HTC just took the wraps off of the HTC One (M8) during a press event in New York City. It’s the company’s brand new flagship smartphone, and the successor to the popular HTC one that launched last year. The device offers a larger display and improved specs in nearly every area possible, plus, it has new features like the Duo Camera that will help it stand out even more against the competition.
First, what you’ve been wondering: the specs. The One (M8) is equipped with a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3GHz (a 2.5GHz model will launch in Asia), Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6, a revised version of BlinkFeed with more contextual data than ever before, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage in addition to a microSD card slot, a nanoSIM tray, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with support for 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands, an HTC UltraPixel camera with a secondary lens for depth information, a 5-megapixel front-facing wide angle lens and a 2,600mAh battery.
The entire industrial design is improved, too. The back panel is now 90 percent metal and the aluminum extends all the way to the edges of the display. HTC re-engineered the device so that the antennas work around the metal, instead of having to include a strip of plastic along the sides as it did with the original HTC One. The result is amazing.
Speaking of the battery, the new HTC One (M8) supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 standard, though at launch it will only ship with a cable capable of working with Quick Charge 1.0. Later this year, HTC will release a new charger that will allow you to charge your HTC One (M8) faster than ever before.
The HTC Duo Camera is one unique feature, and it lets you change the focus of your images later on. There’s also a new Zoe application that’s coming soon, which will allow you and your friends to collaborate on highlight reels. The camera interface is stellar, and allows you to easily switch between recording video, pictures, Zoes and more. Better yet, the hardware lets you focus and capture an image in just 0.3 seconds.
Similar to what the Galaxy S5 offers, the HTC One (M8) has an “Extreme Power Saving Mode” that provides up to 15 hours of battery life even when your battery is down to 5 percent. That’s pretty amazing, and it works by preventing you from doing anything other than placing calls, text messages, pulling in email manually and other very basic tasks. Still, this could quite literally be a lifesaver.
The One M8 launches today in the U.K. and in the U.S. Depending on the carrier, the device will be available in Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold an Glacial Silver. Also, the pricing may vary by carrier, but an off-contract device can be purchased for $649.