2014 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year for new smartphones. HTC has just lifted the lid on its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One (M8), and our Tech Team has managed to get some time with the device to put together a hands-on video:
Check out the video above, and then read on for all the details, including where and when it’s available…
Where to buy and when
The HTC One garnered a host of awards in 2013 for its combination of power, slick software and stunning design. The good news is that the HTC One (M8) takes that winning formula and refines it to make it even better. Better still, if you’re one of the first 3000 people to order the device from Vodafone, you’ll receive an awesome HTC BoomBass to boot.
We’re making it available to order through vodafone.co.uk from 6pm today (25 March), for delivery from 27 March. And if you’re in London this evening or tomorrow (26 March), it’s going to be available from a handful of our retail stores from 4pm. Those stores and their closing times today are:
– 474 Oxford Street, W1C 1LB (8pm closing)
– 341-349 Oxford Street, W1C 2JE (8pm)
– 29 The Arcade, Westfield Stratford City, E20 1EH (9pm)
– White City Shopping Centre, W12 7GB (10pm)
– 106 Kensington High Street, W8 4SG (7pm)
Read on for all the details on HTC’s latest and greatest hero handset…
The HTC One (M8) takes the principles of the One range’s ‘Zero Gap Construction’ and takes it to a new level. Now, instead of stopping at the phone’s sides, the aluminium that makes up the bulk of the new HTC One actually wraps right round to the display. This fully unibody build not only makes it far more durable, but it’s allowed HTC to make the phone thinner, too: the HTC One (M8) is only 9.35mm thick and weighs only 160g.
Sitting pretty on the front of the device there’s a larger, 5-inch full HD display with an extremely sharp 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, which is impressive considering that the new HTC One retains almost exactly the same size as its predecessor.
BoomSound is one of the One range’s standout features, and thankfully that’s still the case in the HTC One (M8). HTC’s unique twist on the smartphone speaker is to put them on the front, right where you need them, and to really beef them up. 25% louder than the HTC One – the speakers are powered by a multi-channel amplifier which makes the sound more powerful and distortion free than its predecessor.
You don’t need to look too closely at the back of the HTC One (M8) to notice something’s new. As well as the UltraPixel main camera, there’s a second, smaller camera on top. But why?
The second lens helps the main camera focus quicker, and lets you add clever effects. The picture Duo Camera process adds defined layers to your shots, so you can adjust the focus, blur the background or foreground independently, and even add cool special effects like falling snow. And all after you’ve taken the picture.
Big on selfies? The front camera is a hugely impressive 5-Megapixel number, which means your self-shots are going to be crisper ad more detailed than your’. On top of that, it’ll also make video chats feel much more personal.
Who needs buttons? The HTC One (M8)’s Motion Launch feature is an ingenious bit of tech that will change the way you interact with your phone. Waking your phone from sleep, for instance, is now just a case of double-tapping the screen. Or you can swipe to see your favourite apps.
Likewise, there’s no need to go thumbing specific buttons when you’re in a hurry to take a call – just lift the phone to your ear and the HTC One (M8) will sense that you want to answer.
Specs and software
Inside that machined aluminium body hides a Qualcomm SnapDragon Quad-core 2.3GHz processor with 2GB of RAM – a hugely powerful engine that promises to make the HTC One (M8) a great gaming machine, and a fantastic phone for anyone who really likes to make use of Android’s inbuilt multitasking capabilities.
On that score, the HTC One (M8) runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat), the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. That means the latest and greatest apps on the Google Play Store will run exactly as they were meant to be experienced.
“The HTC One (M8) runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat), the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.”
Meanwhile, HTC’s unique Blinkfeed homescreen, which brings you news and social activity from the sources you choose, has been updated with a few new gesture-based features, while HTC’s slick Sense UI has been given a fresh lick of paint to bring it up to Sense 6. There’s 16GB of inbuilt storage and a separate Micro SD card slot, which lets you add up to 128GB of extra space.
HTC One (M8) is available on our Red 4G ready plans, including our all new Red XXL 4G plan, which offers a total of 13 GB of data each month. Whichever Red 4G plan you choose you’ll get unlimited UK calls and texts, more than double the UK data you’d get on our 3G plans, as well as access to our ultrafast 4G network in any of our growing list of 4G towns and cities.
What do you think of the HTC One (M8)? Which feature sounds the most impressive? Let us know your thoughts below.