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Keep up to date with breaking HTC news about their smart phone range including the new HTC One as well as the HTC One Mini and other HTC smart phones.

HTC A9 (Aero) to rock MediaTek deca-core processor

When HTC lifted the lid on the HTC One M9, the device was expected to change the Taiwanese phone maker’s fortunes. Sadly, it did the opposite of what the company was hoping for, forcing HTC CEO Cher Wang to promise investors that they would release a “Hero” phone in October. Previous reports claimed that this device would be the “HTC Aero,” but we’ve learned recently that the Hero phone would be the “HTC O2,” a device with a 6-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 CPU under the hood, and IP certification. Since the Snapdragon 820 will only be available in the first quarter of next year, the HTC O2 is said to launch in the same time period. This said, does this mean that HTC has killed the HTC Aero? According to a new report, the Aero will still see the light of day and that it will come with a deca-core processor under the hood.

HTC Aero to come with MediaTek deca-core processor under the hood?

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The news comes to us courtesy of Chinese-speaking Mobile-Dad. The report claims that HTC is still planning to launch the HTC Aero and it will be launched as the “HTC A9.” It also claims that the Aero will have MediaTek’s Helio X20 CPU on board, which is said to have 10 individual cores (deca-core). It also said to feature 2.5 D curved glass.

The HTC A9 is also said to be offered in the following colour options – Tyrant Gold and Dark Grey. It is said to cost in the US around $470 (around £304) to $626 (around £405), with US network operator AT&T to be the first to offer the device to its customers. Lastly, the A9 is said to sport a groundbreaking rear-facing camera and will be clad in metal. Aside from the US, we’re guessing it will also be available in Taiwan, HTC’s home country. Sadly, we still don’t know whether the device will be available in the UK.

Sadly, that’s all she wrote at the moment, but we are sure to come across more information about the HTC A9 in the weeks to come. Stay tuned for further updates.

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HTC Desire 626, 626s, 526, and 520 make their official debut

The HTC Desire 626, the HTC Desire 626s, the HTC Desire 526, and the HTC Desire 520 have just made their official debut. HTC says that the new smartphones are “premium” but “affordable” smartphones.

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HTC Desire 526

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Press release:

HTC MAKES PREMIUM SMARTPHONES AFFORDABLE WITH NEW HTC DESIRE® LINE UP

New HTC Desire smartphones make flagship features and stand-out design affordable, and broadly available at prepaid and postpaid carriers beginning this month

Bellevue, WA, July 15, 2015 – HTC America Inc., a leader in mobile innovation, announces the release of four new HTC Desire LTE smartphones – the HTC Desire 626, HTC Desire 626s, HTC Desire 526 and HTC Desire 520 – designed to make premium smartphones affordable and accessible to all. HTC brings many of the same features found in its flagship HTC One® M9 to a premium and modern design that will withstand the test of time.

“At HTC, we don’t think you should have to sacrifice or settle if you are looking for an affordable smartphone. That is why we are bringing the absolute best affordable smartphones to market with the HTC Desire lineup,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America. “Our Desire smartphones bring the premium experiences, performance and style of our flagship smartphone at an incredible price.”

Bold, personal design meets high performance

The new HTC Desire smartphones represent the intersection of modern style and performance. The seamless construction combined with the latest in color combinations delivers stand-out style that will continue to look great over time.

The HTC Desire 626 and HTC Desire 626s have a 5-inch screen and come in an array of dual color combinations, including Marshmallow White, Gray Lava, Blue Lagoon, Marine White and White Birch. The HTC Desire 526 has a 4.7-inch screen and comes in Stealth Black, and the HTC Desire 520 has a 4.5-inch screen and comes in Steel Gray.

Personal style isn’t only on the surface. With HTC Sense® 7, the new HTC Desire smartphones can be customized with HTC Themes, HTC BlinkFeed® and HTC Sense Home applications.

HTC Themes pull color and textural elements from a favorite photo to modify the look of apps, color scheme and home screen. HTC Themes also provides an opportunity to create and share a theme with the HTC community, or just browse and download one created by other HTC users.

The HTC Sense Home is an intelligent widget that automatically curates apps based on usage and location. It is contextually aware of location, time of day and preferred apps at home, work or on the go. While exploring a new city, HTC BlinkFeedintelligently recommends restaurants near you and recommended by friends during mealtimes.

