HTC announces the One series at MWC 2012

Yesterday HTC unleashed the One series to the world, a next-gen phone for the company delivering a focus on user experience as they maximize their smartphone in everyday use. The series will come in 3 variants for users to pick from, each of them addressing the needs of their targeted demographics, there’s a list below but we’ll talk about the upcoming features to these ICS powered phones carrying HTC Sense 4.

Camera changes:

ImageSense is a new platform delivering improved sensors, lenses and software to their line of phones. This feels like a natural progression after using so many of their phones over the years since the Droid Eris.  The development doesn’t stop there, HTC also includes a new ImageChip to help deliver fast captures, high quality under hard conditions and quick review options for users.

ImageSense perks: Quick AF, f/2.0 lens, HDR support, Video Pic (capture stills during video), dropbox web storage

Audio changes:

As seen in 2011, HTC has increased its effort into producing higher quality sound output from their devices. Beats by Dr. Dre Audio is now standard across the line allowing for more authentic sound reproduction in any of your apps. Those on Cyanogenmod might already notice this flaw in regular audio playback when using the DSP tools to fix their frequency balances on the phone. Sync manager allows for traditional management to continue on and it also includes a Music Hub to match with favorite services and applications.

HTC One X

  • Polycarbonate unibody design
    • Lightweight with rugged strength of metal
    • (Assuming currently this means it’s laminated Polycarbonate)
  • High Gloss Piano Black finish with matte back.
  • Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 quad core with battery saver core enabled
  • 12 Core NVIDIA GPU
  • 4.7″ 720p HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • LTE Support
    • LTE enabled Snapdragon S4 with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s

HTC One S

  • Metal Unibody design
    • 7.9mm thin
    • Ultra-matte black ceramic metal finish (microarc oxidation formed)
    • Anodized gradient finish
  • 4.3″ screen with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s

HTC One V

  • Aluminum unibody design
  • Using the design from the HTC Legend
  • Focus on broad market and casual features
  • Improved camera and sound ability

AMD and NVIDIA Launch new 7000m and 600m lines… kinda

Anandtech has a reveal today on the new 7000m and 600m lines from AMD and NVIDIA, if you’re thinking about getting a new notebook in the next few months this will be a read you don’t want to miss.

Today AMD brings news of their 7600m, 7500m and 7400m series chips to market, for budget users hoping for a little entertainment this is your average chip you might see, the new line has one problem, it’s based on the 6000m series of the same rank. If you’re eyeballing notebooks at Best Buy and hung up on the 7650 vs the 6750 you’ll only have to worry about the CPU pairing not the video as they’re the same base chip with a possible bump in core speed. As it turns out, AMD is having issues getting their new 28nm based line into production which is what has sparked this shift.

NVIDIA is no better, we get news from the same piece that NVIDIA is doing a paper launch of the 600m series chips. In this case the full specs are available showing each spec is identical in performance and features. The 635m, 630m and 610m are all rebadged from the 500 series. If you’re looking for a reason to upgrade now, these will give absolutely no benefit if you already have a similar numbered model.

Anandtech has detailed charts for each product line and the news is disappointing for any hardware fan. While it’s nice for them to keep the number system limited, a rebadge tends to act as a trap for the consumers that don’t do the research. We would recommend anyone to just get the model that strikes them the best for the better price point. Why waste money on a 635m when the 555 might be $150 cheaper in a similar or better system, we can’t give you a reason really.

Anandtech: Introducing AMD’s Radeon 7000M and NVIDIA’s GeForce 600M Mobile GPUs

NVIDIA strikes back – GTX 590 arrives!

AMD launched the first punch with the HD 6990, bringing impressive performance in an extreme package. Shortly after we heard about the GTX 460X2 coming into the battlefield to return fire, NVIDIA was not content with just that and instead released the 590 upon the world.

It’s a 1024 CUDA Core beast packing 3GB of GDDR5, the company claims a pair of GTX 580 chips are running on a single board thanks to refined cooling technology under the cover. Unfortunately all of this performance does come at a cost to make it functional in the real world.

GPU core speed is cut to 607MHz
Shader speeds are 1.2GHz
Memory speed is 3.4GHz

While many may look and say “that’s a ton of power!” it is true but it is also scaled down from the glory that the 580 was living in. It can swing the best of blows with the 6990 in every app while coming in about $10 cheaper, many reviewers seem to feel that the money still might be best spent on the AMD card.

Unfortunately extreme power comes with equal cost, a few reports have come in from reviewers that note the card is able to overclock but that it requires extreme patience and many BSOD screens to get to a stable speed. When considering the idea of more extreme overclocking the card has been known to pop fuses as a security measure while rendering the card inoperable.

In a sense it’s like a poorly cooled supercar, it hauls like no other but it likes to overheat and leave you stranded while the competition blows past.

If you’re still up for getting the latest from NVIDIA though check out the links below and maybe see who is still offering a lifetime warranty on their cards so you can get back into action fast without too much hassle.

Read – AnandTech
Read – HardOCP
Read – X-bit labs
Read – techPowerUp!
Read – Neoseeker

EVGA throws down, GTX 460 2WIN coming soon

EVGA rarely ever holds back in anything they do, today is no exception as the company announces a dual GTX 460 powered video card that is set to spank even the latest NVIDIA has to offer. The GTX 460 2WIN is slated to offer support for 4 montitors, 3D and performance besting the GTX 580 for a lower price. With the same formula working well for ATI/AMD it’s no shock that someone finally started to clone it.

Specs on the GTX 460 2WIN

  • Dual 700MHz GPU (GTX460)
  • 672 CUDA cores
  • 400MHz RAMDAC (aren’t most?)
  • 2GB 512-bit GDDR5
  • 3600MHz memory
  • 230.4GB memory bandwidth

Also as usual I’ve included a few teaser shots as EVGA already has the card and packaging setup to go, it would only be a perfect match if they had some PCB color choices going on like the white dual 460 floating around the net.

When I get a final price on this monster value card I’ll be sure to post it, this might become the next cornerstone of any budget build if it lands just right.