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HTC might employ Bose to shrink the BoomSound speakers, thinning bezels to fit a larger One display

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HTC might employ Bose to shrink the BoomSound speakers, thinning bezels to fit a larger One display
HTC is prepared to take its relationship with sound to a whole new level, it seems, as a rumor surfaced that it has partnered with the audio juggernaut Bose to work on the next generation of BoomSound speakers in the follow-up edition of its One flagship phone line. Not only that, but the new tag team is allegedly tasked with diminishing the size of HTC's current amplified stereo speakers set, so that the top and bottom bezels can be shrunk further.

A thinner bezel would thus allow for HTC to fit a larger display in its flagship handsets, as the One (M8) is about the height of the LG G3 now, while hosting a 5" display, against the 5.5" panel of LG's finest. Granted, the One (M8) is much more narrow, so it's easier to grab and hold with one hand, but still. If HTC manages to pull the bezel shrinking part off, and maybe put a camera with bigger resolution in its next flagship, the like of Samsung, LG and Sony might have a veritable competitor against their own monstrosities. HTC already has a Harman/Kardon edition of its flagship One (M8), so other audio collaborations are not out of the question, too.

source: TKTech

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posted on 06 Aug 2014, 03:29 14

1. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


..and I thought the Boom Speakers can't get any better.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:40 5

9. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3254; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


yes to this but no 5.5 leave it 5 or 5.1 and better gripping metal for the back m8 2 slippery please better camera no stupid duo camera

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:45

13. vincelongman (Posts: 4093; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Agreed, hopefully they can reduce the size to the Nexus 5 size so its easier for one handed use

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:28

21. juandante (Posts: 463; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


i think the future is in relationships. just watch nokia and zeis at the time of n95.

manufacterers should stop with patent wars and move in this direction.

i applaud htc. just remove uptrapixels.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 11:00 2

29. madmikepr (Posts: 136; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


Bose Now HTC want some Market Share From Samsung Long Live HTC

I Do Love The Harman Kardon Edition

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 03:32 15

2. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


They should hire those guys @ NIKON too :-)

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:43

11. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Nikon is for noobs. Real men use Hasselblad. XD

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:53

16. vincelongman (Posts: 4093; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


NIKON dont make sensors any more, they use Sony sensors
But NIKON could definitely still help out with the software or lens

Also I hope they use Sony's sensors, Sony make sensors for most the other OEMs, e.g. Samsung, LG, Apple, Oppo/OPO,...

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 06:28

27. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


I think Carl Zeiss optics would be a better option.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 03:38 8

3. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


First Beats, now Bose. HTC should stop dealing with overpriced but mediocre audio companies and do business with with real experts like Audio Tecchnica, Sennheiser and AKG.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 03:53 9

6. Doakie (Posts: 1865; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Huh.. Shows you how little I know about audio quality. I thought Bose was a company who produced great quality audio equipment...

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:11 3

7. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


The word great is not present in Bose's dictionary. :D

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 11:54

31. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


Dont confuse bose headphones with pose speaker systems .I do agree bose headphones are not worth the price but their speaker system offer best performance vs size ratio.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:43 4

10. vincelongman (Posts: 4093; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Bose are better than say Beats, Panasonic, SkullCandy, Monster and Philips
But not quite as good as Sony or JVC
And definitely not audiophile grade like Audio Technica, Sennheiser, AKG and many others
Not a audiophile, but just from what I've heard

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:21 2

18. uzimafioso (Posts: 205; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Sony or JVC? Audio Technica maybe but Bose is way better than Sennheiser, Sony or JVC. As far as Beats go. If you listen to hip-hop and rap there are no better headphones. Not Sony, not Bose, not Audio Technica. All of these focus on clean outputs and balanced sound. Beats focuses on the sound hip-hop needs to give. So Beats isnt really in this genre. The only reason Bose has so many haters is cause they charge $1500 for speakers Sony would sell for $200. But that doesn't mean its not a quality product...

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 06:07 1

23. vincelongman (Posts: 4093; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Lol what the other brands have headphones designed for hip-hop and rap as well
Also just set your equalizer to hip hop/rap and now your headphones are to suit hip hop/rap

Sennheiser are easily better than Bose no doubt
Sennheiser are arguably the biggest/most recommended headphone makers in the world (for good reason)
Bose are one of the most hated/non-recommended headphone makers (for good reason as well)

Yea, Sony/JVC don't really compete in the highend market as much, they are more value for money
But I'd say you're better off buy Sony/JVC than Bose since if you have $1500 you should bought something from Sennheiser, Audio Technica, AKG,...

