An affordable HTC smartphone to get the One's awesome stereo speakers

An affordable HTC smartphone to get the One's awesome stereo speakers
The HTC One is full of amazing features, but one of our favorite ones are the powerful stereo speakers on the front. Not only are they giving the phone a great look with these large speaker grills positioned on the upper and lower ends, but boy do they sound great! Since the speakers have been well-received by media and consumers alike, it looks like HTC is willing to put them on even more handsets that are in the making as we speak.

We now have evidence of a smartphone that will probably sport similar stereo speakers - it's called HTC 608t and is expected to be a more affordable model, at least when compared to the HTC One flagship. The blurry picture we have reveals the two speakers, the Beats Audio logo, as well as the China Mobile logo, suggesting that this may either be a phone designed exclusively for China, or that it may launch in China at first and then in other markets, or that this is simply a picture of the Chinese version of the phone. HTC is launching a lot of stuff in its home markets these days, but it's also been bringing all the notable models to the rest of the world, so if the 608t is shaping up as a decent performer, there's no need to worry about its global availability.

According to the rumors, this plastic smartphone is going to have a 4.5" qHD display, which is quite mid-endish, as well as an 8MP camera, 1GB RAM and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. There are no details with regards to the HTC 608t's release date yet, but that doesn't stop us from loving the idea of budget smartphones with powerful speakers.


via: TechRadar

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24 Comments

1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Good job. Front-facing speakers should be more mainstream IMO.

16. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Front facing speakers should be a industry REQUIREMENT. I see absolutely NO reason for speakers to continue to be on the back of the phone. NONE. it was a stupid design to begin with.

20. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

There are random phones that had stereo speakers like the Samsung Omnia HD, most consumers don't care about audio quality so they get away with it...

24. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

All I will see is, "Oh look at that phone, they copied HTC by putting speakers on the front"

2. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

LOL my old Nokia N86 of 2009 already had stereo speakers, to funny that in 2013 it's when those low end manufacturers start finally to add those old time functions ...

4. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Don't forget about Nokia N73 and N95! Stereo speakers on the phone-good for Bus and Metro Dj's and for young people with small IQ!

6. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Or to play games with Stereo sound or listen to your film at home on your TV (external screen) with stereo/Dolby, or to have better quality 3D ring tones (Symbian). In other words GTFO with your mono speaker.

8. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Please check the minimum distance between stereo speakers if you want good stereo sound!GTFO with your 4.7 inch screen and speakers

14. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah I remember the N95 actually had bose speakers with surround sound! It sounded pretty awesome IMO, but then they started dropping the ball with the N97. It was a cool phone, but just had many hardware issues.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Spell affordable...

11. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

four hundred dollars

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not so affordable

5. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

You want good stereo buy Yamaha, Denon, Tannoy,PMC............

7. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Wrong website?

12. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

would love JBL

21. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The ones speakers are still phone speakers, therefore the sound reproduction sucks, has virtually no soundstage and has no real bass/highs etc etc etc. If you want good speakers you spend $ on speakers not a phone with some gimmicky speakers that are still bad.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Wow! Impressive! Good job HTC!

10. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Why do they even put the speakers at the back? Do they expect us to leave our phones face down? I really agree that Front Speakers should be already a standard on mobile phones.

18. ErikSax

Posts: 21; Member since: May 20, 2009

Speakers have traditionally been separated from the "voice" microphone to prevent uncontrollable feedback loops from occurring during speaker-phone conversations (especially on full-duplex phones, which keep the voice mic active while the speaker is receiving audio from the person at the other end of the call). By placing the speaker at the rear of the phone, the volume of the incoming caller (and all other speaker functions like music, which often uses the same amplifier) can be boosted to higher volumes without the howl of feedback. Placing the speakers on the front involves a higher degree of phone body and amp design to overcome the natural tendency for feedback from the looping of mic sound with speaker sound. Just stand in front of a monitor with a live microphone to mimic the feedback effect.

15. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

good news!

17. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Sammy.. Moto.. Sony.. LG.. (and anyone else) are you paying attention here?!?!

22. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Samsung has made phones before with stereo front facing speakers, most manufacturer have. While they are nice they come with some major problems, the One suffers from the problems but not as bad because they made some sacrifices.

19. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Since my HTC one's speaker is freaking awesome . I think HTC is on the right track .

23. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Right now the One is HTCs last hope and it is failing, too bad HTC probably won't be around that much longer.

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