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HTC has just confirmed that its HTC One X and HTC One X+ flagship models will not be receiving software upgrades beyond its current Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version. This is certainly quite a disappointment for existing users especially when Android 4.4 KitKat was designed to work with lower spec devices even with 512MB of RAM.
The full HTC statement below:
We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.
The HTC One X & One X+ runs on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processors at 1.5GHz & 1.7GHz respectively with 1GB of RAM. Based on HTC’s infographic on Android OS update roll out, the decision is probably due to the Tegra 3 limited support for newer OS or HTC can’t seem to dedicate resource to work on the update.
Nevertheless, it isn’t the end of the road for the adventurous as it is possible to upgrade HTC One X/X+ to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat unofficially through Custom Mods such as CyanogenMod.
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The new HTC One comes with a redesigned HTC Sense 5 UI and it will soon come to more models including the 5″ HTC Butterfly, HTC One X/X+ and HTC One S. This discovery came from a reply comment on HTC’s Facebook.
You can very well expect BlinkFeed on the home screen, which is a customisable live tiles that pulls feed from selected content and sources. Another great improvement which we are looking forward to is the revised app switcher that displays up to 9 running apps on a grid layout.
Currently on the older sense, switching between apps can be a chore as you have to flip through a visual carousel that only displays one app at a time. Check out our hands-on here and here to get a better idea on what to expect with the new HTC Sense 5.
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With dual subscription of DG Smart Plan 88 and DG SmartPlan which comes with 8GB data respectively, 2 units of HTC One X can be yours for just RM1,499 (RM750 each). You could also sign up 2 units of Samsung Galaxy S III for just RM1,899 (RM950 each). Normally DG Smart Plan 88 comes with 5GB/month but with the Jualan Internet 2X promo, they have given extra 3GB. The total monthly subscription is RM168/month.
For full details, head to DiGi Jualan Internet 2X Ganda page.
UPDATED: Added Nokia & BlackBerry into Malaysian launch dates comparison.
Everyone wants to get their hands on their latest models right after it is being announced. With strong demand, manufacturers would want to get their devices into market before the competition comes out with a better model. So how long have we waited for the latest smart phone in Malaysia? We have compared global announcement and local availability dates of various iPhone and Android smart phone models to give an illustrations on our wait times.
Historically Apple has been reducing the roll out waiting time for Malaysia with the exception for iPhone 3GS which took a rather short 53 days. After that, the iPhone 4 took slightly more than 100 days which is then shorten to 72 days for the 4S.
For those still waiting for the illusive availability of the iPhone 5, so far we have waited about 59 days to-date. If Apple wants to beat the iPhone 4S in terms of waiting time, they have 13 more days to go which can be indicated if the telcos start their Registration of Interest by next week.
Apple isn’t the only one doing this as the other smart phone contenders too have been busy shortening its roll out wait times. As seen above, the Galaxy S II had taken more than 4 months for it to reach Malaysia but has shorten it to as little as 27 days for the Malaysian launch of the Galaxy S III. Other players too have strive to bring down the wait time under 2 months. The fastest roll out we’ve seen for Malaysia is the Motorola RAZR which took just 3 weeks to reach our shores.
Nokia and RIM in the other hand have taken more than 100 days to make their current models available after its initial announcement. Hopefully they can do better with their upcoming line up.
Overall we have been getting our latest gadgets quicker than before. Now it all depends on manufacturers if they can supply as quickly as possible while demand is still strong. Otherwise, it is their own loss if consumers are spending their money with something newer in the market.
UPDATE: HTC One X+ availability delayed to mid-November.
HTC is gearing up to launch its latest flagship Android, the One X+ with a regional event scheduled to happen tomorrow (Friday, November 2) in Singapore. As always, we will be where the action is to bring you a first-hand look at what HTC say is their best Android smartphone ever — wonder where that puts the full HTC J Butterfly 5-inch full HD display, 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 (MDM9615 + APQ8064) processor with 2GB of RAM and 2.1MP front facing camera.
We’re also expecting the HTC 8X running Windows Phone 8 to make its debut in SEA at the event, so that’s something to look forward to as well.
Officially announced in October this year, the HTC One X+ improves on one of our favourite Android smartphones, the HTC One X, with a beefed up 1.7GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor (versus a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 unit in the One X). The battery has also been uprated to a 2,100mAh unit from 1,800mAh in the previous version. You also get a 1.6MP front facing camera (versus 1.3MP in the previous version). Everything else on the One X+ is identical to the One X.
We’ve been informed that the One X+ goes on sale this Sunday. Pricing details have not been revealed but expect it to be around the RM2,000 mark, maybe just below. You can also expect operator offerings as well but all these details are tentative at the moment. Stay tuned as we bring you updates. Follow us on Twitter for the very latest on the HTC One X+
After the jump, HTC’s promo video of the 8X.
