It seems like the rest of the world is enjoying some HTC One Series love, but those of us in the U.S are still waiting. We got a glimpse of the EVO 4G LTE variant last week, but we won’t see that till probably late May. There is the One X for AT&T, but still nothing official as far as when. Looks like T-Mobile might be the winning carrier for releasing something from the One series first. The One S has been rumored to land on April 22, but according to Tmonews, training has begun and things seem to point towards April 25 instead. Can you handle three more days? I know I can.
If you picked up a shiny new HTC One X or One S this Easter weekend — or you already own an earlier Sense device — then you’ll find a special offer waiting for you in the HTC Watch app. Until the end of Easter Monday, the rental price of many movies in HTC Watch has been cut down to almost nothing — in the UK, the cost is just £0.05.
The HTC Watch catalog has been growing slowly but steadily since the service launched on the Sensation last spring, and it’s bundle on Sense 3.0+ smartphones, as well as tablets like the Flyer and Jetstream.
A few highlights in this weekend’s Easter Special offer include —
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
- The Hangover 2
- Final Destination 5
- The Matrix
To view the full list, fire up HTC Watch and select the “Easter Weekend Special” option from the main menu.
There’s nothing quite like comparing benchmark scores to work up mobile phone lovers into a frenzy. If past ventures have taught us anything it’s that the best benchmark scores don’t always equate to the best real life performance but that doesn’t stop us checking to see exactly what score our latest and greatest gadget can achieve. The Quadrant benchmark test is one of the better known benchmark tools for Android and the T-Mobile branded HTC One S is the latest device to be put through its paces and we’re pleased to report that it passes with flying colours.
HTC’s latest must-have device with its Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5GHz processor scored an impressive 4729 which places it streets ahead of high end devices like the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II. Who needs quad-core!
Our friends over at TmoNews also discovered some other interesting points about the device. T-Mobile US look set to have a 180 exclusive on the One S which is expected to launch mid April. The launch model is also expected to have a blue tint to the bodywork with the black and red trim variant launching later in June. The phone will also be receiving “Mao” treatment which stands for “Micro-Arc-Oxidation”. To you and I that means that the ceramic surface is 3 times stronger than steel, sounds good to me!
Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid and we’ll keep you posted as to when HTC’s faster than light and stronger than steel super-phone finally hits the market.
Source : TmoNews
Intel’s Medfield chipset promises to bring performance and improved power consumption to Ice Cream Sandwich-powered devices. Launch partner Lenovo is promising to release its 1.6GHz Atom Z2460-powered K800 smartphone in China in two months. Until then, we won’t really know if Medfield will live up to its potential, but Engadget managed to score some early benchmarks for a prototype K800 running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread.
Now we just have to see how well the battery holds up. Check out the full benchmarks after the break.
K800 HTC One S HTC One X Galaxy Note(int’l)
Quadrant (v2) 3,850 5,053 4,906 3,854
Linpack single-thread (MFLOPS) 89.47 103.88 48.54 64.3
Linpack multi-thread (MFLOPS) 90.57 222.22 150.54 95.66
NenaMark2 (fps) 27.6 61.0 47.6 32.8
NenaMark1 (fps) 38 60.8 59.5 56.6
Vellamo 1,162 2,452 1,617 901
SunSpider 9.1 (ms, lower numbers are better) 1,270.2 1,742.5 1,772.5 2,902
HTC may be riding a wave of good publicity following the launch of the One X and One S, but things aren’t looking quite so rosy on the financial side. The Taiwanese manufacturer released its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of the year today, showing of NT$67.8 billion (~$2.3 billion), down from NT$104.2 billion (~$3.5 billion) for the same quarter last year — a 35% drop. Similarly, HTC’s operating income shrank from NT$16.5 billion in Q1 2011 to just NT$5.6 billion in the last quarter.
HTC back in February HTC said it was expecting a weaker Q1, due to “product cycle transition”, insisting this was a “temporary phenomenon.” Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 were dominated by the iPhone 4S launch, along with continued strong success for HTC’s main Android rival, Samsung. The manufacturer will be hoping to recapture consumers’ imaginations with new “hero” devices like the HTC One X and One S, which launched in Europe yesterday.