Time for the third instalment in our obligatory Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 preview. We’ve already covered Huawei (which looks likely to steal the show with its impressive arsenal) and LG (which has, like last year, already played its hand).
Now we’re putting the chaps formerly known as High Tech Computer Corporation under the microscope. Come on down, HTC.
We scribbled a fair bit about HTC yesterday. For starters, Martin churned out a feature-length piece asking: Does HTC even count as a major player any more?
Things don’t look so good, with HTC just scraping into the top 10 mobile manufacturers for 2012 as a whole, and disappearing entirely when looking at Q4 in isolation. Oh dear.
On a more positive note, later in the day, I covered the launch of HTC’s brand new flagship, the HTC One. Name, BlinkFeed and lack of microSD aside, it looks like a rather lovely phone.
Anyway! That was all yesterday. Here we’re looking forward to MWC, with the conference opening its doors in just five short days.
We’ve already met HTC’s new Android flagship, so the question on everyone’s lips is: “What’s left for Barcelona?”
Well, this time last year, HTC unveiled a trio of Android handsets in the HTC One X, One S and One V. Word on the street suggests that the HTC One might also be part of a trio.
We’re told that the HTC One (which was rumoured as the HTC M7) will shortly be joined by the HTC M4 and HTC G2.
Seemingly taking on the role of the HTC One S, HTC M4 specs include a 4.3in 720p display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 13MP rear camera, 1,700mAh battery, and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, prob’ly).
Rounding off the trio is the incredibly modest HTC G2, with specs including a 3.5in HVGA display, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage (with microSD, phew!), 5MP rear camera, 1,400mAh battery, and – wait for it – Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).
While the HTC M4 and HTC G2 are expected to follow soonish, we were specifically told not to expect them at MWC 2013. Bah.
Moving on to tablets, let’s cast our minds back to MWC 2011, where the Taiwanese introduced the 7in HTC Flyer. It was initially met with a largely positive reaction, but died a horrible death thanks to a ludicrous iPad-rivalling price tag, and the presence of Gingerbread (Android 2.3) instead of Honeycomb (Android 3.0).
The HTC Flyer is in fact the only HTC tablet we’ve had in the UK, though our transatlantic cousins also had the HTC Jetstream (nee Puccini).
Fast-forwarding to late August 2012, we saw the first images of a new HTC tablet, one that looks decidedly like an iMac. Just a few weeks before, we’d been promised that a new HTC tablet was UK-bound.
Indeed, said HTC tablet was expected to join the HTC One on stage yesterday, but it was a resounding no-show. Might it pop up in Barcelona? Pop up it might.
Finally, let’s not forget HTC’s soft spot for Windows Phone 8. They’ve already churned out the HTC 8X and HTC 8S, and they were tipped – prior to launch – to be joined by a third guy with a larger display, namely the HTC Zenith. We haven’t heard much of late, but it’d be nice to see some sort of Windows Phone 8 phablet at MWC.
Oh, and not forgetting a recent rumour suggesting that HTC was working on not one but two Windows 8 RT tablets, one with a 7in display (and the ability to “make phone calls”), and a second weighing in with a monstrous 12in display.
Phew. In short:
- HTC M4
- HTC G2
- HTC Android tablet
- HTC Windows Phone 8 phablet
- HTC Windows 8 RT 7in tablet
- HTC Windows 8 RT 12in tablet
That’d be quite a pleasant wee mix, actually. Am I bang on the money, or way wide of the mark? We’ll find out on Monday.