27 Mar HTC Takes On Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s With HTC One M8
Hoping to continue the success of the HTC One M7, HTC have announced its successor, the HTC One M8 this week.
The HTC One M7 was dubbed ‘Best Smartphone of the Year’ at the Mobile World Congress last year, giving the M8 big shoes to fill.
Although there are a number of new features, the key selling points of the new phone seem to be the larger screen and new camera features.
Aesthetically the M8 is fairly similar to the M7 with the same sleek gun metal exterior, there are just a few difference in size and weight.
The new HTC One is only slightly larger, at 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.35mm, than last year’s model which had dimensions of 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm, and yet HTC has managed to increase the screen size by 7.5 mm. The old 4.7 inch screen has been upgraded to a 5 inch – a feature that seems to have been met with praise thus far.
Due to the change in size, there has been a 17 gram increase in weight from 143g to 160g but the new features are arguably worth the added weight.
HTC appear to be sticking to their argument that more pixels is not always better when it comes to photos. The rear camera on the new phone is 4 ultrapixels like the last model, although the front camera has been upgraded from 2.1 megapixels to 5.
For those of you about to ask what exactly an ‘ultrapixel’ is, it’s essentially HTC jargon for a larger pixel. Ultrapixels supposedly capture more light and offer better photos in lower light environments.
Other good news where the camera features are concerned, the rear camera has a second lens which is great for budding photography buffs. The double lens will allow users to change the depth of field of their photos and even blend two images together.
The other significant talking point of the new phone is the software updates. The new HTC runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and has HTC’s proprietary Sense 6.0 interface. HTC has also updated BlinkFeed, a content feed designed to present users with information relevant to them, allowing users to customise this software to a greater degree and even switch it off if desired.
It is also likely that the new M8 will be faster than the M7, due to the improvements to the processor. The new HTC One M8 has a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. Whereas the older M7 has a 1.7 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM,
Other notable specs include a Gorilla Glass 3 screen, capacity of up to 32 GB with expandable storage of up to 128 GB, 2,600mAh battery, 4G LTE compatibility and Bluetooth 4.0.
The HTC One M8 will be available to consumers from April 1st. If you’d like to get your hands on an HTC One M8, you can contact us at Phonenomena for more information or click here to visit the HTC website.