HTC launches new HTC One (M8) flagship smartphone

HTC launches new HTC One (M8) flagship smartphone

Taiwanese handset maker HTC unveiled its latest HTC One (M8) smartphone two days ago in New York (12 midnight Singapore Time), almost a year after its original HTC One Android smartphone went on sale.

Boasting a new HTC Sense 6 user interface, dual lens rear camera and luxurious side-to-side aluminium alloy finish, the HTC One (M8) is the company's response to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, which were both announced at last month's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. All three phones will go on sale here in April.

With two camera lenses in the rear of the HTC One (M8), users can use this Duo camera to take photos with multiple depths. The software in the device allows users to pick different points of focus in the final photo. The data captured by the second camera also makes it possible to give images a 3-D look.

It also uses a 5-megapixel, wide-angle lens on the front camera, to enable users to take higher quality and sharper selfies, compared to the 2 megapixels ones available from other smartphone makers.

The HTC One (M8) also introduces Motion Launch, a feature that allows navigation by tapping or swiping the screen. For example, a double tap locks and unlocks the phone, while swiping right from the left edge of the screen calls up HTC's Blinkfeed content page.

The One (M8) measures 146.36mm by 70.6mm, and weighs 160g. HTC says that the phone's battery allows up to 40 per cent more battery life.

HTC One M(8) Specification:

Dimensions (LxWxT): 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
Weight: 160g
Colours: Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold (not available in Singapore at launch)
Display: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p Corning Gorilla Glass 3

CPU Speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (2.5GHz quad-core CPU in Asia/China, 2.3GHz quad-core CPU in US/EMEA)
Platform Android: Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6, HTC BlinkFeed
SIM card type: nanoSIM
Memory: Total storage: 16GB/32GB, available capacity varies. Expansion card slot supports microSD memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)

Primary Camera: HTC UltraPixel camera , BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3", ƒ/2.0, 28mm lens. HTC ImageChip 2. 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR vide.
Secondary camera: capture depth information.
Front Camera: 5MP, ƒ/2.0, BSI sensor, wide angle lens with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording. Gallery with UFocus, Dimension Plus, Seasons, Foregrounder, Image match.

Battery: Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
Capacity: 2600 mAh
Talk time: Up to 20 hours for 3G
Standby time: Up to 496 hours for 3G
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5 V and 1.5 A

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