Review: The HTC U Ultra

The HTC U Ultra, designed for U, is the latest phone from HTC that is uniquely different from their previous phones. Moving away from the unibody metal signature look, the U Ultra boldly plonks for glass that has been made popular by the like of Samsung. I might miss the industrial look of the HTC One series, but the U Ultra with the new Liquid Surface looks good in a refreshing way, especially the brighter colours like blue and turquoise. The way it catches light and shimmers like a piece of jewellery is stunning. Let’s dive deeper with the phone.
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Google Pixel & Pixel XL is out! (Bye Nexus)

The rumor has been proven true – the Google Nexus line is officially dead. Yep, bye Nexus, as Google just introduced two Google Pixel smartphone, namely the Pixel & Pixel XL (a href = “http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanbaptiste/2016/10/05/the-pixel-smartphone-is-actually-made-by-htc-not-google/#6aa1a1d54ac9″>made by HTC).

Specification of Pixel & Pixel XL

  • 5-inch Full HD / 5.5-inch Quad-HD AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB/128GB storage
  • 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.0, 1.55um pixels
  • 8-megapixel-front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (Rejoice my friends!)
  • 2,770 mAh / 3,450 mAh
  • Android 7.1 Nougat with new Pixel Launcher, Google Assistant and Google Magic
  • Google Daydream (VR)

Unlike last year Nexus 5X v 6P where there is a significant difference between the specification (eg. Snapdragon 808 v Snapdragon 810). The Pixel line has similar specification so you are able to get the same amount of power regardless of which model you chose. An interesting thing to note is that both Pixel & Pixel XL are smaller than previously Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P in term of screen size, which should be more suitable for one hand usage.

The Pixel comes in three colour – Quite Black, Really Blue & Very Silver (Yes it’s not a hoax).
The end of Nexus line also means the end of affordable stock Google devices, the 32GB Pixel costs US$649 and goes up to US$869 for the XL with 128GB.

With the HTC struggle to bring in HTC 10 into local market for months, we are highly doubtful that Pixel will be available in local market in near future.

HTC One E9+ Available in Singapore

The HTC One E9+ dual sim will be available this weekend in Singapore (29th August 2015). The bigger sibling to the HTC One E9 offers the same sleek, sophistication with a 5.5″ 2K large display, paired with good specs, at a mid-range level price.

Tech Specs

  • Mediatek Helio X10 Octa-core 2 GHz
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Dimensions 156.5 x 76.5 x 7.5 mm (6.16 x 3.01 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight 150 g (5.29 oz)
  • 2K (2560 x 1440) 5.5″ Display
  • Front facing ultrapixel camera
  • 20 MP rear facing camera, 4K video recording
  • BoomSound with Dolby Audio Surround
  • 32GB Internal Storage, with microSD slot

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Review: The Beautifully Crafted HTC One M9

HTC One M9 goes on sale in Singapore this weekend. Described as a classic yet timeless celebration of beauty and elegance that combines high end style and performance, the HTC One M9 is quite the head turner. While it looks largely similar to its predecessor, that’s not a bad thing as the HTC One series ranks highly due to it’s crafted, all metal body design. There are still a number of hardware and software updates compared to last year version, and in this review, we will cover the new features introduced for the One M9.

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