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Cricket Unveils The $90 LG Spree

First-time smartphone buyers don t require that much power in their pockets. If anything, they d like to start out with something that s functional. The LG Spree1 for Cricket Wireless seems to fit the bill just fine without coming close to costing an arm and a leg. Currently available for purchase through AT&T s prepaid subsidiary, the Spree doesn t exactly exude luxury with its polycarbonate exterior, but the fake brushed metal finish should allow the Spree to remain in your hands. Continuing our tour on the outside further affirms the Spree s entry-level status, with the smartphone packing a 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 resolution display. A 2-megapixel camera sits above the display, while a 5-megapixel primary camera can be found around back.

Taking a peek under the hood reveals a 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor paired with 1GB of RAM. You ll only get 8GB of internal storage, though you can add up to an additional 32GB through the Micro SD card slot. The seemingly-anemic 1,940mAh battery should keep the lights on all day, thanks to the light hardware. Finally, the Spree runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, with no word of whether the handset will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Related: Ready for some modular goodness? Here s how to pre-order the LG G52

Overall, the Spree seems to be a no-nonsense entry-level smartphone for first-time smartphone buyers and those on tight budgets, since it goes for only $90. Even at such a low price point, however, the Spree faces incredibly stiff competition in the form of two of Motorola s budget smartphones: the Moto G 2014 and the Moto E 2015. Both of those smartphones can be found for under $100, though the former lost out on the LTE fun. Even so, the Moto G 2014 is the only one in this bunch to be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the United States, though both the Moto G 2014 and the Moto E 2015 add a bit of flair with their interchangeable rear covers and outer rim, respectively.

References

  1. ^ LG Spree (cricketwireless.mediaroom.com)
  2. ^ Ready for some modular goodness?

    Here s how to pre-order the LG G5 (www.digitaltrends.com)

T-Mobile Makes a Big Splash for Samsung's Galaxy S7

With the official launch of Samsung s highly-anticipated Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge less than a day away, T-Mobile is helping build hype by plastering its bright magenta billboards all over Times Square in New York City. T-Mobile s Times Square store is relatively new, and this Samsung promotion is its first major event at the space which was packed full of New Yorkers and tourists intrigued at all the strange gadgetry wrapped around people s heads. That s right, to show off the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge, T-Mobile had virtual reality booths that used the Gear VR to take people away from the bustling reality that is Times Square. There were long lines and the store was packed, brimming with people hoping to try Samsung s VR headset.

Related: Buy one Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, and T-Mobile will give you another one for free1

Getting past the line landed people in the booth, where they received a little token with T-Mobile s logo. A guide walked people through the process of placing the headset and headphones on their head, and then people were immediately transported to one of six demos, such as Lillehammer 360, where you follow a skier in first-person down the slopes in a gorgeous mountain range. I demoed Lillehammer 360, and my guide told me I was wading left and right, as though I was actually skiing even though I didn t notice it in the moment. I had to catch my breath every time the skier took a leap and went full burst down a steep, snow-laden slope.

Stepping back into reality, people were pointed to a cube made up of Samsung Galaxy S7 boxes, where they presented their token and were allowed to put their hand into the stacked cubes to pull out a prize. Some people won a trip to Las Vegas, whereas others won $10 gift cards to T-Mobile but there were plenty of other prizes as well.

Related: Reach out and touch virtual reality with the Manus VR glove2

There was certainly a lot of interest to try on a pair of Samsung s VR headset and that hype for virtual reality is only going to get bigger this year with the launch of HTC s Vive3 and Facebook s Oculus Rift4. One thing s for sure I ve never seen as much magenta in Times Square as there was today.

T-Mobile Makes A Big Splash For Samsung's Galaxy S7

Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

T-Mobile Makes A Big Splash For Samsung's Galaxy S7

Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends


References

  1. ^ Buy one Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, and T-Mobile will give you another one for free (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ Reach out and touch virtual reality with the Manus VR glove (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ HTC s Vive (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ Oculus Rift (www.digitaltrends.com)

HTC Perfume Rumors and News Leaks

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HTC has a lot to prove in 2016, and needs a strong flagship Android phone to do it. Rumors are gathering around a device code-named Perfume, which may be announced early in 2016, as the successor to the One M9. However, the official name is still unknown, and the specs are in doubt. Here s everything we think we know about it so far.

