If you ask people from HTC what kind of phone they would like, the answer would surely be HTC One. Again! The reason for this is that the new HTC One M8 is very similar to its predecessor, or simply put the HTC One model. So, the name hasn’t changed either, so it was hard to expect some tectonic changes to happen on the phone itself. The new HTC One (M8) relies heavily on the original model and brings improvements, without intending to interfere with the essence of things.
HTC One (M8) specification, screen, and performance
HTC One (M8) is an improved version. There is no dilemma. The new model has a better specification, a bigger screen, and a stunning camera. Of course, there is also a refresh in the form of the new 4.4 KitKat Android. The driving force is the Snapdragon 801 processor (quad-core at 2.3GHz) combined with 2GB of RAM. The choice of memory is between 16 and 32GB.
HTC One (M8) is a bit reminiscent of HTC One Max because it has a MicroSD slot. Unlike the aforementioned bigger cousin, this phone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor, but I don’t think that’s such a big drawback.
When it comes to the screen, HTC decided to follow the magnification trend, so the HTC One (M8) got a 5-inch Super LCD3 screen with 1080 × 1920 pixels. Apart from the resolution, the pixel density per inch is also excellent and it is 441. So, this full HD is not something new because the previous model also had one (with a smaller diagonal). And it is precisely this difference in the diagonal that is the reason why the phone will probably be a little harder to hold, and the fingers will have to stretch. In this regard, the phone itself has gained weight, so now it weighs 160 grams, instead of the previous 143.
The first information indicates that the phone, with the help of the latest processor, works quickly and without downtime. Initial tests have shown that the phone is powerful, but not like the Galaxy Note 3 or Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The 2,600mAh battery is enough for a whole day of normal use. When the battery is low, the phone automatically activates low power mode by cutting off all network access except calls and SMS and e-mail.
HTC One M8 design
In the visual sense, everything is also in line with the predecessor. The new HTC One continues the philosophy of rounded metal edges and at first glance it really looks irresistible. This time the edges are a bit smoother, so the grip will be better. On the front, above and below the screen, there are stereo BoomSound speakers, which are still the best among smartphones. There are a few more changes in the form of moving the keys from one place to another, but nothing that would significantly change the look.
HTC One (M8) will be produced in three colors: metal, silver and gold.
HTC One M8 and the new HTC Sense 6.0
The new HTC One also comes with the new HTC Sense 6.0 interface, which offers more shortcuts to access the most sought-after options. There is of course BlinkFeed, as a trademark of the phone. Customizing this option to your own needs is a matter of course and is desirable. The difference is in the color scheme, so instead of some others, green now dominates. HTC has also refreshed the look of some factory applications and that seems nice at first glance.
HTC One M8 camera
The camera is probably the biggest change on the new One. In fact, these are two cameras. The two of them are called Duo camera, and the main result of their joint work are some pretty good photos with pronounced effects, which give quite artistic results. At the same time, these cameras give a fantastic focus on the subject you want, so there will be no more problems with photographing multiple objects. The camera also allows you to add a 3D effect.
The camera has been deprived of a large number of pixels here as well, but HTC has decided to keep the UltraPixel technology. The pixels on this camera are still significantly larger than on competitors. That makes the photos look great without the ultra-high resolutions. Although the sensors are only 4MP, the photos have an excellent level of detail, with good colors, and according to the first information, the performance in low light is also excellent.
In addition to the two rear cameras, the HTC One (M8) also has two LED flashes and they seem to do a great job. There is of course a front camera that has as much as 5MP. The interface has been slightly redesigned. There is one square in which all the options are located. Just click on it and choose between classic and video mode or choose which effect you want to apply to the photo.
HTC One (M8) sale and price
Along with the new One, HTC has also prepared special cases, which look original. the so-called Dot View has a special surface that the phone recognizes, so even when the phone is folded you can still see the basic notifications.
There are hints that the HTC One (M8) is coming to the US for $ 649, while we’ll wait a little longer for price information in Europe. With this model, HTC continues the success story started with the HTC One model. HTC has brought some good ideas and improvements, but also kept what is good.
This manufacturer did not opt for experiments such as fingerprint sensors or heart rate screens. On the contrary, everything retained a dose of moderation and simplicity. Compared to last year’s model, the new HTC One is bigger and has an improved and unusual camera.