Today in Barcelona at MWC was HTC’s live event dubbed “Utopia in Progress. The event has just come to an end and here are the highlights of what was covered.
Peter Chou took to the stage to introduce the latest incarnation of the One. This began with a promotional video showing the first glimpses of the device and confirmed the naming of the One as “HTC One M9“. The look of the device was somewhat in tune with the renders we had previously seen. Following the video Drew Bamford (Creative Labs) took to the stage to introduce the One M9 which is the first HTC device to come with two-tone finish. Not to mention continuing the full aluminium body theme.Snapdragon 810 included along with Sense 7. 20MP rear camera confirmed with Saphire Glass lens
Inside the device, Bamford confirmed the inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core processor. The rear of the device was confirmed as included the 20 megapixel rear camera (with Saphire Glass lens) along with a 4 megapixel (UltraPixel) selfie shooter. Images selection was noted as improved on the One M9 with the inclusion of the ability to search various cloud services from within the HTC gallery app. Moving on to Sense 7, Chou spoke on how the new interface is not just beautiful but smart too and will integrate a feature which allows for themes to be set based on images taken with the camera.
In terms of audio, the event confirmed the inclusion of BoomSound speakers with Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 Sound. Not to mention ‘HTC Connect’ returns. In addition, streaming to additional screens can be done by swiping up on the screen with three fingers. Details on price were not covered during the event although it was noted the One M9 would be available starting Mid March in Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America. The One M9 will be available in four colours, gunmetal, gold, silver and pink.
Moving on to wearables now and Chou confirmed HTC partnership with Under Armor to bring a new wearable to the market and dubbed ‘HTC Grip’. This is a fitness tracker with 5 sensors including GPS and looks to provide continuous information back to you as your train, walk and run.
Following on from HTC Grip, HTC also confirmed rumors we heard yesterday about the possible launch of a HTC VR unit. This was indeed confirmed today as HTC introduced the ‘HTC Vive’ or HTC ReVive. This will be a VR unit made in partnership with Valve and as such will place an emphasis on gaming. HTC Vive will includes over 70 sensors for full 360 degree tracking and offer a ‘full room’ experience. In terms of availability, HTC confirmed a consumer user will be out by end of the year. Head over to htcvr.com for more info.