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Review: Urban Armour Gear for HTC One M9

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While a metal device looks and feels great, a scratch or dent doesn’t. No matter the device or build quality, we always recommend a cover to protect it. We’re a big fan of UAG’s covers and we got one for the HTC One M9 and wanted to put together a quick review.

The review is straight forward, below are shots of the cover for the phone, and below that we have a conclusion. We also have embedded the video review if you wish to check that out as well.

The UAG Ash Cover

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Conclusion

Throughout the years UAG have brought us cover and cover and each time they offer a beautiful design with excellent protection abilities. We have said it before, they have been nothing but consistent when it comes to excellence and we’re still huge fans of their offerings.

The UAG Ash for the HTC One M9 offers the popular urban look with the added protection on the corners, added grib and the overall semi-transperent design compliments the HTC’s metal body extremely well.

It’s hard not to be impressed with the cover for the HTC ONe M9, it’s not too expensive and ticks the right boxes for a good looking cover that offers great protection. We definitely recommend the UAG Ash if your looking for exactly those features in a cover.

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Review: HTC One M9

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Earth has made its way around the sun since the launch of the M8 from HTC. The M8 was one of the best designed phones released to the market. Its curves, polish and just awesome feel were what made it one of the most beautiful phones available. A year goes by and we now have the HTC One M9, which offers a similar design with updated specs. Let’s get right into this review and take a look at the specs for the HTC One M9.

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7 UI
  • 5″ 1920 x 1080 display with 441pi with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset: 2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A57 and 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor
  • Adreno 430 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 20MP AF camera with a 1/2.3″ BSI sensor and 27.8mm f/2.2 lens, dual-LED flash, 2160p@30fps video capture
  • 4MP fixed-focus UltraPixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor and 26.8mm f/2.0 lens, HDR, 1080p video recording
  • 32GB of built-in memory, microSD card slot
  • LTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), GPS/GLONASS, NFC, IR port, Bluetooth 4.1, FM radio, microUSB 2.0 port, MHL, USB host
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated microphone
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with BoomSound and Dolby Audio
  • 2,840mAh battery
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support

Sadly we can see the display hasn’t changed in spec at all. The internal chipset and camera have been swapped out for newer units. All in all we’re not seeing much in terms of an upgrade over the previous device, but let’s take a closer look at the device itself and see the new design.

The HTC One M9

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Not much of the design has changed since last year. We still have the same unibody curved shape. The sides of the device feature a flatter shape compared to the M8. This is clearly done to add a little more grip to the side of the device and prevent it from slipping out of the users hands, which was sometimes possible with the M8.

The lack of the depth camera is also another change on the back. We now have a single camera sensor with Dual-tone led flash next to it. Pretty much every other aspect is the same. So, If it ain’t broke!

UI

HTC’s Sense UI is still present and strong with the M9. The overall interface includes some deep customization with great theme abilities. Let’s dive right in and take a look at the UI.

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Most of the layout is still the same, but HTC are now including some custom widgets. The home screen houses a section that displays a different set of apps depending on what option you pick – Home, Work, or Out. The idea is to make it a little easier to access the apps you use most in different environments.

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The dialer, app drawer, and settings are pretty straight forward and haven’t changed since the M8 or previous devices. Navigation is straight forward and easy to use. HTC’s UI is a solid experience, but being Android, users can always swap out the home launcher with a a more robust third party one.

Themes

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The included support for themes adds a massive amount of customization. We have seen themes on Android phones before, but the level of change that these themes can implement is impressive. Not only does the app drawer change along with the theme, but so does the dialer, keyboard and more. We’re very impressed by this addition and think  people will have great fun trying out new themes, or even putting together their own.

Camera UI

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The camera app is extremely easy to use. Swiping up and down will change the mode.

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The camera app also includes a decent amount of settings on the bottom of the screen. Giving the user access to ISO and Exposure levels. You can also change the scene selection mode and white balance as well. Overall the camera app was a pleasure to use and we got use to it pretty quickly.

