It has probably been one of the most leaked phones ever, with in-depth video reviews and the works. Yes, we are talking about the much-leaked HTC One (M8). It’s finally official.
Most notable, is the 5 inch Full HD 1080 x 1920 LCD (441 ppi) display, which now includes the navigation bar at the bottom compared to the previous One. Inside comes a fresh piece of silicon in the form of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, clocked at 2.5 GHz (for Asia) with a Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. Memory comes in two variants: 16 GB and 32 GB versions; both come with 2 GB of RAM and offer expansion of up to 128 GB via a micro SD card.
The body has a more rounded look on the edges when compared to last year’s offering with Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold colour options. The finish of the phone’s body has changed as well and includes a sexier polished look and feel. This time around HTC seems to have put in about 90% metal into the phone compared to last year’s offering.
Enough about the body, now let’s move on to the camera. HTC retained the 4 MP ultra-pixel sensor resolution, but now features a 1/3 inch sensor with 2 micron-sized pixels and bright f/2.0 aperture. The second camera will never be visible through the viewfinder but will simply be used for calculating the depth of scene; information that will later be useful for image enhancements.
The Duo Camera also gets quicker focus, something which is quite a complaint on most camera phones these days. HTC claims that the new One can lock focus as quickly as 0.3 seconds, which is pretty quick if you ask us.
Sadly the camera loses OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and goes for digital stabilization to get the job done. Another idea that has been borrowed from Apple seems to be the dual LED system. One warm LED and one cold LED to balance out lighting conditions when shooting in different settings.
The 2600 mAh battery of the HTC One (M8) is definitely smaller compared to the rest of the flagships launched this year. But thanks to software optimisations can run for 30 hours on just 10% of the 2600 mAh battery.
An interesting range of accessories was also announced at the HTC One (M8) launch. The much talked about Dot View case shows you notifications via the holes on the plastic cover on the front, displaying notifications from native applications only for now.
The HTC One (M8) will be available in India next month but there are no specifics on the price just yet.