HTC announces it will release four new HTC Desire smartphones in the U.S. The Desire 626 utilizes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, a Cortex-A7 quad-core SoC running at 1.1 GHz with Adreno 304 GPU. The phone also utilizes a 720p display, 16 GB internal storage, 1.5 GB RAM, and a 2,000 mAh battery. The price has not been released yet, but it is not excpected it to be more than $250. To keep this low price, HTC cut camera quality, with the rear one offering only 8MP.
Valve and HTC announce a virtual reality headset called Vive, which uses two 1200 x 1080 displays with a refresh rate at 90Hz, eliminating jitter achieving “photorealistic imagery” across a 360 degree field of vision. A pair of HTC-made wireless controllers for manipulating objects or shooting weapons through hand tracking will be included. The Steam VR base station will let users walk around the virtual space instead of using a controller. A pair of the base stations can track users’ physical location in spaces up to 15 feet by 15 feet. Vive comes out for developers in Q2 2015 and later in 2104 for consumers. HTC’s Peter Chou:
We believe that virtual reality will totally transform the way that we interact with the world. Virtual reality will become a mainstream technology for the rest of the world.
HTC starts a program called Power to Give, which allows Android users to “donate” their phone’s processing power when it is idle. When the phone is not in use, it will automatically connect to UC Berkley via the cloud and process data for a variety of projects including AIDS research and the search for extra-terrestrial life. Chairwoman Cher Wang says:
We’ve often used innovation to bring about change in the mobile industry, but this programme takes our vision one step further. With HTC Power To Give, we want to make it possible for anyone to dedicate their unused smartphone processing power to contribute to projects that have the potential to change the world.