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HTC One ‘still world’s best handset’ – by EMEA

HTC One ‘still world’s best handset’, EMEA head says

Philip Blair claims sales of the handset are putting it on course to become the manufacturer’s bestselling handset in the UK

The HTC One handset is still the “best device in the world” today, despite a number of high-profile launches in the past week.

This is according to HTC EMEA head Philip Blair, who was talking to Mobile News on the day both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the BlackBerry Q10 went on sale.

Blair, who is also interim country manager for the UK following Phil Roberson’s exit in March, claimed sales of the HTC One are putting it on track to become the firm’s bestselling handset in the UK, although he refused to reveal sales figures.

He said: “It’s still early days. The numbers for the second half of Q2 will demonstrate if that’s the case, but the early indications suggest that, yes, that is absolutely the case. Everything we’ve shipped we’ve sold out of. When demand outstrips supply its obviously very difficult to understand what that natural run rate and demand is, but all the indications – and share of our partners’ sales – show this is going to be big.

“The industry is all about competition and our competitors, I’m sure, will be looking at the HTC One knowing they need to roll up their sleeves.”

He continued: “The consumer perception at the moment is the best phone in the world is the Samsung Galaxy S III. That was, from our perspective, based on the sheer weight of the marketing attributed to it.

“But the HTC One is the HTC Desire of 2013 and it’s head and shoulders above anything out there. We have a competitive advantage over our rivals and can challenge with the biggest and best.”

Tough times

Blair acknowledged the past 12 months have been “tough” for the manufacturer, illustrated most starkly by its Q1 financial results, which saw profits plummet by 91 per cent. Matters worsened after the HTC One device launch was delayed.

But Blair maintains HTC remains in a “strong” position and has a competitive advantage over its rivals when it comes to technology and handset design.

He also pointed to its reputation with some of the biggest software companies on the planet, such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft which have each selected HTC as their launch partner in previous years and months.

Blair said: “We are a strong, resolute company which is very product-driven. You only have to look at our recent history to demonstrate that.

“When Microsoft wanted to build a phone, they came to us. When Google wanted to build a phone they came to us. And when Facebook wanted to build a phone they came to us.

“In terms of our size and the competition out there, to be able to make and launch a phone which is better than anything else is an incredible achievement.”

Samsung plans to launch 5G network by 2020 with speed of 1Gbps In tests

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Samsung Electronics has developed core technology that will allow it to deliver high-speed 5G wireless data connections to consumers by 2020, the company announced today. The system allows data transmission up to several hundred times faster than current 4G networks.

5G mobile communications technology is the next generation of 4G LTE networks tech and can offer data transmission speeds of up to several tens of Gbps per base station. Once 5G networks are commercialized, they will allow users to transmit massive data files, including UHD movies and remote medical services, “practically without limitation,” Samsung claims.

4G connections have gradually become available to consumers around the world since 2008, but many countries, including China, are still working toward launching their LTE networks. Samsung says, however, that its new adaptive array transceiver technology overcomes the limitations that millimeter-wave bands had when transmitting data over long distances. It transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers.

“The millimeter-wave band is the most effective solution to recent surges in wireless Internet usage. Samsung’s recent success in developing the adaptive array transceiver technology has brought us one step closer to the commercialization of 5G mobile communications in the millimeter-wave bands,” said Samsung executive vice president and head of digital medial and communication R&D ChangYeong Kim.

Samsung isn’t the only company to announce that it has developed 5G core tech. In February, NTT DoCoMo confirmed that it had successfully conducted a 10Gbps wireless test.

SAMSUNG VS HTC “Dirty War”

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission is investigating Samsung over fabricated posts in local online forums that defamed HTC products, which could lead to Samsung receiving penalties for false advertising and a potential fine of around €640,000.

