HTC One M8

posted Aug 4, 2014, 8:16 AM by Barny CK
If last year's HTC One was meant to compete with the iPhone 5S, this year's new HTC One M8 is meant to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Sporting a new 5 inch 1080p display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset packed with 2.3GHz of quad-core CPU, this phone is really a killer and is aiming its gun at the giants. Even better, it finally comes with a microSD card slot. The M8 comes in two versions; the new 16GB and 32GB model, with an expansion of up to 128GB. This time around, HTC omitted the 64GB variant. Software side, the phone comes in Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat. 

The HTC One M7 was the first Android phone to truly challenge the iPhone. It's luxurious fitting of aluminium and polycarbonate rivalled that of iPhone. With the M8, HTC has gone a step further to increase the use of metal from 70% to 90% of the total phone body. It is also packed with state of the art technology. It employs QuickCharge that charges the phone 75% faster. Ironically, the phone comes supplied with a non-compatible charger.

The HTC One M8 is taller and heavier than its predecessor, it being nearly 1cm longer and 17g heavier. The extra length and weight can be attributed to more metal and also a stereo speakers called BoomSound. Most phones come with a single speaker so having front facing stereo speakers is really a big bonus. And it's great sound quality too! With all that bigger built and added weight, the M8 is not without cons. Generally, more real estate would mean harder to reach the buttons with one hand and added weight means heavier phone. But HTC have a solution with "Motion Launch" & double tap to wake features. 

Still, this phone is not without disappointment. What with all the oohs and aahs, the camera is, well, just there. Just a 5.0 megapixels front camera and 4.0 megapixels rear camera. Just. But then there's an additional 2.0 megapixel depth of field sensor at the rear. It's really a lens but it's actually there for the rear camera to better sense depth.