Updated on 03-10-2016 by Kyle Wiggers: Added in leaked photos of a purported prototype

What will it be called?

In early March, famous leaker Evan Blass said the name of HTC s next flagship will be called HTC 10. This is a completely different direction for the company since its most recent flagships had the One and M naming scheme. Although this name hasn t been confirmed by HTC, it s doesn t seem all that crazy. The company s first teaser for the phone was titled, Power of 10, so it s obvious there will be a big emphasis on the number 10.

A report in early February from Portuguese website, 4gnews.pt1, indicated HTC s next flagship won t be called the One M10. Unfortunately the source didn t say what the expected name will be, but it did say that One will be part of it. The codename of Perfume remains a possibility as well. Closing in on the end of January, a tweet from @evleaks showed a partially redacted document with the codename Perfume listed alongside the model number HTC2PS650. The document also mentioned ATT, indicating the phone may be destined for the AT&T network following its release.

The accompanying tweet said, simply, It s ALIVE. It s ALIVE pic.twitter.com/J8zLLKh6zo2

Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 25, 20163

A previous tweet from @evleaks, which mentioned the phone s design, referred to the device as the M10. While not official, this could mean HTC will continue its unusual, but now familiar, naming strategy for its first 2016 flagship phone. The most recent camera leaks, and data found hidden4 on the HTC website, reference a phone named the M10. There is quite a collection of possible names for HTC s next flagship.

The Perfume code name was late to the party, but has seemingly stuck. Before that, the phone was referred to as the O2, the M10, and the X9. All these names were attached to rumored devices apparently running high-end specs. It was the often reliable leaker @LlabTooFeR5 who posted a tweet in early December 2015 claiming the O2 flagship was dead, and HTC Perfume is the new 2016 flagship. HTC Perfume is an internal code name, and according6 to the leaker s report in December 2015, the commercial name will be different.

What will it look like?

Based on its previous efforts, the next major HTC smartphone will look fantastic. In March, Twitter user @tanalibera7 posted images of a reported HTC 10. They show the rear and front of the handset, and would seem to confirm many of the specifications that have been so far rumored: thick chamfered edges, sloping rear casing, and a large camera with dual flash.

Perhaps most notably, the photos show two capacitive buttons: a back button and multitasking button. Earlier in March, famous leaker @OnLeaks8 revealed a few more live pictures of what could be the HTC 10. The image of the back clearly shows the same chamfer on the back edge we have seen before. We also get our first look at the bottom of the device, which is quite interesting. The presence of a speaker probably means that BoomSound won t be on this phone.

It also appears that HTC will switch to SB© USB Type-C for the phone s charging port. OnLeaks did say these images are of a prototype so there could be differences in the final product. Also in early March, Evan Blass9 leaked new press images of the front, back, top, bottom, and left side of the device. These images seem to confirm what the above live photos show. However, it s our first look at the microphone jack at the top and either a SIM tray or MicroSD card slot on the left side.

HTC Perfume Rumors And News Leaks

HTC gave us an official glimpse of its next flagship with a teaser image10 it sent to media outlets in late February. Teaser images usually leave a lot to the imagination, and this one is no exception. However, it does show a chamfer on the back side, which is very similar to an earlier leaked image (see below).

HTC Perfume Rumors And News Leaks

The only other information HTC provides is the tagline, Power of 10, which seems to indicate that it could be called the One M10. It s also possible that the Power of 10 could be referring to a Windows 10 phone, but that s unlikely. You ll also notice the hashtag #powerof10, which probably means that HTC will used it a lot in social media posts leading up the event.

A leaked image from mid-February shows a closeup of the upper backside. The image first appeared on Chinese site Weibo11, but was pulled shortly thereafter. Thankfully, we were able to capture it from Techtastic12. The phone in the picture appears to feature an all-metal body with HTC s familiar antenna lines. Other than the obvious camera lens, we see what looks like a dual-LED flash to the right of it along with a laser autofocus just below.

The microphone jack is at the top center.

