Today, Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation has finally decided to make its next Android-based flagship smartphone official, in the form of HTC One M8.
The handset has made headlines since last year, when it was known only as HTC M8, but one thing about it hasn’t been unveiled until today: its name.
It will land on shelves as HTC One M8 and should provide users with a great experience when compared to its predecessor, when it comes both to hardware and software, it seems.
For those who missed previous leaks on the phone, we should note that it will land on shelves with a 5-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a full HD resolution, while being powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor.
Moreover, the handset sports 2GB of RAM inside, along with 32GB of internal memory, which is paired with a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes, something that HTC One didn’t have.
On the back, HTC One M8 features two cameras (4.1 UltraPixel + 2MP depth cameras), complemented by a 5-megapixel camera on the front, great for making video calls while on the go.
According to HTC, the device is capable of capturing better photos in all light conditions, while also enabling users to manually change all kinds of camera settings. Dual camera mode was also included, along with slow motion video capturing and more.
Moreover, the handset features a 2600mAh battery, which should deliver 40 percent longer usage time when compared to last year’s HTC One.
The phone will arrive on shelves with the usual set of connectivity capabilities packed inside, including LTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, and NFC, as well as with a built-in GPS receiver.
Additionally, it sports an IR Blaster, along with BoomSound technology, so that users enjoy great audio as well. The phone measures 146.3 x 70.6 x 9.35mm and weighs 160 grams.
HTC One M8 also arrives with a nice set of software improvements packed inside, as part of the Sense 6.0 user interface, such as an updated HTC BlinkFeed and a new HTC Gallery app for finding photos easier than before.
Additionally, HTC has confirmed that its BlinkFeed software has been opened to developers so that they could bring their applications closer to users this way. Apparently, Foursquare and Fitbit have already adopted it.
The new HTC One M8 will become available for purchase as soon as today, just after the launch event ends, the Taiwanese mobile phone maker also announced.
The handset will be available in the United States online through wireless carriers such as AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, as well as via various retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart. It is also set to be available in stores in the US and Canada before April 10.
Also starting today, users in the UK can grab the phone through various retailers and carriers. Carphone Warehouse has already confirmed plans to make it available to its users starting March 25.
According to HTC, the new smartphone will be available at 240 carriers in over 100 countries before the end of April. The company has also said that Sense 6.0 will become available for HTC One, One mini, and One max in the coming months.