Photos

Below are photos taken using normal settings and then again with HDR activated. HDR is a feature that adds balance to a shot by combining multiple shots with different exposure levels.

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HTC clearly made the right choice by moving to a higher megapixel sensor instead of the previous Ultra-pixel sensor. While we had great admiration for the idea of going in a different direction with phone cameras – nothing can replace the quality of a high end camera sensor with lots of pixels.

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Videos

The included camera supports 1080p, 1080p@60fps and 4K recording. Below are all three settings to give you an idea of what the quality is like for each.

1080p

1080p@60fps

4K

Again, we can clearly see the new sensor is giving us a much better level of quality compared to One M8 and M7.

Benchmarks

The performance aspect of smartphones haven’t really changed in the past while, we’re dealing with super smooth and insanely high performance devices and nothing has changed with the HTC One M9. Inside we have the Snapdragon 810 chipset which uses a big.LITTLE architecture. Below are some scores from the most popular benchmarks available.

3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited  23302
Antutu 5  46039
Antutu 5 64bit  50955
Geekbench 3 Single-Core  862
Geekbench 3 Multi-Core  3521
Vellamo Metal  2125
Vellamo Multicore  1991
Vellamo Browser (Chrome)  3064

The numbers are pretty solid. The straight up core speed is slightly slower than before. Android is running as smooth as ever and we didn’t experience any lag or jitters.

Gameplay

Gameplay is an important factor in today’s smartphones. We always put together a recording of gameplay done on the phone. Below is that said video. The games demoed are Dead Trigger 2, GTA San Andreas, and Modern Combat 5.

Smooth as butter shall we say. Gaming on the HTC One M9 had zero issues, as expected.

Battery Performance

The One M9 battery has increased by 120mAh, but the main treat is the Snapdragon 810 chipset which includes a big.LITTLE architecture. A benefit here is having lesser and more efficient quad-core CPU to use when the phone isn’t doing anything too demanding. The second quad core CPU is clocked at higher speeds, but can be used along side the slower processor. We’re hoping this gives us an a decent battery life.

Phone Calls 20-30 Minutes
Text message/Chat/Emails Throughout the day(checking) and 20-30 sent
Photos 10-20
Video recording 20-30 Minutes
Internet browsing Throughout the day(around 30-40 minutes total)
Gaming 30 Minutes
YouTube/Netflix 30-40 Minutes
Connectivity WiFi and 3G; mostly 3G
Screen Brightness 50-percent

Our usage is aimed at covering all of the typical tasks in a given day. This way we can truly form an opinion on every aspect of the devices usage. After the period of testing we had just over 35-percent battery left. This is up from the HTC One M9 and overall an impressive number. Doing more or less of a specific task will have a better or worse impact on battery life, but we can easily see this be a complete full day device with heavy usage or two days with medium usage.

Conclusion

HTC have been getting more and more popular with each new flagship since the launch of the M7. The first flagship that put HTC on the map as one of the titan designers in the market. They stepped their game up even further with the launch of the M8.

Their latest M9 is here and it’s conclusion time. HTC’s latest flagship offers some decent upgrades over the M8 including the latest from Qualcomm, a better camera and slightly adjusted design. Below is a breakdown of the Design, Display, Camera, Performance, and then Overall.

Design

We’re pleased to see HTC sticking closely with the design of the M8. The main changes are mostly the flatter sides, which make for an easier grip. The complete curve on the M8 was beautiful, but lacked a decent grip and made for a slippy device.

The M9 overall design is again mostly the same as what we seen before on the M8. Considering the M8 was one of the best designed phones on the market, it’s hard to fault the M9. The better handling is a great addition, but more importantly doesn’t worsen the design. While not much different than its predecessor, the HTC M9 is their latest king and offers one of the nicest designs yet.

Display

HTC haven’t changed anything with regards to the display inside the HTC One M9. We’re still rocking the same 1080p resolution and SLCD3 Panel we have seen the past two years. The screen quality is pretty solid, but the lack of any update of the predecessor has the device feeling somewhat lacking in terms of overall quality compared to the competition. The brightness levels and colors are all excellent, but no different than last years device. It would have been nice to see a better display this time around, since the competition are putting out better and better displays each year. HTC have some catching up to do.

