Well, it is the week of the biggest international electronics show held annually in Las Vegas, called CES and although my employer took too long to approve my travel to said location I will do my best to provide coverage as I receive it from the feeds I follow online. Check our Twitter feed throughout the week for the latest HTC news from #CES2012.
HTC has gone through a bit of a rough patch at the end of 2011, but the quietly brilliant company will likely shed some light during CES on the recent rumors floating around the web which should set the pace for another year of awesome hardware releases.
Windows Phone - Is Windows Phone still a competitor in the smartphone market? It seems the carriers in the United States have sidelined phones running the newly revamped operating system. Have wireless carriers been so distracted by the push to keep up with one another in the 4G game that Windows Phone was dropped on the priority list? We have yet to see any Windows Phone with LTE capability hit the market though speculations have put that responsibility on the hands of Microsoft. I have a feeling there will be a better emphasis on this OS in 2012 and HTC is rumored to release the World’s 1st AT&T LTE Windows Phone as early as this week and it could be codenamed HTC Radiant. Few actual details have been mentioned on this device so I will wait until something more official arrives before posting on it.
HTC led the pack last year by releasing a 4G Android phone on all of the major wireless networks in the US and I am not surprised to see HTC challenge other manufactures at the same task with Windows Phone devices.
Android – Quad-Cores! I made it through the year without a dual-core phone, despite testing several of them thanks to the perks of posting reviews on this site, I did not quite catch the bug. I am however ready to retire my legendary HTC HD2 for the latest and greatest HTC device with quad-core power.
HTC Edge – Rumors about this android powerhouse include a change of processor manufacturers using one by NVIDIA, a quad-core at 1.5 GHz. Other specs include a 4.7″ HD S-LCD 2 screen at 720p resolution and optical lamination, 32 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear cam capable of 1080p video recording, and the front cam is said to be able to record at 720p. These are high end features, people! Also worth mentioning, Beats Audio and Bluetooth 4.0. Why not throw in the latest version of Android while we are at it!?! The last item may not be so, but everything else makes up for that right out of the gate and it should see a quick update to ICS.
HTC Ville – This one we most likely will not hear about this week since it is reported to come with Android’s Icre Cream Sandwich and released in April. HTC could not get something with ICS out the door this quickly, because the Sense user interface will need to be baked into the new OS which means a new Sense version, 4.0 is approaching as well. Expect it to have a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor at 1.5 GHz, 4.3″ AMOLED display, Beats Audio
HTC Fireball – There is not much known about this device yet, but that it has shown up in Verizon’s database. The model number is ADR6410L and that puts it between the HTC Thunderbolt and the HTC Rezound. Something newer and much better than those 2 devices would have a higher model number. There is speculation this device could be a world phone with Verizon’s LTE and 3G around the world.
The HTC Quatro has been floating around for a bit and when it is announced will be the 3rd Android tablet HTC has released. This device will possibly feature NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor with a 10.1″ dispaly and may be the 1st tablet with Beats Audio.
I think HTC wants to be in the tablet arena, but could be waiting for the right combination of hardware, software, and functionality before getting too deeply immersed and with hopes to seperate from the pack just like they did when they introduced the HTC Scribe to Android tablets.