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The sweet sounds of the HTC 8XT: Sprint’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone

Jul 19, 2013

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HTC 8XT Windows Phone

Available July 19th, the HTC 8XT, with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor, is the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone to be available on the Sprint network–and is the very first Windows Phone with HTC BoomSound™.

BoomSound delivers bigger, better sound with less distortion and more detail with dual front-facing stereo speakers and a dedicated amplifier. Add to that Beats Audio™ for studio-quality sound with unique audio tuning for thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs and the HTC 8XT is easily a music lover’s smartphone.

HTC 8XT Windows Phone

With its Snapdragon 400 processor, the phone is designed to support 4G LTE high-speed connections for seamless music streaming and movie watching. The HTC 8XT also has 1080p video capture, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash support, multi-shot burst mode to help capture the best picture of a moving subject, and a dedicated Windows Phone camera button to open the camera quickly, even when the phone is locked or sleeping, so you never miss capturing a photo.

All these features are packed behind a 4.3-inch display that’s just 10mm thin and tapered on the edges for a sleek look inspired by the HTC design that won the prestigious “red dot award: product design 2013.”

The phone is available from Sprint for $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year commitment.

Nattida Samanukorn

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HTC Sense Companion, a machine learning technology, helps the HTC U Ultra get to know you over time in order to make your life easier. Noting your mobile usage habits, it can adapt to fit your needs. It can be used for multiple applications, like optimizing battery life based on your patterns and recommending restaurants based on your proximity and their popularity. And with its always-on capabilities, the phone can be ready to respond to your every request, from unlocking it for use to starting hands-free navigation.

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Windows 10 powered by Snapdragon

In 2017 you’ll be able to pick up a Windows 10 device powered by next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

The announcement was made earlier today at the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) event in Shenzhen, China. Microsoft’s Terry Myerson (EVP, Windows and Devices Group) invited Qualcomm Technologies’ Cristiano Amon (EVP, Qualcomm Technologies & President, QCT) onstage to unveil the collaboration that will enable Windows 10 to run on our premium-tier Snapdragon processors.

Myerson demoed Windows 10 running on a slim and fan-less prototype laptop, powered by a Snapdragon processor. Commercial devices are expected to be available in the second half of 2017.

Watch a video demonstration of Windows 10 running on Snapdragon:

Windows 10 powered by Snapdragon processors will offer the same apps and features as Windows 10 on tablets, notebooks, laptops, and PCs. Devices will run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and Win32 apps through emulation. In the demo video, you can see a mix of both apps, including the Microsoft Edge browser and Adobe Photoshop running fast and smooth.

Windows 10 running on Snapdragon can allow Windows hardware makers to build exciting new devices. “Qualcomm Snapdragon processors offer one of the world’s most advanced mobile computing features, including Gigabit LTE connectivity, advanced multimedia support, machine learning and superior hardware security features, all while supporting thin, fan-less designs and long battery life,” said Amon. “With compatibility with the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform is expected to support mobility to cloud computing and redefine how people will use their compute devices.”

Stayed tuned for more information on Windows 10, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon.

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Snapdragon powered HTC Bolt boasts lightning-fast speeds with Sprint

From food deliveries to Formula 1, we've become conditioned to the idea that "faster is better." We certainly have the same expectations for our smartphones. And the new HTC Bolt delivers. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, the Bolt is Sprint’s fastest smartphone to date.

The HTC Bolt speeds are supported by Sprint’s advanced network and the integrated Snapdragon X10 LTE modem, which incorporates LTE Advanced with 3X20 MHz Carrier Aggregation. Category 9 download speeds can reach up to 450 Mbps, thanks to the X10 LTE modem’s ability to connect to LTE networks, engineered to use up to three full-bandwidth LTE connections simultaneously. By taking advantage of these connections, data rates are increased and network response times are faster, which means less internet lag and speedier downloads.

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The HTC Bolt comes with Adaptive Audio earphones, which feature HTC BoomSound Adaptive Audio, a technology that can scan surrounding ambient noise and adjust the audio output to suit your personal preferences. These ergonomic USB Type C headphones are designed to deliver 24-bit sound with impactful bass and treble, so the audio is comparable to that of a movie theater or a live concert.

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Qualcomm builds momentum in China with Oppo licensing agreement

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The agreement enables Oppo to develop and manufacture mobile devices with 3G and 4G LTE capabilities in China. Currently, more than 100 Chinese companies have signed license agreements with Qualcomm that are consistent with terms of the rectification plan submitted by Qualcomm to, and accepted by the NDRC.

The new agreement provides another step forward for Qualcomm to expand its licensing business in China—and to continue developing the connectivity fabric of everything on a global scale.

“Qualcomm is very pleased to sign a license agreement with OPPO,” said Alex Rogers, senior vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “As an R&D engine for the industry, we are excited to see companies such as OPPO build on our patented technologies to drive further development and innovation and create compelling products."

According to IDC (July 2016), Oppo is the 2nd largest manufacturer of mobile electronic devices in China for the first half of 2016 and a top-10 global electronics player.

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