Anyone who thought that Samsung is losing ground to its competitors needs to check their facts again because they have apparently done very well in Q1 2016, as made evident by a 10.4% growth in profit. The impressive figure of $43.3 billion or ₩49 trillion in terms of first quarter sales is a significant increase over 2015's quarter one sales which was $40.7 billion or ₩47.1 trillion.
The profit made from these sales so far in 2016 is even more impressive as the $5.7 billion (₩6.6 trillion) figure shows an increase of 10.45% from last year. Although it is not mentioned anywhere specifically, one can pretty much guess that the incredibly well received Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge played a very big role here. It was to be expected once you consider that Samsung has shipped over 10 million Galaxy S7s in the month of March alone!
If these numbers are any indication of what's to come then this is going to be a very big year for the South Korean Electronics giant. We do think that the Galaxy S7 is a fantastic smartphone and the sales figure is probably well deserved.
Now it's time to get a sneak peek at yet to be announced HTC One X9 smartphone based on Android. Thanks to China's TEENA, we are able to get some concrete information related to the rumoured phone. The telecommunication agency has taken a step further by revealing specs of the gadget along with detailed images.
According to the images posted by TEENA the phone looks a lot similar to what the images leaked earlier this week depicted. It seems the device will be sporting BoomSound speaker and retaining the flatter back side. Interesting thing is that the company will be moving the criticized front-branding to the top of the phone.
Revealed specs suggest that the device will boast a Full HD 5.5 inch display, a 2.2GHZ Quad core Soc (brand is not yet known), 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, 13 MP snapper in the back along with 5 MP counterpart in the front and support for microSD. The dimension is reported to be 153.2mm X 75.9mm, 7.99mm thick, and the weight will be around 174 grams. These pictures will serve to strengthen the growing discourse that HTC has "copied" other smartphones like Huawei Nexus 6P or the Lenovo PHAB Plus.
HTC One (M9) was released with some bugs on the camera that affects the photos quality, along with some other performance issues on the Sense 7 UI. Well, HTC acted fast to fix these bugs for the lucky M9 owners.
Today, HTC released a new firmware update version 1.32.531.33 to all One M9 users starting from the U.S. carriers (AT&T, Verizon... etc).
The update improves the One M9's camera capabilities in most scenarios, including when taking outdoor and indoor photos, macros, or photos with the LED flash on. You can see some sample photos in the slideshow below. Apparently, the front-facing camera of the M9 doesn't need any fixes, and won't be affected by the update.
Available to order online since March, the HTC One M9 will hit shelves across the US tomorrow. The M9 costs $199 on contract, and, despite the fact that HTC just announced the QHD One M9+ last week.
Finally, HTC has just officially announced the One M9+ at a press event held in Beijing, China.
The HTC One M9+ features a 5.2" QHD 1440 x2560 pixels display and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7 UI. It packs 32GB built-in storage and has a 20MP rear f/2.2 camera with secondary lens on the top for depth-sensing. For the selfie enthusiasts, there is a UltraPixel camera in the front. One major highlight of this smartphone is the 2.2GHz MediaTek MT6795T chipset armed with an octa-core CPU and 3GB RAM.
HTC BoomSound speakers with Dolby Surround sound support come on the front along with a home button which integrates a fingerprint sensor with support for the AliPay payment system in China. There is no clarity on whether the One M9+ if sold outside China will bear fingerprint sensor. The device also offers a 2840 mAh battery to power the smartphone. HTC will introduce the phone in three color options Gunmetal grey, Amber Gold, and Silver Gold color options.
HTC also announced that the HTC One M9+ won't be launching North America or Europe and it's currently exclusive to China users.
"The One M9+ is not currently planned to be released in North America or Europe, where we believe our flagship HTC One M9 is the best choice for blazing fast performance, incredible sound, and network compatibility across the broadest range of operators," - HTC official
New info leaked regarding the HTC One M9+ also known as "HTC Hima Ultra" indicates that the device will be announced in China. The info came from HTC ROM developer @LlabTooFeR who reports that it's going to be released not just in Asia, but also in Europe.
HIMA_ULTRA also known as HTC One M9+ will be available on European market. Device will be based on MT6795 chipset.— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) March 25, 2015
In addition to this piece of info, @LlabTooFeR posted no less than 16 wallpapers that should come pre-installed on the One M9 Plus. These are all QHD (2880 x 2560 pixel) wallpapers, you can Download them all from the link below.