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    With T-Mobile letting the HTC 10 go from its stores quick, the Taiwanese manufacturer might have to rely on a mid-range phone to bring the money line just a bit higher. Perhaps a mid-range phone or two. VentureBeat's Evan Blass is reporting that HTC is working on a Desire 10 Lifestyle as well as a Desire 10 Pro. A source has disclosed specifications for the Lifestyle variant — a moniker that was associated with a spec downgrade on the HTC 10 Lifestyle. The display will span 5.5 inches at a 720p resolution and it will show off whatever Android Marshmallow has in store. An unknown ...

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    HTC made some significant changes to the BoomSound hardware on the HTC 10. The One M7 introduced us to the joys of front facing stereo speakers on a phone, and the One M8 and M9 continued that design. The 10 shifts things around though. Likely a necessity to include the fingerprint sensor on the front face, we no longer have true stereo playback. Instead the top speaker, which doubles as the phone call earpiece, produces most of the high pitched and mid range audio, while a bottom firing speaker fills in the lower mids and bass. It's an interesting experiment to be sure, and there's been ...

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    Many in the mobile tech media ranks have admitted to being at least a little excited for the HTC 10. In the 36 hours or so before the Taiwanese manufacturer officially launches the new Android phone, there's been no need to struggle through the pre-event ennui, much less to say the pre-availability ennui. GSM Helpdesk out of the Netherlands has gotten hold of pictures of a black unit, towed alongside a spec summary. We see affirmation of the 5.2-inch Super-LCD 5 screen with resolution of 2560 x 1440 as well as the removal of software navigation keys — they've been reformed as lit ...

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    Take a look at some of those leaked HTC 10 hardware pics, and if you had been a big fan of the dual front-facing stereo BoomSound speakers of One-series flagships past, you might be finding yourself pretty seriously disappointed: where'd its speakers go? There's that one very vanilla-looking earpiece up top, and and a fat lot of nothing down below. But that hasn't stopped HTC from teasing the phone with promises of big BoomSound sound, and the imagery it used sure suggested that stereo sound would return – even if that meant moving the bottom speaker to the phone's edge. While we still ...

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    It's been just about one month now since HTC started confirming what everyone was already talking about, and began teasing its next smartphone launch. More teasers followed over the course of March, and yesterday we finally saw the manufacturer share details about the launch event that will finally see the presumptive HTC 10 go official, scheduled for April 12. We've got a couple weeks to go until we get there, however, which means HTC's got ample time to keep on teasing some of the phone's stand-out features. Last weak that meant teasing its “world class” cameras, and today HTC does ...

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    China first saw an evolved form of the HTC One A9 late last year. Europe now finally gets a chance to look at the phone and so do we at MWC. Everything lives larger on the One X9: from the 5.5-inch screen — still 1080p and also a return to Super LCD — to that 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera with OIS 2.0 to the whole design aesthetic of the A9. BoomSound gets a comeback with Dolby-enhanced loudness. Capacitive keys, for better or worse, are also here, along with a 5-megapixel selfie cam. Android Marshmallow and Sense UI come upon a MediaTek X10 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM, ...

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    A good audio experience is one of the biggest deciding factors for me when I’m looking into buying a new smartphone. “Does it have front-facing speakers?” “How loud do the speakers get?” “What about earpiece sound quality?” Especially given how much music I listen to and how many YouTube videos I watch with my friends and coworkers on a daily basis, having loud, clear sound no matter where I go is important to me. Ever since the One M7, HTC has become sort of a household name when it comes to smartphone audio. Its BoomSound speakers are louder than just about anything else ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 4,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    As an aspiring naval cadet in my senior year of high school, I was placed in charge of my ROTC unit's drill team. It was a well-regarded outfit, but it had used the same choreography for years; no matter how cool a 12-person team looks spinning 16-pound rifles, anything gets monotonous if you don't change it up. Seeking to leave a lasting legacy while bringing home a trophy or two, I told our unit's Chief of my plans to completely overhaul our stale performance routine. "Fisher," he said, his face wrinkling with impatience, "you've got a good routine already. Don't go reinventing ...