The investigation was started after a Taiwanese blog called “TaiwanSamsungLeaks” was set up, accusing the handset manufacturer of “evil marketing” – i.e. paying Taiwanese students to anonymously post comments on local gadget site forums which criticised rival products, particularly the HTC One X and HTC Sensation XL devices.

The website published a series of documents which catalogued the various disparaging forum posts, that are allegedly from the marketing firm hired by Samsung in Taiwan.

When we tried, it was still possible to download an outlook email xml file showing an email sent from the marketing firm to several individuals in Samsung Taiwan, with an “S3 Viral Plan” powerpoint presentation on how to market the Samsung Galaxy S3, including targeting local bloggers and social media.

Internal viral plan showing the Taiwanese marketing firm’s plans to market the Galaxy S3

“We are disappointed that a competitor would resort to misleading consumers to discredit our innovation. HTC values its product innovation and design, and we will take appropriate actions to protect the interests of the company and our customers,” commented a HTC spokesperson.

Besides posts from users complaining about the HTC One X not working properly, benchmark reviews favourably comparing Samsung’s Galaxy S3 to the HTC One X were posted, stating that the S3 outperformed the HTC One X in terms of graphics and battery life, as well as comments praising Samsung.

Some of the forum posts made about Samsung and HTC

Samsung Electronics has admitted to the “unfortunate incident” which it “regrets” and has promised to “reinforce education and training” for its employees.

“Samsung Electronics Taiwan (SET) has ceased all marketing activities that involve the posting of anonymous comments, and will ensure that all SET online marketing activities will be fully compliant with the company’s Online Communications Credo,” said a Samsung spokesperson.

“Samsung Electronics remains committed to engaging in transparent and honest communications with consumers as outlined in the company’s Online Communications Credo.

“We have encouraged all Samsung Electronics employees worldwide to remain faithful to our Credo. The recent incident was unfortunate, and occurred due to insufficient understanding of these fundamental principles.”

Preinstalled WhatsApp on a new Nokia Asha 210 device

Nokia says WhatsApp to new Asha 210 device

Handset expected to hit UK shores after launch by end of June

 

Nokia is expected to range its new Qwerty-keyboard Asha 210 device in the UK when it is launched by the end of June.

The device will be sold for around $72 (£47) and will offer free access to the WhatsApp instant messaging service through a dedicated button. The handset, which is also availale in a dual-Sim model, has up to 46 days battery life and a 2MP camera. It is available in yello, cyan, black, magenta and white. Among its features are the Xpress Browser, which Nokia said cuts data consumption from visiting websites by up to 90%, and Nearby, a web app showcasing local points of interest.

Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president for mobile phones at Nokia, said: ‘The Nokia Asha 210 really stands out giving super-social consumers new ways to express their personalities through design, colour and innovations like the world’s first WhatsApp button. It has been designed to allow people to easily update their social networks, stay in touch with friends and share user created content.’

On April 26 BlackBerry Q10 is up to hit the UK stores

BlackBerry Q10 to hit shelves on April 26Reports suggest the second phone to run the BlackBerry 10 operating system to be released on the same day as the Samsung Galaxy S4

The BlackBerry Q10 will go on sale in the UK on April 26, according to online reports.

The second smartphone to run the BlackBerry 10 (BB10) OS is now available to pre-order on a SIM-only basis from Unlocked Mobile and Clove Technology for £530, with delivery for the specified date.

It would therefore go on sale the same day as the Samsung Galaxy S4, the flagship smartphone from the manufacturer that was unveiled in New York last Thursday (March 14).

The Q10 (pictured) is also listed as ‘coming soon’ on the Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U websites, but both don’t specify a release date in April.

It is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and has both a full QWERTY keyboard and 3.1-inch touchscreen – the first BB10 smartphone to do so. It also has an eight-megapixel camera and expandable memory of up to 32GB with a microSD card.

It was unveiled alongside the Z10 at a global launch event in the US on January 30. The latter of the two – the first device from BlackBerry to run its new platform – went on sale in the UK the following day.