After months of waiting and weeks of sifting through more or less reliable rumors we can finally learn all the juicy details about one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year, the new HTC One. Not that there was much to learn after all these leaks, but still it’s a pleasure to watch a great smartphone presented with fanfares. The new HTC’s flagship phone for 2014 was announced during a special event today which took place simultaneously in New York and London. On a side note, it appears that somewhere along the way the handset lost its longish and a bit weird name. Instead of the All New HTC One we expected, it is now called simply the HTC One M8. Here is what you need to know about the handset before you go for it.
HTC One M8 Phone – Build & Design
The design of the new HTC One M8 is very similar to last year’s model HTC One M7, but if you look closer you will notice few significant differences. The phone is bigger than its predecessor and has more round corners and curved back. The entire body is made of metal with the material expanding right up to the display. HTC found a way to make the antennas work through metal so there was no need to use polycarbonate around the edges. The phone will be available in three color options – Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold and Glacial Silver.
HTC One M8 Duo Camera & UltraPixel Sensor
Probably the most unique feature of the HTC One M8 is its Duo Camera on the back. The main UltraPixel sensor is accompanied by a secondary camera which provides information about depth and allows you to manipulate the image to create stunning photos. The camera offers a number of editing tools such as UFocusTM, Copy & Paste3, Foregrounder, Dimension PlusTM, Seasons animations and more.
To enhance photographic experience even more, the new HTC One M8 features Dual LED Flash which gathers information about lighting conditions and automatically selects appropriate color of flash to help more naturally illuminate your subjects. And let’s not forget about focus. Thanks to dual cameras on the back, focus time is only 300 milliseconds. The M8 also has a front-facing camera which shoots photos at 5 megapixels and has wide angle lens.
HTC BoomSound & Extreme Power Saving Mode
Like the HTC One, the 2014 edition comes with HTC BoomSound. This time, however, the dual front speakers received new amplifier and are now capable of delivering sound up to 25% louder. HTC BlinkFeed and Zoe were also redesigned, with the latter now supporting could service.
As expected, the HTC One M8 packs a 5.0-inch 1080p display, a 2.3 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory both expandable via microSD slot. Power is delivered by a 2,600 mAh battery, which may not sound very exciting at first, but thanks to some innovative solutions, you certainly won’t be disappointed by battery life. Thanks to “Extreme Power Saving Mode” the device can provide up to 15 hours of usage time when the battery is as low as 5%. You will be able to perform only basic tasks, but in a situation when you need to make an urgent phone call, it can be literally a lifesaver.
The HTC One M8 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with new Sense 6 which enables motion based actions, such as the ability to answer a call by placing the phone to your ear, or double-tapping to unlock.
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