The HTC One (M7) was one of the best smartphones to be launched in 2013. The phone looked good, performed seamlessly and proved to be quite a competitor in its segment. And this time, HTC has taken every appealing bit of the original â€˜Oneâ€™, amplified it and put it on the new HTC One M8. Here is all you need to know about the M8 which likely to touch down in India next month –
Just like One (M7), the M8 also comes with an aluminum back, only this time around, the back is 90% metal. And this makes the phone a whole lot rounded from the back, hence making it handier than its predecessor. The only fall back here is that, the metal body makes it more slippery. Unlike the M7, the M8 makes use of the on screen buttons instead of the soft touch buttons, making the phone look more sorted and cleaner. A couple of things have been moved and repositioned on the new M8 as well. The volume rockers on the M8 are more pronounced and easy to press, while the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom right, next to the USB port. The hand set is available in 3 colors, namely – Amber Gold, Glacial Silver and Gunmetal Gray.
The M8 runs on the latest Android KitKat version coupled with HTC’s Sense 6.0 UI. Actually, the only difference between the Sense 6.0 and Sense 5.0 is the color coding. The coding makes different color palates for different apps primarily based on their usage. For example â€“ productivity apps like Email and Tasks are Blue, while the entertainment app Sense app is orange in color. HTC staple BlinkFeed, has been moved out of the home screen and is accessed by swiping from left to right from the main home screen. The default home screen scoops in permanent weather and time widget, Google Now search bar Google apps folders and shortcuts for Mail and Play Store. The new notifications menu on the M8 now packs in 21 setting options unlike the 7 options on the M7. All in all, the new UI is does not digress much from the one on M7, but offers much more functionality.
The M8 stands a cut above the rest when it comes to Motion Launch. It not only detects when you pick the phone with your hands but also lets you double tap to unlock the screen. It also lets you swipe down from the top to unlock to voice calling and turn the phone to portrait mode. This feature lacks on most of the other competing smartphones.
The phone is powered by a quad-core 2.3-GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and packs in 32GB of onboard storage. The graphic capabilities of the M8 are seamless, heavy duty games like N.O.V.A 3 runs with zero lag, while the apps close and shut at a blink on an eye.
The M8 sports two rear cameras. Yes, you heard it right. HTC has packed the M8 with dual rear cameras and has named it â€˜Duo Cameraâ€™. The Duo Camera is not only capable of clicking 3D like images but also allows you to play with the focus of the image after you have clicked it. The bigger of the two rear cameras is 4MP while the smaller one is 8MP coupled with LED flash. The camera pulls off impressive shots in both low and bright light conditions. The Zoe feature which lets you click a photo and record a small video in one shot has also been integrated on the M8. The front 5MP camera delivers crisp and sharp photos in day light as well. The zoom though, because of its relatively low resolution, does not match up to that of the iPhoneâ€™s or the Galaxy S4â€™s.