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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