HTC One M8 announced with Duo Camera, Sense 6, and 90 percent metal body

There was little left to be revealed by HTC given all the leaked details, but I had some time to use it starting last week and found it to be a nice evolutionary upgrade to the fantastic HTC One (M7).

HTC One (M8) announced with Duo Camera, Sense 6, and 90 percent metal body

We have seen a ton of leaked specs, photos, and video of the new HTC One M8 so it's good to finally get the official announcement from HTC. I met with them last week and have been using the device ever since with my full review going live in 30 minutes.

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I have some initial impressions from meeting with HTC and handling the device. There's an improvement in the fit and finish of the new HTC One M8 as the metal body increases from 70 percent to 90 percent of the composition. I thought last year's model, the HTC One M7, had wonderful design features, but this one tops that.

HTC listened to customer feedback and took action to improve the new HTC One M8 with the removal of dedicated capacitive buttons, addition of a microSD card slot, improvement in BoomSound speakers, relocation of the headset jack, an innovative solution to the power button concerns, and an improvement of the overall camera experience. Read all about these details soon here on my blog.

Specifications of the HTC One (M8) include:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.3 GHz
  • 5 inch 1080p LCD display composed of Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6 and improved BlinkFeed
  • 16/32 GB internal storage with microSD card slot supporting up to 128 GB cards
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled
  • HTC BoomSound front facing stereo speakers
  • HTC UltraPixel camera (same size as last year) with additional camera for depth info
  • Front facing 5 megapixel wide angle lens camera
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm and 160 grams

As you can see, the new HTC One (M8) matches up well with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other new Android smartphones. I am considering the new One (M8), but the additional Motorola functions in my Moto X are too good to pass up.

Pricing and availability information will be available in my full review. The camera software is so extensive that I will be posting an additional article focused solely on the camera experience.

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