HTC One M8 2014: release date, specs and features

25 Mar 2014

The HTC One was without doubt one of the best phones released in 2013. Not only did it have an impressive array of specifications, but its alumnium unibody construction was able to rival the iPhone 5S's legendary premium build.

Its successor; the "All New" HTC One M8 has now been unveiled and is available now.

HTC has got the jump on the Galaxy S5, iPhone 6 and Xperia Z2 in being the first major flagship device to be released in 2014.

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Here's a round-up of all the HTC One M8 specs, release date, design and features following the recent official unveiling.

HTC One M8: name

There was much speculation as to what the new HTC flagship would be called.

We initially shot down rumours of HTC One M8, becuase, well, it sounded odd. How wrong we were. HTC has confirmed the new smartphone is called the HTC One M8 - the 'M' refers to its metal body.

 

HTC M8 release date and price


The release date of the HTC One M8 didn't require much thought. HTC itself released the above image on its Twitter feed. The new smartphone was held aloft at London's Olympia exhibition centre by HTC's chairwoman, Cher Wang.

HTC then followed this up by saying select stores in London would receive the phone just minutes after its unveiling. You can find out which ones here.

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The HTC One M8 is available to buy SIM free for £550 from Carphone Warehouse. Other select carriers are offering it for free on a £42/month contract.

HTC M8: Build and design


Rumours of the design and build of the new HTC One M8 came by the bucketload in the months leading up to the launch. Many correctly predicted it would sport a similar, metal unibody design. 

The new flagship is made of 90% metal, compared to 70% in its predecessor. It comes in at 9.35mm thick and weighs 160g.

Other correct rumours included the removal of capacitive buttons, with HTC opting for on-screen buttons instead. A bigger screen was another; the One M8 features a 5-inch display compared to 4.7-inch on the previous model.

The new HTC One M8 retains the top and bottom BoomSound speakers as well - although this time round HTC has waved goodbye to Beats Audio.

 

HTC M8: Tech specs


 

GSMArena managed to get its hands on a sales guide for the new HTC One M8, which stated many of the the technical specifications of the new smartphone.

Those specs turned out to be true. The new HTC One M8 sports a  5-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and a 2600 mAh battery.

It also takes a nano SIM and has a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 128GB.

The same 4.1MP UltraPixel camera has been used again. But this time, HTC has added another camera that records depth information, allowing users to alter the focus of images after they've been taken. A front facing 5MP is provided, and video can be shot in 1080p.

 

HTC M8: Features


The HTC One M8 comes running Android 4.4 KitKat and Sense 6.0 - an update to Sense 5.0 and 5.5 found on previous HTC One models.

The interface has received a complete overhaul, with HTC taking inspiration from the Windows Live tiles and Samsung's new Magazine UX - first seen on the Galaxy NotePRO tablet, and expected to feature on the Galaxy S5.

Blinkfeed has received a makeover too; a single tile can now bundle together all information on a certain topic for instance.

Like with the LG G2 and LG G Flex, users of the HTC One M8 can unlock the screen by simply tapping on it. HTC has also introduced other gesture controls to be used on the lock screen. A swipe left opens Blinkfeed, swipe right opens the homepage and a swipe up opens the camera.

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by Max Langridge

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Comments

We always like to put news into context - we aren't alone in comparing HTC's aluminium construction with the iPhone - they're the two metal-bodied phones on the market - and we also mention Samsung's Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2 in the same line as the iPhone 6. No bias here, I'm afraid Smile

I can't believe that a HTC write up didn't have a plug for Apple until line 3. In fact, we had to wait until line 6 for an iphone6 advert. What was wrong with putting it in the headline??? What a joke.