Feb 24 AT 3:38 PM Nick Gray 54 Comments

MWC predictions: what we expect from HTC

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For months, we’ve been writing about HTC and the new devices the company will be unveiling at Mobile World Congress. After countless rumors, leaks and endless speculation, the time has finally come for HTC to unveil its new lineup in Barcelona on Sunday night.

If you’re an avid HTC fan, I’m sure you’ve been keeping up with all the news we’ve pushed out since the first rumors started popping up on the web in December of last year. But we know most of you have missed a story or two, so we’ve decided to put together a recap for you which highlights all the facts we know about HTC’s new lineup.

Based on all the news that’s been going around, we’re pretty confident that HTC will be unveiling four new Android 4.0 powered devices (three phones and one tablet) at Mobile World Congress this year. While that number may seem a bit high considering that HTC plans on focusing on fewer devices in 2012, the number is lower than the six devices HTC announced last year.  Rumors suggest that all four devices will bear the same HTC One name which will be followed by a super-scripted letter design to define each device.

  • HTC One V = value
  • HTC One S = slim
  • HTC One X = extreme
  • HTC One XL = extra large

HTC One V

The HTC One V will be a value device form HTC, featuring a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5 megapixel rear-camera with an f/2.0 lens, Beats Audio, Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4.0.  The phone originated as the HTC Primo last month, but little else is known about the device.

HTC One S

The HTC One S is expected to the thinnest of HTC’s new devices, measuring in at 8mm thick. The One S will be a considerable step up from the HTC One V with a dual-core Qualcomm S4 MSM8960 processor, 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear-camera with an f/2.0 lens, 1080p video recording, 1650 mAh battery, Beats Audio, Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 4.0.

Previously known as the HTC Ville, the HTC One S has been spotted in pictures and several videos already. As with most HTC devices, the HTC One S is expected to be picked up my a few dozen service providers in Europe and there is already evidence that T-Mobile USA has plans to release the phone in the coming months.

HTC One X

If you’re looking for un-throttled power, the HTC One X is the phone you’ve been waiting for. HTC will be breaking from tradition with the One X, making it the very first device in its lineup for feature an NVIDIA processor. The HTC One X will be powered by a 1.5GHz 4-plus-1 quad-core Tegra 3 processor and will sport a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD display, 1 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear illuminated camera with a 28-millimeter f/2.2 lens, 32GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Beats Audio, Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4.0.

Over the past few months, the HTC One X has had a bit of an identity crisis. Other names for the phone have included HTC Edge, HTC Endeavor and HTC Supreme. The One X will not be as thin as the One S  or One V, but the handset is said to be roughly 10mm thick. The original image of the HTC One X showed that the phone featured the standard four capacitive buttons below the screen. Later rumors indicated that HTC would ditch the buttons for on-screen buttons (similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus), but the most recent image of the phone does show buttons below the screen.

Unlike the HTC One S, there is no evidence (yet) that the One X will be picked up by a US carrier, but we expect that to change after the handset is announced. More than 20 service providers form across the globe have already lined up to offer the HTC One X, so we expect to see a variation of the phone made available by one or two of the major US service providers within the coming months.

HTC One XL

Those holding out for a full-sized HTC Android 4.0 tablet will probably be more than pleased with the HTC One XL. Specifications for the Android tablet include a 10.1-inch (1280 x 768) display, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB of RAM, microSD expansion slot, 5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera with 720p video capture and a 2 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video capture.

The assumption is that the HTC One XL (the HTC Quattro) will also feature HTC Sense 4.0 with HTC Scribe digital pen integration, but there have been no rumors to corroborate this information. While we do expect 3G and even 4G variants of the HTC One XL to be picked up by service providers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, consumers should be able to pick up the WiFi HTC One XL in consumer electronics stores this spring.

The new HTC One family of devices should be a huge turning point for HTC. We know that HTC will be making different variations of these devices for different US carriers, but the hope is that the company can spend more time focusing on creating a handful of hero devices for the year rather than pushing out new a device every three weeks that’s only slightly better than the previous version.

