What’s new with the HTC One (M8)
The HTC One was the best-selling smartphone in HTC’s history. Today HTC announced the successor to their Android flagship device at their live event in New York City: the HTC One (M8). The announcement of the gorgeous HTC One (M8) comes after the Zoe YouTube videos that HTC has been releasing to build up anticipation for the new flagship device. Now it’s time to see what makes this the successor to the HTC One.
HTC One (M8) OS and Power
The HTC One (M8) will arrive at stores with Android 4.4 KitKat and HTC’s new Sense 6 UI pre-installed on the smartphone. The inside of the HTC One (M8) features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad core processor, has 2GB of RAM and a 32GB of on board storage with up to 128GB of expandable microSD card storage. The battery has a 2600 mAh capacity, with HTC claiming that the battery will be good for up to 20 hours of 3G talk time before needing to be recharged.
The HTC One (M8) has a 5-inch Full HD display, a bump up from the predecessor’s 4.7-inch display. Additionally, the full-metal body has been improved upon, with tapered edges, soft curves and a metal finish adding a sense of style to this gorgeous smartphone. The back of the smartphone has been given a rounded design that makes it a much more comfortable fit in your hand.
The primary rear camera features HTC’s UltraPixel module that captures more light and depth. This is thanks to the 2.0 um pixels that have a 1/3-inch sensor and shooting at f/2.0 with a 28mm lens. The redesigned interface gives you the ability to press one button that does it all when shooting your photos. The addition of Zoe Highlights also lets you bring your pictures to life by picking the top images in your photo file and crafts a 30-second slideshow.
The rear of the smartphone comes with two cameras, instead of the traditional one camera. HTC calls this camera construction the Duo Camera, which helps it capture full 1080p HD video recordings. The addition of a second camera allows this smartphone to collect additional information about the depth of the scene being shot.
The additional data that the camera captures through the second camera gives you greater flexibility to do some post-capture editing. This post-editing can be a number of editing tools HTC has provided, such as the U-Focus, Lytro Light Field, Foregrounder, Seasons and Dimension Plus. HTC also announced that Copy & Paste will be a feature that can be added in the future when it becomes available to download through Google Play.
The HTC Once (M8) will also arrive with its own version of gesture controls, which HTC is calling Motion Launch. This new feature allows you to activate the screen, answer calls and access features such as HTC Blinkfeed through simple gestures that activate these shortcuts. This makes it so you can don’t have to keep pressing buttons to get to where you want to get to on your phone. All of this is done through on-board sensors that have been designed to predict your hand gestures and understand what you want it to do.
HTC is also adding a plenty of other features to their new flagship device. This includes a new Extreme Power Saving Mode that will help the M8 last 40% longer than normal when activated, either manually or automatically. When this feature is turned on the M8 will limit itself to its core features of receiving calls and incoming text messages. When presenting this new feature HTC said that Extreme Power Saving Mode will help the battery have 2 weeks of additional standby at 100%, 60 hours at 20 percent battery remaining, 30 hours at 10 percent, and 15 hours at 5 percent.
HTC will be offering the Fitbit app preloaded on the M8. The app will be able to feed data either from its built-in sensor suite or from Fitbit hardware, if you use one.
The speakers have also been powered up with HTC stating that it will have 25% louder sound than its predecessor thanks to the HTC BoomSound in the front-facing speakers. The enhanced speakers offer a greater balance to the sound quality, which in turn boost bass and delivers clear voice when playing music or videos.
HTC One (M8) also comes pre-installed with Google Chrome, featuring LET support, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. You will also be able to use the HTC One (M8) as a remote control through the built IR blaster and HTC TV.