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19

HTC One M8

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We’ve said it a number of times, but we have no qualms in saying it again – the HTC One (M8) is a gorgeous device. And we’re going easy with the adjectives this time. But is its beauty only skin-deep or does it have more than just style? We’ve seen up close how it looks, the variety of specialMotion Launch gestures it sports, and also gotten a feel of the extensive editing modes enabled by its Duo Camera setup (technically, its dedicated depth sensor). Clearly, there’s more to it than just looks.

But what about other features, real-life performance and battery life? We’ll be answering that question shortly when we put up the full review, but for now, here’s a quick review of the One (M8) in pictures.

 

Key Features

  • Android v4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • 5.0 Inch, 1080×1920 px display, S-LCD 3
  • Quad core 2500 MHz processor
  • 4 UP Primary Camera, 5 MP Secondary
  • 3G, WiFi, NFC
  • 16 GB Internal Memory, Expandable up to 128 GB
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2600 mAh, Li-Polymer battery

 

What makes HTC One M8 unique?

 Here are 13 unique features & highlights of HTC One M8 :

1 First smartphone in the world to feature a duo camera to capture the depth of field information separately
2 First smartphone that boasts a higher resolution camera on the front(5 MP) than the rear (4 MP)
3 The fastest phone
4 The best1 phone in terms of specifications priced around Rs. 42,000
5 The most high-end 5 Inch phone
6 The #2 phone in terms of specifications with 16 GB memory
7 The #2 thinnest phone priced around Rs. 42,000
8 The #2 most popular2 HTC phone
9 The #2 most high-end Android Kitkat phone
10 The #3 phone in terms of specifications
11 The #3 most high-end phone with 16 GB memory
12 The #3 most popular phone with Quad-Core processor and 2 GB RAM
13 The #3 thinnest 5 Inch HTC phone

For

  • Advanced UI
  • Powerful configuration
  • Sound storage options
  • Superb camera
  • Support to Indian LTE band

Against

  • Expensive

Crafted to perform

Display, OS and configuration
The HTC One (M8) features a 5-inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It comes encased in a brushed aluminium, zero-gap, unibody frame in three colours – Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold.
In terms of performance, the HTC One (M8) packs a punch with a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor under the hood, aided by 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 graphics processor. It runs the latest Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS with HTC Sense 6.0UI on top.
Camera, storage and multimedia
For photography, the HTC mobile gets a dual-lens setup with UltraPixel technology and a True Tone dual-LED flash. Although it offers only 4MP of resolution, the camera captures more light due to the large 2µm pixel size. The camera also offers premium features like f/2.0 aperture, HDR, duo camera setup etc. The device is also equipped with a 5MP front shooter with wide-angle lens to assist you in video calling and countdown mode to help you capture a great selfie.
The phone comes with 16/32GB of inbuilt storage along with a microSD card slot to increase the storage further up to 128GB. In addition, it also supports storage through flash drives thanks to the USB OTG feature.
The HTC One (M8) comes as a boon to multimedia lovers. While the full HD display renders life-like videos, the dual front stereo speakers with HTC BoomSound, dedicated amplifiers and Beats Audio, delivers a never before experience to your ears.
Connectivity, battery and other features
Here’s something to rejoice for Indian consumers as the HTC One (M8) supports Indian LTE bands. In addition, connecitivity options include 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, Infrared etc. The device has been fuelled by a 2,600mAh Li-Polymer battery.
Like other flagships, the HTC One (M8) also comes with gesture-based features. You can wake up the phone by double tapping the display, or pick up the phone in landscape mode and press the volume button to launch the camera. Calls can simply be answered by placing the ringing smartphone near your ear, and BlinkFeed can be accessed on the sleeping screen with just a swipe.

Verdict

The HTC One (M8) is a flagship and it successfully justifies the title. The device is not just impressive in terms of design, but the user interface, camera, processing power and everything else leave you mesmerised. Support to Indian LTE bands is another strong reason to opt for it. Overall, the new HTC One is a device worth buying.

HTC One M8 Specifications

General Information

Brand HTC
Model One M8
SIM Slot(s) Single SIM, GSM
SIM Size Nano
Touch Screen

Yes, Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
Weight

160 grams
Dimensions

146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm
Colours

Black, Blue, Gray, Silver, Gold
Box Contents Handset, Battery, Charger, Earphone, USB Cable, User Manual, Warranty Card
Also Known As HTC One 2014

Platform

Operating System Android v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Special Features Voice Memo, Voice dialing, Voice commands
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Hardware

Processor

2.5 GHz, Quad core, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
Graphics

Adreno 330
RAM

2 GB

Storage

Internal Memory

16 GB
Expandable Memory

Yes, Up to 128 GB
USB OTG Support

Yes

Display

Screen Size

5.0 Inch
Screen Resolution

Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Pixel Density

441 ppi
Display Type S-LCD 3
Screen Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass, v3

Camera

Main Camera

Yes, 4 UP, Auto focus
Front Camera

Yes, 5 MP
Flash

Dual-color LED
Video Recording

Full HD @ 30 FPS, HD @ 60 FPS, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Stereo sound recording
Zoom

Yes, Digital Zoom
Camera Features Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Simultaneous HD video and image recording, Smile detection, UltraPixel BSI image sensor

Battery

Capacity

2600 mAH, Li-Po
Talk Time

Up to 14 Hours(2G) / Up to 20 Hours(3G)
Stand By Time

Up to 271 Hours(2G) /Up to 496 Hours(3G)

Internet & Connectivity

GPRS

Yes
EDGE

Yes
3G

Yes, LTE, Cat4 50 Mbit/s 150 Mbit/s; HSDPA, 21 Mbit/s; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbit/s
Wi-Fi

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0, A2DP
GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, Glonass
USB Connectivity

Yes, USB Port, USB Host, USB On-The-Go, microUSB 2.0
More Connectivity

MHL, NFC, TV-Out

Multimedia

Radio

Yes, RDS, Stereo FM
Loudspeaker Yes
Audio Jack 3.5 mm

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