Ever since the first time I laid my eyes on the HTC Legend I have been completely in love with phones made from aluminium. Unfortunately the company did not make too many good phones between the launch of the legend and the HTC one m7. Now that the m8 is here, they have finally made a phone that can almost compete with the best Samsung phones.
Is it a good looking phone.
The HTC one m8 is a beautiful piece of machinery. If this was a beauty contest the new flagship phone from HTC would clearly be the best in show. The new HTC one borrows a lot from its predecessor, the m7. And since the previous flagship model was one of the best looking phones there is, the new model is no exception.
When will the HTC one m8 be available for sale.
After reading endless speculations and rumors about this phone, it was finally officially announced and released on March 25th of 2014. This means that by the time you are reading this the new one has hit stores and operators around the globe quite some time ago.
The Htc one m8 has so far been spotted in three color variations. Amber Gold, Glacial Silver, and Gunmetal Gray. It is however possible that we will see more colors in the future.
HTC one m8 Key features.
- Dual cameras and smart flash.
- Better boom sound.
How is the m8 different from the m7.
In my opinion the biggest and most important difference between the two is the increase in screen size. The new one is .3 of an inch bigger than the m7, which brings it to a whooping 5 inches. AKA the new industry benchmark screen size. The screen is of course still full HD. A little surprising is it that the new one has a slightly lower pixel count.
While it could be said that HTC cut some costs on the m7 CPU when they opted for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, this is not the case with the m8. It sports the latest of the latest, the fastest and the newest CPU from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 801. While it is not a huge upgrade from the Snapdragon 800, it is a big update from the 600. So expect this phone to be very snappy.
Micro SD card slot.
A clear improvement from its predecessor is that HTC has listened to the people who said they wanted their phones to be able to house more than what the built in memory can take.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the original one was the fact that the battery was not of the biggest ones out there. Happily they have improved the battery from the Li-Po 2300 mAh battery to a 2600 variant. Hopefully this will prove a big enough upgrade to keep the device going for a bit longer. Sadly the battery is still not removable. So you can’t trade it for a bigger one if you want.
All in all I would like to say that this phone is something we can safely recommend that you buy. However if the aluminium body is something that you can do without, we would like to point you in the direction of the Samsung Galaxy S5. If you are looking for something that looks and feels like a million bucks, this is as close as you get when shopping for Android phones.
HTC One (M8) Specifications.
SIZE: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
WEIGHT: 160 grams
DISPLAY: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p
- Total storage: 16/32GB
- RAM: 2GB
- Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)
2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
- 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G – WCDMA:
- EMEA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
- Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
- AT&T: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps
- Sprint: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA up to 14.4 Mbps
- Verizon: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps
- TMUS: 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
- Sprint: 800/1900
- Verizon: 800/1900
4G – LTE:
- EMEA: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
- Asia: 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
- AT&T: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz
- Sprint: FDD 800/1900 MHz , TDD 2600 MHz
- Verizon: 700/AWS/1800/2600 MHz
- TMUS: 700/AWS MHz
- Nano SIM
- Proximity sensor
- Ambient light sensor
- Gyro sensor
- Barometer sensor
- 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
- Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
- Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
- DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer,
- HTC Connect™
- micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
- Support consumer infrared remote control
- HTC BoomSound™
- Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
- Sense Voice
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