HTC has finally taken the wraps off its all new One M8 smartphone and the company has also put the handset up for grabs in the US and the UK. The device is being touted as the ‘ultimate evolution’ of last year’s flagship and it comes with various new entertainment features.
The HTC One M8 no doubt looks the same as last year’s model, but it’s a bit different. Firstly, the metal unibody form factor has been improved for a more rugged feel and the company has given it a brushed design where the tapering edges are thinner and have softer curves. The handset’s size has also been increased. The display is now 5 inches wide from 4.7 inches on the M7 and the company has thrown in dual rear cameras for advanced imaging.
The HTC One M8 still sports the same UltraPixel camera seen on the previous model, but it now has a 2MP companion sensor that doesn’t capture images. Instead, this lens merely acts as a depth sensor to enable various effects, capture more detailed depth information and help provide an AF speed of 300ms on the main snapper. The 4MP UltraPixel shooter is accompanied by a dual LED flash. Also, the front-facing webcam has been upgraded to 5MP.
HTC has also improved its BoomSound stereo speakers by redesigning the chambers and adding a new amplifier. The system is now capable of delivering 25% more volume whilst maintaining clear and crisp audio output. With the new Sense 6.0 UI that’s being referred to as the ‘sixth sense,’ you get an updated version of BlinkFeed which makes it even more intuitive than before.
– Platform: Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0
– Display: 5-inch 1080p panel
– Processor: 2.3GHz quad core Snapdragon 801
– Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB storage options
– Connectivity: 4G LTE, HSPA+, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
– Battery: 2600mAh
– Dimensions: 46.36mm x 70.6mm x 9.35mm
– Weight: 160 grams
Price and availability:
The HTC One M8 is available in gunmetal gray, glacial silver and amber gold shades. The device is up for grabs online through Verizon, Sprint and AT&T for $199.99 and above with a 2-year contract. T-Mobile will start offering the device on April 11 at $0 down and $26.50 per month for 2 years. The phone is also up for grabs through Best Buy.
In the UK, Carphone Warehouse has the device listed as £549.95 SIM-free, while the carrier models (Orange, EE and Vodafone) are free with monthly payments starting at £42. O2 also has the device in stock.