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HTC One M9 design, specs & software: MWC preview 2015

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The HTC One M9 will be announced on March 1st at an HTC event in Barcelona. Days before the event though, we have a very good idea of what’s to be revealed, thanks to dozens of leaks of photosvideos and specifications. Let’s take a look at what to expect for the announcement:

Design

The One M9 is an evolution of the device first introduced by HTC with the One M7 and updated with the One M8. Two colourways will be available; a traditional gunmetal gray and a more luxurious gold / silver option.

The layout of the phone seems almost identical to its predecessor; one change is that the power button moves from the top to the side. This does mean that you’ll need new cases for your One M9.

The display is actually the same as we saw on the One M8, a 5-inch 108p unit that eschews the recent jump to 1440p resolutions and even larger sizes. The screen is flanked by prominent front-facing speakers, which are now provide Dolby-certified sound.

Specifications

The One M9 is set to be the first major Android flagship to include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. This is backed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with micro SD cards providing additional storage. These specifications would make the One M9 one of the most powerful Android devices ever, rivalling Samsung’s Galaxy S6 with its Exynos 7 Octa processor.

The One M9 is also set to include a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, with a 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera up front. That should improve the phone’s camera performance considerably in good lighting compared to its predecessor, whose Ultrapixel rear-facing camera was good in poor light but didn’t too as well as its competitors when it came to better-lit shots.

Software

When it comes to software, the One M9 looks like it includes more new features than its predecessor did. The new version of the Sense UI sits on top of Android 5.0, and includes customisable themes, a new Home widget, new photo editing features and HTC Connect which uses a three-finger gesture to stream media to different speakers.

Conclusion

Are you excited for the HTC One M9? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!

HTC Desire 626 UK price announced

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

This week HTC announced their latest handset, the Desire 626. This smartphone redefines the mid-range, with a powerful octa-core processor, front-facing stereo speakers and a five inch 720p display. It’s an incredibly compelling package, particularly when the Desire 626 will cost just £150 sim-free! Let’s take a closer look.

Clever design

The Desire 626 is an attractive and surprisingly stylish smartphone, with a smart two-tone design. The white option we’re looking at here has a gold frame, while the blue variant has a turquoise frame – both look great to my eyes.

The ‘caps’ above and below the 5-inch 720p display remind me of the One M8, while the back is a little more generic with a corner-mounted camera and inlaid HTC logo.

One of the best design elements of the Desire 626 has got to be its front-facing stereo speakers. These worked fantastically on the One M8, and should prove equally great inclusions here. Having two speakers facing toward your ears (instead of back into your hand) is an entirely logical move, and I’d love to this trait adopted by more phones in the future.

This 5-inch phone is thin and light too: it’s just 8.2mm thick and weighs 140 grams. Compared to HTC’s own 5-inch flagship, the One M8, you’re looking at a Desire 626 which is 1.2mm thinner and weighs 20 grams less.

Powerful internals

The Desire 626 comes with a mid-range but recently released processor: the Snapdragon 410. That’s a quad-core unit running at 1.2GHz, and it’s also one of the first 64-bit processors to be released. Backing this is 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, expandable by micro SD cards. The phone has a moderate-sized 2000mAh battery to keep all of this going.

In terms of cameras, the Desire 626 is still very impressive for what is ostensibly a mid-range unit. You’ll find a massive 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a respectable 2-megapixel unit on the front. This combination performs better in good light than HTC’s current One M8 flagship, which is incredibly good for a £150 smartphone.

Crunchy KitKat

The Desire 626 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, the second most recent version of Android to be released. HTC have done well to upgrade their phones to the latest version of Android promptly, so expect the Desire 626 to reach Android 5.0 soon too.

On top of this Android 4.4 base, you’ll get HTC’s Sense UI which provides a unique look for the OS. This increasingly light skin offers a few great new features too, like a clever camera and the handy Blinkfeed social media / news app.

Conclusion

The Desire 626 seems like a strong mid-range option for 2015 – the phone has a solid design, good specs and a tasty flavour of Android. For £150, it’s a damn competitive option.

For more information or to place a pre-order, please visit the product page linked below. You can also see our range of accessories for the phone.

