Wednesday 8 August 2012


HTC Endeavour C2 set to be a HTC One X refresh.
   Last week we got wind that an improved version of the HTC One X was going to land on T-Mobile USA. The rumored device is expect to have a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor instead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip and the new device will get a software bump to Jelly Bean. has apparently confirmed that HTC is planning something and the new phone will be more akin to the HTC One X and it's got the codename “Endeavour C2.” This is interesting because the HTC One X started with the Endeavour codename, so we're only expecting a minor refresh.

   The new, improved version will likely retain its NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset, but it will be clocked slightly higher, somewhere near 1.7Ghz. The battery has already been targeted as an area for improvement. Hopefully there will be a battery capacity increase and a new set of colour options for the fashion conscious.

   Interestingly, the tip says that Beats headphones will be bundled with the device, despite HTC trying to stop that trend. Stuff also reported that all current HTC accessories will continue to work without any trouble with the new model, so this won't be a radical departure from the current line up. Meanwhile, HTC will add ClearVoice to “improve call quality”, which sounds similar to HD Voice offered on certain carriers’ handsets.

    The last change will be HTC Watch 2; it's an improved version of the company’s video streaming service and will be bundled with the new handset. Pricing hasn’t been finalized, but Stuff believes UK carriers will offer the refreshed model on tariffs £5 more expensive than the current HTC One X. The handset is expected to be released around October 1st, just in time to square off with the Galaxy Note II and the next iPhone.

In other news:

  • T-Mobile UK has today confirmed that people who sign up to the Full Monty plan from now on will NOT be able to tether on their plan. Thankfully people already on the plan can continue to tether!
  • OUYA adds Namco Bandai, Plex, and four controller support to their fledgling console. Don't forget you have until midnight tonight to pledge your support if you want to get one of the first batch of OUYA's!!!
  • Samsung will reportedly make use of a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel in the Galaxy Note II, but the panel will be a new unbreakable plane display. This will allow the South Korean manufacturer to reduce the thickness of the phone and better guarantee longevity, possibly leaving room for a larger battery.
  • Android and iOS are now on 85% of smartphones that ship. We expect the rest is Blackberries and a couple of Windows Phone devices too!
  • MetroPCS in the USA is the first company to introduce voice over LTE.
  • Apple has decided to freeze their password resets over the phone after the revelations from the Wired  that showed how easy it was for hackers to access Amazon and Apple accounts without much effort.
  • Crytek has confirmed that Timesplitters 4 will be delayed for a while because fan interest 'isn't high enough yet', but don't despair because it will arrive at some point!
  • Microsoft Surface 2's  might just have been revealed in job listings. It seems the company is wasting no time in getting the ball rolling on the next iteration of Surface devices. A dozen Microsoft job ads have been discovered by TechRadar and all relate to future versions of the tablets. Microsoft, for its part, maintains that the only Surface devices are the two tablets that have been announced, but that doesn't mean it hasn't started planning for the future.
  • iOS 6's latest beta appears to confirm that the next iPhone will have a 640 x 1136 screen resolution. The clever guys over at 9-5Mac have dug around and found the resolution renders perfectly and everything is starting to fall into place.


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