Given the high expectations left by the first model HTC One, the new M8 can only be a great success or a resounding failure for the Taiwanese manufacturer. Thankfully HTC has done his homework, his former top of the range now offering an improved successor in almost all respects.
HTC One model, launched in 2013 , accounted for HTC probably the last chance to stop the free fall that threatened the future of the company , a bold experiment resulted in a shy but measurable success , contributing significantly to the company’s return among top smartphone manufacturers . The new HTC One, codenamed M8 is the continuation of this success story , focusing not radical change but improving the exterior design and some of its existing facilities . But that does not mean HTC One M8 lacks innovation , it means they were concentrated where they really felt the need for change .
From the first contact , HTC One M8 attracts attention by its almost all metal construction , no obvious fixing points , giving the impression of an extremely solid product . Chalky and a little rough endings obtained by blasting were replaced with much finer , highlighting metallic luster . Ceramic inserts , visible on its predecessor disappeared , resulting in a casing with rounded edges and thick slightly less apparent soft touch . The 90 % metal case in (compared with 70 % from last year’s model ) is 17 grams heavier , resulting in a phone that you feel in your pocket , but not so much as to interfere .
Perhaps more noticeable is the 1cm increase in length , resulting from the use of a larger 5.0 inches screen . It keeps the 1080p resolution and excellent attributes of the first, the color palette , contrast very strongly associated with a high brightness level and black level unexpectedly good . Viewing angles are wide , some contrast and brightness variation is induced only by the protective glass . Sunlight visibility is good, and automatic adjustment of brightness , corresponding to ambient light is sufficiently generous that they do not feel the need for more .
HTC One M8 – technical details
Display: 5.0 “, 1920 x 1080 pixels, SLCD 3, Gorilla Glass 3
OS: Android 4.4.2
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Processor: 400 Krait quad-core, 2.3 GHz
Graphics Processor: Adreno 3320
RAM: 2 GB
Memory: 16 or 32 GB
Card: microSD (max 128GB)
3G: HSDPA + HSUPA
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (dual-band 2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP
Camera 4 MP (2688×1520 pixels), autofocus, HDR, dual-LED flash (dual-tone), with filming video1080p
Front camera: 5 megapixel) with 1080p video shooting
Battery: 2600 mAh (Li-polymer, non-removable)
Dimensions: 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm
Weight: 160 g
Others: NFC, Nano SIM, infrared transmitter, receiver GPS / Glonass, Miracast, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, MHL, Wi-Fi hotspot
HTC are aiming to impress the new M8 and largely succeeded. At least on the exterior design, the new HTC One M8 is a superb phone, quality finishes and attention to detail serving as an example for the use of competitors still fixed on plastic surfaces, which only mimics the look of better materials.
And as appearance is not a top factor for a phone, HTC One M8 completes the experience with a Full HD screen excellent, powerful sound system and hardware performance went to the upper limit of current technologies. Importantly, the performance gain is achieved without major compromises in Chapter autonomy, HTC One M8 is a phone you can rely on throughout the day.
In addition to hardware friendly battery and speakers Boomsound 25% being more powerful, the list of improvements fall and microSD slot with support for capacities up to 128GB.