HTC officially reveals the HTC One M8

There have been a ton of leaks about HTC's successor to its flagship smartphone, the HTC One, for the past few months, on the Internet. Today, the company finally held its dual press conferences in London and New York City to officially introduce the phone, the HTC One M8.

The announcement, which was live streamed on HTC's website, revealed that the new M8 model will have a 5-inch display with 440 ppi, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, and a MicroSD card slot with support for up to 64GB of extra space. The case of the M8 is over 90 percent aluminum, compared to 70 percent for the original HTC One.

The phone will come with Sense 6, the newest version of HTC's user interface. It will support things like customizable color themes and news feeds. Battery life is supposed to be 40 percent better on the M8 and it will soon have what HTC calls "extreme power saver mode" which will give it up to two weeks of standby time. Even the sound has been improved, according to the company, with 25 percent more powerful speaker chambers compared to the original HTC One.

The HTC One M8 will have two cameras in the rear, which the company claims will offer photo heavy users more depth in their images, along with support for some extra effects.

UK-based retailer Carphone Warehouse has already revealed that it will begin selling the HTC One M8 immediately in some of its London stores. All four major U.S. carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile) will sell their own versions of the phone, with AT&T and Verizon pricing their devices at $199.99 with a two year contract. HTC will sell a Developer edition directly for $650 and Google will offer a Play edition of its own for $699.

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I'll definitely be looking at one of these, my current HTC One has been flawless and i'm looking forward to the improvements HTC has made!

I ordered mine today. So excited. I'll get it on Thursday. I loved my HTC DNA phone. The problem was no expansion. Now that this has expandable memory, I'm super excited. On a more personal note, any phone over 5 inches is not a phone anymore. Bluetooth connection should be required for those phones. LOL. Don't take me seriously.

More efficient power management. And considering the HTC One's currently, there's no reason to suggest it won't be 40% better.

According to specs, better. But according to features, even old htc one is way better. Real premium phone, combined with most user friendly software. Stereo front faced speakers? A must have.

M8??? Who is naming these devices???

Anyway, looks fine. In a world where people weren't mindless sheep, it would do well against the GS5. Hoping for a WP version of sorts as well.

Totally irrelevant to the topic, but I read the topic title as "HTC officially reveals the HTC One, mate". Neowin's getting too friendly for my taste :p

Majesticmerc said,
Totally irrelevant to the topic, but I read the topic title as "HTC officially reveals the HTC One, mate". Neowin's getting too friendly for my taste :p

Perfect phone for the Aussies bud :)

After using the HTC One, I can say you pretty much wouldn't need it.
The power management in this thing is incredible.

Or if you need extra juice (and in this case you'd have a battery with you), just use a battery charging pack.

how bout a windows phone variant. Neither samsung nor htc produce a same spec'd phone for their windows counterparts :( and audio performance is really poor on the windows phone side.

Draconian Guppy said,
how bout a windows phone variant. Neither samsung nor htc produce a same spec'd phone for their windows counterparts :( and audio performance is really poor on the windows phone side.

The HTC Trophy (WP7) had impressive sound, as did a couple of other early HTC models. (Both speakers and onboard processing.)

I still have an HTC Trophy in one of my Vettes that I use for media/GPS and powering the classic sound system, as the SRS works well with the Bose design for heart stopping bass.

As for WP in general, you can beat the speaker quality of the Nokia 928, still the loudest/clearest phone speaker we have tested.

well, if you look at the raw audio processing for each of those devices over at gsmarena.com, for my listening tastes aren't good enough, i'm more of analytical/neutral sounding, whereas your taste seems to be slightly bassier :p ?

Draconian Guppy said,
well, if you look at the raw audio processing for each of those devices over at gsmarena.com, for my listening tastes aren't good enough, i'm more of analytical/neutral sounding, whereas your taste seems to be slightly bassier :p ?

I usually skip them, as they don't test more important aspects of audio delivery like resampling distortion, etc

Android itself tends to get fairly low scores in the way it handles non-native sample rates and mixing. WP7 does a bit better, but WP8 tends to lead the 'OS' side of audio processing as it takes from the same audio stack used on the desktop. (Which isn't surprising as even the rather good audio stack in OS X falls behind Windows 7 and Windows 8 in distortion.)

The SRS and post processing features are not always a gimmick, although many audio sites will discount them. For example, the one reason I kept the HTC Trophy with SRS in the one Vette is how SRS is handled by the Bose onboard speaker monitoring system.

The Bose system at its core works much like SRS in that it 'pulls' bass at distortion and distributes it. This is why it actively monitors the low frequency distortion rate and can pull the sound and distribute it to other speakers in the array that are not close to distortion.

This creates 'low frequency' crosstalk, but since the human ear doesn't do well with spatially separating these lower frequencies, it doesn't matter and you get lower frequency bass at higher levels with more clarity.

An audiophile site or even gsmarena doesn't discern at what frequencies this 'crosstalk' occurs and will downgrade a device for having low frequency crosstalk.

This paints a deceptive picture because this is actually a feature of how these technologies work without compromising spatial location. So to the human ear, they will be 'clearer' with less distortion.

I do like clean sound, which is why I've been a Bose fan for a lot of years.

