Archive for the ‘HTC’ Category
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Something very strange is happening, as Samsung is starting to listen to what the people want and they’ve delivered a metal case on their new handset, the Galaxy Alpha. In the meantime, HTC goes to plastic, in spite of reaching success with its metal One devices.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha has been in the rumors for a while and it comes with midrange specs, like a 4.7 inch HD display and a 12 megapixel camera. It has an octa core processor, Android 4.4.4 and don’t mistake this one for a full metal phone. It uses a metal frame and metal edges, but most of the back panel is covered in plastic. Sacrifices were made here, to keep the device thin at 0.26 inches, but that means we only get a 1860 mAh battery.
And what’s up with HTC? They have the excellent HTC One and One M8, both with metal bodies and the company goes ahead and delivers the HTC One E8, made of plastic and priced maybe too high for its own good, at least in Europe. Now there’s the HTC Butterfly 2, shown below thanks to a leak and also going the way of the plastic. Will we ever decide if we want plastic or metal? Is there no third choice?
Monday, August 11th, 2014
Hasan Kaymak may have designed the HTC One M9, but this is by no means a 2015 flagship phone, instead he imagined the design language of 2018. The speakers are supposed to reflect that most than anything. There’s also a video detailing the design below.
You can access this Sketchfab profile for Hasan and support his work by donating on Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org. As far as the HTC One M9 is concerned, we get extremely narrow bezels, a wide body and what seems like a triple flash with 3 types of flash colors. There’s a solid metal edge around the device and the speakers clearly stand out of the brilliantly machine fabricated body.
I see there’s a small button of sorts below the camera, or maybe an autofocus laser assist, following the example of the LG G3. The top and bottom BoomSound speakers have a very modern design and overall the format hasn’t changed from the previous models too much, it’s only been evolved a bit. There are also virtual Android buttons in the mix, by the way. Basically, this is everything the LG G3 should be plus a touch of HTC One M8…
[via Hasan Kaymak]
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
HTC T12 tablet concept, right after @evleaks posted a rumor that HTC is preparing two other slate models aside from the Nexus 9. Those are the T7 and T12 and you can check out the bigger model below. Everyone expected the T12 to be a 12 incher and that’s probably what we get here.
Hasan Kaymak has created a
Basically, the designer took the One experience and enlarged everything, plus added a few goodies like multi window mode for multitasking. We still get BlinkFeed, with a variety of tile sizes, I bet and a very minimalistic camera UI. There are speakers on each side of the tablet, BoomSound ones most likely, with a very good bass and loud volume, in the good tradition of the HTC One and HTC One M8.
The device uses virtual Android buttons, it features a clean and clear UI, probably HTC Sense 6.0 on top of KitKat/Android L. The multitasking is done by dragging an app to a part of the screen (50% of it) and another app to another part of the screen. The case is obviously unibody and metallic and I expect the screen to be a 12 inch Retina level display, or maybe even 4K. What do you think?
[Via Hasan Kaymak Innovations]
Sunday, July 20th, 2014
HTC One Wear S. The first is a smartphone and the second a fresh smartwatch.
I’m pretty sure you know Hasan Kaymak and his HTC concepts, that have been often published on our website. Well, today we have two fresh items made by the same designer: HTC Droid DNA 2 and
Hasan Kaymak has imagined various iterations of the HTC One Wear S, including a squared model and a round one. The HTC Droid DNA 2 is only teased in the picture above and it seems to be shown in a sort of copper/gold version. It’s an elongated smartphone with BoomSound speakers discretely integrated into the top and bottom. This model doesn’t quite stand out from the crowd and the first version of the HTC One War S has straight edges and a front camera.
Its belt is pretty rubbery and we also get sort of a BoomSound thing at the front and back. The second image shows a more detailed view of the device, this time with tiny little holes for the speaker, a metallic body and a big side button. Voice command is also shown on the screen, as part of the Android Wear experience. The last version of the HTC One Wear S has got to be my favourite, combining some of the Moto 360 vibe with the side rotating buttons typical to classic watches.
The bracelet is also segmented now, just like the body of a crayfish.
[via Hasan Kaymak]
Friday, July 18th, 2014
HTC smartwatch below.
Do you know what the easiest way is to leak a product? One person sees it in confidence, maybe in prototype phase and then he uses what he saw to help designers create a render that shows the leaked device. This is exactly what I think happened with @evleaks and the
It has been created by the famous Jonas Daehnert and Ferry Passchier, both credited below. Dubbed simply HTC Android Wear, this model has some pretty big bezels for my taste and it’s also more elegant than the other Android Wear devices. It relies on a metallic belt and metallic body, with a highlighted display that really stands out from their body. The interface is tile-based, a bit like BlinkFeed in a smaller version.
