Small phone, big phone, bigger phone — HTC brought it all (but nothing really new just yet) to Las Vegas

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Jeff Gordon from HTC took a couple of minutes to talk to John P and Derek Kessler and recap the devices we saw in 2013. From the unparalleled build quality of the HTC One to the bigger brother HTC One Max and even the mid range Desire series devices it was a busy year for HTC.

Build quality has always been a strong point for HTC, and we are excited to see what 2014 brings from them. Check out just over 11 minutes of great conversation in the video above.

 

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Choices are always good, I just wish that HTC had something more behind them. Glad to see they made up 2.9 Billion last quarter.

I still stand behind the One being the best and most well-rounded Android device of 2013. I'm really excited for the M8 and will definitely be picking up a Google Edition as soon as it's released. I know that HTC's build quality, features, and software have made me a customer that will be returning for as long as they keep it up. So, basically, good job HTC.

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Nothing has been said about the M8, but I assume there will be a GPe since there was a GPe of the One.

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I'll but the HTC One as the second best in 2013, only behind the Moto X. Really sucks that HTC doesn't know how to market.

The only reason I put it above the Moto X is for internal audio quality. I found the X lacking in that area even with mods. The X is definitely my second favorite, though.

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Those front-facing speakers were definitely a great design choice.

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I like the idea of the speakers, but think they should hide them instead of making it such a huge part of the design.

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I'm sorry but if you said you like HTC's software why are you buying a GPe of the M8? That sort of defeats the purpose of it being HTC's software.

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I used Sense for a few months and liked it. I switched to the GPe because I like stock just a bit better. But, for instance, say the M8 was released and there was absolutely no way to put anything resembling stock Android on it. I'd probably be fine with that because, in terms of speed and looks, Sense actually rivals stock (though I'd still pick stock any day).

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I'm sorry but if you said you like HTC's software why are you buying a GPe of the M8? That sort of defeats the purpose of it being HTC's software.

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I'm sorry but if you said you like HTC's software why are you buying a GPe of the M8? That sort of defeats the purpose of it being HTC's software.

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What's amazing is that many aspects of the One are still unparalleled. For instance, I've yet to see a display that is better and the metal unibody design has yet to make it to other competitors' flagships. Even at nearly a year old, the One is still better in terms of features and hardware than most other Android phones. Sure, some might be a little faster, but that's all. I think that leaves HTC in a good position for the M8 because they don't have a ton to improve upon but what little they do have will certainly be improved.

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No, and if the very recent rumors are true, it won't be a very big upgrade as far as camera goes, source saying the same 4meg ultra in the m8

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The latest rumors suggest a 6 or 8mp UP camera. I'm not really sure what to believe, but I doubt we'll have to wait very long to find out.

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It really is a marvel. I love everything about my HTC One. I still get all kinds of questions when I set my phone on the table. Mostly iPhone owners want to know what it is and when they actually use it they love it. Just proves people don't actually compare phones when they go to buy, they just go with iPhone as a default. Kind of sad really, they are missing out.

Metal uni body is subjective as being that much better. I'm no fan of slippery plastic, but aluminum is a bit slippery as well. Toss at least some grippy soft touch material on an all metal phone and I'll consider it "better". I'll concede the screen, but I really like the S4's screen. Have not used a note3 and it may sway me all the way to Amoled.

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I'm sorry to be this guy, but true colors is kind of silly. Not one single movie you watch will have true coloring, so why make such a big deal about it. Also, Samsung has settings to change the color settings, from super over saturated to pretty accurate.

And then that part I said I prefer.

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Hey, I'm Jeff Gordon, the HTC guy being interviewed in the video above. CES typically isn't a big launch pad for new phones from HTC or most other vendors. It's just too noisy with 90" TVs, crazy expensive car stereos and the like. HTC is keeping a very low profile at this year's CES, and in fact we've opted not to have a booth on the show floor.

As for when HTC's Next Big Thing will be released, stay tuned. We've got some amazing stuff cooking in the oven. You wouldn't want us to take it out before it's fully baked, would you? :-)

Nope get it right, you do not have a ton of wiggle room.

Also, if you are gonna come with a Max device, don't just make a big phone, add something to make it a business tool. That's what really swayed me to the NOTE 3.

Good luck

ps: most should know that phones come at mwc, but get their hopes up at ces because a few get thrown about by the lesser players.

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I love my HTC One. I love HTC devices, always had one since 2003. Don't leak any details, Samsung will just copy you, like they did the ir blaster. I agree with you on the megapixel myth. My One's camera is the best. Super fast start up, focus and shutter. The picture quality is fantastic, even for prints. However, specs do matter unfortunately, especially for bragging rights, as I'm sure you are aware. Hopefully you figure out a way to add more megapixels.