Oh, and being able to shove out head splitting bass if desired is a nice option; also at normal levels the 'range/clarity' is expanded as the speakers aren't hitting inherent limits to produce sub 120Hz, or even sub 50Hz at lower levels.

Besides who likes to listen to Eminem or Cher with crappy bass. ;)

PS I decided to check out the link you offered, surprisingly, they don't even test the audio capabilities of some of the better phones. Nothing on the Nokia 928 or the HTC Trophy specifically, nor a couple of other models I have high regard.

whoa! pretty good reply:

Nokia Lumia 928 is a high-end smartphone developed by Nokia that runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system. It was announced on May 10, 2013, as a Verizon-exclusive variant of the Nokia Lumia 920.

They do have a review for the 920.
http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_920-4967.php

I'm betting the same goes for the HTC trophy,.

Also, analytical/neutral doesn't mean crappy bass :angry:

Draconian Guppy said,
how bout a windows phone variant. Neither samsung nor htc produce a same spec'd phone for their windows counterparts :( and audio performance is really poor on the windows phone side.

My Lumia 920 with Dolby surround sounds AMAZING.

The only thing preventing this phone from being the best Android device of 2014 is its poor camera. I don't know why HTC improved on everything but the camera. Instead, they added a second one for a gimmicky post-picture focusing feature.

Yusuf M. said,
The only thing preventing this phone from being the best Android device of 2014 is its poor camera. I don't know why HTC improved on everything but the camera. Instead, they added a second one for a gimmicky post-picture focusing feature.

Maybe... you should try the phone first.

Jarrichvdv said,

Maybe... you should try the phone first.
Do I need to try every device after reading a review about it? Maybe it's okay to make a prediction about a device, especially when you've used a very similar but older model.

Amen!

Steven P. said,
I don't like the screen bezel, but then again I don't ever plan on buying HTC ever again.

My experience with two HTC 8X's: poor quality build (coating simply peeling off) and the fact that HTC thinks a smartphone only has a lifecycle of one year (many of my friends and acquaintances). We've even covered it here about the original HTC One no longer being supported by HTC.

Companies can change. It is understandable to be put of from a device for a while....but never know if things improve unless you try them again. Companies have issues and if I stopped using devices permanently because of past issues, then I would not use anything at all. Hopefully HTC has their act together with this new device...we shall see tho.

HTC used to make some solid phones, and I used to be a fan of them, but then their quality and dependability dropped dramatically... for me personally it was when they started branding their own phones.

Steven P. said,
My experience with two HTC 8X's: poor quality build (coating simply peeling off) and the fact that HTC thinks a smartphone only has a lifecycle of one year (many of my friends and acquaintances). We've even covered it here about the original HTC One no longer being supported by HTC.

HTC have committed to support devices for 2 years now and the build quality of the One series is much better than the HTC 8X/8S (My wife has an 8S and its pretty poor)

Steven P. said,
the fact that HTC thinks a smartphone only has a lifecycle of one year (many of my friends and acquaintances). We've even covered it here about the original HTC One no longer being supported by HTC.

These points also worried me on last summer when I bought HTC one but HTC USA has announced that they will update the One-series for at least two years with the latest Sense and Android releases. Today they announced that the Sense 6 will be released for the old One this spring.

From the images and videos I prefer design of the of the old One and according to the reviews the camera is still not as good as with ones in the competing flagships

watkinsx2 said,

HTC have committed to support devices for 2 years now and the build quality of the One series is much better than the HTC 8X/8S (My wife has an 8S and its pretty poor)

I think it's US only verbal commitment for flagship phones. Though, I've seen them change their mind after announcing they will update several times. They still have to prove themselves. If they improved on the quality issues the original ONE had, this would be a great seller.

While I can understand some of the frustrations being mentioned, I can say without a doubt the HTC One has been an absolutely top notch phone.

Steven P. said,
My experience with two HTC 8X's: poor quality build (coating simply peeling off) and the fact that HTC thinks a smartphone only has a lifecycle of one year (many of my friends and acquaintances). We've even covered it here about the original HTC One no longer being supported by HTC.
No longer being supported???? The HTC One (M7) was released with 4.1.2, it has since been updated to 4.2.2, 4.3, and now 4.4.2, and not just in the US but worldwide. Yes, the updates came in stages, with some areas just recently getting the 4.4.2 update. HTC has already stated the M7 will receive yet another update to Sense 6 and should receive Android updates for another year. I think HTC learned from their past mistakes, I know I was very disappointed in how quickly they abandoned products. But, they're making up for that, now. Build quality is superb, as good or better than other top-tier manufacturers.

Windows Phone 8.1 version? I'm still waiting for a flagship HTC 8.1 handset to be announced for this summer to replace my old Titan II which is out of contract in 26 days...

I have a Lumia 920 for work. I have an issue with them physically in my hand, they are too slippery, heavy, thick, and awkward, FOR ME. It's a matter of taste and I personally hate the current Lumia phones.

Also the phones you mentioned are NOT 4th gen WP's that are made for 8.1 which will have no buttons and only virtual soft keys at the bottom among other things.

Have you held a thick heavy ass 920?! As I said, matter of personal opinion, but see for yourself on a scale if you like.