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Mar 1, 2015, 9:36 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

We're live-blogging HTC's press conference in Barcelona at MWC 2015. Rumors abound of a new flagship One phone. Tune in to find out!

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Mar 1, 2015, 10:43 AM: That's a wrap for us. Next up: Samsung!

Mar 1, 2015, 10:42 AM: Aaand... here is our hands-on.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:38 AM: And that's a wrap. Look for our in-depth hands on with the One M9 in just a moment.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:37 AM: "Progress is the realization of Utopias". [groan]

Mar 1, 2015, 10:35 AM: Chairwoman Cher Wang takes the stage.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:34 AM: More about this at the GDC event in a few days.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:34 AM: First public demos this spring. (I have one scheduled for Wednesday... look for my tweets about that.)

Mar 1, 2015, 10:33 AM: Consumer edition later this year.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:33 AM: The "developer edition" of HTC "Vive" VR headset comes this spring.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:32 AM: There's some kind of "hand tracking"... not clear if that's a glove or like Kinect...

Mar 1, 2015, 10:31 AM: 90 Hz refresh rate (sounds low to me, but I'm no expert on VR.)

Mar 1, 2015, 10:31 AM: It's "room scale", meaning you can walk around with this on and not get sick.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:29 AM: [News bit on Grip and VR here.]

Mar 1, 2015, 10:27 AM: This is quite a step for HTC. A VR headset... that's ambitious.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:27 AM: Partnering with Valve!

Mar 1, 2015, 10:26 AM: VR!

Mar 1, 2015, 10:26 AM: And... something else! One more thing!

Mar 1, 2015, 10:25 AM: Grip works with both iOS and Android.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:25 AM: It has different modes for workouts like running, cycling, and the gym. Syncs with UA Record fitness tracking app and account.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:24 AM: HTC Grip is a fitness wrist band with GPS.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:22 AM: Now on to fitness... Under Armour partnership.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:21 AM: Four colors: silver/gold, gold, dark grey, and pink.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:21 AM: It's coming to North America "in mid-March".

Mar 1, 2015, 10:21 AM: Sense Seven will come to older One models.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:21 AM: New DotView cases! Now with games! (WHY?!)

Mar 1, 2015, 10:19 AM: They just demo'd dramatic surround sound in the press conf. theater. I'm not sure two BoomSound speakers will sound quite like that...

Mar 1, 2015, 10:18 AM: The BoomSound speakers have Dolby "surround sound".

Mar 1, 2015, 10:18 AM: A new theme generator takes a wallpaper photo and picks out colors to customized the menus, etc. You can share themes on social media.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:17 AM: The home screen displays apps you use most often based on your current location, and suggests new apps to download.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:16 AM: The front camera is UltraPixel and wide-angle.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:16 AM: The gallery app has face matching.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:16 AM: The camera lens has sapphire glass.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:16 AM: [news item just posted here]

Mar 1, 2015, 10:15 AM: Main camera is 20 megapixel.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:14 AM: Contains Snapdragon 810 and Sense 7 software.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:14 AM: Back surface has a brushed finish; sides are polished. Craved from solid block of aluminum.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:12 AM: It's two-tone silver and gold, with all-metal body.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:10 AM: The One M9!

Mar 1, 2015, 10:09 AM: "We build our products to be loved." [generic design story video]

Mar 1, 2015, 10:08 AM: Peter Chou on stage to get right into the new HTC One intro.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:06 AM: Phil Blair, head of EMEA region, is kicking things off.

Mar 1, 2015, 10:06 AM: [Feel-good brand video...]

Mar 1, 2015, 10:05 AM: [music swells]

Mar 1, 2015, 10:02 AM: People are still getting settled. This may start five min. late.

Mar 1, 2015, 9:36 AM: Things should get started at about 10am Eastern US time.

Mar 1, 2015, 9:32 AM: We're in and plugged in with a wired connection, so this should be a smooth live-blog in terms of news. Photos may be slightly delayed, however, as the WiFi is iffy.

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.

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