Camera

Probably the biggest upgrade within the entire device. HTC have removed the Dual-Pixel Ultra-Pixel camera and have went for a more traditional 20.7MP camera sensor. Sadly we don’t have OIS support, but the quality was fantastic. This is a clear upgrade over the HTC One M8’s camera, which lacked a real benefit of the One M7 – much like the display still does. Both pictures and videos are around the same level of quality we have seen from the competition. Although not in every case. The lack of OIS is a significant drawback since we’re getting use to it becoming the standard now, and it really does show in most videos. We were pleased with the overall quality and think HTC made the right choice, but OIS would have been even better.

While we don’t normally talk about the front facing cameras, we find in this case it was important to mention the fact that HTC included an Ultra-Pixel sensor on the front of the device. Probably something most will overlook, but the extra pixel size increased the low light performance significantly enough to warrant this mention. We’re really impressed with their decision to use the UltraPixel camera on the front of the device and boost its low light performance for those all important selfie shots.

Performance

The Snapdragon 810 chipset offers a big.LITTLE architecture with an Octa-core processor. The big set is clocked at 2GHz with the little clocked at 1.5GHZ. While benchmarks are similar to last years M8, we did see a much needed increase in battery performance due to the more efficient use of lower clocked CPU’s that use less power. Thankfully nothing affected the overall smoothness of the OS and everything ran like butter. We’re also running a 64-bit chipset now, which provided a boost in performance where possible. Overall performance in terms of CPU/GPU is similar to last year, if not slightly better; but battery life takes great advantage of the new internals.

Overall

The overall opinion of the M9 is sort of mixed. We liked pretty much every aspect of it, but mostly because we liked those same things in the M8 from last year and again from the M7 the year before. The design hasn’t changed much, but is improved, however the display hasn’t really changed at all. The real differences with the M9 are with the included chipset and camera, while the latter is an important factor with any smartphone, the internal chipset at worst offers a slight increase in performance, and at best a bump in battery life. Great for a new device, but enough to warrant an upgrade?

We’re definitely fans of the HTC One M9, but it must be said that HTC haven’t really changed much over the previous device to warrant anyone jumping from the M8. That being said, it’s clear that HTC didn’t really have much to change considering how good the M8 already was and still is. A better display and OIS would have been great. Unless your looking for a better camera, than anyone rocking an M8 should hold off, however anyone on the M7 will get a decent upgrade to the new hardware. The new chipset and camera sensor aren’t the most impressive things on the market, but put together with the fantastic design, you still have yourself an amazing smartphone.

The One M9 is definitely HTC’s best device yet. It may not offer the upgrade over the M8 most were hoping for, but none the less offers great performance across the board in one of the nicest and most beautiful crafted phones available.

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A big thanks to HTC and the Keogh Partnership for sending out the HTC One M9 for review.

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HTC One M9+ launching in China, features 5.2-inch 2k display and MediaTek Helio X10 chipset

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The HTC ONe M9 has barely off the factory line, but HTC are ready to add to the latest flagship line up. The HTC One M9+ has the same design as the M9, but with some changes including a bump in screen sizes to 5.2-inch along with a higher resolution at 2,560 x 1,440. HTC are also including a MediaTek Helio X10 chipset instead of the Snapdragon 810 inside the One M9. The camera is also a 20MP sensor, but contains the extra Duo Camera sensor for added depth features.

The sad news regarding is the device is only launching in China. Pricing has yet to be revealed and HTC have stated they have no plans to launch in European or North American markets.

HTC is excited to bring the HTC One M9+ to customers in China, where we have worked closely with mobile operators to create a phone with the right balance of screen size, processor performance, software, and radio network compatibility to meet consumers’ needs. Ranging in other markets will be confirmed locally at a later date. The One M9+ is not currently planned to be released in North America or Europe, where we believe our flagship HTC One M9 is the best choice for blazing fast performance, incredible sound, and network compatibility across the broadest range of operators.

