HTC One M8 flagship phone serves up sleek looks, nifty UI and faster camera

HTC One M8 flagship phone serves up sleek looks, nifty UI and faster camera

Although the rather remarkable HTC One scooped up awards all over the shop when it was released last year, it failed to send cash tills ringing in the way the company had hoped – so now they’re back with the all-new HTC One M8.

HTC One M8 flagship phone serves up sleek looks, nifty UI and faster camera

The M8 promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor, starting with its all metal-clad body which manages to improve on the gorgeous looks of the original. It looks stunning.

HTC One M8 flagship phone serves up sleek looks, nifty UI and faster camera

The new HTC One M8 is a fairly sizeable thing, measuring 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm and weighing 160g, and is slightly larger than One, with the twin speakers at the top and bottom making it taller than rivals like the Galaxy S5.

The phone should still easy enough to hold for most folks, and anyone who’s heard the sound that those speakers can knock out may be convinced the size increase is worth it.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz  (there will also be a 2.5GHz version in Asia), there’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage onboard, along with – huzzah! – a microSD slot offering expansion up to 128GB.

The five inch display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 a and supports a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, giving a pin sharp 441ppi.

There’s a new version of HTC Sense running on top of Android 4.4, which adds a few tweaks to the original – read more on Pocketlint: HTC Sense 6.0 vs Sense 5.5: Tweaks and changes reviewed.

HTC One M8 flagship phone serves up sleek looks, nifty UI and faster camera

A neat new feature is Motion Launch gestures, which lets you tap and swipe the phone to access features without pressing the power button.

There’s also a fast launch for the camera using the volume button,which will swiftly fire up the camera from standby – a feature we like the sound of very much indeed.

HTC have put a lot of work into improving the camera, with the Duo Camera able to to capture depth information, so you can change the  the point of focus in a shot after taking it.

Unfortunately, it’s the same UltraPixel arrangement as its predecessor, so the resolution steadfastly sticks to megapixel resolution which limits the ability to digitally zoom in and crop images.

The  twin-tone flash should produce less ghastly images than most current phones, and you can manually focus, set the white balance, ISO or shutter speed, giving photographers more control.

HTC One M8 flagship phone serves up sleek looks, nifty UI and faster camera

The battery has been beefed up to a 2600mAh number  giving a projected talk time of 20 hours and standby of 496 hours, and there’s also a low power sensor onboard with motion controls, so the phone can be used with the pre-installed FitBit app as a pedometer. 

We like the clever case which gives a dot matrix read out when tapped and offers all sort of other neat tricks.

What we think

In many ways, the HTC One M8 looks a far more exciting proposition than Samsung’s S5.

It’s certainly has more striking looks, and the clever camera  features may prove a compelling feature – the hard bit may be persuading the public not to go with the big name clout of Samsung and try something a little different.

Stuff magazine have had chance to test the phone and it’s fair to say that they’ve fallen in love with it, awarding it their top five stars and declaring it to be, “A truly brilliant, beautiful smartphone, and a new benchmark for 2014’s other flagships to beat.”

We’d love to hear what you think.

First impression video:

 

HTC One M8 full specs:

  • Size

    146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

  • CPU Speed

    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, quad-core CPUs

  • Memory1

    Total storage: 16GB/32GB, available capacity varies
    RAM: 2GB
    Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)

  • Sensors

    Accelerometer
    Proximity sensor
    Ambient light sensor
    Gyro sensor
    Barometer sensor

  • Camera

    Duo camera
    Primary camera: HTC UltraPixel™ camera, BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens
    HTC ImageChip 2. 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
    Secondary camera: capture depth information

    Front camera
    5MP, BSI sensor, wide angle lens. with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording
    Gallery with UFocus™, Dimension Plus™, Seasons, Foregrounder, Image match

  • AC Adapter

    Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
    DC output: 5 V and 1.5 A

  • Weight

    160g

  • Platform Android

    Android™ with HTC Sense™
    HTC BlinkFeed™

  • Network2

    2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

    • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

    3G – WCDMA:

    • 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps

    4G – LTE:

    • 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
  • Connectivity

    3.5 mm stereo audio jack
    NFC
    Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
    Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
    DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
    HTC Connect™
    micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
    Support consumer infrared remote control

  • Multimedia

    Audio supported formats:
    Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10)
    Recording: .aac

    Video supported formats:
    Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
    Recording: .mp4

  • Display

    5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p

  • SIM Card Type

    nano SIM

  • GPS

    Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
    Digital Compass

  • Sound Enhancement

    HTC BoomSound™
    Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
    Sense Voice

  • 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

More detail on the HTC One website

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