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It’s only been a few short hours since AT&T announced the availability of HTC’s mamma-jamma One X smartphone, but there may be a few more tricks coming out of HTC’s sleeve before the day is done. For example, T-Mobile just sent over a bit of news regarding the One S, namely that it will launch on April 25 for $199.99 on-contract after a $50 mail-in-rebate.
We first spotted the One S back at MWC in Barcelona, and generally speaking we found it to be a pretty sweet device.
This time around, I walk away feeling the same sentiments. I’m all about the design, specs are adequate, and Sense is an entirely tolerable custom overlay.
Let’s delve deeper, yes?
It’s an HSPA+ device, meaning it will take advantage of T-Mo’s 42Mbps speeds. Past that, we’re looking at 1.5GHz dual-core chip, an 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video capture, and a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display.
HTC’s been building out its ecosystem a little differently than other phone makers, signing deals with companies who already have this or that service nailed rather than trying to build something from the ground up. That said, Beats Audio integration will come packed within the One S, as will 25GB of free storage with Dropbox.
Ice Cream Sandwich is certainly present and accounted for here, but you may not recognize it. HTC laid its Sense UI on top of the OS, which is good news considering that Sense is actually a pretty worthwhile skin, but bad news for those of us who prefer a vanilla experience.
I got the chance to go hands-on and came away feeling great about this handset’s future. 4.3-inch displays is where I draw the line, which works out well for the One S, and HTC did an excellent job of walking that fine line between feeling light and feeling cheap.
We’ll be hitting you guys with a full review before the week’s over, so you can be sure to know where you stand before sauntering into a T-Mo store come April 25.
In the meantime, check out this hands-on video we grabbed at MWC this year:
9to5Mac reports that Apple is working on a new hardware solution for its retail store Genius Bars that would allow staff to quickly back up devices requiring replacement and move that data back onto the the replacement devices. While users are always encouraged to back up their devices before bringing them to a Genius Bar appointment, users who fail to do so and then learn that their devices require replacement can lose valuable data.
According to the report, the systems would essentially be a local wireless backup system capable of quickly obtaining an iCloud backup from a device and temporarily storing it while the device is swapped out for the user. Once the replacement device is powered on and activated if necessary, Genius Bar staff would be able to quickly pull that data onto the new device to provide the user with a fully-updated and functional replacement device.
A user brings in their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to the Genius Bar to be swapped for a fully working unit. The person didn’t back up their device. Now, instead of having to conduct an iCloud wireless backup or go home for a tethered iTunes backup, the Genius Bar will have the ability to mirror an iCloud backup, but onto a local store server. After the device is swapped, the Genius can pull the content right back from the server onto the new device. The content is then automatically wiped from the store server.
While users could presumably use their existing iCloud accounts and Apple’s in-store Wi-Fi access to accomplish similar backups in the event that device replacement is needed, the local systems are said to operate more efficiently and can assist users who have not signed up for iCloud accounts.
The report’s source indicates that the project is still in the early prototyping phase and may not ever be released, but if Apple does decide to bring it into the field it may begin appearing in retail stores in mid-2013.
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