HTC One M8: London launch and first impressions

HTC One M8: London launch and first impressions

Summary: HTC continues to produce high-quality high-end smartphones, the new flagship One M8 taking over where last year's One left off. But will it be enough to improve the company's fortunes?

TOPICS: Smartphones, Android, HTC

HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

  HTC One M8 Samsung Galaxy S5
Dimensions (WxHxD) 70.6 x 9.4 x 146.4mm 72.5 x 8.1 x 142mm
Weight 160g 145g
Chassis colours gold, grey, silver black, white, blue, gold
IP (ingress protection) certification n/a IP67
Biometric security n/a fingerprint reader (PayPal certified)
Display size  5in. 5.1in.
Display resolution 1,080 x 1,920 pixels 1,080 x 1,920 pixels
Pixel density 441ppi 432ppi
Display technology Super LCD3 (with Gorilla Glass 3) Super AMOLED (with Gorilla Glass 3)
Operating system Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
User interface Sense 6, BlinkFeed TouchWiz
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
CPU 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330
Internal storage 16 / 32GB 16 / 32GB
Storage expansion MicroSD  MicroSD
2G connectivity GSM, GPRS, EDGE GSM, GPRS, EDGE
3G connectivity HSPA HSPA
4G connectivity LTE LTE
SIM type  Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
Wi-fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, with DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, with DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled 4.0, with A2DP, EDR, LE
NFC yes yes
Infrared yes yes
USB Micro-USB 2.0 with MHL Micro-USB 3.0, with USB OTG, USB Host
Rear camera resolution dual 4.1-megapixel UltraPixel cameras with dual LED flash 16 megapixels (5,312 x 2,988 pixels) with LED flash
Front camera resolution 5 megapixels 2 megapixels
Speaker(s) stereo mono
Audio enhancement BoomSound n/a
Audio jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Sensors accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyroscope, barometer accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture, heart rate
GPS yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS support yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS support
Battery capacity 2,600mAh 2,800mAh
Battery technology li-polymer li-ion
Removable battery no yes
Talk time 20h 21h
Standby time 496h 390h

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Topics: Smartphones, Android, HTC


Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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  • Um ...

    Maybe it's me, but why is Charles bringing up the business issues HTC is having? They have absolutely NOTHING to do with the quality of the phone, and only cloud a persons judgment on whether it's worth buying or not.

    If the phone is as good as the One (I own one), then buy it, if it's a lousy phone, then don't.

    • Why is Charles is bringing up HTC's financial woes? Because he thinks.

      Because Charles realizes that when making a mature buying decision and considering investing one's hard earned money in a device that you are going to be "stuck" with for two years or more it is wise to take into account not just the fact it has a pretty, fetching face, but also that the company is going to be around long enough to back it up and, given his experience and time spent in this field, he knows that this is not an inconsequential thing to consider and he is trying to help you avoid problems - that's why.

      If you have done any following of HTC's situation at all, you should know that they are currently at risk of being bought out and ceasing to exist as an independent company because of poor sales performance of their products. Yet, they are pulling the same shenanigans as last year this year - apparently expecting a different result.

      HTC's woes in terms of sales are the DIRECT result of their having produced products that don't serve the public terribly well - NOT because they don't have Samsung's advertising budget - as so many offer up as the "reason" - excuse - Samsung is beating the pants off them.

      Samsung - unlike HTC - looks at their market and its prospects - from a broader, wiser perspective. They know that they are in a market where pizzazz and power and excitement, yes, are of paramount importance - but they also realize that if they don't build products that provide long term sustained value - as in being water/dust resistant, offering the flexibility and serviceability of a removable battery and micro SD card (and yes I know HTC did include on in the M8) as well as (unlike the HTC M8) making it so their units can be serviced relatively easily - that in the end, when people - who value value - have problems that such responsible adults will remember that it was SAMSUNG who made their lives EASIER rather harder.

      Keep this in mind - if you drop the HTC M8, if you get it wet, if the battery stops - due to a defect or just wears out - you WILL have NO option save to send it back. Ask yourself - are you willing to give up your phone for however long it takes - 3/4 weeks? If so, go for it; because sooner or later Mr. Murphy will come visit you and teach you the err of that way of not thinking.

      I would not touch an HTC M8 and I predict it will shortly be viewed as a failure. The management of HTC has chosen to focus on the glam, form over function factor. Watch their “behind the scenes” video; you will see that almost 3/4's of it is devoted to extolling the virtues of the case and how hard it was to make, etc., etc.

      There is ONLY one company that can look in the mirror and say to it,

      "Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all - even though you and I both know I'm not exactly a spring chicken anymore or best of the best?" and get back an answer like:

      "Why you my dear, are the fairest of them all. How could you ever doubt that you are not the Apple of mine eye - today, tomorrow and ever more?"

      And that company, sad for HTC, it is not HTC.
      The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  • removing hardware buttons is a step in the wrong direction

    I prefer phones and tablets with hardware buttons, so much that it is basically a deal breaker.
    HTC already made the One a little bit crappy without the menu button and now they made it fully crappy.
    Everyday, Samsung fans email Samsung feedback reminding them never to drop SD slot, removable battery AND the hardware buttons! We also tell them we don't want a slippery, heavy alluminium slab and make it light.
    HTC doesn't. They try to follow Apple.