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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.