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HTC upgrades last years flagship with new specs, dubbed the HTC One M8s

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The HTC One M9 may be taking all of the press as HTC’s latest flagship device. HTC aren’t forgetting about their previous HTC One M8. The love of their most successful handset has HTC pushing out a revised version. The HTC One M8s launches with some modified specs, mostly a new camera and processor. Although internal storage is sitting at just 16GB.

The ultra-pixel on the previous M8 has now been swapped out for a 13MP f/2.0 Duo camera. Inside the processor has gone from the previous Snapdragon 801-chipset to a Snapdragon 615 with 1.7GHz octa-core configuration. The display size and housing haven’t change with the device still sporting a 5-inch 1080p display.

The last change comes from the internal battery – which has been bumped from 2,600mAh to 2,840mAh. The new device launches this month and will cost £379.

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HTC announce Grip fitness tracker

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HTC believe the world needs another fitness tracker and as such are bringing their own to the market with the HTC Grip. The Black and Green band includes the most common features you would expect from a fitness band. This includes GPS tracking and water proof housing.

The fitness tracker takes advantage of HTC’s joint Under Armour efforts with logs being stored through Under Armour’s database. the included 100mAh battery will only give you 5 hours of battery life with the GPS switched on.

Availability is set for Spring 2015 in North America, with other regions launch dates yet to be announced.

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HTC and Valve partner for HTC Vive VR headset

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HTC are bringing their own VR heatset to market. Dubbed the HTC Vive, the VR headset from HTC combines Vavles Steam VR technologies and HTC’s design talent for a VR headset. The Vive will offer a full room/360 degree tracking ability for complete immersion in a virtual environment. The headset will include high quality graphics with 90hz display. There is no word on resolution of the display, but currently the device has not set release date other than before the start of 2016.

Along with the Vive is the VR controllers and will offer a simple and intuitive experience. HTC and Valve have a lot of backing for the headset in terms of content. Google, HBO, Vertigo, Lionsgate are all on board for the headset. It’s still early days, but the Vive looks to already have a bright start.

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Review: HTC Nexus 9

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The Nexus 9 is the latest tablet from Google with the help of HTC for manufacturing and some developing. This is also HTC’s first foray into the tablet world. Off the bat the Nexus 9 features an 8.9-inch display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution and the latest Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit chipset. Let’s take a look at the main specs before we move on and look at the tablet itself.

  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Display: 8.9″ IPS LCD touchscreen, 2,048 x 1,536 resolution; Gorilla Glass 3
  • Chipset: Nvidia Tegra K1: dual-core Denver @ 2.3GHz; Kepler DX1 GPU; 2GB RAM
  • Camera: 8MP main camera with 1080p@30fps video capture
  • Front camera: 1.6MP front-facing camera with 720p video capture
  • Storage: 16GB / 32GB built-in
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX, A-GPS + GLONASS; microUSB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9mm; 425g (Wi-Fi) / 436g (LTE)
  • Battery: 6,700mAh Li Po
  • Misc: BoomSound stereo speakers

The specs are impressive and we’re interested to see what the Nvidia chipset has to offer along with Android 5.0. We can also see all of the usual latest connectivity with WiFi AC and Bluetooth 4.1

 The Nexus 9

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The design of the Nexus 9 has the same limitation to design as most tablets on the market. The rules are simple, keep in as thin and light as possible. There are some serious similarites between the Nexus 9 and the iPad Air. This easily comes down to the same 4:3 ratio they both share on the display. Overall HTC/Google did a great job with the metal frame and plastic back and while the Nexus 9 isn’t exceptional looking, it’s still a beautiful looking tablet.

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We have the typical volume rocker, power button and headphone slot on the tablet. HTC/Google have kept most of the design as subtle and sleek as possible.

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Android 5.0/UI

The Nexus 9 comes with the latest OS from Android. Android 5.0 Lollipop offers a lot of new features and design changes. Below is a quick run through of the OS on the tablet. Being Nexus device, we’re looking at vanilla Android, and performance is at the top of its game.