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First HTC One M9 cases revealed & rumour roundup

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The HTC One M9 is one of the most hotly anticipated Android phones, after the great design of the HT One M8 last year. The new phone isn’t yet announced, but is expected to be revealed on March 1st at an HTC event. We’re not waiting for that though, and we’re excited to reveal that our first HTC One M9 cases are already on the way. Join us as we take a look at the ArmourDillo case for the One M9!

The Encase Armourdillo for the One M9

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The Encase Armourdillo is a tough, durable case that provides good protection at a low price. The dual-layer design uses a TPU shell and a polycarbonate exoskeleton, with a textured grid on the back provided extra rigidity and grip. The case also includes a flip-out stand, perfect for watching videos or keeping an eye on incoming notifications.
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The case is available in four colours for the One M9, so you should be able to find at least one shade that you like. For more information or to place a pre-order, please visit the product pages linked below:

What we know about the One M9 so far

The One M9 is expected to come with a dramatically upgraded set of optics, one of the few weak points of last year’s One M8. The M9 has been reported to include a dual set of 20-megapixel rear cameras, where the One M8 only had dual four-megapixel shooters. The front-facing camera is also set to see an upgrade, to a four-megapixel Ultrapixel sensor.

Otherwise, the One M9 retains a similar form factor to its predecessor. That includes a five inch 1080p screen, the same as the One M8. That’s actually a surprise, given that other manufacturers are continuing to seek out larger screen sizes and higher resolutions.

Inside, the One M9 is set to include the Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, despite some reports that the chipset is prone to overheating. Other specs include 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The OS is expected to be Android 5.0 with Sense 7.

What do you think?

So that’s the One M9 and its first case, the Encase ArmourDillo. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun.

First HTC One M9 (Hima) cases coming soon to Mobile Fun

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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We’re happy to announce that we’ve added the very first cases for the HTC One M9 (codenamed Hima) to our site. The Encase Armourdillo is a strong protective case, with a fortified rear section and a plated design that ensures good grip.

The case is constructed from two layers, with a lightweight TPU polymer inner layer and an impact-resistant plastic exoskeleton. The combination provides excellent protection at a low price point, making it an ideal choice if you want to ensure your One M9 remains in good condition long after you’ve bought it.

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The case also includes a helpful feature that’ll work well with the One M9′s gorgeous five-inch 1080p display: a media stand. This is embedded into the rear of the case, and can be kicked out whenever you want to rest your One M9 in landscape mode to watch videos, play games or even to serve as a bedside alarm.

The Encase Armourdillo will be available in four colours, and is available for pre-order now. To see more information or to place your pre-order, please visit the product pages linked below:

The phone itself is expected to be released at MWC later this year, so we’re not too far away from an announcement – think early March. Of course, we’ll have loads of HTC One M9 accessories ready by the time the handset launches.

Thanks for checking out the article! Are you looking forward to the HTC One M9? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!

HTC tease March 1st announcement of new flagship phone

Friday, January 16th, 2015

HTC has announced that it will soon unveil its next flagship phone, widely believed to be codenamed Hima. The new phone will supercede both the One M8, the most recent official flagship, and the recently released Desire Eye, which is an upgrade over the One M8 despite being at a mid-range price point.

The HTC unveil will come at the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on March 1st, where the world’s leading smartphone makers traditionally unveil some of their most important phones for the upcoming year. The One M8 was unveiled (and then launched) in March last year, so we could be just six weeks away from having a new flagship phone from HTC in our hands.

The actual announcement doesn’t provide many hints as to the phone or its capabilities, with just a spacescape and the tagline ‘utopia in progress’.

According to recent rumours, the next HTC flagship will come with top notch specs. That includes a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory and a 3000 mAh battery. In terms of optics, we’re looking at a 20.7 megapixel rear camera and four megapixels up front. The screen size and resolution will remain the same as its predecessor, with 1080p resolution and a five inch diagonal. Finally, the phone will run the latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, with a svelte layer of HTC’s Sense 7 UI on top.

It’ll be interesting to see what features HTC choose to focus on in their presentation; keeping the screen the same size when other OEMs are going bigger and bigger might be a good choice. The 20.7 megapixel rear camera also seems an obvious point of focus. Regardless, be sure to tune in for the reveal on March 1st. We’ll have the big news as it happens, alongside a wide range of cases and accessories for the new phone.