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    There was a time when the name "HTC" was synonymous with "Windows Mobile." The two were so intertwined during the latter half of the last decade that, no matter what form factor or Windows version you needed, you could find an HTC-badged smartphone to suit you. Then came the great Windows reboot of 2010, wherein Microsoft completely reinvented its mobile platform to better compete with iOS and Android. HTC's efforts with the new Windows Phone 7 were at first strong and nearly as varied as they were in the Windows Mobile days ... but the platform's sluggish adoption rate and HTC's ...

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    Last month, I reviewed the Verizon HTC One M8. Like my colleague Michael Fisher, I gave it one of our highest review scores ever … and rightly so. The design is phenomenal, the software is surprisingly great, and the user experience is off the charts. The camera, of course, could stand to be better, but the One M8 is still one of the most impressive handsets I've ever used. A few days after publishing my review, however, I started to miss the One M8 … for several reasons. Most importantly, the M8 ships with dual-front-facing BoomSound speakers. Like last year, these front-firing ...

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    After I wrapped-up my review of the Verizon model of the One M8, I popped my personal SIM back in the Nexus 5. I used it for about a week and was mostly satisfied, but it didn't take long for me to start missing the One M8. I thought switching back to what has been my favorite smartphone for the better part of the last eight months, the Moto X, might subdue my need for HTC's shiny, new phone. And it did – again, only for a few days. I had missed the Moto X and the way it perfectly glides into the palm of your hand, the tiny dimple on the back, and especially Touchless Control. But it ...

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    The last Windows Phone to make an appearance on Sprint retail shelves was also the company's first - and it also hailed from HTC. The Arrive, a side-sliding QWERTY smartphone that made up part of the original Windows Phone 7 rollout back in 2011, has for the past two-and-a-half years represented Sprint's only modern Microsoft offering - a sad state of affairs for fans of Live Tiles on America's third-largest network. So the HTC 8XT, with its modern build, BoomSound speakers, and up-to-date Windows Phone 8 operating system, is a sight for sore eyes. It's bound to be an improvement over the ...

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    Normally, the launch of a carrier-specific variant of an HTC 8X wouldn't merit much in the way of celebration. It certainly wouldn't ordinarily be enough to rearrange our schedule, especially if it meant delaying the recording of the already-late Pocketnow Weekly podcast for another hour, or putting the on-time publication of our Nokia Lumia 1020 review in serious jeopardy. If this were a less-notable device, we'd have pushed it off until Monday. But the HTC 8XT is no ordinary WP8 smartphone. It's Sprint's first Windows Phone 8 device, and only the second Windows Phone the carrier has ever ...

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    The modern world of smartphone audio is perhaps best summed up by country-music singer Loretta Lynn: we've come a long way, baby. For much of the decade or so that smartphones have existed, the devices have been plagued by underwhelming audio performance, a symptom of too-small speakers paired with anemic software drivers, permitted only to suckle the tiniest bit of energy from an already power-strapped system. With very few exceptions, audio has been the afterthought, not the focus, of the smartphone industry. Thankfully, that's started to change in recent years. As smart devices have ...

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    We didn't expect to run the Weekly with a skeleton crew two weeks in a row - and it's a good thing we didn't have to. Mere minutes into this week's Tony-and-Michael-only podcast, Taylor Martin arrives to save us from the spectre of a fun, but low-energy, two-man show. In its place: jokes, laughs, and a lot of industry insight you're gonna wanna put your ears on. We talk phone batteries that can jump-start your car, what place Twitter has in music, whether we should be excited about Motorola's X phone or Nokia's aluminum Catwalk, and the strengths and weaknesses of Windows Phone, Facebook ...

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