Despite the Customs Debacle surrounding HTC phones recently, it seems enough have made it into the country for Spring to warrant an actual release date. In their community forums, Sprint says that the EVO 4G LTE should arrive "on or around Thursday, May 24 to customers who pre-ordered the device online from Sprint."
This doesn't tell us much for those who didn't pre-order and wished to walk into a store to buy one. It also doesn't tell us why it states "on or around", nor does that sound promising. It could just be that shipping would delay your order by a few days, but we'll find out soon enough.
Source: Sprint forums
A ruling made by the U.S. International Trade Commission back in Dec. 2011, has resulted in a ban of importing and selling HTC phones. This issue was initially addressed due to Apple filing a complaint that HTC phones violated one of its patents regarding how data is stored and interacted with.
That same ban, which started on April 19, has now proposed a problem for the release of HTC's latest phones, the One X and EVO 4G LTE. Some units of the One X were shipped before the ban occurred, but now extra stock can't pass customs. HTC released a response on the matter:
"The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get thesep roducts into their hands as soon as possible."
The EVO 4G LTE was supposed to launch today, but HTC (and several customers, including one of our own staff members who had pre-ordered a unit) has confirmed that the phone will not be available for purchase in stores today, while pre-orders have also been placed on hold.
Sources: thedailybeast, blackmediascoop, engadget (1), engadget (2)
April 25, 2012 23:16 by Jeremy
I'm not the first to admit that I can't stop eyeing the HTC One X - as an award-winner from Mobile World Congress 2012, just about everyone expects its sales to go through the roof. Justifiably so, considering the specs behind this behemoth of a phone.
But, there is a catch: the battery. Most phones nowadays make use of removable/replaceable batteries, which is handy when we feel like carrying spares, or when the battery is just old and needs to be replaced. HTC's high-end smartphone, however, has a built-in battery.
What does this mean for users? Well, no more resetting a freezing phone by removing the battery (but that's not so bad). Also, you may need to contact a specialist in case your battery ever stops working (or replace it yourself by removing the back-casing, but that isn't recommended, of course). Current reports indicate that the One X's 1800mAh battery doesn't last too long, which might be expected given the powerful processor and graphics the phone provides.
And since you can't (easily) replace the battery yourself, you might as well carry around a high-quality charger whenever possible!
Source: zdnet.co.uk, phonearena (picture)
March 28, 2012 00:27 by Jeremy
Today, the car makers BMW and Toyota have decided to pool their forces together in an effort to research the next-generation of Lithium-Ion batteries and battery cells. More specifically, they'll be focusing on "increasing the performance and capacity of lithium-ion battery cells".
This isn't the first time they've made headlines together, however: back in Dec. 2011, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning a "mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly technologies", so today's news really shouldn't be a shocker.
Originally, the vehicle-giants were to focus on the application of lithium-ion battery cells towards hybrid and electric cars. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that our smartphone or laptop batteries won't get a nice boost in research as well.
Sources: motorauthority (Li-Ion batts), motorauthority (MOU)
March 22, 2012 17:10 by Jeremy
What happens when you put Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and HTC President Jason Mackenzie in one room together? ...Actually, we're wondering the same thing, because that's what will happen on April 4th. An email-invitation was sent out to several press members, saying the duo will announce their "latest collaboration".
Many are speculating that it could be the HTC One X, nicknamed the "Jet" - a smartphone that sparked interest in Mobile World Congress. With a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and a pretty 4.7-inch screen, who wouldn't be interested? Well, just under 2 weeks until we find out!
In any case, why not check out a battery, charger, or other accessory for your current phone?