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The settings menu has a similar breakdown to what we’re use too, but the overall color scheme has been changed. The vanilla nature of the OS provides the smoothest experience you could expect.

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The multi-tasking plane is a card based swipe system. Again, responsiveness is excellent. It be be nice to have a close-all button, but sadly users will have to swipe each card away separately.

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A great feature included with Android 5.0 is the support for multiple user accounts. Allowing a completely separate environment for different users. This is a massive plus for a Tablets, where sharing the device is more likely.

Camera

The Nexus 9 includes an 8MP camera with 1080p video support. We’re weren’t expecting much from the camera as it’s a tablet and sadly our expectations weren’t off the mark as the included sensor on the Nexus 9 isn’t the best. Below are some images taken with the camera.

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Right away we can see the camera isn’t worst out there, but performance isn’t something we would call great. Some images come across as okay, but we got a lot of light balance issues with some images looking very dark as the camera over compensates.. Focusing wasn’t too bad, but we have gotten use to the near instant focusing on most flagship smartphones, so it will come across as slow. The camera is mostly lackluster, but should satisfy most users in good light situations.

Video

As we mentioned above, the Nexus 9 sports just 1080p recording. We’re not seeing any special features like HDR video or stabilization – nor did we expect anything fancy with a tablet camera. None the less, below are some videos taken with the Nexus 9.

Again, not the worst we have seen, but nothing to to praise about. It’s a tablet, so we’re not disappointed that much with the lack of features or 4k support.

Benchmarks

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Benchmark performance is really just for the numbers. It won’t really give you an insight on how well your device will perform daily, but rather complete compute performance it offers. The Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset is the king. It offers a massive leap in performance pretty much across the board. It’s safe to say that the Nexus 9 won’t have any issues supporting intensive tasks.

Gameplay

Gameplay is huge aspect of the tablet/mobile world. It’s also great to show how well the device will handle those tasks that require intensive computing power. The HTC Nexus 9 includes the Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset, which we had no doubt would be a pleasure to use, and the video below shows exactly that. The games we took a look at are Dead trigger 2, GTA: San Andreas, and Modern Combat 5.

Battery Performance

The Nexus 9 includes a nice large battery at 6,700mAh. The Nvidia chipset being exceptionally powerful will no doubt use up the juice when doing intensive tasks, but being a tablet a lot of usage will come from more general use. Below is the medium to heavy usage we do during a 12 hour period. This is aimed to simulate a typical day of usage on a tablet.

Skype call (Video) 20-30 Minutes
Chat/Emails Throughout the day (checking) and 20-30 sent
Photos 10-20
Internet browsing Throughout the day(around 60-80 minutes total)
Gaming 30 Minutes
YouTube/Netflix 60-80 Minutes
Connectivity WiFi Only Model
Screen Brightness 50-percent

Thankfully we had no problems getting through the day with our typical usage habits and the tablet itself had just over 40 percent left. Charging the device when at complete zero took us just over 4 and a half hours. So while the battery life is pretty good, it might be wise to keep the tablet charging whenever you can. Stand by is another fantastic aspect, as we left the device in stand by overnight (WiFi off) and only lost 1-percent.

Conclusion

Design

Google pretty much have the lead when it comes to the development and design of a Nexus device and in this case HTC are a partner that handle some development and design. It’s basically a collaboration with Google in charge. HTC, however, take care of all of the manufacturing. So none the less, This is without a doubt a HTC tablet. Starting off with a sleek metal frame and smooth plastic back, the tablet is housed pretty nicely. HTC have thankfully included the dual front facing speakers with BoomSound, which go a far way to making the tablet a more enjoyable experience.

The 4:3 ratio is something of a twist. This will add black bars to most videos with content typically done with 16:9 or 21:9 ratios. We still think Google/HTC made the right choice, as having the tablet less wide as made it just that much more comfortable to hold. The smaller ratio makes the tablet less of a chore if using if for longer periods. We also have a large display without getting a large width. Ultimately it’s up to the end user if they would prefer a more standard 16:9 tablet, or go for something potentially more comfortable.

