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 System||Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6||Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor|
|Built-in Memory||2GB RAM||2GB RAM|
|Display||5-inch / 1,920 x 1,080 pixels / Super LCD 3||4.7-inch / 1920 x 1080 pixels / Super LCD 3|
Rear: Duo Camera (Primary 4-megapixel UltraPixel with BSI sensor, pixel size 2um, sensor size 1/3-inch, f/2.0 aperture,
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
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 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|
microSD support up to 128GB
|32GB internal storage with free 25GB Dropbox storage for two years|
|Dimensions||146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm||137.4 x 68.2 x 4 - 9.3mm|
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).