After months of leaks and rumors, HTC has finally launched the successor to its 2013 HTC One flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. Featuring a new larger display, an evolved metal design and powerful upgraded specifications, HTC has high hopes that it will replicate the success of its predecessor.
Availability and Price
The HTC One is being launched in over 100 countries to over 230 carriers. Right now it is available for order in North America from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, and Tellus for immediate shipping. T-Mobile announced it will be selling the phone online and in stores on April 11. The price for the phone is $199 with a 2 year contract or $649 with no contract.
The HTC One M8 is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, houses a 5-inch Super LCD HD 1080p display, a Gorilla glass cover, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and up to 128GB expandable microSD card storage. It is compatible with every imaginable 2G, 3G and 4G network, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX. The battery has 2600 mAh capacity, and will be good for up to 20 hours of 3G talk time, or up to 496 hours of standby on a 3G network connection.
The HTC One M8′s standout feature is its camera setup. The HTC One M8 features an upgraded version of the 4.1MP “Ultrapixel” camera seen on the original One. The upgraded camera features a new beefed up imaging co-processor and two lenses in the rear known as the “Duo Camera” system. The Duo Camera technology uses a second supporting lens to let the rear camera capture spatial information, allowing for advanced special effects. This lets users to create 3D-like images and retroactively adjust the point of focus on a captured image. The primary rear camera has HTC’s UltraPixel module with 2.0 um pixels and a 1/3-inch sensor, shooting at f/2.0 with a 28mm lens. The rear camera also has dual LED flash and full 1080p HD video recording. The front camera has been upgraded as well, from 2.1 megapixels to 5 megapixels. This allows for ultra clear selfies.
The HTC One M8 runs on a customized version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The home screen has an upgraded version of HTC’s Blinkfeed new aggregation service. The new Blinkfeed offers the same push update tiled interface as the original version, but supports a number of new news outlets and adds the ability to get “batch updates”. Batch updates let you set Blinkfeed to only push updates about specific topics or hashtags.
A new “Sensor Hub” tracks the user’s movements to count steps, and it also enables a variety of motion, tap and swipe gestures that can be performed while the phone’s display is off. For example, double-tapping on the screen will wake the HTC One from sleep, or swiping to the right on the sleeping display will unlock the phone directly to the BlinkFeed screen.
The HTC One M8 offers gesture control. The M8 has what HTC is calling Motion Launch, which is a series of gesture controlled shortcuts to let you activate the screen, answer calls, and turn the lock screen on and off without swiping or tapping. It does this using low-power monitoring of orientation, speed, etc., with its onboard sensors to predict what you’ll want to do when you unlock the device.
The new HTC One seems like a solid improvement on the original and is available in three colors: The familiar “glacial silver,” a very nice new “amber gold” color, and our favorite, “gunmetal gray,” which features a brushed finish. With the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2, HTC has taken the lead for the 2014 smartphone race.
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