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to size, design and specifications, but we can probably all agree that the HTC One family will be stealing most of the attention at Mobile World Congress this year. Which new HTC device do you plan on purchasing this spring?

Source: HTC Source

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • nebsif

    Will that Super LCD on One X be at least somehow on par with GS2′s display? So tired of being unable to use my desire outdoors w/o looking for shadowy corners.. (and it seems my bro’s sensation has the same prob)

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      The LCD that HTC used on the Sensation XL was amazing! You have to see it in person to believe how awesome it looks.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        HTC will most likely be using Sony’s Super LCD2 displays which are much better than current generation displays.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I like! It’s about time that they stop shoving 50 devices down peoples’ throats and instead make a few good ones! However, I question the “S” product. I suspect people will either go with the “V” because it’s smaller or the “X” because it’s larger/faster. I don’t see many wanting the “S”. I get that it’s smaller than the X but I think it would be wiser to just let yesteryear’s product fill in that gap.

    • Joe*D

      I disagree. Many people see 4.3″ as the biggest phone that doesn’t feel too big in the hand. That combined with the S4 dual-core in the One S position it to be the standout phone for me. It has already been bench marked as the faster production processor Android phone on record. The S4 chip is better in my opinion for a phone than the Tegra 3. The Tegra 3 is best for a tablet, until the S4 quad core comes out later in 2012.

      http://androidandme.com/2012/02/smartphones-2/htc-ville-posts-chart-topping-nenamark2-benchmark-scores/

  • Jeff Pan

    A bit disappointed with Tablet display. Lets see how it pans out

    • spazby

      agreed

  • Vance

    OneX on Tmo please!

    • Nathan D.

      You and me both :-)

  • ion orov

    Really like HTC but their Androids are just… boring.

    Its the same black/grey slab with fat centers, again and again and again. Of course, all the Android manufacturers are guilty but at least the others try to incorporate more appealing designs.

    We need more phones like Sony’s “old” Arc S. So what if its single-core… man… the white version is so sexy I almost licked it in the store.

    More design, less “stuff as many cores in it as possible”.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      HTC’s phones may look boring, but I’d rather have a their simple device and aluminum shell any day over the cheap plastics used by Samsung, Motorola and LG. I agree that Sony is ahead of the competition when it comes to hardware aesthetics, but they need to step up their game and produce phones that can compete head to head with HTC another other Android OEMs is they want to be take seriously.

      I’ve been a Sony fan since I purchased my first Walkman back in the 80′s. They have recaptured the design magic they once had, now they just need to be a technology leader as well.

  • Max.Steel

    Yawn. Same ol’, same ol’.

  • aburgthing

    I’m pulling for you HTC. It’s time for a suitable replacement for my trusty Evo. I like the naming convention for your new series of phones.

  • THo

    Two A15 cores are better then 4 A9 cores! The S4 SoC in the One S scores 218 MFLOPS on the multithreaded Linpack while the Tegra comes in at 136 even though a multithreaded test is one of the few places where the Tegra will get all 4 cores going. The only area where the Tegra 3 can compete with the S4 is GPU and then by a very small margin. Plus the One S is thinner, consumes less power and has a world modem built into the S4 SoC – you can move it to any carrier. The One S is newer technology and it shows, unfortunately HTC gave it a qHD screen which kills it for me.

    • Max.Steel

      Qualcomm’s S4 quad-core chips have the advantage for mobile processing because of it’s low power and speed, up to 2.5Ghz per core, It’s support for cameras up to 20 megapixels, and it’s integrated LTE 4G, HSPA+, and CDMA capability. Any other mobile processors with these capabilities?

      • Nathan D.

        I would have gotten it in a heart beat if the s4 had a 720p screen

        • Max.Steel

          Don’t forget that Qualcomms Krait (and previous designs) are the only mass produced ARM compatible chips that are NOT based on ARMS designs (e.g. the A15).

          Krait is closer to the A15 design than the current A9 design inside the Apple A5, Samsung Exnyos, Texas OMAP4 etc but only at a high level.