HTC Perfume Rumors And News Leaks

The edges of the phone are what we find most interesting. They sport a unique chamfer on the back side something we have not seen before on an HTC One phone. Unfortunately we have no idea if this phone is an older prototype or something completely made up. In early February, a tweet from @evleaks13 gave us what could be the first glimpse of the phone itself. There s not much to go on regarding the design, because it s viewed from the front rather than the rear.

The curvy shoulders and what may be a gold-colored chassis are evident, along with plastic antenna lines in the body, and a large camera lens next to the speaker.

HTC Perfume Rumors And News Leaks

Left: HTC One M10 leaked by @evleaks. Right: An HTC One A9

To illustrate the similarity between the phone which may be the One M10 and the existing One A9, we ve put the two images beside each other above. The overall shape is certainly reminiscent. However, the leaked picture isn t official, and the design may not be that of the final product.

Related: HTC and Under Armour to launch connected scale as first product in fitness ecosystem14

Another hint came from @evleaks on Twitter15 in late January, who stated that, If you like the A9, you ll love the M10. This suggests he has been provided with unofficial information on the phone s design, and that it s similar to the already announced and very sleek HTC One A916. That s good news, if you like your HTC phones to look like an iPhone.

Processor and specs

A leak in early March seems to confirm previous rumors. Famous leaker @OnLeaks17 knows of a particular HTC 10 prototype that features a 5.15-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB RAM, and a 12-megapixel rear camera. However, there is one more spec not mentioned in the past, and that is the presence of a SB© USB Type-C port.

HTC s One M10 is expected to be a high-spec flagship phone, and most rumors certainly point in that direction. In recent years, HTC has been one of the few phone makers that hasn t increased the screen size on its flagship phone significantly. Earlier reports hinted at a 5.1-inch screen, but a tweet from an unknown leaker18 in early February suggests we may see a 5.2-inch screen on the M10.

According to an extensive VentureBeat report19 in late January, the Perfume s specifications are of the high-end variety. It reportedly sports a 1,440 x 2,560 QHD AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with an Adreno 530 graphics chip, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage expandable via MicroSD. The handset may pack impressive optics, too, opting for HTC s proprietary, laser-assisted UltraPixel tech over the M9 s off-the-shelf sensor. Both the 12-megapixel rear shooter and front-facing camera apparently feature optical image stabilization.

The rumors aren t all good, unfortunately. According to VentureBeat, BoomSound the high-fidelity stereo speakers for which HTC s high-end phones have become known is reportedly absent from the Perfume.

Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 processor has been linked with all three different leaked HTC codenames, alongside 4GB of RAM, and the return of BoomSound speakers. It s also possible that many of the other headlining specs from the O2, M10, and X9 rumors will be retained on the HTC Perfume.

These include from the X9 leak, talk of a 5-inch display with 2K resolution, while the O2 and M10 rumors20 mentioned a 6-inch, 2K display.

Recent leaks have made the X9 seem less like a flagship21 however, with a TENAA filing showing a 5-inch 1080p display and 2GB of RAM.

Ultrapixel cameras?

HTC has been known for its Ultrapixel cameras for a few years, even though they haven t always produced the best photos. It s not clear whether the next major HTC phone will continue with the Ultrapixel tradition, or if HTC will try something new. At the beginning of March, Techtastic.nl22 published a camera image sample that according to the EXIF data, was shot with the HTC M10. If it s genuine and the data accurate, the M10 s camera will have an f/1.9 aperture, lower than previous HTC One phones, but still not quite up there with the Galaxy S7 s f/1.7 aperture or the LG G5 s f/1.8 aperture. According to @LlabTooFeR23, a very reliable leaker, the One M10 will feature a Sony IMX377 12-megapixel camera at the rear. It will sport 1.55um (micrometers pixels), laser autofocus, and phase detection autofocus (PDAF). The front-facer will be a Samsung s5k4e6 5-megapixel lens.

Related: Leaked codenames hint at two sensibly-sized HTC Nexus phones in 201624

If correct, the rear camera appears to be the same sensor found on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, so it s not clear why it would be considered an Ultrapixel lens. Furthermore, previous HTC One phones with Ultrapixel tech sported much larger 2.0 micrometers pixels. However the key here will be the sensor size, which is likely to be 1/2.3-inches. If so, it would be much larger than the 1.3-inch sensors found on past HTC One phones. The larger the sensor, the more light it can absorb.

