Few things can ruin your day quite like shattering the screen on your smartphone. HTC is all too aware of this which is why they are now offering customers one free screen replacement during the first six months of ownership. Here’s an idea that I certainly hope catches fire with other manufacturers.
The offer is valid for owners of the HTC One, One mini and One max although there’s one big catch: it only applies to devices purchased starting today. That means if the screen on your HTC phone bit the bullet yesterday, you’re out of luck. If that’s the case, you’re best trying to go the handset insurance option or attempting to repair it yourself.
The program is part of HTC’s new initiative that puts customers first. Known as HTC Advantage, the program also outlines exactly how long a user can expect to receive software (Android) updates for their device. As of writing, current One family smartphones will keep getting updates for at least the next two years.
HTC Advantage also delivers more cloud storage via Google Drive. HTC max owners will receive 50GB of storage while those with other models will net 25GB after Sense 5.5 is installed.
All of this comes free of charge, we might add, which could certainly help sway prospective buyers towards HTC’s camp – that is, if wireless carriers can be bothered to inform customers about the new initiative. Given the fact that handset insurance is a lucrative business for providers, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see reps conveniently gloss over HTC Advantage during their sales pitch.
The HTC One represents the firm’s latest attempt to regain lost ground in the smartphone market. It is made entirely of aluminum and boasts a large 4.7-inch full HD 1080p display with 468 PPI flanked by two speaker strips with integrated amplifiers. Inside is a 1.7-GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
The HTC One X is the flagship member of HTC's new One family of smartphones. It features a 4.7-inch, 720p HD display and is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The One X runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC's new Sense 4.0 interface with ImageSense camera features.
The One Max is the latest phablet from HTC, it features a 5.9-inch 1080p LCD display and a plastic-aluminium design. The One Max comes with a 1.7 GHz quad-core Krait 300 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Blutetooth 4.0, and GNSS on-board. There's also 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, and a 12.5 Wh (3,300 mAh) battery.
The HTC One mini is the smaller and less expensive version of its flagship HTC One handset. The One mini features a 4.3-inches (720p) display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, backed by Adreno 305 graphics, a single gigabyte of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage. The One mini supports 4G LTE and HSPA+ cellular networks, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth and comes with Android 4.2.2 out of the box.
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