Whilst the event for many began with a crashed live stream, HTC today announced the successor to the HTC One … the HTC One … how imaginative. So confusing is the name that they’ve add to add the codename on to the name to make it easier to identify, making the full name, ‘HTC One (M8)’.
As you can see from the image above, it’s not just the name, but the design that people will struggle to tell much differences between the HTC One and the new HTC One M8, but don’t let that put you off.
The HTC One M8, which we’re going to abbreviate the M8, essentially improves over everything from the original One (codenamed the M7), so let’s get to it.
The HTC M8 refines on everything before it, the sides has much more curvature to it as well as the back, reducing the previous hard or sharp feel in the hand, a common problem on all metal phones including the iPhone. HTC did also take multiple opportunities to take a slight slab at multiple Android competitors using specifically plastic material, “gimmickish” software features promoted on highly funded marketing etc.
The back of the HTC M8 has some special features in relation to the Camera, beginning with the obvious addition of an extra Camera lens at the back. Traditionally when you expect two Cameras on a Smartphone, it’s rear and front, but the HTC M8 has dual rear Cameras. The Camera to the top of the HTC M8 is not for use of taking pictures, and will not be used for taking any of that 3D fail, it will mainly help the main ‘UltraPixel’ Camera sensor take sharper pictures and optimise itself for the given surroundings and conditions. The Camera also has a similar Amber and White LED Flash combination seen in multiple Cameras recently from the likes of the iPhone 5S to, even the newly announced Galaxy S5, which should help further enhance low-light photography.
One thing you won’t find on the HTC M8 surprisingly is 4K, HTC simply haven’t added it to the M8, such feature could be released in a Software Update, which wouldn’t be first for HTC at all, but we’d of expected them to make the device custom work for 4K, but we guess not, it is a niche feature after all!
One cool returning feature to the HTC M8s video capture is pause whilst recording, we remember using this on an ancient Motorola JAVA phone, so it’s nothing new, but something incredibly useful as it, in most cases, saves the need of any editing! You can also set a range of pre-sets yourself and save them for later use, which begs the question why no one else has thought of these … Nokia??
HTC are packing this device with Android 4.4 Kitkat, which is awesome, and will be sold with just stock Kitkat through the Play Store in the US, but will traditionally be coming with Sense 6.
BoomSound = If it was possible, HTC have turned the knobs up 20% on the dual front-facing speakers! We hope this isn’t a bad addition, as we always found ourselves more than blown away by the audio fidelity and volume of the original.
BlinkFeed = The basic premise of BlinkFeed is the same as a year ago — it brings news and social information to your home screen in the form of one of those “flip” type layouts. It was a bit controversial at first because it took up a home screen spot, with no easy way to remove it. HTC added the option to remove it in a later version.
HTC Sense 6 = also has a much cleaner and spread out UI, which all of which can be customised using multiple available colour options.
HTC Advantage = During the conference HTC spoke of a new initiative called HTC Advantage. Using this program, you can replace your HTC display after 6 months of purchase for nothing, and will guarantee Software Updates for 2 years prior to devices purchase, FINALLY nice to see and Android OEM commit something like this.
UNEXPECTED HARDWARE BENEFITS
We’re very happy to see the addition of something very missing from the original HTC One, a microSD Card Slot. This is great as it allows this phone to really have zero on the case of reasons not to buy this over, say a Sony or Samsung equivalent, further sealing this being one of the best Android phones of 2014.
This is really cool. We mentioned previously about the Oppo Find 7 new fast charging battery, well turns out HTC have more than done their fair share of battery enhancements for the HTC M8. Supporting Qualcomms Quick Charge 2.0 means the HTC One can more or less charge as quickly as the Find 7, but last a massive 40% more than the original HTC One!
HTC also have a new feature called ‘Extreme Power Saving Mode’, this can allow the HTC M8 last over 100 hours of standby plus, listen to this, on a tiny 5% battery remaining, the HTC M8 could last 15 hours of standby with this toggled!
Whilst this are both emergency features that obviously reduce hardware functionality when used, if you simply need your phone to live on to receive an important call etc, this is a massive breakthrough!
SPECIFICATIONS OF NOTE
- 5 inch Full HD 1080p display with Cornin Gorilla Glass 3
- 2.5GHz Quad Core SnapDragon 801 with Adreno 330 (2.3GHz clock speed in some markets)
- 2GB RAM
- 4G LTE in a wider market variety
- Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6, BlinkFeed
- 2600mAh Battery
- 16GB or 32GB Options
- microSD Card slot (up to 128GB)
- HTC UltraPixel Camera (still 4MP) with 1080P HD Video Capture
- 5MP Wide-Angle Front Facing Camera
So, that’s the HTC One M8, what have we got!
- The best HTC Smartphone ever made, simple
- Our so far favourite Android phone of 2014
- A Smartphone that does battery life correctly
- The best Specs you’ll find, minus display and Camera
- A great incentive that you’re phone will be supported for over 2 years with HTC Advantage
Will you be purchasing the new HTC One (M8), it is available right now in selected markets, with full entire rollout by April 20th, which is HTC’s fastest rollout of any product in their history, so they’re definitely anticipating a successful launch, which we hope for the company is true, as this really is, like the original HTC One, an incredible Smartphone.
-OUR FULL REVIEW OF THE NEW HTC ONE M8 WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY-