It’s finally out and ready to put your anticipation-shaken hands at ease, so let’s take a closer look at HTC’s latest and possibly greatest front-runner smartphone, the HTC One (M8) . Boasting top tier specs and features along with a sleek n’ savvy exterior design, it’s easy to understand why the newest HTC One is a worthy, ready-to-rumble competitor against the admirable powerhouses in the smartphone battle ring. Confidently setting the likes of the Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, and the LG G3 in its crosshairs, let’s see if the HTC One (M8) really has the firepower to make a unique name for itself.
Release Date & Price
Placing the handset on sale in the United Kingdom on the very same date as the phone itself was announced (March 25), HTC went out on a thin limb and pulled off a doozy of a marketing move not commonly witnessed these days. Only a few days later the HTC One swept stores globally. Consecutively, beginning on April 4th, the HTC One (M8) takes the world by storm with a full European, Middle Eastern and African roll-out that will make itself available in over 100 countries and more than 230 operators. This is quite the speedy rotation, but a warmly welcomed one when compared to last year’s HTC One’s sale date which put buyers in suspense for quite some time.
That being said, the HTC One (M8)’s sale price should not to be too big of a shocker for those interested in getting their hands on one. A filet mignon like this is thoroughly seasoned with the latest and greatest in the tech specs world, so a dynamic price-tag is a given. Get your wallet-graters ready because if you live in the United States you’ll need to chip-out about $200 for a two-year contract and $650 for the HTC One (M8) to be unlocked. Our English friends across the pond will be emptying out £530 for a SIM-free version or around £33 a month to get a free handset for a two-year contract.
The Specs: Screen, Power, Design & More
So, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of this HTC One (M8) Corvette of smartphones, shall we?
Concerning the screen, the user will notice it to be somewhat larger than its predecessors coming in at around 5 full inches. But, although the screen size itself has bumped up a bit, the phone’s resolution remains the same (1080 x 1920), allocating the HTC One (M8) a lower pixel density of 441ppi when compared to the 469ppi of the original One. But don’t feel too upset. Owners of the M8 version won’t likely be able to pick up on the difference between the two concerning overall image quality. Not to mention that the Super LCD3 provides ample color clarity and well-rounded viewing angles.
When it comes to power, the new HTC One brings it. Along with the Galaxy 5S and the Xperia Z2, the HTC One (M8) totes the latest 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip and 2GB of RAM, along with an Adreno 330 GPU that juices the M8 with a bit of added muscle and intensified graphics that makes gaming a real treat. Battery life for the One (M8) is bonus in that it can easily thrive a whole day, and perhaps even two, without needing to see a charger. Of course, this depends on concentration of usage.
Not failing to out-do its precursor by way of general design and layout, the new HTC One (M8)’s metallic finish is certainly enviable. It’s extremely smooth and put-together uni-body exterior allows the sides and edges of the handset to seamlessly meet its sheet of durable Gorilla Glass 3 for an by and large uniform frame and finish. What’s more is that HTC engineered a microSD slot into the body design that doesn’t cause a disruption in the sleekness of the exterior. The IR blaster is nestled on top of the phone next to the power key. Another neat aspect of the One (M8) is how the rear of the phone is curvier than before and opts for a more comfortably snug fit in the palm of a hand. With more rounded corners, one may notice that the HTC One (M8) may have a similar feel to the Galaxy S4.
There’s a lot more to be said about the HTC One (M8), especially concerning its dual-camera setup and functionality. Keeping up with the ever popularizing selfie and Snapchat trend, the phone carrying a 5MP front-end snapper and is able to record full-on HD video. Its larger, main-stay camera features a 4MP snapper with enlarged pixels to allow for heightened light introduction. The second camera allows for extended depth of focus and additional editing maneuvers.
As for the HTC One (M8)’s operating system, the smartphone is on the ball with the latest flavor of Android, Sense 6.0. Along with this and a few other streamlining decisions including gesture controls for quick screen-waking and app features, the HTC One (M8) offers quite a few new novelties that may perk your ears and make this phone worth looking into personally.
Ezra Melino is an all-around-geek turned serious blogger out of North Carolina who not-so-secretly relishes an in-print love affair with everything from technology and multimedia entertainment to film and dish tv. He has written for and managed multiple tech blogs that are devoted to exploring new technological developments all around the world.