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Here are the first samples from the HTC One Ultrapixel camera

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In one of the bravest moves in smartphone history, HTC gave up on the megapixel war and decided to equip its latest smartphone with a 4 MP snapper at the back. The low resolution allowed each individual pixel to be much larger, which improves per-pixel detail and low-light performance significantly. So even though the HTC One sensor measures a modest 1/3″ in diagonal, each of its 4 million Ultrapixels (as HTC calls them) is much larger than that of the average smartphone (by about 300%).

So in theory, while you will be sacrificing some detail in well-lit environments, you should be getting better low-light results. Add the super bright F/2.0 lens and you should be getting the smartphone with the best low-light performance in business. And since you would be downsizing many of your images anyway, this seems like a fair trade to us. As long as the HTC One delivers on those promises, that is. Read more »

This is the extra gear HTC has prepped for your HTC One

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As usual with high-end devices, we are sure that by the time the HTC One hits the stores, there would be plenty of third-party accessories to choose from. Nevertheless, it’s still reassuring to know HTC has created several high-quality accessories, matching the HTC One colors and design language.

The list of accessories we managed to snap at the HTC One unveiling event includes several cases, a desk cradle, an external power-pack and a new white/silver version of the HTC Bluetooth stereo headset. Read more »

HTC One benchmark scores are here, ready to blow your mind

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The HTC One comes with a brand new Snapdragon 600 chipset, which is the first to offer four 1.7GHz Krait CPU cores and we were pretty curious to find how much of a performance boost it brings.

To be honest we were taken by surprise by the HTC One processing prowess. We did expect it to deliver some of the best performance out there, but some of the scores were simply amazing. Read more »

Smartphone king wanted: HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z vs Galaxy S III

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HTC One is now official and it’s maker is hoping it will be its best chance of reclaiming the smartphone throne yet. Armed with 4.7″ 1080p display of insane pixel density, a 1.7GHz quad-core Krait CPU and a build quality like that, the HTC One is certainly in the running for the smartphone of the season.

But competition might disagree and Sony in particular will be keen to point your attention in the direction of its own Xperia Z. So we decided to pit them against each other and see which one comes on top. The Samsung Galaxy S III joined the fun, too, to show how much smartphones have evolved for the better part of a year. Read more »

Watch the first official HTC One promo video

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Moments after the unveiling of HTC’s new flagship – the HTC One – we can now enjoy the first official video ad.

The video makes a nice job of explaining the various buzzwords HTC invented to pet-name some of the new features, introduced on the HTC One. Read more »

Vic Gundotra says the next Nexus will sport an “insanely great” camera

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The camera of the Nexus 4 isn’t very good and we’ve confirmed this in our detailed review of the smartphone. However, Vic Gundotra has posted today that the company is “committed to making Nexus phones [with] insanely great cameras.

This came out as a response to a discussion about the camera capabilities of the Nexus 4. Google’s Senior VP of Engineering even slipped out a little teaser saying, “just you wait and see.” Read more »

Google said to be working on opening retail stores by end of the year

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According to the sources at 9to5Google, Google will be opening its own chain of retail stores in the US by the end of the year around holiday shopping season.

This move may have come across as a surprise a couple of years ago, but with the advent of the Nexus devices and the Chromebook, along with upcoming devices such as Project Glass, a retail chain of stores is just the thing that the company needs. Read more »

Kernel source code for the Jelly Bean update of the Samsung Galaxy S II released

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Samsung recently started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II to give it the same Nature UX experience as its successor. Now, the Koreans have open sourced the kernel used for the update, which will help developers of custom ROMs.

Samsung has steadily been releasing source codes for the kernels used on its phones (the Galaxy S II ICS kernel was released in March), trying to play nice with the developer community. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z used as an underwater cam, makes a cool 3 minute video

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Most smartphones don’t usually fancy dipping their toes in swimming pools, but not the Sony Xperia Z. The flagship smartphone was taken for some underwater action by an early adopter.

With its IP57 certification, the Xperia Z doesn’t even break a sweat shooting the 3-minute underwater video. Read more »

HTC Butterfly lands in our office, check it out before the review ninjas take it away

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The HTC device which made a big name for itself by being the first with a 5″ 1080p screen from a major manufacturer has finally arrived in our office.

We were able to snap a few pictures and even get a quick video of the device in action before sending it off to reviewland, so join us for our first impressions of the HTC flagship and its FullHD screen. Read more »

Check out all the HTC One teaser clips in one video

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HTC has been releasing teaser clips on its official website for some time now that show bits and pieces of the upcoming HTC One, also known as the HTC M7.

Now all the clips have been released and they play one after the other on HTC’s website. But if you don’t want giant numbers in front of the video (there is a countdown on the site for the February 19 event) or the pause between them, watch the video below. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z makes it to our headquarters, we film the first encounter

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It’s finally here, folks. The retail unit of Sony Xperia Z has just landed in our office and we are ready to give you our traditional unboxing and UI demo video.

The Xperia Z was announced at CES in Las Vegas last month and was undoubtedly the most interesting device at the event. It features a 5-inch 1080p display enhanced with Sony Mobile BRAVIA 2 engine. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z, HTC Butterfly and Oppo Find 5: 1080p droids gather at HQ, star in a mouth-watering photo session

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If you are following our Facebook page (and if you aren’t you totally should), you already know that two exciting new smartphones landed at our office today. The HTC Butterfly and the Sony Xperia Z are the among the several 5″ 1080p 2013 flagships that promise to change your definition of sharpness forever.

And while our review squad has already been dispatched to take the two beasts through their paces, we thought we might give you a few shots in advance to feast your eyes on. The Xperia Z and the Butterfly are joined by the Oppo Find 5, which has a screen of the same size and resolution as them. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z first battery test comes out pretty decent

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The Sony Xperia Z, which has just been made available in Japan, has undergone a quick battery test in the hands of the Russian Hi-Tech Mail news portal and the results from it aren’t all that bad.

The battery of Sony’s Android flagship has been put through its paces using the AnTuTu Tester app and has outperformed the likes of the HTC Incredible S and the Samsung Galaxy S II. That’s a good start. Read more »

New Nexus 4 ad shows off the Google Now feature

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Google has been releasing some great ads for its products in the past couple of years. The ads for the Nexus devices in particular have been very good.

The latest in these series of great ads is this new one for the Nexus 4 that was aired during the Grammys. Although the ad is for the phone, it focuses solely on the Google Now functionality on the device. Read more »