Display

The 8.9-inch IPS LCD display provides great sharpness and color. Viewing angles are spot on and the display has a pretty decent level of brightness to it. The 4:3 ratio does shine some light on a fairly annoying issue with regards to light bleed. The added black bars with 16:9 content allow us to see some pretty bad light bleed on the corners of the display. This isn’t that much of a serious issue as is only noticeable wtih complete black areas, but none the less screams low quality.

Bar the light bleed issues, the screen is actually pretty solid in terms of overall quality. The detail is great and brightness goes well high enough for sunlight use.

Performance

The Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset is insane. it’s one of the fastest performing chipsets we have seen. This along with Vanilla Android 5 gave us the smoothest and most complete lag free experience we have seen. While we don’t put to much emphasis on benchmarks, it’s hard not to be impressed with the lead the Nexus 9 has over other devices.

The camera is one of the most lacking aspects of the device. Quality is only decent enough with extremely well lit areas, but even then we’re seeing pretty poor balance issues with too much compensation. The camera app only offers panorama as an extra feature, but sadly the camera quality leaves a lot to be desired. Since this is a tablet, camera quality is last on the list of features we’re interested in. In fact, we’re more disappointed about the lack of 1080p video support on the front camera. So that should tell you something.

Overall

The Nexus 9 is not as much a successor to the Nexus 7, but rather a different offering. The Nexus 7 was aimed at being a a solid tablet with an enjoyable experience at a decent price. The Nexus 9 is more about offering the best possible performance on a beautiful tablet. Android 5.0 is on board and feels fresh and clean. The OS takes advantage of the insanely high performing Nvidia chipset and provides the most enjoyable Android experience we have seen.

The Nexus 9 is not without its drawbacks and the lack of expandable storage is probably the biggest. Not a complete deal breaker, but easily one of those things that will leave a bad taste after while and something we wish wasn’t the case with such an easy solution avaialble to OEM’s. This is even worse by the fact we finally have the ability to add multiple users and that alone will mean more space is being used. Camera quality is pretty bad with even the best photos looking like they came from a flagship from a good few years ago.

The Nexus 9 has a gotten a few things wrong, but has done so many things right. We have a beautiful looking tablet with the best version of Android yet, and to top it off we have the best performance available. It may not be the right choice for everyone, and at €389, it’s certainly not the cheapest tablet available. None the less, we definitely liked the Nexus 9 and think it’s a great tablet that will make a lot of people happy. The lack of expandable storage is enough to warrant real concern and should have some folks seek a tablet elsewhere. If there is going to be a 2015 Nexus 9, we hope this won’t be an issue. None the less, the Nexus 9 is a Gold level tablet and provides a top of the line experience.

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Google announce the Nexus 9: HTC built 9-inch tablet with Nvidia 64-bit K1 chipset

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The HTC built Nexus 9 tablet is finally official. The new tablet will features an 8.9-inch display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution. This will also be the first tablet to feature Nvidia’s Dual-Core 64 bit K1 chipset. The chipset will have 2GB of ram to play with as well. The slate includes HTC”s BoomSound speakers on the the front.

HTC are including an 8MP BSI sensor on the rear of the device, with f/2.4 aperture. We also have a front facing 1.6mp camera as well. HTC have included a nice large 6,700mAh battery.

Pricing for the tablet starts at $399 for the 16GB WiFi model, $479 for the 32GB WiFi, and $599 for a 32GB LTE version. Pre-orders start this Friday (17th of October) with availability beginning on November 10th. The tablet comes with both Black and White colors.

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HTC launching RE Camera: 16MP 1/3.3-inch CMOS Sensor with f/2.8 aperture and ultra-wide 146-degree lens

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HTC are getting into the handheld/action camera business. The RE camera from HTC features a 16MP 16MP 1/3.3-inch CMOS sensor with ultra-wide 146-degree lens and f/2.8 aperture. Video support includes 1080p@30fps and 720p videos @ 120fps. There is also time-lapse video recording available aswell. The design is of course aimed at being very easy to handle, with HTC also include a grip sensor. Both Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi are onboard. This allows for one click sharing, with the camera syncing to your smartphone via the RE app.

