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HTC One M8 Review


HTC has officially announced its new flagship smartphone, The HTC One (M8) at simultaneous press conferences in London and New York.  The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor that clock in at 2.3GHz. 

With top of the range specs and amazing design the new HTC One is going head to head with a big boys like Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2. 

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The Processor

HTC One M8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor that clock in at 2.3GHz along with 2GB of RAM. 

There is also an Adreno 330 GPU to provide extra muscle for graphical intensive activities such as gaming. The handset falls in line with both Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 in term of power. 

Design

The handset measuring at 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm and weighing 160g. The handset is slightly heavy compare to Galaxy S5's 144g.  The weight is contributed by its aluminium build giving the device a superior feel compare to S5's leather-mimicking plastic. 

There is a Gorilla Glass 2 on the front of the headset for a really premium finish. 

The rear of the handset is more curved compare to its predecessor, enabling the new HTC One to sit more snugly in the palm and its corners have been rounded more to give a slight more Galaxy S4-esque finish.​

HTC One (M8) Screen

The M8 has slightly larger screen compare to the HTC One series, at a 5-inch Full HD display capable of hosting 1080p visuals. HTC has bumping the screen from 4.7 inches on its predecessor to 5 inches. 

Although the screen has been increased but the resolution remains the same at 1080 x 1920. This means the HTC One (M8) has a slightly lower pixel density of 441ppi versus the 469ppi on the original One. Having said that, you're unlikely to see the deference between the two handset in term of quality and the Super LCD3 technology ensures colours are bright and viewing angle are generous.

The quality of the screen sits between the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5. The device display a full HD just like Galaxy S5 although on the paper iPhone 5S has a smaller resolution but it is unlikely to notice the quality differences between the two devices.  

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Storage

The HTC One M8 comes with 16GB or 32 GB storage option which is pretty much the standard to most handset. There is also microSD slot to expand the storage up to 128GB.

Camera

The camera is one of the selling point of this handset. HTC has includes a Duo camera on the rear of the handset that consist with two different sensors instead of the traditional one. 

The primary snapper is backed up by UltraPixel tech, a BSI sensor and HTC's ImageChip 2, while the secondary lens captures depth information. Data like the depth and focus are recorded and this allows for some rather clever post-capture editing.

The front-facing camera features a 5-megapixel sensor and a wide angle lens. Both the front and rear snappers are capable of shooting video in 1080p Full HD.

HTC claims this improves the low-light performance of the One (M8). The second camera is actually a sensor which collects additional information on each shot that you take.

Battery Life

The device comes with a 2600 mAh rechargeable Li-polymer battery that HTC claims will provide up to 20 hours of talk time and standby of 496 hours.

Software and Others

The HTC One (M8) runs Android 4.4 KitKat with the HTC's new Sense 6 user interface atop of it, and comes with an updated version of the BlinkFeed social media hub installed.

Sense 6 is not a hugely different to Senser 5.5 which found in HTC One Max,  HTC has made  some minor improvements for better control and smoother navigation. The Blinkfeed news aggregator has been streamlined, gesture controls for quick screen wake, unlock and app launching have been added.

There is a dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in simplifiers along with HTC BoomSound and Sense Voice technology

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The handset will come with a smart cover that display time, weather and call data. This enables users to view the information without waking up the phone.

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Availability

The HTC One (M8) is now available to order from mobile phone retailers and network providers. it's only available from around 30 selected stores, wider availability almost everywhere in the UK will start on March 27. 

In the US you can purchase the new HTC One online from March 25 with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all having it on their websites. The phone is expected to hit stores in the States by April 11.

From April 4 the HTC One (M8) will roll out across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and in total the new One will be available worldwide from over 230 operators in over 100 countries.

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