HTC today officially announced its latest flagship device, the One (M8), at events held simultaneously in New York City and London. The new One had its fair share of leaks from various sources and today’s official announcement confirmed what we already knew about most of its features.
On the hardware front, the new One retains its metallic body and sports a 5 inch, Full HD 1080p display, offering a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and resulting in 440ppi. It is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor along with 2 GB RAM. It has 16/32 GB internal storage options with the provision to further expand it up to 128 GB via MicroSD card. The capacitive keys have now been replaced with on-screen navigation keys.
The previous One’s major talking point was its camera with HTC having introduced the new “UltraPixel” technology. HTC has continued with this for the new One as well, with the device sporting rear “Duo Camera”. It now has 2 lenses at the back, one on the top and the second just below it. The bottom lens takes the picture while the top one determines the depth of the subject in the photo. The rear camera remains 4 UltraPixels just like its predecessor, while the front facing camera has been bumped to 5 MP from 2.1 MP.
The new One has a 2600 mAh battery and HTC has also added few optimizations of its own to prolong the battery life. It will run on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS along with HTC’s very own Sense 6 UI over it. The new Sense UI is almost similar to the previous version and it retains the BlinkFeed feature that lies on the homescreen. It also maintains the two front-facing BoomSound speakers but now delivers 25% louder sound compared to the old One.
The One (M8) will come in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold colors and will be available to over 230 operators in more than 100 countries from today itself. It will start from $200 on contract and $600 off contract. The Amber Gold color will only be sold by BestBuy.