Nokia put them in dumb phones long ago so get it right.

While the camera is nice on the One, it still falls flat compared to the g2,sony,samsung offerings.

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Yes LG G2 and Sony have excellent cameras.

The HTC One with optical stabilization, Image Sense, and UltraPixel sensor gives the user faster response and comparable imaging in daylight and superior imaging in low light without flash than Samsung's handsets. That's a fact that you consistently deny or exaggerate for Samsung and against the HTC One,, NoNexus. I'm not addressing your opinion. I'm addressing your blatant dismissal of the majority of comparative reviews. In fact comparative photo quality reviewers rate the quality produced by the One X, EVO LTE, and HTC's Droid better than Samsung's S3 and S4. People can look up these reviews for themselves if they remain unsure at this late stage and avoid a back and forth between you and me.

Agree, what's important going forward are the 2014 models to be released. HTC, who you have also been a fan of, has to bring it again with better good stuff.

There will be many positive surprises from HTC in the near future.

When is the next big event HTC will be at or host fyi? (Not that it means you'll release new devices then)

As an HTC One owner, I love the device and the new OS. Boomsound is amazing. Screen is amazing. Body is amazing. Just wish you had a camera sensor size closer to the Nokia 1020. That is the new standard/leader in this space.

HTC One camera sensor size: 1/3"
Lumia 1020 camera sensor size: 2/3"

I don't print pics from my phone so the camera on the One isn't bad at all for me. However, I would love to be able to zoom similar to the Nokia when taking a pic. That would be awesome!

My first Android was the OG Evo and my second (and current) is the One. Can't wait to see what I to look forward to next!

Same here. The evo was an awesome phone, and so is the one. The only real complaints I've ever had were the stock keyboard (Swyper, here) and the camera.

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Waiting on the M8. Basically a 5" HTC one with newer hardware, bigger battery, expendable storage, and hopefully they bump the camera to 8 ultra pixels

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I have an HTC One and really the front speakers are something else. No matter how good new products WIll be, it's no go if it doesn't have the front speakers. HTC rocks!

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"From the unparalleled build quality of the HTC One..."
good god please dont mention this, the build quality is so terrible i have the second HTC one, that has issues. First one had purple tint on camera and the power button was practically not working, brought it to warranty after almost a month they have given me a "new" what they call Field Replacement Unit (FRU) - refurbished basically. The second One still have a sideways power button that only works on the left portion, purple tint on the camera that is even worser than on the first one and as an added bonus the screens glass is not aligned to the speaker grills, so each time i pull down the statusbar or slide my finger from the bottom of the phone onto the screen i get "cut" by the glass. All of this while im in constant contact with HTC over email and they keep giving me generic responses. No thanks HTC, no more.

Do not upset the build quality god that is HTC. It's a solid cnc milled piece of aluminum, your power button then is perfect. \s

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Yes no other phone manufacture has quality control problems lol. Try going on YouTube and type in problems with galaxy s4 or note 3 or Motorola x or Lg G2, or even the legendary iPhone they all have quality issues . Also try going on xda developers and have a read at the thousands of people complaining about different problems on different brand phones.

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i had a galaxy s3, s4 and lg g2, neither of them had any such problems... If only htc wouldnt promote the "build quality" so much. And than to get two phones in a row that are broken, jokes...

If you would have purchased through a carrier, Sprint for example, and paid for TEP then you could have received an unlimited number of replacements until the carrier's service technician agrees your handset is as it should be.

This method always satisfies my family and friends no matter the carrier with a post paid contract or handset manufacturer.

When I read stories like yours, I suspect shady incomplete half truths since carriers consistently honor warranty. Did you purchase and get delivery directly from HTC? If so, how? What carrier did you use? Why didn't you go to your carrier's handset service technician? Is your situation where you are using a prepaid carrier where you assigned a handset you purchased elsewhere? If that's the case then YOU assumed the risk of breakage or malfunction .

Uhm actually im from Europe, so no Sprint here, secondly i bought it in a retail store with full 2 year warranty (one assumes that should cover such crap), thirdly i went directly to HTC repair center for my country the first time and got one back from them that had more issues than the first one. Than i wrote HTC what this is all about, all they keep saying is bring it in for warranty, so now i have brought it in a second time for warranty. Each time they are processing and even if they replace or repair it it takes at least 2-3 weeks for them to do so. So in the end i bought a phone thats more time at the official repair center than in my use. There is from my side no shady business involved, cant say the same for HTC or their official repair center here though.
And no its not about the warranty, they seem to honor it until now, but its about the fact that i cant use my phone, because its in repairs, due to poor manufacturing from their side.