The design also includes IPX7 for water proofing at up to 30 minutes at 1 meter depth. HTC includes an 8GB MicroSD card as standard, with up 128GB cards supported. Battery life comes from an 840mAh and is stated to provide 1 hour and 4 minutes continues FHD recording or 1,200 16MP photos. The camera weighs 65.5 grams and measures 96.7 x 26.5mm.

Availability for the RE is set for Ocotber in the US. The launch will continue in other regions throughout the rest of the year and next.

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HTC announce Desire EYE: 5.2-inch 1080p Display, SnapDragon 801 chipset, 13MP front and rear BSI cameras

HTC Desire Eye Matt White 4 300dpi

HTC have just announced their latest smartphone. Dubbed the HTC Desire EYE, the device features a 5.2-inch full 1080p display. A Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2.3GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. If the name isn’t already a giveaway, HTC are putting some real effort behind imaging with this device. The rear facing camera sports a 13MP BSI sensor with 28mm lens, f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash. The front facing camera also features relatively massive 13MP BSI sensor with 22mm lens and f/2.2 aperture. The front facing side of things also includes dual LED flash as well. Both cameras support 1080p recording and HDR capability.

The design includes IPX7 for 30 minutes at 1 meter depth of waterproofing. HTC also continue to include dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound™. Measurements and weight come in at 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5mm and 154g. Other specs include Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi a/b/g/n (2.5GHZ and 5GHz) NFC, and 4G/LTE support. Battery wise, we’re looking at a rather low 2,400mAh. Standard storage capacity at 16GB with MicroSD slot for up to 128GB support.

Availability for the HTC Desire EYE starts this October with region specific launches rolling out onwards.

  • SIZE: 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
    WEIGHT: 154 grams
    DISPLAY: 5.2 inch Full HD 1080p
  • CPU SPEED
    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801
    2.3 GHz, quad-core CPUs
  • PLATFORM
    Android™ with HTC Sense™
  • MEMORY
    Total storage: 16 GB, available capacity variesi
    RAM: 2GB
    Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)
  • NETWORK
    2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
    850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    3G – WCDMA:
    ASIA – 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
    AT&T – 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA up to 21 Mbps
    EMEA – 850/900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
    3G – TD_SCDMA:
    ASIA – 1900/2000 MHz
    4G – LTE:
    ASIA – FDD bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 28/TDD bands 38, 39, 40, 41
    AT&T – bands 2, 4, 5, 17, 29
    EMEA – bands 3, 7, 8, 20
  • SIM
    nano SIM
  • SENSORS
    Accelerometer
    Proximity sensor
    Ambient Light sensor
    Gyro sensor
  • DURABILITY
    IPX7iii
  • CONNECTIVITY
    3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC
    Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
    Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz)
    DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
    HTC Connect™
    micro-USB 2.0 port
  • CAMERA
    HTC Eye™ Experience with Face Tracking, Screen Share, Split Capture, Face Fusion, Live Makeup, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Photo Booth, Crop Me In
    Dedicated camera button
  • Rear camera
    13MP , BSI sensor, f/2.0, 28mm lens, wide angle, with HDR capability
    1080p Full HD video recording
    Dual LED Flash
  • Front camera
    13MP, Auto-focus with zoom capability, BSI sensor, f/2.2, 22mm lens, wide angle, with HDR capability
    1080p Full HD video recording
    Dual LED Flash
  • AUDIO
    HTC BoomSound™
    Dual front-facing stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
    3 microphones for enhanced background noise cancellation
    Sense Voice
  • MULTIMEDIA
    Audio supported formats:
    • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .flac, .wav, .wma
    • Recording: .aac
    Video supported formats:
    • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .mkv, .wmv, .avi
    • Recording: .mp4
  • LOCATION
    Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
    Digital Compass
  • BATTERY
    Capacity: 2400 mAh
    Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
    Talk time: Up to 20 hours for 3G
    Standby timev: Up to 538 hours for 3G
  • AC ADAPTER
    Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
    DC output: 5 V and 1.0 A

 

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