HTC One for 2014: hands-on with the new “M8″

Last week I briefly got the chance to handle HTC’s new “M8” flagship — the HTC One for 2014. My takeaway? This is a beautiful handset, but very much an evolution of last year’s “M7” design. Most updates (5-inch display, Snapdragon 801 processor) are to be expected, and some are welcome (microSD expansion).

The phone features a trick new dual-lens “Duo” camera, pairing a 4MP UltraPixel lens with a 2MP module for depth perception — expect my thoughts (and full review) in the next several days. The new HTC One is available today from multiple carriers ($200-250) along with a Google Play edition ($700).

Here’s my hands-on video, along with some pictures and notes after the break.

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Hardware
- Evolution of the existing unibody zero-gap construction
- Metal body wraps around the edges now
- Corners are rounder and softer (I prefer a more square look)
- About 0.5 inches taller than the outgoing model
- On-screen buttons (like Nexus handsets)
- Too much wasted bezel space below the display (where the HTC logo is located)
- Finally, a microSD card push-pin tray (like the Nokia Lumia 1520)
- Uses a nano SIM (or two, for dual-SIM support)
- Headphone jack is relocated to the bottom
- Improved BoomSound (louder, fuller)
- Three colors: silver, grey, gold

Display
- Gorgeous 5-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 panel

Processor
- 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16/32GB built-in storage plus microSD (up to 128GB)
- More LTE bands

Battery
- Sealed, 2600mAh (vs. 2300 mAh on last year’s version)

Camera
- New dual-lens “Duo” camera
- 4MP UltraPixel main camera (no OIS)
- Additional 2MP module for depth perception
- Brings several new depth-of-field features
- Enables faster and more accurate autofocus
- Dual-color LED flash (similar to iPhone 5s)
- 5MP front-facing camera

Software
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Sense 6 is completely redesigned: every pixel was touched
- Updated BlinkFeed, Zoe, and Sense TV apps
- Redesigned camera app with full manual controls
- Most Sense apps can now be updated via the Google Play Store

Cases
- Plastic cases available with perforated flip cover
- Time, weather and notifications peek through the flip holes (called Dot View)
- Looks awesome, just like Lite-Brite
- Double tap to activate and deactivate
- Colors: purple, orange, turquoise, grey, blue

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2 Responses to HTC One for 2014: hands-on with the new “M8″

  1. […] Vlad Savov for episode #103 (1 hour 7 min) of my podcast! The conversation centers around the HTC One (M8) this time around with a few diversions — including the Samsung Galaxy S5, […]

  2. […] already discussed the new HTC One (M8) at length in my hands-on video and most recent podcast, but here’s my video review. The verdict? It’s one of the fines […]

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