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HTC Makes the New One (M8) Official

HTC One M8

HTC’s new flagship is finally official!

To call the new One (M8) as the worst kept secret in the tech world is probably the understatement of the year. Regardless of the leaks, HTC has officially unveiled the new One (M8) at an event earlier today in New York. As expected, the One (M8) has been thoroughly upgraded by the Taiwanese company, which includes a new processor, better externals, dual-camera setup, longer battery life and new, snazzy flip cover.

HTC One (M8) specs

  • 2.3GHz quad-core (US/EMEA)/ 2.5GHz quad-core (Asia, China) Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Krait 400 GPU
  • 5-inch, full HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 16/32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD
  • 4-megapixel ultrapixel camera, 1/3-inch sensor size, 2µm pixel size, paired with depth sensor
  • 5-megapixel front facing camera
  • 3G, HSDPA, LTE
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2600mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kit Kat, Sense 6

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The HTC One (M8) is an evolution from the design of the old One. While HTC’s been making unibody aluminum bodies for a long time (with the new one being their eigth, thus the name M8) the new One (M8) has 20% more metal compared to the previous model. This meant that HTC had to create a new antenna design to accomodate the new design. The new One (M8) is also curved exquisitely at the back to provide you with the best grip possible when holding it.

The One (M8) has a slightly bigger display (up to 5-inches compared to last year’s 4.7) though the overall size of the device hasn’t gone up substantially. The display is full HD, and has an overall pixel density of 441ppi, a drop from the One’s 468ppi.

Obviously the One (M8) would get an upgrade as far as its processor is concerned, by way of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. According to GSM Arena, there will be two clock speeds for the device when it hits the market – 2.3GHz for the US and Europe and 2.5GHz for Asia and China. Aside from the improved processor, the One (M8) has 2GB of RAM, a choice of 16 or 32GB of internal storage (which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD) and a Krait 400 GPU.

The dual-camera setup of the One (M8) has intrigued and puzzled many a tech writer when the renders of the device hit the internet, and finally we know what it does. The second camera on top of the One (M8)’s four megapixel backside-illuminated camera with 2µm pixels isn’t really a camera – it’s a depth sensor. The sensor captures depth information on the hardware level and allows users to refocus the camera on a different subject once they’ve taken the photo, similar to Lytro cameras.

On the software front, HTC will still be using their Sense UI, which is now in its sixth iteration. Sense 6 (or sixth sense as the company likes to call it) has HTC’s BlinkFeed and enhanced functionality that takes information from external sensors and translates that into seamless commands. For example, putting the phone to your ear when its ringing automatically answers a call, which eliminates the need to unlock it first.

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HTC’s also made an improvement in the battery department. Aside from providing a bigger, 2600mAh battery, the One (M8) has an extreme power saving mode (similar to the one in the Galaxy S5) which kills everything that is not necessary for the continued use of the phone. On 100% power, enabling the power saving mode will allow the One (M8) to be on standby for an astounding two weeks. Talk about long lasting.

The One (M8) will also have an optional Dot View Case that has perforations on the front that light up (in an adorable 8-bit way) to tell you the time, weather updates, alarms, and even who is calling or who just sent you a text.

As far as price is concerned, the HTC One (M8) will retail for $649, or around Php 29,243 without taxes or duties.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

7 Comments

  1. Anyare dito? Mukhang sumablay na naman sa camera, HTC needs to get-off the ”Megapixel Myth” off their backs because they’re not doing themselves any favor here.

    Less Megapixels = Less Sharp, Less Latitude for cropping

    Haaaayyyyssssss Kulit nila, andami na nga may ayaw sa Ultrapixel tinuloy pa

    I don’t consumers going gaga over this one

    1. The hype on the M8 is mainly caused by the awesome aluminum unibody, enabling the phone to have a very premium feel. (premium is an understatement). I think it might be an acquired taste, as one may be fond of cheap plastic phones. I’d have to agree though that the UltraPixel gimmick is HTC’s hamartia in making this the best phone. I mean, who doesn’t love how the M8 looks like?! It definitely beats the iPhone’s bland design.

    2. You and a whole bunch more are pretty much brainwashed about believing that more megapixels should be set as a standard of guarantee. Google the subject for enlightenment. Anyways, I suppose you haven’t tried the camera in person for sure, you might just be surprised in a good way. Go try.

  2. HTC One M8 is one of the most beautiful smartphones ever but there’s one problem: camera
    Making this camera 4MP is a mistake because it doesn’t make the phone future-proof, especially with the rise of 4K TVs. It can’t even record 4K videos. They should have bumped it up to at least 8MP and keep the pixel size or make it slightly smaller.
    I’d rather get the Xperia Z2 because of the camera (I honestly am glad the Z2 has stereo speakers now, though i wished it was front-facing)

  3. Jonty Gamao I disagree with the camera’s Megapixel count being a problem. It’s not like HTC has not tried an 8MP camera. they had one in the Desire HD and it was horrible. The MP debate is long over. 4MP is more than enough for photos destin for the Internet or even 8×11 prints. I’m not going to go so far as to say that HTC’s implementation is all that great but I will say that it is certainly better than their 8MP effort. To misunderstand Why they Chose 4MP rather than 8MP is to miss the point of larger pixels and the benefits they bring entirely. Even Canon has reduced the Number of MP in their 5D MKIII compared to the 5D MKII. I also don’t see the point of 4K videos on a smartpone. the cameras Optics are just not up to the task. Its nice to have the option but the amount of storage space required for 4K makes it impractical for most

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