HTC’s feeling blue with new One and One Mini models, cheers itself up with some bass

HTC One Vivid Blue

Check out our review of the HTC One Mini smartphone.

The HTC Desire 601 isn’t the only new announcement from HTC this week, as it has also unveiled new blue editions of the HTC One and HTC One Mini. Not only that, but it has also decided public transport around the world isn’t polluted with sound from mobile phones enough already, and that what we all need is more bass from a standalone subwoofer.

More on that in a moment, but first let’s look at the new One models. The two phones are identical in specification to the existing models, so the HTC One has a 4.7-inch, 1080p screen, quad-core processor, and the UltraPixel camera. The One Mini shrinks the screen down to 4.3-inches and the resolution to 720p, while the processor becomes a dual-core chip. The UltraPixel camera remains though.

Both share a very similar aluminum body shell, which up until now has been available in silver, black, and in some cases the One can be found in a beautiful red. Now an equally attractive blue version will be introduced. The shade is known as Vivid Blue, and like Glamour Red, it’s bright without being garish. So far, there’s no word on which networks will be stocking the Vivid Blue HTC One and One Mini, but sales are expected to start before the end of the year. 

So, on to that speaker. If HTC’s BoomSound amp and stereo speakers just aren’t powerful enough to keep the bass thumping over the chug of the bus’ engine, then you’ll want to grab HTC’s BoomBass at the earliest opportunity. It’s a small cube containing a subwoofer and a dedicated amp, which connects to your smartphone using NFC and Bluetooth. It’s powered by its own 1200mAh battery, so it won’t drain your phone’s power, and HTC promises it’ll deliver, “Immense and exceptional sound.” Something we’ll thank HTC for next time we’re forced to listen to it on our journey home from work.

Of course, HTC sees the BoomBass as a challenger to speaker systems like the JamBox, and has fitted an extendable base plate to the box on which to rest your phone, so it can happily be used in your home too. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but it’s set to hit stores in mid-October.

Home Theater

Say goodbye to the box: The future of home theater has no use for receivers

One of the most intriguing new trends to come out of CES 2019 this year comes from a technology that has been around for years. WiSA, now in new LG TVs, has the potential to cut the wires and change the home theater landscape forever.
Home Theater

Wireless headphones are finally awesome, and these are our favorites

With sleek form factors, prime audio quality, and the freedom of untethered listening, there has never been a better time to pick up a pair of wireless headphones. These are the best ones currently available.

Having problems with your Xbox One console? We have the solutions

The Xbox One has evolved over the years, but so have its problems. Thankfully, we have solutions for some of the console's most enduring problems, whether you're experiencing issues with connectivity or your discs.
Home Theater

Optoma’s all-in-one laser projector gives you 120 inches of 4K for $3,000

All too often, a really big image size for your home theater has meant tons of money for a large TV, or putting up with the compromises of a decent projector. Optoma's new P1 4K laser projector puts an end to that dilemma.

Sony is showing something off at MWC -- will it be the Xperia XZ4?

Sony may have released the Xperia XZ3 in the past few months, but already it's preparing to release a follow-up, the Xperia XZ4. We're learning plenty about the phone now some details have started to leak out, and it's getting exciting.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.

Do these Geekbench results accurately represent the Moto G7?

The Moto G6 range is still relatively new to the market, but rumors have already started about the Moto G7, which is expected some time in 2019. Apparently, a G7 Power version will be joining the G7, G7 Play, and G7 Plus.

Is this the first image of a Galaxy S10 being used in real life?

It won't be long now; With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.

Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist

High blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and many other health problems, so it's important to keep an eye on. Omron's HeartGuide is a fitness tracking watch that can also monitor your blood pressure from your wrist.

Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million

Google is about to step up its smartwatch game. The company has agreed to buy an unnamed smartwatch technology from The Fossil Group for a hefty $40 million. Considering the acquisition, it's clear Google is serious about smartwatches.

Learn how to play YouTube in the background on iOS and Android

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device.

Android vs. iOS: Which smartphone platform is the best?

If you’re trying to choose a new phone and you’re not sure about the merits and pitfalls of the leading smartphone operating systems, then come on in for a detailed breakdown as we pit Android vs. iOS in various categories.

Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3.

From DIY to AAA, here's how to take a passport photo in 6 different ways

If you're applying for a passport or renewing one, you need to submit a photo in your official application. There are strict guidelines, but fortunately, it's something you can do at home. Here's how to take a passport photo.