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2 days ago

Alcatel Idol 3 series hands-on

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Alcatel Idol 3

Do not look down upon the affordable smartphone any longer. Alcatel OneTouch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, has unveiled the Idol 3, bringing some high-end specs to and some serious design to a pair of phones that shouldn't get anywhere close to breaking the bank.

The two phones in the Idol 3 line — a 4.7-incher with a 720p display and another at 5.5 inches and 1080p — bring Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, a couple of excellent displays tuned by Technicolor, and front-facing speakers that put the expertise of JBL to work.

In a day and age in which we see more metal and glass than ever, the Idol 3 definitely stands out as a plasticized phone. But that's to be expected when you're not paying above $250 off contract. After just a few minutes with the phones, however, you definitely get the feel that you're getting a lot of bang for those few bucks.

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2 days ago

Alcatel Idol 3 specs

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Alcaltel's Idol 3 line, announced at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, brings LTE speeds and high-end specs at a fraction of the cost you'd usually expect. Here are the complete specs for the two phones.

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3 days ago

Check out Valve and HTC's vision for virtual reality in this video

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HTC has partnered up with PC gaming powerhouse Valve to transport us to new worlds thanks to a virtual reality headset called the RE Vive. Here's a little sizzle reel to show us what they want to achieve.

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3 days ago

HTC Grip specs

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HTC and Under Armour at Mobile World Congress 2015 announced the HTC Grip fitness tracking wearable. It's a rubberized bracelet that connects to the UA Record app to help track, analyze and share your workout routine.

And these are the technical specs of the HTC Grip:

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3 days ago

HTC and Under Armour team up for the Grip fitness tracker

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HTC Grip

We've patiently been awaiting the first wearable from smartphone (and tablet) manufacturer HTC. Today, we've got it, but perhaps not in the form you were expecting.

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3 days ago

The HTC One series specs

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The HTC One is a storied line of smartphones. They're not the best selling, but they're arguably the best designed, and best engineered of the ever-growing Android stable. Here, now, is their lineage.

The HTC One M9 is the third member of the HTC one family, and unarguably the best. (Also being the newest version certainly aids in that title.) The phones have come a long way in two years, though obviously they've been in the works for far longer than that.

We've talked a bit in our hands-on preview about how each has built on the last. The physical differences between the M7, M8 and M9 are easy ways to show that. The M7 borrowed from the likes of the Droid DNA and the Windows Phone HTC One 8X. The leap from M8 to M9 is much more subtle on the physical side, but nonetheless important on the inside.

Here, now, is a look at how the basic specs of the three phones have grown over the past few years.

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3 days ago

HTC One M9 specs

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Behold, the HTC One M9. And the HTC One M9 specs. A lot of this should look familiar, as the phone is fairly iterative over 2014's HTC One M9. But that's not to say there aren't some exciting new things under the hood. All new chipset. New camera tech. And a number of other bells and whistles.

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3 days ago

HTC and Valve team up for the Vive virtual reality system

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Designed by HTC. Powered by Valve. Meet the Vive, a new virtual reality system in development now and available for consumers by the end of 2015.

Take a world-class mobile device manufacturer and team it up with a world-class gaming software company and you (eventually) come up with what you see before you here today — the Vive virtual reality system. Designed by HTC and powered by the folks behind Steam, Vive will be available as a developer edition device this spring and is expecting a consumer release before the end of the year.

Crazy, we know. But crazy cool.

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3 days ago

Hands-on with the HTC Grip

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HTC Grip

HTC's first wearable — and the beginning of its partnership with Under Armour — is a pretty predictable but nicely designed fitness tracker made for Android and iOS users.

Another fitness tracker. Another fitness band. You can't help but think that once or twice upon learning of the HTC Grip. And time — time putting feet to pavement, actually — will tell just how good a product Grip is. This is new territory for HTC, which is starting to expand from its usual world of smartphones and the occasional tablet.

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3 days ago

HTC One M9 hands-on preview

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HTC One M9

It's hard not to have high hopes for the HTC One M9. Its immediate predecessor and the first phone in this rebirth of the HTC's flagship line — that'd be 2014's HTC One M8 and 2013's M7 — were fan favorites, and highly regarded by those of us who critique phones for a living.

But those phones were not without their flaws. And as we've seen HTC slowly address its devices' shortcomings (while growing and innovating in other areas), it's been difficult to not expect it to finally get things — all the things — right.

At least that's what we've been hoping, especially when it comes to its one tragic feature: The inconsistent performance of its UltraPixel camera.

And that brings us to this. The HTC One M9. We've spent a little time with HTC's latest, and this is what we've found thus far.

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3 days ago

What do you think of the new HTC One M9, Grip and Vive?

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And that's it, folks. HTC has announced the One M9, Grip and Vive!

Whatcha think? Sound off in the comments, and be sure to swing by our HTC forums!

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3 days ago

HTC confirms Sense 7 is coming to the One M8

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While HTC should be busy showing off all the refinements that have been made to the new HTC One M9, the company paused briefly the let everyone know that their new software experience is headed to the previous generation as well. HTC One M8 owners can look forward to Sense 7 in all of its Lollipop glory headed to their devices in the not-so-distant future.

HTC has yet to offer a timeline for this update, but as always you can keep and eye on the software updates section on their website for updates.

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3 days ago

HTC and Valve are doing VR with HTC Vive!

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HTC Vive

And completely unexpected, HTC has partnered up with Valve for the HTC Vive, a virtual-reality experience!

More in our liveblog!

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3 days ago

This is the HTC Grip!

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HTC Grip

HTC and Under Armour just announced the HTC Grip, a fitness tracker for Android and iOS!

More in our HTC One Liveblog!.

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3 days ago

This is the HTC One M9!

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HTC One M9

And there it is, folks. Live from Mobile World Congress.

More in our HTC One M9 liveblog!

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