Check Out the New HTC One (M8)
Yesterday HTC revealed their latest flagship device and successor to last year’s best-selling model, the HTC One (M8). While the new device is very similar to the original One, it now sports a facelift and a number of excellent upgrades.
The device debuts in three different, yet equally chic finishes — gunmetal gray, glacial silver and amber gold. The new all-metal unibody device certainly wins best in show when it comes to design. If you enjoyed the One, it’s very likely you’ll love this all new version as well.
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What’s inside the HTC One M8
The One (M8) comes with a 5” 1080p display and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with HTCSense. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, has 2GB of RAM and includes either 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage with up to 128GB expandable microSD card storage. It is LTE supported with Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and an IR blaster. It also comes complete with the standard accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and gyro along with a barometer for detecting changes in the air pressure immediately around you. Further, it has an Adreno 330 GPU that provides extra support for graphical intensive activities such as gaming.
The HTC One M8 camera
What’s interesting about this new One is its camera. The front-facing camera has been boosted to 5MP so your selfies will outshine everyone else’s. But, the big difference lies in the rear facing camera. There are actually two cameras on the back of this device, 16MP and 4MP. The smaller MP camera is not meant to capture photos but is instead there to provide depth data so you can apply several different effects to your photos. This nifty Duo Camera feature uses HTC’s “UltraPixel concept” which basically trades in a high megapixel count for larger pixels that enables the sensor to capture more light. While the mere 4MP camera may not sound like much, it’s said to take excellent photos. Plus, the editing options provided include U-focus, which allows you to re-focus the camera after the fact and foregrounder, which allows you to add sketch, zoom blur, cartoon and colorized backgrounds. The built-in effects are great for the artistically inclined because they essentially allow you to “Photoshop” in the palm of your hand without having to download a number of different apps.
This new One also offers “Motion Launch” gesture control, which is a series of gesture-controlled shortcuts that allow you to activate the screen, answer calls and turn the lock screen on and off without swiping or tapping. Moreover it is able to do this using low-power monitoring with its onboard sensors that help predict what you’ll want to do when you unlock the device. Auto Answer is another feature that lets you raise the phone to your ear to accept a call, so that you don’t have to touch the screen if your hands are full, and let’s be real, when aren’t they?
HTC has also added a number of other features including a new and improved BlinkFeed, which combines several sources such as social networks to news sites and even calendar events into a single ever-scrolling feed on the home screen. It also has Sense TV, which allows you to control your TV with your smartphone. If you’re into an active lifestyle there’s something for that too of course — the Fitbit app comes preloaded.
This new high-end smartphone is ready to order online and is offered by all of the major cell phone providers for price of $699, but won’t be physically in stores until April 10.
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