HTC have done the same thing as most of the other modern smart mobile phones from the major manufacturers. The HTC One M8 ( the 2014 version of the HTC One has hardware updates which are more of an evolution than a revolution. That said both the design and functionality of the HTC One M8 have improved on last years’ product and for me, this is one of the most under-rated phones on the market at the moment. Samsung outsell HTC 5 to 1 and they simply shouldn’t. Let’s take a look at the key hardware features of the HTC One M8.
Updated looks – The HTC One M8 is a beautiful phone
The HTC One M8 aesthetics have been updated to include a more ergonomic curved, thin, form factor and more mature brushed metal design. The phone comes in at a sleek 9.35mm (.37 inches) width. It has a natural feel and lightness to it that makes it comfortable to hold.
Despite its curvy, light design, the metallic shell means it still feels and acts like a durable phone which is definitely a nice feature alongside the plastic Galaxy S range. We think you’ll like its smooth, all-in-one metal frame and rounded edges. The HTC One M8 looks super modern.
Without doubt, this year’s HTC is better looking than the Galaxy S family despite their ( Samsung’s ) attempts to improve their design this year.
The 2014 screen is bigger and brighter on the HTC One
The 5.0-inch LCD display you’ll spend a lot of your time looking at on the new M8 provides amazing visuals with its 1080 x 1920 HD true high definition resolution. Your screen is well protected from scratches by Gorilla® Glass 3 from Corning®. The screen looks good at different angles, making the phone fun to share when a crowd gathers around to watch a video, look at your latest photos or watch a friend making a fool of themselves.
The HTC One M8 comes with evolved front speakers
One evolved and notable feature is the improved audio present on the 2014 model. HTC has made strides in the audio output of the 2014 version of their hero phone by updating the two front-of-the-phone speakers they first shipped with the HTC One, 12 months ago.
The volume and sound quality on these speakers is dynamic with HTC’s BoomSound™ technology. You’ll enjoy better sound with speakers placed at the sound of the phone. They’re not exactly a concert-style soundstage provider but they are simply the best speakers available on any phone at the moment.
Quad core processing continues
The M8s’s processing capability is made possible by its quad-core processor. In fact, the HTC One has had quad core processors for 2 years now, this is another evolution which bumps up the GHz a bit more but doesn’t add any actual new processors in.
That said, the Snapdragon™ 801processor from Qualcomm®, they’ve included in the 2014 HTC One M8 ensures you’ll get the best form your phone. Not only does including the latest processor mean you’re better off when you’re trying to whistle between apps, closing one to open another, it’ll also improve the speed of your connection with cellular networks and improve quick downloads for Internet browsing.
You’re going to need a nano SIM
Unusually for Android phones, the HTC One M8 is the first non iPhone product to use a nano SIM. This is nothing to worry about but bear it in mind when you’re ordering online to make sure you check the right option if you need to.
16 GB of installed RAND memory
Internationally, the HTC One M8 comes with either 16 GB or 32 GB of installed memory. In Australia, only the 16GB model will be available. In a welcome change of thinking and like the Galaxy S family to which the HTC One M8 will always be compared, this year, you can stick an external memory card in to your M8 ( up to 128 GB ) and pay a more reasonable price for your memory than the phone manufactures are wont to. Nice move HTC.
Since your phone memory is reduced after the addition of apps, software and updates, you’ll lose the better part of 6GB of storage when you first boot it up. And since, increasingly, people are using their smartphones to watch video and listen to music at any time of the day, we’d suggest in investing in additional memory cards.
Battery is 2600 mAh
Reports of batteries are always subject to layers of frustration from users. My experience of the HTC One was that the battery was much better than either the Galaxy S or iPhone equivalents last year.
The battery in the new HTC One M8 is a 2600 mAh and holds a charge longer. Less recharging means you’ll be using your smart phone for longer periods without interruption. You’ll be more productive and won’t experience the frustration of downtime due to multiple recharges throughout the day.
The camera / lens is a big improvement
One of the biggest investments HTC have made with the M8 is in the camera. The camera included with this phone packs a punch with its larger sensor and software improvements, for example the bigger panorama capability.
Something of a marketing gimmick, the dual-lens camera allows the user to switch focus from a background shot to a foreground shot quickly and easily even after the picture is taken. That means no fiddling around to get the shot you want. Just one click takes you from the foreground to the background. The camera on the 2014 HTC One M8 allows you to add background blur.
This nice, artistic feature puts the focus on the foreground object and blurs the background objects. It’s a reminder that these days, you can do things similar to what you’d achieve with PC image editing software on your smart phone.