HTC, on the 25th, announced the much anticipated HTC One M8, the successor to their best smartphone, the HTC One which was one of the best smartphones at it’s time, and the M8 doesn’t disappoint either. The M8 truly is the best smartphone you could get your hands-on (till Sony releases the Experia Z2) :P and the M8 does have some great features which would justify what I just said. The phone features top of the line specs under the hood and really slick looks.
Talking about the hardware, the M8 features a bit of a bigger screen compared to it’s predecessor i.e, from 4.7″ to 5″ having a resolution of 1080×1920 which slightly lowers the pixel density to 441ppi versus the 469ppi on the original One. That said, it won’t fail to please your eyes either, and the Super LCD3 technology brings you the vivid colors, high brightness, and wide viewing angles. The phone is powered by the 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and Adreno 330 GPU, alongside 2GB of RAM backed up by a 2600 mAh Li-polymer battery which gives you a 20 hours of talktime on 3G and the company claims that the device would last for two weeks on Extreme power saving mode, one the features that makes the M8 stand above all the smartphones around. The design is also top class, a slight curve on the back, brushed metal uni-body frame and this device gives you a premium feel (which iPhone fan boys talk about ;) ).
Coming to the new features which make the M8 the best smartphone till date are:
The primary camera on the M8 is of 4 ultrapixel according to HTC. There two lenses on the back actually but the upper one is not a camera, but a depth sensor which adds the depth to your pictures and enable you to focus on different objects after the photo is captured, which is again an amazing feature. HTC also claims that the camera has a “faster launch, faster focus and faster burst”. Plus, there is a dual colour LED flash, both white and yellow to balance out the image and make it look more “natural”. The 5MP front camera is also great, so you can click great selfies.
This is what you can call innovation. The perforated front flip cover allows you to interact to the phone in the simplest way. It shows you alerts for calls, weather and many other notifications without even flipping the flap, and all this is done without any extra power for the cover as it is a plain cover which is all plastic.
Extreme Energy Saving mode
As is told above, company claims that the M8 would last for a two weeks with this feature enabled and even if you enable it having mere 10% of battery remaining, it would make it last out a whooping 30 hours. Isn’t this a feature that would make you ditch your current smartphone?
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, quad-core CPUs
Total storage: 16GB/32GB, available capacity varies
Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)
Ambient light sensor
Primary camera: HTC UltraPixel™ camera , BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens
HTC ImageChip 2. 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
Secondary camera: capture depth information
5MP, BSI sensor, wide angle lens. with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording
Gallery with UFocus™, Dimension Plus™, Seasons, Foregrounder, Image match
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5 V and 1.5 A
Android™ with HTC Sense™
2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
- 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G – WCDMA:
- EMEA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
- Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
- AT&T: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps
- Sprint: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA up to 14.4 Mbps
- Verizon: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps
- TMUS: 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
- Sprint: 800/1900
- Verizon: 800/1900
4G – LTE:
- EMEA: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
- Asia: 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
- AT&T: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz
- Sprint: FDD 800/1900 MHz , TDD 2600 MHz
- Verizon: 700/AWS/1800/2600 MHz
- TMUS: 700/AWS MHz
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
Support consumer infrared remote control
Audio supported formats:
Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10)
Video supported formats:
Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Talking about it’s availability and pricing, the HTC One M8 will be available in the US through mobile carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, and is priced at $649 off-contract for the 16GB model. The One M8 is currently available only at Verizon while AT&T and Sprint have started taking pre-orders, though the device will not be in-store stock until April 11. T-Mobile is also expected to start the pre-orders of the One M8 in April only. The HTC One (M8) is now available in the UK via various online retailers.