NEW YORK—We're at the launch of HTC's new flagship, the HTC One M8. After the announcement, we got a chance to try out HTC's new aluminum wonder, so here are our first impressions of the device. You can also check out a gallery of our hands-on session here.
The original HTC One was impeccably well-built, so HTC hasn't changed what isn't broken. The One M8 is still made from mostly aluminum, with plastic seaming filling in the gaps. It still feels like a premium device that's on par with the build quality of an iPhone, which blows devices from other Android OEMs out of the water. While the original One used a matte aluminum, the new One has been shined up and sports a polished version of the metal. In person it looks fine. It surprisingly isn't a fingerprint magnet, and HTC has added a brushed accent to the metal.
One of the worst parts of the original HTC One was the awkward placement of the power button. While the power button is still on the top, the new One has a double-tap-to-wake function, so using the awkwardly placed power button is optional now. Just like the LG G2 and G Flex, you can tap twice on the display, and the device will turn on. The original's power button was extremely difficult to hit one-handed, and with the new HTC One being even taller than the old one, the power button is almost impossible to press without using two hands. However, double-tap-to-wake is so superior to a power button that you can just forget that the out-of-the-way button even exists.