The device, if we’re honest, looks a lot like the original HTC One, but there’s more power. It’s taller too. The original was 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm, but this new model is 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm and is a bit heavier too. The original one had a 4.7″ HD 1080p screen and the M8 has a 5″ HD 1080p version.
Powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon 801 CPU 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, it’s faster than the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 on the earlier model. Inside, as expected, it runs Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6 and has the HTC BlinkFeed system.
Storage? Well, you’ll get either 16GB or 32GB depending on the model you buy and there’s 2GB of RAM – but wait – the microSD card slot has returned! You can whack in a storage card for an additional 128GB! Thank you Mr HTC, very good indeed. If you get the 32GB version of the HTC One this will give you a potential 160GB of storage.
It of course does 4G (it uses a Nano SIM by the way) and there’s the usual accelerometer, proximity, light and gyro sensor. There’s even a barometer sensor too.
A 3.5mm audio port, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz) is included plus DLNA for beaming media to your TV. HTC Connect, a microUSB port (with HD MHL HDMI video connectivity) is also included and you can use the handset to control your TV via infrared.
HTC BoomSound is back, as are the dual frontal stereo speakers with that separate amplifier and there’s Sense Voice for boosting the volume of your in-call audio if the ambient noise is too loud.
Right, that camera technology we just mentioned. The “Duo camera” tech has a HTC UltraPixel main camera with BSI sensor and a pixel size of 2.0 um. It also gives you a sensor size of 1/3”, f/2.0 and 28mm lens. Add that to the HTC ImageChip 2 and it’ll record 1080p Full HD video with HDR. But what of that second “camera” at the back? Well, this gets depth information when you’re taking a photo. The front shooter (for those moments when you Wanna take a selfie) is a 5 megapixel unit with a BSI sensor and f/2.0. It also has a wide angle lens and HDR capability with full 1080p HD video recording.
The camera technology sits together with the Gallery system, which has “UFocus, Dimension Plus, Seasons, Foregrounder and Image Match”. All clever tech for letting you play with your images and generally making them better (see our previous story for more info on this).
The battery, which also has the new HTC extended life system to boost operation, is a 2600 mAh unit. You also get GPS / GLONASS and a digital compass.
HTC One (M8) Specifications
SIZE: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
WEIGHT: 160 grams
DISPLAY: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3GHz quad-core CPU
Android™ 4.4 with HTC Sense™ 6
Total storage: 16/32GB
Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)
2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
3G – WCDMA:
EMEA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
AT&T: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps
Sprint: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA up to 14.4 Mbps
Verizon: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps
TMUS: 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
4G – LTE:
EMEA: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
Asia: 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
AT&T: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz
Sprint: FDD 800/1900 MHz , TDD 2600 MHz
Verizon: 700/AWS/1800/2600 MHz
TMUS: 700/AWS MHz
Ambient light sensor
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer,
micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
Support consumer infrared remote control
Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
Primary camera: HTC UltraPixel™ camera, BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens
HTC ImageChip 2
1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
Secondary camera: capture depth information
5MP, f/2.0, BSI sensor, wide angle lens. with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording
Gallery with UFocus™, Dimension Plus™, Seasons, Foregrounder, Image Match
Audio supported formats:
Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10)
Video supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
Capacity: 2600 mAh
Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
Talk time: Up to 20 hours for 3G
Standby time: Up to 496 hours for 3G
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5 V and 1.5 A