    • MTown

      You have to remember though, they could be going for what samsung went for last year. The galaxy S2 had a ridiculous processor, but what made it even smoother/snappier was the fact that it had a low res screen. Less pixels to push = smoother experience/better battery life.

      Also, would you rather have a super amoled qhd 4.3 screen (assuming it’s not pentile) or a 4.7 720p lcd screen? Personally I’m all for higher res displays, but I think the real feature that captures me is the Samoled screens (coming from a Galaxy Nexus perspective). I think a lot of people will tell you the same (part of the reason why the GS2 sold so well).

      Or you could just get a Galaxy Nexus and have both :)

  • Nathan D.

    Hopefully we can get carrier names at MWC and it nice to see them slowing it down more with a phone in almost every category so most people will fine something they like.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      As soon as the phones are announced on Sunday night, we should start hearing news from European carriers announcing which phones they plan on carrying. Official launch dates typically are revealed 1-2 weeks after Mobile World Congress.

  • sunrise

    I read somewhere the One S will NOT have an expandable microSD slot, if the same is true for the One X then I think HTC is making a big mistake. Expandable memory in my book is a must when it comes to smartphones.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      To my knowledge, there has been no expandable memory details revealed for the One S, but the One X rumors do indicate that the phone will not have expandable memory. Users will be stick with the 32GB of internal storage.

      • sunrise

        Maybe I was thinking One X, not One S. Thanks for the clarification. Either way, even worse, how could they not include expandable memory in their flagship One X!

        It’s bad enough the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have it either.

        Am I the only one who thinks having an expandable memory slot is important?

        • DROID Sam

          I theory I’ve always agreed with you, but I have had a 32GB microSD card in my phone for nearly 6 months now and can’t fill this thing for the life of me. I used to load up movies on my memory card, but now that netflix is available, most of my storage is used for pictures I take since I use Google Music to get my music fix.

          If they load up these phones with 32GB of internal storage, I think 99% of people who buy the phone will never max it out.

        • MTown

          I think everyone will agree that expandable memory is better. I just think that you can get by on 32GB internal, especially with streaming services.

  • Hall Lo

    Its getting more and more exciting! All of them sounds like something we can look forward to! >u<

  • fletchtb

    Nice predictions. They make sense to me.

  • slurms mckenzie

    galaxy s3 please

  • Sere83

    I used to be an HTC fan but I really CBA with HTC anymore to be honest. Sense has always been ugly and always been laggy IMO.

    All this power will help but again, I just can’t seem to get excited about their devices anymore, they’re always dimensionally priced and often have average to weak battery performance and average cameras. I also find their designs uninspiring.

    Galaxy S 3 please already

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    >> We know that HTC will be making different variations of these devices for different US carriers

    Please tell me what’s the point of reducing their “announcement” to just 4 when they will still be releasing a dozen of phones, each with slightly different spec. I appreciate their “thoughtful” consideration, but at the end of it, to most people who don’t read spec (which is exactly the kind of folks whom they want to send the less selection to make decision message to), it makes absolutely no difference.

  • sunrise

    Wow, I just read an article about the S4 chip on AnandTech, that chip is a killer. It looks like a dual core Krait based S4 is actually faster than Nvidia’s Tegra-3 in most applications.

    Anand goes on to say, “t’s just not easy coming up with current apps that scale well to four ARM cores. That’s not to say that there are no advantages to more than two cores, but you’re more likely to get a benefit from two faster cores vs. four slower ones.”

    You all should go look at the benchmarks. I’m really excited about the dual core S4 based One S now. Hope it ships with microSD slot.

    One thing I’m confused about. Is Krait different from Arm Cortex technology, or is “Krait” just a inside name used by Qualcomm?

  • revsy

    G1,mytouch,my touch slide,my touch 4g * all amazing phones very satisfied
    Not untill my sensation was I disappointed with htc ….hope they win me back or I.might jump ship to Samsung

  • jamal adam

    Dear T-Mobile,
    I would love it if you also picked up the HTC One X.

