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
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.
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.