The one spec that was left out of the leak was optical image stabilization (OIS). HTC doesn t have a good track record in utilizing OIS, so it s very likely the HTC One M10 won t have it. However, one XDA user25 reports that OIS is confirmed in the ROM. Regardless, HTC seems very confident about the camera the Perfume is set to come fitted with. At the recent Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, HTC chief financial officer, Chialin Chang said (via Cnet26): We can confidently say that HTC will have a very, very compelling camera experience. We re making this comment after we ve seen what s going on in the market.

Mr Chang went on to say that he hoped the release of the One M10 saw a better response for its camera than its predecessor, the M9, which was noted for its poor camera despite the smartphone s overall strong design.

Release date and price

Last year, HTC revealed the One M9 at Mobile World Congress. However, HTC decided not to announce its successor at the 2016 show. Evan Blass of VentureBeat has now asserted in a tweet that April 19, a date that appears on an early image of the phone, will be the Perfume s launch date. Still, nothing has been confirmed.

Two models?

In late January, a tweet from @LlabTooFeR27 a recurring name in the HTC 2016 flagship leaks stated two versions of the Perfume may be released. In Europe and the U.S., a model with a Snapdragon 820 processor is most likely, while in China and Asia, a version using an unnamed MediaTek chip is possible. The tweet doesn t mention a source for the rumor, outside of the Twitter account itself, so this may be no more than personal speculation.

We ll keep you updated on the HTC Perfume rumors right here, so check back often.

Previous updates:

Updated on 03-06-2016 by Lulu Chang: Added in April 19 rumored launch date

Updated on 03-04-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in rumored HTC 10 name, as well as new leaked images and specs.

Updated on 03-01-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added leaked camera sample said to be from the M10, complete with EXIF data

Updated on 02-29-2016 by Jon Martindale: Added new camera details.

Updated on 02-25-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in HTC s first teaser image.

Updated on 02-23-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in a leaked image of what could be the back side of the HTC One M10.

Updated on 02-11-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in rumors of Ultrapixel cameras and U.S.

retail availability.

Updated on 02-10-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in rumored April 11 launch date and that it might not be referred to as the M10.

Updated on 02-09-2016 by Malarie Gokey: Added rumor of a 5.2-inch screen size with a WQHD resolution.

Updated on 02-08-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added leaked picture of a phone said to be the HTC One M10

Updated on 01-28-2016 by Kyle Wiggers: Added rumors of a 12-megapixel camera and QHD AMOLED display.

Updated on 01-26-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in news the M10 name may be used, and that the phone may share the HTC One A9 s design.

Updated on 01-21-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in news of two possible Perfume versions, using different processors

References

  1. ^ 4gnews.pt (4gnews.pt)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/J8zLLKh6zo (t.co)
  3. ^ January 25, 2016 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ data found hidden (www.techtastic.nl)
  5. ^ @LlabTooFeR (twitter.com)
  6. ^ according (twitter.com)
  7. ^ @tanalibera (twitter.com)
  8. ^ @OnLeaks (twitter.com)
  9. ^ Evan Blass (twitter.com)
  10. ^ teaser image (mashable.com)
  11. ^ Weibo (weibo.com)
  12. ^ Techtastic (www.techtastic.nl)
  13. ^ tweet from @evleaks (twitter.com)
  14. ^ HTC and Under Armour to launch connected scale as first product in fitness ecosystem (www.digitaltrends.com)
  15. ^ @evleaks on Twitter (twitter.com)
  16. ^ HTC One A9 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  17. ^ @OnLeaks (twitter.com)
  18. ^ from an unknown leaker (twitter.com)
  19. ^ According to an extensive VentureBeat report (venturebeat.com)
  20. ^ O2 and M10 rumors (www.digitaltrends.com)
  21. ^ less like a flagship (www.digitaltrends.com)
  22. ^ Techtastic.nl (www.techtastic.nl)
  23. ^ @LlabTooFeR (twitter.com)
  24. ^ Leaked codenames hint at two sensibly-sized HTC Nexus phones in 2016 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  25. ^ XDA user (forum.xda-developers.com)
  26. ^ Cnet (www.cnet.com)
  27. ^ @LlabTooFeR (twitter.com)
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