As LTE devices with quad-core processors, the HTC Desire 626, HTC Desire 626s, HTC Desire 526 and HTC Desire 520 offer speedy uploads and downloads while keeping up with multitasking between apps. A 2000 mAh battery and expandable memory further enhance the power of the new HTC Desire line.

A better way to relive favorite memories

The HTC Desire 626 and HTC Desire 626s’ 5-inch, HD 720 pixel screen beautifully displays photos, video and multimedia content with an immersive smartphone experience. HTC One Gallery syncs with Facebook, Flickr, Google Drive and Dropbox accounts and brings photos together in a single location to make finding, searching and viewing easier than ever.

Zoe®, a signature HTC app that comes preloaded, makes it especially easy to share visual stories of experiences with friends and family in a more dynamic way. Zoe Highlights combine favorite photos and video with music to bring the experience to life. The HTC Desire line comes with an 8MP primary camera and video captured by HD 720p video recording capabilities. The HTC Desire 626 has a 5MP front-facing camera while the HTC Desire 626s, HTC Desire 526 and HTC Desire 520 come with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

Availability

The HTC Desire 626, HTC Desire 626s, HTC Desire 526 and HTC Desire 520 will be widely available in a variety of colors from major prepaid and postpaid U.S. wireless providers including AT&T, Boost Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Sprint Prepaid, T-Mobile, Tracfone, Verizon Wireless and Virgin Mobile USA. Each provider will confirm the colors and models it’s carrying, beginning this week and through the coming months. Follow @HTCUSA and visit www.htc.com/us/smartphones/htc-desire-626/ andwww.htc.com/us/smartphones/htc-desire-526/ for more information.

It is yet to be determined if HTC’s latest additions to its Desire lineup will be available in the UK.

Stay tuned here at Phones LTD for further announcements.

Some HTC One M9 units charge too long after update

Italian-speaking Webtrek.it reports that some HTC One M9 units take too long to charge after updating to software version 1.40.401.8. Normally, it takes the device to fully charge its battery in 106 minutes, but the update causes the smartphones to fully charge its batteries in as long as 13 hours (screenshot below).

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HTC UK acknowledged the bug on Twitter saying that “this is an issue that we’re aware of since the last update on the M9, if you uninstall the Google Photos application…” Unfortunately, it isn’t clear whether uninstalling Google Photos is the solution or if the app is the cause of the problem.

The good news is, there is a solution. Owners of the HTC One M9 experiencing the problem have to either turn off or restart their smartphones when the start charging. True, this isn’t at all convenient, but it’s an available workaround to the problem until HTC rolls out a fix via software update.

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New report claims HTC Aero will come with Quad HD screen with 2.5D glass and Gorilla Glass 4 protection

It’s a fact that the HTC One M9, HTC’s current flagship is suffering from weak sales. This is why the Taiwanese phone maker was forced to cook up a new hero smartphone. It is expected to be officially unveiled in October. This rumoured hero phone is said to be known internally as the “HTC Aero.” A new report is saying that it will come with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) screen with 2.5D glass and Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

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This is according to Viet-speaking HTCVietnam. Recently, a report claimed that the Aero would sport a camera that features support for RAW files, and will come with an aperture of f/1.9. This will allows users to take high quality pictures even under less than optimal lighting conditions.

The new report says that the Aero would sport a screen of unknown size with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with 2.5D glass and Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

Of course, since there’s no way for us to confirm if this is accurate or not, take this information with a pinch of salt.

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Kelly Brooks promoted EE-exclusive HTC One M9 Gold on Gold

The first 4G LTE network in the UK, EE, is now offering the HTC One M9 Gold on Gold as an exclusive to its customers. To promote the new and special colour option of the M9, the carrier uses the stunning model/actress Kelly Brook to promote the device.

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You can get get your hands on the HTC One M9 Gold on Gold via EE’s online shop or actual stores. Tariffs start at £31.99 a month, which comes with 1 GB of 4G data, 1,000 minutes of talk time, and unlimited texts. The smartphone is offered at no up-front cost.

To recap, the HTC One M9 sports a 5-inch with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera made by Toshiba, a 4-megapixel Ultrapixel front-facing camera, front-facing BoomSound speakers developed by Dolby Audio, 32/64 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (as much as 128 GB), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2 GHz and four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, an Adreno 430 GPU, 3 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 2,840 mAh battery. It runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with HTC’s Sense 7.0 UI slapped on top.

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