    Sincerely,
    Your customer

  • AnthonyRyan

    Im wanting the HTC ONE X to come to Tmobile USA if it doesn’t ill go for the HTC ONE S I’ve been following up on these phones for a while and can’t wait see what we get for Tmo hoping both.

  • paul

    I won’t touch anything with HTC sense on again. Slow updates and buggy

    Also, What happened to HTC qwerty handsets? They haven’t replaced the desire z?

    I think HTC have lost their way , but I hope i’m wrong come next week

  • aranea

    So that’s what those letters mean.
    X seems pretty good. I excited to see the ninja in real hands.

  • haz

    Finally. Naming conventions that make sense. Samsung led the way with the Galaxy S naming scheme. Hope everyone starts to pick it up. Hate trying to explain to my non-tech friends the difference between all the phones available. Now we just need it so we can buy a phone and then pick our carrier like Europe #KeepDreamin’

  • RRR

    Yawn…did they fixed in latest phones their shitty camera, overheating and worst ever battery life already?

    Nothing interesting…Where is 5+” phone with 4 cores and full day battery life and 300ppi superamoled+ rgb hd screen?

  • Richard Yarrell

    People need to come to terms with reality now 32gb is more than enough space NO NEED for an SD CARD. I have 100 total applications on my Galaxy Nexus, 2000 pictures, 41mp4 movies and still have 22.13gb of space left. No way all this space can be used.

    • squiddy20

      Ya know, you’re really simple minded and short sighted. Just because YOU can’t fill up 32 GB of space on your “pimp slapping” Galaxy Nexus, doesn’t mean others can’t. I’ve got a 16 GB card that is well over 3/4 full of music, important documents, backup files, downloaded maps for when I don’t have a data connection and am traveling, digital art projects (PSD, AI, etc), and quite a few other files. The only thing I don’t have much of on my phone is videos (full length movies or personally shot ones). A full length movie usually takes *at least* a GB of space, even when compressed, so I KNOW you don’t have “41 mp4 movies” in the sense of theatre length videos (an hour +), on your phone. Get back with me about how you “don’t need” more than 32 GB when you put music and several full length videos on there.
      Also, 100 apps? Seriously? I’ve got just about that many on my “useless” Samsung Moment, which has less than 1/4 of the storage space as the Galaxy Nexus. What the hell was your point?

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        I hate to say this, but I actually agree with Richard. As you mentioned, you have a 16GB card that’s 3/4 full and you’ve got it jam packed with your whole life it seems like. What would you do with another 16 GB?

        In theory, I agree that users should have the option to expand their storage capacity, but storage is all moving to the cloud and these HTC devices are expected to have full dropbox integration throughout the OS with 25GB of free online storage. No need to carry around all those files when you can more easily storage them in the cloud and access them from any computer.

        • squiddy20

          But there’s one major problem with “the cloud”. What do you do if you have a slow internet connection or none at all? Can’t stream that movie you want to watch, can’t listen to that bit of music stuck in your head, can’t get those Powerpoint presentations or Word docs you need for a client or school project. Not until you get a better connection anyway. Until mobile networks become as widespread and reliable as Wifi access is at my local college (pretty much everywhere but the parking lot), “the cloud” isn’t the best option. I’m not saying it doesn’t work, just that we need better data coverage (Sprint, T-mobile, etc) in order for it to be reliable.

          As for what I’d do with another 16 GB? I’d use it to store full length movies, even more apps, more pictures, and more documents. If I had a phone that supported HDMI out, I’d have HD movies and games on the sd so I could use it as a real portable media player complete with games, documents, movies, pictures, music, etc, and all without needing a connection to the internet.

