The new version of the One has a similar design to the last year's model, but comes equipped with a number of upgrades. The screen size increases to from 4.7 to 5 inches, the new model has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running Android 4.4 'KitKat' along with 2GB of RAM. The phone will also feature the all-new HTC Sense 6, available on the device and as an upgrade from the Google Play store. Storage can be 16 or 32GB, but owners can increase the space with a microSD card. The software upgrade that comes with HTC Sense 6 includes a striking visual style, new cusomisable colour themes, and more personal user experience.
The exterior design remains somewhat the same, with the exception of the edges getting a metal finish.
Peter Chou, CEO, HTC said: “In 2013 we introduced the best smartphone in the world, but we never stopped challenging ourselves and the status quo in this category. As pioneers in mobile innovation, we continue to design and build devices that will dazzle, inspire and transform the smartphone industry. Today I’m proud to launch the most stunning, intuitive and advanced handset that the industry has seen to date, the new HTC One (M8).”
The HTC One (M8) combines various features of mobile imaging by being the world’s first smartphone with a Duo Camera that features HTC’s innovative HTC UltraPixel module, a dual colour flash and full 1080p HD video recording. These features produce images that work well in all lighting conditions as well as high-quality video. A 5-MP wide-angle front facing camera would also capture great images, apt for people who love taking selfies.
The camera also includes several modified and new features like Slow Motion mode, Gallery Organisation, intelligent LED Dual Flash, and the HTC UltraPixel module.
In addition to having the advanced touch feature technology that HTC has been running on, the phone also will have HTC Dot View - a sixth sense functionality. It works on the Motion Launch technology by which you double tap the dot view case, which allows you to check the time, weather, new texts, emails and calls - without touching or revealing the screen.
The phone will also have new advanced features in the layout, audio output and has a better power saving mode than past models. It delivers 60 hours of extra standby time at 20% power, 30 hours at 10% power and 15 hours at 5% power.
Another interesting feature of the M8 is the HTC Sense TV which provides an interactive second screen. The feature allows you to follow conversations about a particular program online with integrated Facebook and Twitter streams as well as the latest fan commentary from your social circles. HTC Sense TV also includes live sports statistics and updates for the 10 most popular sports in the world.
According to HTC, The HTC One (M8) will be available globally in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and will be rolled out in the South Asia region in the coming weeks.
The price is still to be announced.