As expected, the new HTC flagship came out a couple of hours ago. Better in almost every aspect, the HTC One (M8) is gorgeous and arguably the smartphone to die for this year.
First, the outward design. Leaks have already spoiled the surprise days before the official launch. But for those who are seeing the HTC One (M8) for the first time, they’ll immediately notice many borrowed features from HTC’s previous flagship. Naturally, there are subtle differences to accommodate the changes (e.g. sensors, dual LED flash, and dual cameras) as well. There’s also more metal in this new phone; most of the chassis uses aluminum as its main material.
The HTC One (M8) continues to impress by packing the latest hardware and Android OS. A Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, and expansive microSD card storage altogether make this handset a specs behemoth. Its connectivity options—LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, IR blaster—further kicks it up a notch. The phone even beats the Samsung Galaxy S5 in battery longevity.
HTC One (M8) Specs
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 5-inch Super LCD3 (1080×1920 Full HD), ~441ppi
- 2.3GHz (2.5GHz for Asian markets) quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16/32GB internal storage
- microSD support up to 128GB
- 4MP Ultrapixel main camera, with autofocus and dual LED flash
- Secondary rear camera
- 5-megapixel BSI front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band
- 3G, HSDPA, LTE
- Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX
- NFC, IR Blaster
- GPS, GLONASS
- Dimensions: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm
- Weight: 160g
- Li-Po 2600mAh battery
Yet another distinct addition to the HTC One (M8) is the pair of cameras, akin to the iPhone 5S. They work in tandem for a variety of functionalities, such as refocusing photos after capture and special effects. More customizations are found in the improved camera app, which is only a fraction of what the new Sense 6 UI has to offer.
See more of the HTC One (M8) in these videos:
Available in silver, gray, and gold, the HTC One (M8) is already available online in the US for $600 off-contract. As for the Philippines, expect the phone to arrive sometime in May or later months.