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HTC Reveals All New HTC One (M8) Android Phone

HTC today unveiled its newest flagship, the HTC One (M8). The company has been teasing us about this phone for weeks, and rumors about the device, codenamed the M8, have been doing the rounds for month. Now, it's official, and HTC is keeping the M8 name as well as the HTC One brand. Between leaks and whispered reports about the phone, barely anything we heard today was actually a surprise, but it's nice to meet the phone in an official capacity. And, of course, get hands on with the device.

As rumored earlier this month, the device packs a 5-inch FHD 1920×1080 display and a Snapdragon 801 SoC with a quad-core CPU clocked to 2.3 Ghz working alongside 2 GB of RAM. Qualcomm was on hand to talk up the Snapdragon 801, which is really no huge upgrade over the Snapdragon 800, but it is Qualcomm's newest chip and it matches the GS5 in that regard. The HTC One also boasts 32 GB of storage as standard, but comes with support for MicroSD expansion up to 128 GB. There’s a 5-megapixel camera up front for video calling and that unique Duo Camera that will allow you to choose the focal point of your image after you shoot. The Duo Camera comes with a BSI sensor with an F2.0 / 28mm lens and a pixel size of 2.0um. It also sports HTC's own ImageChip 2 with HDR video. You might remember that HTC teased us about the sound on this phone being even better than before and the phone itself being 'more metal.' To that end, HTC's BoomSound promises 20 percent louder speakers and a new premium design that’s almost all metal.

The spec sheet reads like a flagship and HTC is targeting those that crave the slickest latest high-end smartphones. That means it's going up against the likes of Samsung, LG and Apple.

Hardware Specs:

  • Screen: 5-inch 440 ppi
  • SoC: Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Color: Gunmetal Gray Hairline Finish
  • Speakers: Dual Front Facing Stereo Speakers

Software Features:

  • Motion Launch
  • Extreme Power Savings
  • HTC Zoe
  • HTC Sense UI 6

HTC will be selling this device through carriers, of course, but the company is also offering an unlocked, SIM-free version, as well as a developer model. Both of these devices are available March 25 for $650.

Check out our sister site Laptop Mag for its review.

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  • longshotthe1st
    No fingerprint scanner.....Thank-you!!
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  • ianj14
    128GB SD Card is tempting, but I won't touch any mobile that I can't guarantee control of my data on, so would need to know if it could be rooted with something like pdroid or whatever.
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  • stormweaver1983
    Wish it had a removable battery, but at least it has the SD card option now. One step in the right direction. It sure is a beautiful phone though.
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  • SpartaKess
    The only reason I chose an S4 was because the lack of an external sd card. Problem solved nexted upgrade goes to HTC. If this phone fails to sell though does HTC and the support for the phone both disappear?
    Reply
  • Antimatter79
    20% louder speakers. Great; as if people with obnoxiously loud ringtones and YouTube videos on their phones weren't annoying enough. Use headphones; nobody else wants to hear that crappy noise from a crappy cell phone speaker.
    Reply
  • JD88
    Definitely going to be holding on to my S3 for awhile. There has been 0 innovation from anyone for about 2 years now. Samsung and HTC just keep playing it safe. The Moto X is very good, but needs better hardware to be a serious upgrade. Here's to hoping the Note 4 or next gen Moto X will offer something unique because the S and One lines are becoming the new iPhones in that they slap a new SoC and a few gimmicks on there and call it a day.
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  • house70
    Definitely going to be holding on to my S3 for awhile. There has been 0 innovation from anyone for about 2 years now. Samsung and HTC just keep playing it safe. The Moto X is very good, but needs better hardware to be a serious upgrade. Here's to hoping the Note 4 or next gen Moto X will offer something unique because the S and One lines are becoming the new iPhones in that they slap a new SoC and a few gimmicks on there and call it a day.
    Better SoC, better camera and software, SD support... not exactly gimmicks.Maybe you should create a company, produce a phone and show us all how it's done.

    Even better, they have confirmed a GPE for this phone... for people that like vanilla OS without the "gimmicks". Not that this was reported here, taken from Android Central.
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  • thundervore
    This is a step in the right direction and I like it. removable storage up to 128GB microSD? I just brought a 64GB UHS1 MicroSD card for $30, they could have released a 8GB, 16GB and the 32GB version of this phone and let users choose since external storage is so cheap.
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  • boby1
    Definitely going to be holding on to my S3 for awhile. There has been 0 innovation from anyone for about 2 years now. Samsung and HTC just keep playing it safe. The Moto X is very good, but needs better hardware to be a serious upgrade. Here's to hoping the Note 4 or next gen Moto X will offer something unique because the S and One lines are becoming the new iPhones in that they slap a new SoC and a few gimmicks on there and call it a day.
    Better SoC, better camera and software, SD support... not exactly gimmicks.Maybe you should create a company, produce a phone and show us all how it's done.Even better, they have confirmed a GPE for this phone... for people that like vanilla OS without the "gimmicks". Not that this was reported here, taken from Android Central.
    Better camera? How better a phone camera can get? If you want better camera, just buy a normal standalone camera or SLR. This is a phone, not camera.
    Reply