In 2014 the HTC One M8 was arguably one of the best Android smartphones released, and had some of the best specs and fanciest designs of any phone released, and it’s still a great phone. However, the HTC One M8 is a smartphone that users probably shouldn’t buy right now.
Last year, HTC announced and released the One M8 at the end of March, but it took roughly a month to arrive for most US carriers, expect for a release date exclusive with Verizon. The phone was rather popular for the improved internals, large 5-inch 1080p HD display, dual front speakers and dual cameras around back. That being said, its replacement is coming soon, and buyers may want to wait before snagging the One M8 today at a discount.
The HTC One M8 was considered one of the best phones of 2014, and we gave it a raving report in our full HTC One M8 Review, although we didn’t particularly like the rear camera. The Galaxy S5, Moto X, and a few other phones may have newer hardware or better cameras, but they’re all good in their own categories. That said, a new and much improved HTC One M9 is coming soon, and here’s why you should wait for it and not buy the One M8 today.
Now that 2014 is over and a new wave of technology and smartphones are coming in 2015, buyers are likely trying to decide what’s right for them, if they should keep what they have, or waiting to see what manufacturers release this year. Everyone from HTC, LG to Samsung have new phones coming, and that’s just one of many reasons you shouldn’t get an HTC One M8 right now.
Last year the HTC One M8 offered significant improvements over the original HTC One, but the design was rather similar and the large bezels remained in tact. They upgraded a few things, improved the design, but didn’t offer anything radically different worth upgrading for many. However, in 2015 things will be much different if the latest news and leaks are accurate.
These days carriers are lowering the price of the HTC One M8, offering discounts to sign contracts and more, but that’s because a replacement is coming soon. It’s this, that you should wait for, and not get the device from last year. That, or something from the competition like the upcoming Galaxy S6.
HTC One M9
Over the past two months the new HTC One M9 has been heavily rumored. And until this weekend many reports and leaked images suggested it would be very similar to last years model, a move that would have many taking the older device at a discount. However, those leaks were reportedly fake, and a new image emerged today (linked to at top of page) showing what could be the new One M9.
If real, it offers a major change from last year while keeping many of the elements that made the HTC One M8 popular, improved every major aspect, and should make it a worthy device to buy in 2015. Here’s the latest photo of the HTC One M9, and its bigger brother which may or may not be announced on March 1st.
HTC One M9 (left) vs HTC One Max/Plus (right)
Above is the latest look at the new HTC One smartphone. It has some strong design changes, yet kept everything users loved about the original. The biggest complaint was the black HTC bar and huge bezels, and those appear to be gone. Here’s what rumors are saying this device will be all about.
HTC One M9 Specs (Rumored)
5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD screen (Could be 5-inch 1080p)
2.3 GHz 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor (64-bit)
3GB of RAM
32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
20.7 MP rear facing camera and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter
Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense UI 7.0
Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby 5.1 Audio Technology
2,880 or 3,000 mAh battery
These details are all still what we’re likely going to see once the phone is announced, but we’re still not sure on the screen size. We’re now hearing it will have an ege-to-edge glass front with the speakers pushed to the edges, no bezels, leaving room for the larger 5.5-inch screen inside a phone roughly the same size as last year. If true, this will be one phone worth waiting for.
HTC has already confirmed the HTC One M9 will be revealed on March 1st, so the wait is only another month or so. We’d suggest waiting for it and seeing if they release it on March 1st, rather than buying the device they released last year.
What this all comes down to is the fact that new phones are coming in the next 1-3 months, phones that will be better than the HTC One M8. If you can wait, we’d highly suggest doing so. Rumors of a new LG G4 coming in April have been floating around, and we’re hearing Samsung’s stunning new metal Galaxy S6 will be revealed in Spain the first week of March, if not sooner. This means that in just over a month two impressive premium smartphones that will best the HTC One M8 will be revealed, and possibly released.
Latest news suggests the HTC One M9 could be released on March 1st too, which is one more reason to wait, and a few reports are claiming the Galaxy S6 could be announced in February, ahead of the March tradeshow, and released in the United States sometime in March, instead of April like they did in 2014.
The LG G3 is still a great phone, but something much better could be available in the next 1-3 months. At the end of the day though, there will always be another smartphone on the horizon. Something newer, bigger, better or faster coming soon.
If you need a smartphone right now, the LG G3 is an excellent choice. If you have the luxury of waiting another month to see what comes from LG themselves or any of the competition, we’d suggest you sit back, stay tuned, and wait for more details regarding all the devices mentioned above.