T-Mobile just took a bold, new step by shredding the contracts for its plans plus launching its new 4G LTE data network. But what kind of speeds can you really expect to see on the carrier's hot, new devices? Judging from what I observed at T-Mobile's splashy press event in New York, apparently quite a bit. … Read more
Now that T-Mobile has done away with its two-year contract model, we take a look at the three hottest handsets that are destined for the carrier.
Based on its new options, you will be able to get these phones alongside a monthly $50 unlimited talk and text plan (and 500MB of data thrown in for good measure). If you want unlimited data, you'll need to pay $20 more, totaling up to a reasonable $70 per month.
The launch of the HTC One has been stymied by a limited supply of cameras.
HTC chief marketing officer Benjamin Ho confirmed the component shortage in an interview with the Wall Street Journal yesterday.
"Our friends in the media have been asking why there has been a delay in shipments for the new HTC One, whether there is a component shortage," Ho said. "There is some shortage, because the phone's camera was designed specifically for us, and production cannot be ramped up so quickly."
Ho's comments echoed those of an "unnamed HTC executive,&… Read more
Here's the smartphone of your short-term future: it has a 5-inch, 1080p HD screen, an 8-core application processor, and a 13-megapixel camera that does crazy things like simultaneously record through both front and rear lenses. You can use it to change your TV channel, tap it to play songs on your car, and control it without ever touching the screen.
The smartphone of your near future takes your pulse, synchronizes to your scale, and tumbles from your hands without a scratch. Oh yeah, and did I mention that it'll last two days on a single charge?
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HTC will start stocking shelves with the One in the U.K., Germany, and Taiwan next week. Most other markets in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region will follow by the end of April.
HTC acknowledged the shipping delay in a statement, saying: "We appreciate our customers' patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait."
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This morning we learned a little more about why the HTC One, the last (or at least the latest) great hope for a onetime ascendant titan of the smartphone world, has been delayed. Put simply, HTC has been seriously dissed by its own suppliers.
An unnamed HTC executive told The Wall Street Journal that availability of its pretty new flagship phone has been pushed back because of component shortages:The company has a problem managing its component suppliers as it has changed its order forecasts drastically and frequently following last year's unexpected slump in shipments.... HTC has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components as it is no longer a tier-one customer.… Read more
Nokia has won a patent infringement suit in a German court, but the companies can't quite agree whether it's a major victory or not.
According to Foss Patents' Florian Mueller, the Mannheim Regional Court today ruled that HTC is infringing a Nokia patent related to saving battery life by identifying packets of data that can reconstructed through the use of only a part of an encoded message. According to Mueller, Nokia was awarded a permanent injunction, giving the company the opportunity to enforce the ban by posting a $6.5 million bond. Nokia can also request HTC recall … Read more
After months of rumors and speculation, and one rather awkward press event, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is now an official smartphone. Indeed, we still have a month or more before it actually arrives, but Samsung has again changed the game for Android.
Or has it? What does the Samsung Galaxy S4 mean for other Android players and how should they react in the wake of the big reveal? As I see it, there are three important lessons to be learned from Samsung and the Galaxy S4.
Go big or go home Watching last night's press event unfold, I came … Read more
I don't know why I make this job harder than it needs to be. Every week I wrack my brain trying to think of a topic that will tap into the collective CNET zeitgeist. Sometimes I hit it just right, and sometimes I get nothing. But I could save myself a lot of trouble.
Without fail, the most popular Top 5 videos we produce here are the "Hottest Product" roundups. I think you guys get a voyeuristic kick out of knowing what everyone else is looking at.
Well, who am I to deprive you? This time around … Read more