HTC Android Wear looks a like a watch that would have been impressive back in 2011, but now standards have changed. We’ve seen a ton of iWatch concepts, the beautiful and real Moto 360, so we know smartwatch designs can impress and be stylish. This HTC Watch concept is a good start, but it needs to get rid of those big bezels…
[via evleaks, Phone Designer and Ferry Passchier]
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
HTC One M9, but some designers are and their imagination is turned into almost reality through concepts. This new device is designed by Ross White, it’s shown below and the idea here is to make the smartphone more compact.
It’s a bit early to start thinking about the
It comes with minimal bezels, a 5 inch screen and an overall body size smaller than the one of the M8 Mini. The front facing speakers are split, allowing the device to integrate a central front facing camera and there’s a HTC logo on the bottom panel. This handset has a 1 mm thick bezel, quad front facing speakers and it’s less long and less wide than its predecessor by 16 and 5 mm respectively.
The fact that it has the same width as the HTC One Mini 2 is all the more impressive. Frankly speaking, the HTC One M8 speakers are already perfect, so implementing quad speakers is a bit overkill. Why make the best even better? I can’t see any other company coming up with a better speaker system in the near future. What do you think of the HTC M9?
[Thanks Ross White]
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
HTC Nexus 8 has been rendered before, but this time it has Android L on it and a 64 bit processor. This is the render created by Vishal Bhanushali and we even have a video of the tablet below. The model has a soft touch back from what I can see and it’s pretty slim.
The back texture looks like the one of the Nexus 7 2013 and at some point there’s also a Nexus 6 in the mix. HTC Nexus 8 concept runs Android L, with the famous Material Design and it relies on a 64 bit that’s either an Intel model or maybe a Qualcomm one. We’ve got BoomSound stereo speakers, which is a logical step, considering that the Nexus 7 2013 had some pretty good speakers as well.
The designer also has an interesting approach, claiming on his Behance page that the HTC design language was used here and the Nexus line too, in tandem with the minimalistic Android L look. I can only think of the Material Design being also used as inspiration for hardware design, not only software. We’ve got bigger upper and lower bezels, there’s room to place your fingers on the sides (in landscape) for an improved gaming experience.
Nice to see a landscape view on a smaller tablet.
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
HTC One Wear, shown below:
LG, Samsung and Motorola are getting a lot of coverage lately thanks to their Android Wear watches, so HTC must get in the game before it’s too late. Luckily we have concept designers like Hasan Kaymak to render the future smartwatches. He imagined the
This is an Android Wear device with a metallic body, a minimalistic interface and a few classical buttons on the side. The 3 pictures shown here offer us a glimpse into the phone call area, the weather app and music app. The design opts for the circular approach like Moto 360, not the rectangular one of the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live. From what I can see, the bracelet is metallic, or at least starts off that way.
I’m not sure that metal would suit the fragile skin of the wrist, that’s constantly rubbing against some fabric and all sorts of bothersome materials. I think that smartwatch makers should find a way to offer a more skin friendly material, not rubber, not plastic and not metal. Maybe a combination of canvas with some other sweat-free material. The UI is pretty much in line with the Android Wear direction.
What would you like on the smarwatch made by HTC?
[via Hasan Kaymak]
Sunday, July 6th, 2014
HTC Nexus 6 smartphone, that’s shown below.
HTC may be in pole position to make the next Nexus tablet, but they’re also supposed to make a phone, according to some speculations and concepts. Dmitry Stvolov imagined a
This device keeps the design direction of the HTC One series and blends it with the Nexus 5 looks. We get a dual tone LED flash at the back, wide angle lens front camera and a rounded body with a soft touch texture. The HTC Nexus 6 adopts a unibody design and I really can’t tell if it’s made of metal or polycarbonate. We get the same lines of separation at the top and bottom and there’s a big lens cam at the back, much like the one of the HTC One M8.
I imagine this model runs Android L and I see that the Android icons are shown on screen, so I expect capacitive buttons to be gone from the bottom part. There are no specs provided by the designer, but I imagine this as a 5.2 inch QHD phone with a Snapdragon 805 CPU, edge to edge display and a new type of Google camera gimmick. They implemented the VR panorama on the Nexus 4 and since then they’ve been low on gimmicks…
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
HTC concept phone that feels like a HTC One M8 with an upper and lower side cut out. There’s already a HTC One Mini 2 out there, so what is this model exactly? we’ll speculate and analyze in the following lines!
Ancel Lim sent us a
First of all, this model is dubbed HTC One (M8) Compact and it’s a smaller device than the HTC One (M8), obviously. It gives up the BoomSound speakers and its specs remain the same, aside from the CPU that gets an upgrade. We’re talking about a Snapdragon 805 processor with Adreno 420 GPU. The screen’s resolution is QHD, so that’s another upgrade right there. We’ve got a lot of space saved with those virtual Android buttons and the camera is no longer a Duo unit apparently.
The case is still metallic and the device is rounded, but I wonder if it isn’t slippery for the average user’s hand. If you ask me, the screen bezels are also kind of big for today’s standards, but that’s only my opinion. It’s interesting what cutting down on the upper and lower side bezel can do… it gives the handset a bit of a Sony vibe, don’t you think?
[Thanks Ancel Lim]
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