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 06:17

24. uzimafioso (Posts: 205; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Yeah like sol republic or sms audio or whatever you want to say but ive tried them and well no. Beats are better. The only speakers i found better than Bose were Aiwa and Sharp and a genuine Phillips Netherlands system. Sennheiser id recommend to only those who prefer rock and metal sounds.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 07:49

28. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


What the hell happened to Aiwa? They practically disappeared without a trace.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 09:05

35. romeo1 (Posts: 705; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Sony has made one of the best book plate speakers( not sure if its called this in English)
Also their high end headphones are brilliant and can compete with the best. That said bose is rubbish their 321 system costs as you say 1500 or more( here its the same but in euros) and the new w95 and x9 tvs 9f sony have better speakers inside the tv self. Thats the reason bose market their systems as "better than MOST tvs"
Bose just have the name their headphones are really good but i liked the sennheisers and sonys better. Also in cars bose are worthless the cheapest line of mtx or even lightning audio are better.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:55 4

22. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3767; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


There's a saying in the commercial sound installer community. "No highs, no lows, must be Bose".

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 03:39 2

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4272; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


As long as sound quality doesn't go down, they can shrink them down as much as they want.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 03:49 3

5. aayupanday (Posts: 574; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Best News I've heard in a while.
HTC are in the league of their own when it comes to the Phone Speaker Department and they're ready to take it to the next level.
Go HTC! Go BoomSound! & GTHOH UltraPixel.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:39 1

8. sgamao (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2013)


As crazy as it sounds i'd merge completely the two companies naming them just Bose and invest heavily on fewer devices with lot of accessoires and a goog deal with a company as Rhapsody/Napster, Spotify or Deezer..

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:44

12. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3254; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


napster still exist

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:06

17. sgamao (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2013)


It does indeed. It's Rhapsody division outside the US.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:50

14. NateAdam8 (Posts: 388; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


They need to work on making those bezels thiner, That'd help make keep the body small while making the screen bigger.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:27

20. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


...not to mention that front logo.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:51

15. realjjj (Posts: 361; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Just make the display the speaker already - not a j/k, it will happen soon hopefully.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:26

19. gd761 (Posts: 132; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


HTC should just get Better to set the Standard that Everyone Else has to play Catchup to.
HTC Should also come out with BOSE on the ENTIRE ONE Lineup. From the Mini to the ONE to the MAX.
Wether HTC has either Just Android or Both Android and Wine Phone, in My Opinion, adding BOSE is probably an Extremely Smart move on HTC's part.
Just address the Issue that a LOT of people are complaining about, the CAMERA.
Do this and have a Camera that Everyone Stops Complaining about, and then also have ALL of your Phones UNLOCKED on ALL CARRIERS.
Then maybe HTC and BOSE can Not only have BOSE Inside, but also have a Product Line Just for HTC and BOSE together for In-Ear, Headphones, Portable Speakers, and More.
Think About the Lucrative Possibilities for Both Companies.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 06:20

25. rob5150 (Posts: 157; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


It's not the speakers that take too much room. It's that HTC logo along bottom area of display. Maybe get some engineers that have worked for lg or samsung that know how to do full display device

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 06:21

26. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Need to get rid of the stereo speakers, utterly useless, they produce better sound than standard crap mono speakers but it's still crap and better crap will always be crap no matter the grade.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 11:32

30. ojdidit84 (Posts: 457; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I'm sorry but no. They produce better quality sound than just about any other smartphone there is out there and part of that has to do with the fact that you're getting stereo sound and not mono.

My roommate is always showing me videos on his M8 and I'm like :D. Then I go to show or watch a video on my Note 3 and I'm like -_- because I have to cup the damn speaker with my hand to hear it and the quality is far from stellar.

The HTC One's stereo speakers are great. Their bezel management and logo placement are what need work.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 12:11

32. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Even without the boomsound speakers the phone would be bigger than the Nexus 5 and Xperia ZL and the ascend P7. So suck TC needs to do a lot more than shrinking the speakers. Maybe try not adding a useless depth sensor camera for starters.

The ideal size to me would be LG G2 bezels with a 5 inch instead of 5.2 screen with no front facing speakers. Keep it stereo but put it at the bottom.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 12:16

37. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


I beg to differ the black band on htc is there because boom sound speaker have taken space and no other component could be placed there so htc had to stretch the black part to add electronics there . other phones have space above and below display to arrange the circuit board and other phone component . But what htc could have done was given an option for capacitive buttons like one plus one .

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 19:14

33. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Its funny how everyone acts like the g3 is impossible to hold. I don't have big hands and this thing is easy as hell to hold with one hand

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 21:29

34. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1989; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


This would be a great sound from this company.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 00:33

36. ilani (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Its the Ultra pixels that's sinking the ship! get rid of it!!!!!! Love my M7, would love to give an M9 a chance, if the camera is changed. Otherwise, i'm jumping ship!

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