The HTC One (M8) looks like a solid evolution from the highly popular HTC One which has been dubbed as one of the best smartphones of its class. HTC One has carved a distinct niche and any evolution from it should be at par with the solid reputation which has been built by its predecessor. The HTC flagship for 2014 is sure attracting attention, but what is the buzz about HTC One (M8)? Let us delve deeply into the key features of this device and how it is one up to its predecessor?
What is that sets this latest flagship from HTC distinct from its compatriots? Is it its much improved BoomSound speakers or the more intense metal finish or the details about the ‘Duo’ camera and what it is capable to do? We look at everything you should know about the One (M8)
The HTC One (M8) is the first smartphone which features twin cameras on the rear. The Primary camera is below, and it’s an UltraPixel (4-megapixel) camera with wide, f/2.0 aperture. This camera is proficient of taking images extremely quickly and it takes only 0.3 seconds to focus.
The twin or the Duo camera is equipped with the UFocus effect which enables the user to selectively adjust the focus in an image after it is captured. The HTC One camera can also add depth of field which is known as ‘bokeh’ effect to the images. Users can also choose from a host of other editing options.
HTC had revolutionized how people listen to music on their smartphones. It introduced its BoomSound speakers in the 2013 HTC One. With HTC One (M8) it is planning even bigger things. The front facing dual speakers are they are 25% louder, delivering even richer and cleaner sound, as per HTC.
Intense metal finish
HTC started thinking about metal long ago and HTC One (M8) is even more intensely metallic. HTC has improved upon the original metallic body of its HTC One and the HTC One (M8) Aluminum body extends to the front and covers the screen. The HTC One featured a 70% metal body while its next iteration features 90% metallic body.HTC One (M8) is sheer industrial design which feels just a Beretta or Magnum.
Cutting edge hardware
The new HTC One (M8) comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system chip, which runs at a brute speed of 2.3GHz. The chip is so powerful that it makes the latest games with its heavy graphics a Childs play. The chip is at par with other top range premium smartphones from companies like Samsung and Sony.
HTC One had one major downside –It was termed a power guzzler. What it meant was, if you left the HTC One in your pocket, it sipped power and you would need a recharge in a day. However if you watch a HD movie or play a game for a long time, you would need a recharge much earlier. The problem was rectified to some degree with updates but still the label of a power guzzler persisted.
Well, good news: the HTC One (M8) will be less taxing on the battery and stretching the power out over the day (or even two).
This has been possible with an upgraded battery, now up to 2600mAh from 2300mAh but more importantly b) the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset at the heart.
Comes with huge and expandable memory – up to 128GB microSD cards supported
The HTC One which was launched last year was perfect in all sense except one downside-It did not feature any expandable memory. HTC is making amends and is equipping its HTC One (M8) with a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB of storage cards.
HTC One (M8) comes with HTC Sense 6.0 with motion gestures
The new HTC One (M8) is power-driven by an invigorated version of HTC Sense. The new version is 6.0 and it comes with a much flatter and chic looks, but most remarkably – with motion gestures. Users can now double tap on the screen start the smart phone. Other shortcuts include the option to hold down the volume button in landscape mode while the phone is locked to get access to the camera. In addition to that, HTC One (M8) also features a new and improved BlinkFeed, improved battery savings mode and more.
With most big names like Samsung and Apple launching fitness devices and ramming it down the throats of the consumer, HTC has tried to join the fitness game with the HTC One (M8) by introducing the Fitbit app with the phone from the outset.
Not a new feature but it is worth a look especially fascinating is one HTC Dot View case. It not only affords protection but gives the user the benefit of a quick peep at the weather, time, date and missed notifications.
Although we were expecting at least 3200mAh battery, but overall, we can conclude that HTC One M8 is definitely a worthy successor to its highly successful smartphone, the HTC One M7.