The HTC EVO 4G is a great phone with some of the most amazing specifications on smartphones. But even the biggest fans will concede, the battery life on the EVO is nothing to write home about and is pretty poor that it cannot last a day. Wait, many users have complained that the HTC EVO cannot last even a work-day and that its battery dies down pretty fast even if you have power-guzzlers like GPS, Wi-Fi and 4G turned off.
Of course, there are not too many things you can do except carrying a battery charger along with you wherever you go. If that sounds infeasible, do the next best thing – carry a second battery.
Seidio Innocell is selling replacement batteries for HTC EVO that the manufacturers claim will offer a longer battery life than the original. This battery comes with a power capacity of 1750mAh – significantly higher than the 1500mAh capacity on the original EVO battery. Seidio is selling the battery at a price of $43.99 and note that the original retail price is close to $70. Well, whatever. Here’s the product page.
You may have not yet heard about this upcoming Android phone from HTC called the HTC Bee. But details about its specifications and features just got leaked. From what we know this is going to be an Android 2.2 FroYo handset that will feature the characteristic HTC Sense UI version 1.6.
Specs on the phone include a Qualcomm MSM7625 chipset, a 528MHz processor, a RAM with 384MB capacity and a ROM with 512MB capacity. The device will be equipped with a 3.2-inches QVGA display with resolution of 240×320 pixels. With a battery capacity of 1300mAh, you can’t really expect extraordinary power backup. Nevertheless, with other features like a 5-megapixel camera with flash, I’m sure a lot of customers are going to give this unit a second look.
Everything depends on the price though and once we get to hear about it, and the launch date, we can make an educated guess of how successful this one could turn out to be.
There are two high profile 4G capable Android handsets from Sprint this season, the HTC EVO 4G and the upcoming Samsung Epic. Of course, considering the rate at which new Android handsets are being churned out, EVO 4G is not as “new” as the Epic is. And consequently, Sprint would not want to glorify a device that is already out in the market and ruin the market for an upcoming Sprint phone.
For instance, the new Epic 4G comes with a 5-megapixel camera whereas EVO has an 8-megapixel unit. Also, the EVO has a marginally larger display. Nevertheless, the Samsung Epic does come with some interesting features of its own. Firstly, the display is 4-inches of Super AMOLED goodness. Also, users uncomfortable with a virtual keyboard can instead use the slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard. But most importantly, Samsung Epic allows you to stream content from your phone to any DLNA certified device wirelessly. EVO on the other hand requires a wired HDMI output.
It is not surprising that Sprint has spoken mainly about the positive aspects of the upcoming Samsung Android handset. But I believe EVO will continue to give Epic a good competition thanks to some amazing features. Check out the Sprint video below.
Canadian Android lovers have a new HTC phone to drool over. MTS – Manitoba Telecom Services – has announced the launch of their first Android handset, the HTC 6250, that will bring a Sense UI laced smartphone to this Canadian province. The phone is now available at a price of $99.99 if you are willing to sign up for a 2-year contract or at $199.99 if a 1 year agreement sounds fine.
Features-wise, nothing that you may not have heard of in other phones. The device comes with a 3.2-inches HVGA capacitive touchscreen phone that packs 320×480 pixels into the display. Other specifications include a 512MB internal memory, microSD-based storage of up to 32GB, a 5-megapixel camera and connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Other minor features include a 3.5mm headset jack and a G-sensor digital compass.
HTC has been selling a lot of handsets lately, but the company may apparently be feeling the heat from the supply constraints on the OLED display that it has been using on many of its flagship handsets, including HTC Desire.
The supply shortage has meant that HTC has taken an important decision to replace the OLED display on HTC Desire to Sony’s “Super LCD” screen – shortly named SLCD. So, how is this different? According to reports on the IntoMobile website, SLCD is very similar to the IPS display technology that is being used on the iPhone 4 and iPad, though there are a few minor differences.
Will this business decision create a huge impact the sale of its devices? Unlikely. But it will be interesting to see if this raises the sale volumes or pulls it down.
There is not too much credibility to this news. However, according to a roadmap leaked from an unspecified UK carrier, the next generation HTC Desire – tipped to named HTC Desire HD or HTC Ace, could launch in October this year. The leaked roadmap has also delved into the technical specifications of the new device. If true, this could be pointing towards an excellent device with a very likeable form factor.
So here is what we know about the new HTC Ace. Firstly, HTC Desire HD could launch with a 4.3-inches WVGA touch screen display. The phone is expected to run on a 1GHz Qualcomm processor with 4GB internal memory. Also, the device will sport an impressive 8-Megapixel camera that will support 720p HD video capture. Other notable features include SRS Surround sound, aluminium unibody design and support for Adobe Flash 10. The HTC Ace is expected to run on Android OS 2.2.
As noted earlier, take this speculation with a pinch of salt for the moment.
If you are an HTC Aria owner, here is some good news. You no longer have to root your Android device in order to get custom apps that are not available on the Android marketplace. Phandroid reports that the latest update to the HTC Sync application allows HTC Aria users to install .APK files from outside the Android marketplace.
However it is not clear if this is going to be available for long. After the release, HTC clarified that the announcement regarding the ability to install non-Market apps was made in error. However, Aria users have delightfully reported that the new Sync update indeed allows you to install .APK files from outside the market. Considering that AT&T has not been a fan of non-market apps, it is not clear if this is an update made available in error and hence could be pulled back soon, or if Ma Bell has indeed had a change of heart.
Who knows..Enjoy while it lasts.
300,000 – That’s the number according to a recent report by analysts at the Macquarie group. Despite it being several weeks since the phone launched in the market, the demand for the phone is learned to be soaring still. However, that may still not be happy news for Sprint as the carrier struggles to keep its supplies high enough to meet the demand. The culprit in this case appears to be Samsung.
Samsung Electronics is the manufacturer of OEM components to HTC and the Korean manufacturer is learned to be way behind deadlines when it comes to supply of their components – the AMOLED screens as well as the 4.3-inches LCD touchscreen.
Thanks to the supplies woes, it is learned that the proliferation of Android handsets in the US is being severely affected. Google is currently shipping 160,000 Android handsets in a day. But this number could be much higher with popular handsets like EVO 4G enjoying better supply chain.
Folks who have pre-ordered an HTC Droid Incredible brace yourselves up for one more round of delay. The official ship date for the already-delayed Verizon Droid Incredible has now been postponed to August 3. According to sources, the delay has been due to the shortage in the supply of AMOLED displays from Samsung. HTC is learned to be in the lookout for alternatives to keep up with demand.
This is the second major delay on the Droid Incredible in as many months. Verizon had already apologized for the delay and had offered gift cards to customers who had pre-ordered a unit. Customers have also been offered other options like changing their order from Droid Incredible to Droid-X. Now with a further delay, we wonder how many customers would now contemplate cancelling the order entirely.
Yet another Android handset has been caught in the wild. How come so many unreleased phones are out here anyway!
A Croatian tech site has presumably leaked pictures of the yet-to-be-released HTC Vision Android smartphone. We do not have too much of information about this handset. For now, we only know that the device will run Android OS 2.1 integrated with SenseUI, 1.2GB internal memory, a 3.7-inches display, a slider profile with physical QWERTY keyboard and a 1GHz SnapDragon processor.
Only that much is known. No word on pricing, launch date or other more interesting features. Nevertheless, this is how the purported HTC device will look like. I have no idea how that one landed up in Croatia or why the leakster didn’t get another picture without the glaring flash.