but I wouldn’t hold my breath just yet. The prevailing theory is that the Taiwanese OEM will instead unveil its new Windows Phone 8 devices, though I don’t think any of us would mind being surprised by a top-tier Android device once the event is under way.


HTC May Fire Back At Rivals With A 5-Inch Smartphone (The “One X 5?”) Of Its Own

Motorola’s Next Super Phone Leaked: Meet Verizon’s Droid RAZR HD

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The Droid RAZR HD is coming. It’s yet to be announced, but several leaks foretell its coming. And the next Droid is set to go spec-to-spec with the Samsung Galaxy S III. This thing looks killer.

The leaked pics show a device clearly born of the same DNA responsible for Motorola’s hottest Android models. The backside appears to be made of carbon fiber like the RAZR and RAZR MAXX. There are microUSB and microHDMI ports on the device’s side like on the Droid X/X2 and Bionic. The casing’s relatively thick casing is spurring rumors across the blogosphere that this model might even pack the RAZR MAXX’s massive 3000 mAh battery, which, if included, would give this Droid a significant selling point over the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Per leaked benchmarks further detailed below, the screen is reportedly 1196×720 with several pixels likely dedicated to on-screen buttons. This is a significant step-up from the RAZR’s 540 x 960 screen and matches the Samsung Galaxy S III pixel for pixel.

A stray Nenamark benchmark further details the upcoming phone, revealing its Snapdragon S4 dual-core heart running at 1.5GHz. Fanboys will be quick to point out that this is the same clock speed and chipset used in the SIII headed to Verizon, but the Droid RAZR HD reportedly only has 1GB of RAM where Samsung’s latest rocks 2GB.

So far pricing and the target release date has yet to be announced (or leaked). That said, if Mr. Blurry Cam can get his hands on a unit, chances are the release is not that far out and considering the RAZR MAXX’s recent price drop, expect this model to cost either $249 or $299.


Motorola’s Next Super Phone Leaked: Meet Verizon’s Droid RAZR HD

AT&T Bucks The Chromatic Trend With An Exclusive Red Galaxy S III Coming This Summer

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Nearly every U.S. wireless carrier that will stock Samsung’s much-anticipated Galaxy S III laid out their intentions this morning, but some were more forthcoming than others. While Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular offered up expected launch windows and prices, AT&T spent the day keeping to themselves.

Well, until now that is. The news AT&T released is very similar to everyone else’s — pre-orders will begin on June 6, the 16GB model will cost $199 — except for one major difference. AT&T will be getting an exclusive red version of the Galaxy S III later this summer.

Sadly, no images of the red Galaxy S III have trickled out yet, so you’ll have to make do with this quick mock-up.

It’s admittedly sort of a minor thing to get worked up over, but when most of your morning was spent reading and writing about the same blue and white phones, a little splash of color helps lift the spirits. Meanwhile, the rest of the Galaxy S III’s guts will be the same as those seen in the other carrier variants — think the 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and that handsome 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display.

Strangely enough, their release makes no mention of a 32GB model. Instead it makes reference to a peculiar promotion in which users can buy a 16GB microSD on the cheap, which makes me wonder if AT&T had to strike some strange deal in order to make their exclusive color a reality.


AT&T Bucks The Chromatic Trend With An Exclusive Red Galaxy S III Coming This Summer

Hands-On With The HTC Evo 4G LTE

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HTC and Sprint have just pulled back the curtains on the new Evo 4G LTE here in New York, and putting the peculiar name aside, the device seems like a real contender. The question then is how does the Evo’s strong spec sheet translate into a real-world experience? I got the chance to play with the $199-on-contract device for a few moments, and while it’s not quite as handsome as the One X, it’s still probably Sprint’s best phone in quite a while.

Thumbing though menus and opening apps was just snappy as expected, thanks in large part to the Evo’s Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM. I didn’t notice a tick of slowdown as I manhandled the device, though a kindly HTC rep did — while showing off the camera’s ability to take snapshots while recording video, we quickly found that the feature he wanted to show me wasn’t working. Hiccups like this aside (the units I played with were still running non-final software), the Evo was buttery smooth, though that could change a bit once these start trickling out in to the real world.

Much like with the One X, I found the Evo to be a little on the unwieldy side. That the Evo manages to only feel a little unwieldy is impressive by itself — it’s easy to expect that a device with a 4.7-inch display could hurt some people more than it would help, but it wasn’t too difficult to put the phone through its paces with one hand. Your mileage may vary on that front, of course, but the device’s thin waistline definitely helps make it feel more manageable.

Though the Evo comes in at 8.9mm thick, it has a remarkably solid feel to it. The Evo has its mostly metallic build to thank for that — while the glossy black top half of the Evo’s rear end is made of polycarbonate, the dark matte material below is actually anodized aluminum. The end result is a device that’s very light, but also manages to inspire some confidence in the user. HTC has had a great track record when it comes to the build quality of their devices, and that trend continues with the Evo in spite of their design tweaks.

And now we come to the part where I have to eat a little crow. I’ll admit, I may have judged the Evo a bit too harshly when it came to style. Don’t get me wrong, the Evo still pales in comparison with its AT&T-bound (or international) cousin, but I found the peculiar two-tone finish (well, three-tone, technically) growing on me after playing with the Evo for a while. Would I call the whole package sexy? Not really — it perhaps stays too faithful to the original Evo 4G’s design language, but that shouldn’t stop Sprint customers from giving it some serious thought.













Hands-On With The HTC Evo 4G LTE