Hands-on: The latest HTC One M8 Smartphone

Hands-on: The latest HTC One M8 Smartphone
HTC One (M8) smartphone

One-Upping the Competition

HTC must have had a hard time keeping its new flagship smartphone, the One (M8), under wraps in the weeks leading up to Wednesday's launch as photos of the device, images of its official flip cases, hands-on video and its sales guide were leaked on the Internet.

Fortunately, these leaks did not steal HTC's thunder as the company shared more details on the phone, its new software and features at the launch event in New York. Before we begin, here's a quick look at how the HTC One (M8) stacks up against last year's One:

HTC One (M8) vs. HTC One

   
Launch SRP-From S$968
Latest Price-From S$669
Operating SystemAndroid 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor
Built-in Memory2GB RAM2GB RAM
Display5-inch / 1,920 x 1,080 pixels / Super LCD 34.7-inch / 1920 x 1080 pixels / Super LCD 3
Camera

Rear: Duo Camera (Primary 4-megapixel UltraPixel with BSI sensor, pixel size 2um, sensor size 1/3-inch, f/2.0 aperture, 
28mm wide angle lens and HTC ImageChip 2; Secondary camera for capturing depth information)

Front: 5-megapixel with BSI sensor, F2.0 aperture, wide angle lens and HDR

4-megapixel HTC UltraPixel camera with BSI, HTC ImageSense 2, f/2.0, Optical Image Stabilization

Secondary: 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera / wide angle lens / F2.0

ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5GHz), NFC, DLNA, Micro-USB 2.0,Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/gn / Bluetooth 4.0 / NFC / DLNA / Miracast / micro-USB 2.0
Storage Type

16/32GB

microSD support up to 128GB

32GB internal storage with free 25GB Dropbox storage for two years
Battery2,600mAh2300mAh
Dimensions146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm137.4 x 68.2 x 4 - 9.3mm
Weight160g143g

Design

Whether the other new fangled features of the new HTC One (M8) wow you or not, it will most definitely grab your attention as one of the best if not the best looking premium smartphone to-date. It not only looks great, but it feels great as well.

Compared to its predecessor, the One (M8) is about 9mm longer, 2mm wider, marginally thicker and 17g heavier.

This is because HTC has switched to an all-metal (90 per cent) body construction made of aluminium alloy and the One (M8) has a slightly larger 5-inch display. Previously, the One boasted a "zero-gap construction" where white polycarbonate is injected between the front cover and the metal back.

Often, new phone updates lack the design leap to grab your attention as in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2. That's not to say the Z2 isn't a looker as it's still a sexy product.

What we're focusing here is the delta of change and we're confident that many will agree of our comments once you've viewed and felt the HTC One (M8) for yourself when it hits the stores early April.

The HTC One (M8) retains some aspects of its design language from its predecessor (right) and the front-facing BoomSound speakers. Improved is the slimmer 'bezel' and its soft keys. Say goodbye to the dreaded fixed touch keys of the former HTC One series.

The Gunmetal Grey HTC One (M8) has a different finish and texture compared to the original HTC One (right).

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