What We Know About The Brand New HTC One M8
Today marked the official launch of HTC’s brand new HTC One M8. There are lots of features that the device carries over from its previous entry, and lots of exciting new things for customers to check out too. The phone is apparently available from 4pm after the announcement, so what do we know about the HTC One M8 that you can expect to witness when it hits stores?
Screen, Memory and OS
The previous generation of HTC One came with a 4.7 inch screen and a 1080 pixel resolution. However, because the new device will include on-screen buttons, the screen needs more space this time around. The HTC One M8 now comes with a 5 inch display to compensate for that, with a full HD 1920 pixel resolution. It also comes with the newest version of Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (QuadCore) and runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with HTC Sense 6 on top. There will be 2GB of RAM and at least 16GB of flash storage too.
One of the last phone’s biggest selling points was BoomSound – sharp, rich sound coming from front facing speakers that bettered most of its competition. This remains one of the major features on the HTC One M8. It’s now 25% louder and can connect to your home entertainment system with a swipe of the screen. There is also a micro USB port at the bottom of the phone close to the headset port. The smartphone also allows for a micro SD of up to 128 GB.
Usually, camera resolution is measured in megapixels, but HTC took a different approach. Their HTC One M8 phone will come with a 4.1 ultrapixel camera, a 0.1 improvement on their last device. It might sound like less quality compared to, say, 12 or 13 megapixel cameras. But while there are far less pixels, they are actually a lot bigger. This means that they can capture more light and will include less grain. What’s more: as the leaked shots earlier this year suggested, the phone will come with two rear-facing cameras that will allow you to refocus a shot after it’s taken. There is also a 5 megapixel front-facing camera made for taking selfies and videos too.
Not a lot has changed in terms of the HTC’s body, boasting the same aluminium unibody of the last device. The HTC One M8 will also come in two colours: dark grey and a slightly brighter silver.
Some of the ways HTC customers use their phones will change with the release of their HTC One M8 handset. To unlock the phone, you now simply have to double-tap or double-knock the screen. You can also swipe the screen upwards to open the last app, swipe from right to left to return to the home screen, and swipe from left the right to see your personalised BlinkFeed — which has been improved on the device. It is all an attempt to make the HTC One simpler and more user friendly. It will also contain 40% longer battery life alongside a power saving mode and extreme power saving mode (coming in an update) that will last up to 2 weeks in standby mode.
The HTC One M8 will be the largest product roll-out in the country’s history available in over 100 countries and on 230 carriers. It is available via Verizon as of today and will be available before the end of April in other places around the United States, Australia, China and more.