          • Steam

            Another very major problem with “the cloud” is that a lot of people don’t have unlimited data. I’m grandfathered in on Verizon,and except in very extreme cases, they don’t really throttle LTE, but a lot of people aren’t on such plans.. AT&T “unlimited” gets you throttled at 2GB, although a man just sued AT&T and won ~$850. At any rate, if you’re planning on storing everything in the cloud, and pulling it down, it isn’t going to take very long at all before you get hit with overages or throttled. Cloud storage has it’s good points (I, personally, would NEVER store anything I consider important in a cloud), but for mobile devices, you’d better have a really good data plan if you’re a heavy user and everything is in cloud storage.
            Just my 2¢

          • Richard Yarrell

            Life is great knowing that people care so much about my devices. Thanks guys I love all the attention I get from the group of guys that NEVER PURCHASE any devices within the last 2years. Great company they are in I would imagine..LOSERS

          • squiddy20

            Really Richard? You comment on an article almost a month old? It’s utterly hilarious that you insult me about being “useless” or “broke” but you apparently don’t have anything better to do on a Sunday morning than surf the web on your “bitch slapping” Galaxy Nexus. What a joke.
            As for whether (not “rather”) or not we care about “your devices”, we don’t. If you notice (which you obviously didn’t), our conversation was about “the cloud”, not your stupid Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. What a self absorbed moron. Everything just has to be about you, doesn’t it?
            Better to waste our money on other things than stupid smartphones. Yeah, your life must be great that you go through a smartphone or 2 a year instead of spending that money on some much needed education, a car, better housing, clothes, etc. At least we know what your (laughably stupid) priorities lie. Quite sad that you pretty much value your cell phone over your own well being

    • Steam

      Just because *you* can’t fill up a 32GB SD card, doesn’t mean the rest of the world can’t. Once again, just because you have one, it doesn’t mean that it’s good enough for everyone else and the best thing ever. I filled up the 32GB on the GNex I have very quickly with backups alone. I prefer being able to switch out SD cards. There is also no way in hell that you have ” 2000 pictures, 41mp4 movies and still have 22.13gb of space left” *cough bullshit*

      • squiddy20

        Just for argument’s sake, it is possible to have the files he says he has and still be under 22.13 GB. For instance, all 2000 images could be no more than 500 KB (~ 1 GB in total), and all 41 mp4s could be no more than 1 minute or so like most of the Youtube videos he’s posted featuring him roaming around NYC blabbering on about nothing. Just saying, he *could* be telling the truth, but I highly doubt it.
        BTW, what’s the standard smartphone recording format these days anyway? Is it mp4? My Moment records in .3gp.

        • Steam

          True, I will concede that it certainly is *possible*, but this is Richard were talking about, Squiddy. You just KNOW, he takes all of his pictures at 5MP and shoots all of his video at 1080p 30fps, because “more pixels=boss (derp)”. The apps he has are likely small apps, like the “yeah dog” app, because anything more complicated would have him screaming and running around in circles, confused and terrified (oh, wait, that’s his normal state of being anyway). Everything he mentioned would have to be at the bare minimum, as you’ve said; 30-60 second “movies”, 2000×150KBpictures, and his 100 apps are very small, extremely uncomplicated things. Like “Let’s learn our ABCs! ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ” – with no actual graphics, just a black screen with white letters. There is also the fact that, the phone comes with 32GB, you don’t get to access all of it – some of it is dedicated memory. I forgot how much is available out-of-the-box, but I would guess about 2-4GB would be subtracted from the 32? I don’t feel like looking it up, and I’m not wiping everything off of mine to find out. Anyway, that leaves even less room.
          Of course, Richard is nuttier than squirrel shit, and thinks that everything he owns runs on the magic bestowed upon it by the CEOs of the respective companies involved just for him. You know the crazy bastard has visions of the various iterations of the Nexus phones, and how they’re all a great big family, with him and his magical GNex sitting at the head of the table while he and his phone hold court and talk to one another. “Don’t you think so, Galaxy Nexus?”, “Yeah Dawg!”, and everyone applauds him, and tells him how wonderful he and his GNex are, and that as long as he has it, he can’t be put in the Dark Basement. Then he tries to carry his crazy fantasy world online.

  • WlfHart

    Not liking the thought that no US carriers have picked up the One X yet…