What to expect from HTC at Mobile World Congress 2012 -
The hours are quickly fading away, leading up to the most exciting day of the year for HTC fans. On Sunday, February 26, HTC will be taking the stage in Barcelona to unveil their new device lineup for the year. We’ve heard a lot of rumors, seen our fair share of leaked images and software, but what are we actually expecting HTC to show off this year at Mobile world Congress.
If you’ve been keeping up with every news story we’ve published over the past few months, you could probably name the devices and recite the rumored specs by heart. But since most of you have a lot better to do than troll the web looking for all the latest news about HTC’s upcoming devices, we thought we would lay it out for you and sum up all the rumors as best we can.
HTC is expected to announce four new Android 4.0 powered devices at Mobile World Congress:
HTC One V: V stands for value – previously known as the HTC Primo and is expected to feature a Dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 512 MB of RAM, 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and a 5 megapixel rear-camera with an f/2.0 lens, Beat Audio, Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4.0.
HTC One S: S stands for slim – previously known as the HTC Ville, this new phone will feature a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel backside-illuminated camera with 1080p HD video capture, Beats Audio integration, aluminum uni-body case expected to be only 8mm thick, 1650 mAh battery, Android 4.0.3 with HTC Sense 4.0.
The HTC One S will most likely be available from most European carriers and T-Mobile USA this spring.
HTC One X: X stands for extreme – previously known as the HTC Edge, Endeavor and Supreme, this new phone will be HTC’s flagship or hero phone for the first half of 2012. The HTC One X will be powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and will feature a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD display, 1GB of RAM, Backlit 8 MP camera with 28-millimeter f/2.2 lens, , Beats Audio, 32GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, aluminum uni-body case, Android 4.0.3 with HTC HTC Sense 4.0.
There is no indication that any US carrier is planning on releasing the HTC One X, but we do know that more than 20 global carriers have already signed purchase orders with HTC and will be offering the HTC One X to their customers in the spring.
HTC One XL: XL stands for extra large – previously known as the HTC Quattro, the HTC One XL is expected to be HTC’s tablet offering for the year. The new tablet will be running on Android 4.0 and will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor with a 10.1-inch (1280 x 768) display, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion slot, 5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera with 720p video capture, 2 megapixel main camera with 1080p video capture, Beats Audio, HTC Scribe and HTC Sense 4.0.
Since the HTC One XL base model is not expected to feature cellular connectivity, availability of the tablet will not be dependent on carrier support. Expect to see the HTC One XL make an appearance at electronic retail stores across the globe this spring.
HTC made a commitment to focus its attention on fewer devices in 2012. And while four new Android powered gadgets may not seem like a reduction in volume, it is two devices less than what the company introduced last year at Mobile World Congress.
Pricing and launch dates for the HTC One V, One S, One X and One XL are really the only details we are waiting for. We expect the first phones to hit store shelves as early as April, but don’t be surprised if carriers (especially those in the US) don’t release the handsets until late in Q2.
Which HTC One device will you be buying this spring?