Update (27 November, 2012): We have confirmation that Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is now available for HTC One X in Malaysia.
Having a smart phone with cutting edge hardware is only half of what makes it a great device. The other half is the device support especially when it comes to software updates. As the Android operating system is evolving quickly especially with the announcement of Android 4.2 coming next week, smart phone makers are being pressured to keep its latest and current models up to date.
HTC today has announced that the current Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean will be rolling out starting today for HTC One X users in Asia. The update is expected to bring on a more updated HTC Sense 4+ UI as well. Its other sibling, the HTC One S too will be getting it but no dates have been provided. Since its latest HTC One X+ and J butterfly is shipping with Android 4.1 on board, it shouldn’t take too long for it to roll out to all users. So far they haven’t reveal its full Jelly Bean roll out plans and the fate of other 2012 models is still unknown.
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DiGi is offering the HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, Note and Note 10.1 from as low as RM699 with a special bundling with RM148/month commitment. The new DG Smart Plan special bundling of RM148/month offers 3GB of data and RM80 worth of calls/sms/mms each month which is tied to 24 months contract. In way, this bundling is actually a DG Smart Plan 68 (3GB) that’s bolt on with RM80 of extra credit.
During sign up, the special offer requires RM1,000 advance payment which is quite a lot. However if you’re a DiGi Corporate Employee Program customer with Auto Billing payment, the Advance payment is waived. On top of that, DiGi is offering extended warranty to Corporate customers which gives it a total of 2 years, except for HTC One X that’s already covered with 2 years warranty. For normal customers, the warranty can be extended at RM90 for Galaxy Note, RM115 for Galaxy S III and RM170 for Galaxy Note 10.1.
For more information, head over to DiGi Smart Specials promo page.
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The HTC One X+ is finally revealed with no surprises on the specification. Seen as a refresh of its flagship HTC One X, the One X+ comes with upgraded hardware such as a new Tegra 3 processor that goes up to 1.7GHz, 1.6MP front facing camera, larger 2,100mAh battery and 64GB of on board storage. According to HTC, the new Tegra 3 processor offers 67% improvement over its predecessor.
It still maintains the same 8.9mm thickness but the weight has increased slightly to 135 grams from 130 grams to cater for extra 300mAh of juice. The rest of the specs remain unchanged with the similar 4.7″ Super LCD2 display with 1280×720 resolution, 1GB of RAM and the same snappy 8MP f/2.0 camera.
Just like the original One X, it still lacks micro SD expansion and the battery is non user removable. Out of the box, the HTC One X+ runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is expected to go on sale in Asia beginning November where a regional launch is expected soon. Check out full product details over at HTC One X+ product page.
For existing HTC One X and One S users, HTC has also added that the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update with Sense 4+ will be rolling out soon beginning this month.
Head after the break for product images and a hands-on video by CNet.
Maxis is offering discounted bundled pricing for port-in customers where the iPhone 4S & HTC One X is offered from as low as RM799 while the Samsung Galaxy Note & Nokia Lumia 900 from as low as RM599. The special pricing is tied with 24 months contract of Maxis Value Plus 50 postpaid voice plan + 1GB data plan that costs RM98/month (RM50 + RM48).
As comparison, the devices are normally offered at RM1,850 for the iPhone 4S, RM1,449 for the HTC One X & Samsung Galaxy Note and RM1,309 for the Nokia Lumia 900 on the similar postpaid + 1GB data subscription. This is a substantial savings of RM650-1051 off the usual bundle. The only turn off in this case is the hefty upfront advanced payment where Maxis is asking for RM1,500 for the iPhone 4S and RM1,000 for the other 3 smart phones. The advanced payment as usual be refunded into your next bill which is used to knock off your upcoming usage charges. For those getting the HTC One X, they are throwing in urbeats headphones worth RM599 for the first 3000 customers.
The offer is not just limited to MNP (Mobile Number Portability) customers porting in from other telcos but also valid for existing Maxis postpaid customers. The offer is valid until 20th August and while stocks last.
For more information, head over to Maxis.
If you’re planning to get a device outright without contract, DiGi has something on offer with DG Smart Plan. DiGi offers a few hundred ringgit off the outright device for the HTC One X (RM200), HTC One V (RM100) & Samsung Galaxy Note (RM100). In addition, DiGi also gives more monthly rebates at RM10/month for DG Smart Plan 48 & RM15/month for DG Smart Plan 68/88 for the first 12 months, inclusive of auto-billing rebate.
While this offer doesn’t tie you to any contract duration, the fine print mentions that subscribers must stay for a minimum of 3 months. Failing of which, a RM100 admin fee will be charged. The iPhone 4S is also on offer with extra monthly rebates but there’s no price reduction from its outright pricing.
For more information, head over to DiGi.