Competing in South Korea would easily offset any other major tech manufacturer but LG keeps on trucking despite having Samsung looking high and mighty.
LG’s smartphones of late have come short of the other flagships in the market – the V10 had a nice trick, with its ticker display and dual-FRONT cameras; and the G4 had a great camera overall. Smartphone cameras are getting good with the Microsoft Lumia 950 (XL), Nexus 6P, and Samsung Galaxy flagships leading the charge.
So what does LG have to bring to the table?
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Looks like Marshmallow has finally hit a smartphone with a HTC name, at least in our region. Sense is now version 7 too with the ROM version listed as 6.14.707.1. Surely this is great news for One M8 owners and paves the way for more OEMs to get Marshmallow and all the goodies that come along with.
The Taiwanese company appears to be one of the first few manufacturers that have managed to get the latest version of Android up and running on their devices. Though we’re not sure what other models will receive the update as there’s no official statement from them yet.
We received the tip from h_1_s that the HTC One M8 has received an OTA update earlier today; sharing with us the screenshot you’ll see after the break.
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In an unprecedented move, the Taiwanese mobile manufacturer has brought the One M8 EYE to Malaysia – more than a year after it’s been released in other Asian markets. Doc Brown for one would surely reserve a “Great Scott!” for moments like these. The makers said that “in light of the increasing demands in the mid-range segments, HTC is bringing on its renowned One series”. Does it make the cut, a full 4 quarters later?
In a nutshell, lawsuits between tech giants are not uncommon and Apple isn’t a first-timer in the ring. They’ve butt heads with Samsung before, in a long-drawn-out battle of ping pong, each taking turns to sue each other. When the first leaks of the HTC One A9 came around, we too thought it was an iPhone clone but lets take a look closer at how Apple “innovates”; methods that haven’t settled well with their Taiwanese counterparts, causing one of HTC’s regional chiefs to share his two cents on the subject.
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HTC’s One M8 flagship is apparently going to have production stopped soon, in favour of an identical device that will ship with a slower CPU instead, with possible a lower price.
Released about a year ago, the One M8 comes with a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC under the hood. Apparently HTC is planning an updated version of the device that will sport a newer, albeit midrange Snapdragon 615 instead.
The chip will be a 64-bit octa-core CPU with four Cortex-A53 cores clocking 1.7GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocking at 1 GHz. The news comes from HTC’s Benelux arm in Europe so it’s likely that the change will come in that market (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) but HTC might do this for other markets as well.
We don’t know when the switch is going to occur and exact pricing but the new One M8 will definitely be cheaper than the HTC One M9.
If you’re the sort that eats, drinks and sleeps football, you might be interested in HTC’s UEFA Collector’s Edition One M8 smartphone.
Announced in partnership with UK retailed Carphone Warehouse at an event with Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel and Arsenal Women’s goalkeeper Emma Byrne. The smartphone itself is a vanilla version of the HTC One M8 but it comes engraved with every Champions League winning team on the back of the chassis, from Marseille in 1992 to Real’s 10th tournament last season. This isn’t the first UEFA themed smartphone HTC has released either, with them releasing a similar one last year with a trophy engraved at the rear.
But if you want to get your hands on one, you will have to join the competition that the brand will be running through their Facebook, Twitter and G+ pages.
According to a source, HTC is using decoy or disguised units which doesn’t represent the actual device. They added that the new One M9 will be different from their current flagship and it will feature a edge to edge display. The Boom Sound speaker will be pushed closer towards the edges while the front facing camera is said to be positioned right in the centre, just like the HTC Desire 826 and Desire EYE as pictured above.
Since the previous HTC One M8 was leaked extensively, the Taiwanese smart phone maker is doing all it can to keep things under wraps until the big day. HTC is expected to announce the One M9 on the eve of MWC 2015. Samsung has done something similar before by using various cases to conceal its actual design. Let’s see if they can come out with a killer design this 1st March.
As HTC is about to launch its new HTC One M9 flagship, something has just popped by our local SIRIM database. The HTC One M8 EYE has just passed our local Malaysian certification and it will be distributed by Brightstar Distribution.
The HTC One M8 EYE is basically the same metal clad flagship but it gets a camera update at the back. Instead of its Ultrapixel Duo Camera set up that shoots at 4MP effectively, the One M8 EYE uses a more standard 13MP main shooter that comes with a Duo Camera set up. In a nutshell, it is a HTC One M8 with Butterfly 2‘s cameras.
The rest of the specs are mostly unchanged with a 5″ Full HD display, Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The front still gets a 5MP main shooter as the original model. It was initially released in China last October and it should be made available in Malaysia very soon. If you’re still wanting to get the One M8 but the Ultrapixel cameras have been putting you off, this model might be your cup of tea.
Thanks @KevinNgTK for the heads up!
HTC is finally rolled outs its Android 5.0 Lollipop update for HTC One M8 users in Malaysia. The release fulfils its promise of keeping its latest flagships to the current Android versions within 90 days of release. In a surprise move, Samsung had earlier released its Galaxy S5 Lollipop update within the first few days of 2015.
For the HTC One M8, brings a couple of changes to its interface particularly on its lock screen, recent apps and notifications. The HTC Sense UI isn’t changed dramatically as it still based on Sense 6.0, which is the same as the previous Android 4.4.4 KitKat version. The OTA (Over the Air) update is quite a huge one at about 650MB, so it is recommended to download this over a fixed WiFi connection. If you haven’t received any notification yet, you may check manually at Settings > About > Software. HTC is also expected to extend the same Lollipop updates for the HTC One E8 and HTC Butterfly 2 within Q1 this year.
Thanks @hafi7_cr7 for the tip!
HTC is trying their best to roll out its latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update ahead of its 90 day promise. According to recent updates, their flagship HTC One M8 and One M7 could be getting it as early as next month.
If you’re wondering how it looks like, someone has managed to get their hands on a newer Android 5.0.1 build which has HTC Sense 6.0 skin running on top on top. As it runs with the same Sense 6.0 as the current KitKat version, the appearance is mostly unchanged. The main difference that’s noticeable so far is the home screen and its notification bar.
The animation appears to be refreshed too and the same goes with its multi-tasking interface that’s now in accordance to its Material Design guideline. Another new feature is its Easy Mode, that simplifies the experience for children or senior citizen. Such “easy interface” option has been quite popular with the Chinese smart phone brands like Xiaomi and Huawei.
Check out a couple of more screenshots and some walk-though videos after the break.