Amid the many recent leaks of the new HTC One — a.k.a. M8 — it's a little ironic to see the device also cropping up in pixelated form in official HTC teaser videos. Nevertheless, HTC has gone live with a second teaser trailer for its new One, and it's all about metal. We all know about the (2013) HTC One's aluminum unibody, but apparently the newHTC One is even more metal. (That'd certainly fit in with recent leaks showing a wraparound aluminum chassis in place of the plastic trim of last year's model.)
Chad walked into the AT&T store. He'd never felt comfortable in it, even after the most recent remodel with its lounge area full of curved couches and big-screen TVs. The walls of phones and accessories and tablets were overwhelming, and half the time it seemed like any employee he talked to was utterly clueless. The other half were pushing technical jargon he didn't understand. One of his coworkers had mentioned having a fairly similar experience at a Sprint store, though it apparently was awash in yellow tones, whereas this AT&T location was drenched in blues and oranges.
A female store employee, wearing khaki pants, a blue shirt emblazoned with the AT&T logo, and a lanyard with her name badge on it, walked up to Chad, smiling. "Hi, welcome to AT&T. I'm Lisa. Is there anything I can help you with today?" She held her arms out to the sides just a bit, as if she were ready to physically embrace him.
Chad focused his attention on her, blocking out the colorful cacophony of the rest of the store. "Yes, uh, I'd like to buy the new one."
"I know on one level, it sounds corny, but it is real. He not only sees himself as an engineer, but he is an engineer. If he sees a problem, he wants to solve it."
What that's going to lead to at Lenovo is a line of special edition phones. Kutcher's going to be putting his stamp on the user experience of the smartphones, but how exactly that will play out (and how weird it will be having the man who played Steve Jobs in a movie designing Android phones) we'll find out later this year.
Add one more color to the mix: silver with white trim. So far all the other leaks have had a black trim, but the latest render leaked by @evleaks shows the HTC One in a lighter silver-and-white scheme. It's the same coloring as the original HTC One, though with broader curves and what looks like a full wrap-around unibody instead of the injected polycarbonate sides of the original.
Oh, and there's AT&T branding in the form of a little AT&T globe slapped onto the back.. That's little surprise, considering that AT&T was a launch partner for the last HTC One. Either way, it's our first hint at where we'll expect to be able to see the all new HTC One. Mark your calendar, people, we're less than a month out.
Update: You want a render of the all-new HTC One for Verizon in dark gray? Okay, here it is. Nice subtle branding for Big Red. Seriously.
With the announcement earlier this week of Samsung's Galaxy S5, the stage is set for one of the biggest smartphone rivalries of 2014. The Galaxy S5 will go head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 5s until the Cupertino company announces the iPhone 6 — or whatever's next — later this year. And at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the Mobile Nations team had the chance to compare Apple and Samsung's flagship devices.
Reporting for iMore, here's what Richard Devine had to say —
In terms of design, both Apple and Samsung went for iterative bumps with their respective flagship devices. Apple is of course in its 's' year with the iPhone which usually means nothing much in the way of design changes. Samsung has retained the overall look and feel of its recent Galaxy devices such as the Note 3 and its predecessor the Galaxy S4, while making some subtle and welcome changes to how its made.
Both have pretty fantastic looking displays. We know Apple's Retina Display looks the business, but Samsung has also done a pretty great job with the 5.1-inch 1080p panel on the Galaxy S5. This also means a pretty noticeable size difference between the two, but the Galaxy S5 has much slimmer bezels and a flatter home button to help keep the bulkiness to a minimum.
Check the link below for iMore's full report, or head past the break for the comparison video.
Prices range from €699-729 in eurozone, £550 in the UK
A few days after the announcement of Samsung's latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, SIM-free European pricing for the device is starting to emerge. A number of ourlets across the continent are starting to list the GS5 for pre-order: Clove has the 16-gigabyte GS5 up for pre-order at £550 including VAT, with the black and white versions shown as arriving April 11. Meanwhile rival retailer Unlockd-Mobiles has the phone listed for £549.98 in black, white and blue and due in stock the same day.
Amazon Germany and Spain have the 16GB Galaxy S5 available for pre-order for €699 and €729 respectively. The prices put Samsung's latest around the same price point as the Sony Xperia Z2, which sports similar internal specs and is due to go on sale in late March. Pre-order prices are subject to change as release dates approach, but nevertheless these numbers should give buyers a rough idea of how much the European GS5 is going to cost.
The Android 4.4 KitKat update for LG's G2 on T-Mobile isn't rolling out over the air just yet, but it is available direct from LG through its PC utility, and there's also a direct download link available for those wanting to snag it from LG's servers and attempt a manual update.
Sony Bluetooth speaker and new noise-cancelling earbuds bundled to sweeten the deal
Sony's newly announced Xperia Z2 isn't scheduled to go on sale for a little while yet, but one UK retailer is already offering a pretty sweet audio bundle with pre-orders. Clove Technology has put the Xperia Z2 up for pre-order at £550 inclusive of VAT, and for that you also get a Sony Bluetooth speaker and a pair of its new noise cancelling earbuds.
We managed to take a quick look – although no listen – at the earbuds during a Mobile World Congress briefing in Barcelona, and Sony seems pretty happy with them. Regardless, the bundle is worth a reported £120, so if you're looking at picking up an Xperia Z2 then it might be the way to go.
New Sony phones being bundled with another item aren't uncommon. Previous releases have seen the Smartwatch 2 thrown in as well, and as pre-orders open up elsewhere it'll be interesting to see what else we can pick up. Clove has all three colors in stock, and is slating April 7 as the current availability date. This will be subject to change, but gives us something to go on at this point.
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