Taiwanese manufacturer HTC today unveiled the new HTC One M8 flagship Android phone, that comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, a brushed metal finish, and an updated camera that has the ability to sense depth.
The HTC One M8, like all other Android flagship phones, has some impressive specs. It runs on a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, has 2GB of RAM, and 16GB/32GB storage options with the option to expand storage via a microSD slot. There’s a 2600mAh battery that can power the phone for up to 20 hours of talk time, or 40 days of standby. The 5-inch display boasts a 1080p resolution with wide viewing angles, and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 display.
The camera is a major highlight of the HTC One M8. The HTC One M7 already had a 4MP “UltraPixel” camera with giant pixels to capture more light, and HTC has added a secondary 2MP camera to capture depth information in photos. This depth information lets the user change the focus of a photo to a different point, even after taking a shot, much like Lytro.
The HTC One M8 has front-facing “BoomSound” stereo speakers, that have a dedicated amplifier and can reach volume outputs of 95dB.
The One M8 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC’s own Sense 6.0 interface skin that has a bunch of improvements and new features. Users can launch the camera by pressing the volume up button, see their feed even when the device is sleeping, double tap on the screen to wake up the phone, put their phone to the ear to automatically answer it and more.
Following Apple’s lead with the M7 chip, HTC has partnered with FitBit to log a user’s daily activities, using the sensor-hub on the Snapdragon chipset.
HTC also introduced a new Dot View case that doubles up as an indicator for your notifications, as seen in the image below:
The new HTC One is available for pre-order across all major US carriers from today, and will go on sale from the 10th of April. It starts at $199 with a two-year contract. The developer edition of the HTC One is available on HTC’s website for $649, while the Google Play edition of the device is available on Google’s website for $699. For more information on the HTC One M8, you can visit HTC’s website.