HTC One M8, the New Kid on the Block


HTC One M8If you were impressed by the HTC One at the time it was released, in March 2013, you’ll be amazed by its successor. Yes, the throne no longer belongs to the old One, as the 1-year old flagship is not longer the One Taiwanese flagship to rule them all and is currently clearing the path for the HTC One M8 to make its grand entrance and shine. This baby comes with a refined design and several important enhancements brought to its hardware and software and is, for the moment, the flagship that shows off the best specifications on the market. A gorgeous design that hides some great skills – isn’t this the recipe for success? Well, we’ll see in a few months, but until then, check it out in the following review and find out exactly what this premium device brings.
Let’s take a look in its retail box. The HTC One M8 comes with a charger head, a microUSB cable for charging the device and making data connections, a little tool for ejecting the SIM and microSD cards and a pair of stereo headphones.
When it comes to its appearance, the HTC One M8 is one beautiful piece of work, if you ask me, but I guess you’ve already expected that, as its predecessor is still one of the best looking smartphones out there and has made a sturdy reputation for itself. Anyways, the One M8 stands at 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm and has a reasonable weight of 160 grams. Its body consists in 90% metal, with 20% more than its previous version, and definitely looks more impressive and elegant, having a premium metallic finish that looks nothing less than gorgeous. Having fluid lines and a curved shape, managing it is very easy and pleasant.
The HTC One M8 comes equipped with a 5 inches Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, having a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 441 ppi. The image quality offered by this champ is superb, with lovely colors, extremely wide viewing angles and an excellent sunlight legibility.
In terms of software and hardware, the HTC One M8 comes loaded with Android’s latest and greatest, v4.4.2 KitKat an delights you with HTC Sense 6. The interface has been improved and now offers the possibility of unlocking the phone with the Motion Launch – a swiping gesture over the display. Also new are the on screen navigation keys and the power toggles from the notification area. A “Kid Mode” also comes on board, allowing you to create a profile for your kids to access and limitate its actions.
The HTC One M8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, having a 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal memory. The smartphone features a microSD card slot and supports up to 128 GB more storage. Having these specs, the One M8 offers a wonderful user experience, being an excellent performer and one of the best out there.
HTC One M8 silverFor taking pictures, the HTC One M8 features the same camera that its predecessor owns, but the new one has been nicely improved and brings several features. So, we have the same 4 MP snapper with a 1/3” sensor size and dual-LED flash that captures pictures at a maximum size of 2688 x 1520 pixels. The autofocus has been improved and does a faster job with snapping pictures. This camera is certainly better than its sister, offering some beautiful pictures with vibrant and accurate colors, good amount of resolved detail, fine contrast and low noise.
Those of you who enjoy taking selfies will be delighted to find out that the One M8 comes with the best front facing camera out there, having a 5 MP snapper that delivers a very good image quality and will surely make you look cuter than ever.
The video camera shoots some nice 1080p videos at 30 fps, but it lacks optical image stabilization, unfortunately.
At the connectivity department, the flagship comes packed with support for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band 3G with 42 Mbps HSPA+, LTE (market dependent), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 MHL enabled, NFC. There’s also an infrared port for turning your smartphone into a remote control.
Some other goodies found on the long list of offerings brought by the HTC One M8 are a GPS receiver with support for GLONASS and Google Maps for navigation, Google Drive (50 GB for storing your document files), a document viewer and editor, some excellent audio and video players, YouTube and more. Due to its powerful hardware and also thanks to its big screen and capable browser (Google Chrome), the HTC One M8 is an excellent tool for surfing the web. And for doing pretty much everything you can do with a smartphone.
I hope that I’ve covered the most relevant parts about the brand new flagship from the Taiwanese company. The HTC One M8 is a significant improvement over their last premium handset and will hopely meet anyone’s expectations. I, for myself, am impressed, but it’s up to you to decide if this new beautiful and high-performing champ is actually fit to suit your needs.
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One Response to “HTC One M8, the New Kid on the Block”

  1. Daria Says:

    Is the image on the bottom of the M7? It doesn’t look like the M8.

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