The HTC One M8 is finally here, having immediately gone on sale after last week’s launch event, and the question for HTC One owners is: Is it worth upgrading?
The answer is ultimately subjective, obviously, but to help you decide, we’ve pulled together 10 key differences between 2013’s award-winning HTC One and the spanking new HTC One (M8).
As always: no particular order, blah blah blah. Let’s dance!
1. The HTC One (M8) has a larger display
At 4.7in diagonally, The HTC One display was actually a few tenths of an inch smaller than that of the 5in Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z.
Things are a little closer this year, with the HTC One (M8) measuring 5in diagonally (right), while the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 weigh in at 5.1in and 5.2in respectively. But hey, what’s a few tenths of an inch between friends?
Of course, since the HTC One (M8) has a larger display than the HTC One, and since they both have 1080p resolutions, the former actually has a lower ‘pixels per inch’ (PPI) rating - though realistically you’d need binoculars to notice.
2. The HTC One (M8) has a faster processor
Last year’s HTC One had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor; the HTC One (M8) leaps to the spanking new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, matching the rival Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2.
3. The HTC One (M8)’s camera has a depth sensor
The HTC One (M8) drops the optical image stabilisation (OIS) found on the 2013 HTC One, but adds a depth sensor.
Using UFocus, you can change the focus on pictures taken with the M8’s Duo Camera.
Hit up this HTC One (M8) support page for a before and after shot.
4. The HTC One (M8) has a better front camera
“Selfies” are all the rage these days (that’s taking a picture of yourself; don’t forget to look surprised), and as such it makes sense that the front camera on the HTC One (M8) comes in at 5MP – a significant leap from the 2.1MP front camera on the first-generation HTC One.
5. The HTC One (M8) has Sense 6.0
The One (M8) of course arrives with the latest and greatest version of HTC’s Android UI, namely Sense 6.0.
The HTC One will get Sense 6.0 eventually, but comparative hardware limitations mean not all features will make the leap.
Graham Wheeler, a Product Manager with HTC, tells Trusted Reviews: “We are looking to include HTC Sense 6 into the HTC One. We’re not confirming the timing as yet. But we will look to include some of those features. Obviously it won’t include some of the hardware aspects such as the depth sensor in the camera. Everything we can include, we will include.”
6. The HTC One (M8) has a microSD slot
Here’s one of the major differences between the HTC One (M8) and the HTC One: the HTC One (M8) has a microSD slot. YES.
The lack of microSD was a real deal-breaker for some potential HTC One buyers, but the HTC One (M8) will welcome cards up to 128GB in size. Can’t argue with that.
7. The HTC One (M8) has on-screen buttons
Not a huge deal, obviously, but the HTC One (M8) takes the buttons sitting below the HTC One’s display, and puts them on the screen.
Some users prefer on-screen buttons, since they can be customised and animated (and dismissed when appropriate), while others bemoan the wasted real estate below the display and the space taken on-screen.
The HTC One (M8) still has a fairly significant HTC logo below the display, so we imagine this one will prove divisive.
8. The HTC One (M8) has a bigger battery
New models generally mean bigger batteries, and here we’re going from 2,300mAh on the HTC One to 2,600mAh on the HTC One (M8).
It’s difficult to compare them directly, since the HTC One (M8) has a larger display and what not, but! It’s worth noting that the new model also has something called Extreme Power Saving mode, which kills various functions (other than basic calls, texts, emails, the calculator and the calendar) and stretches your final 5% of battery for up to 15 hours.
9. The HTC One (M8) has the ‘Dot View’ case
With its “retro” looks and “revolutionary” functionality, the HTC One (M8)’s ‘Dot View’ case offers an array of phone-based goodness without having to expose the phone.
For example, you can answer calls simply by lifting the HTC One (M8) to your ear, while a double tap brings up the time.
Check out more on this HTC One (M8) Dot View YouTube video. Bit rude of the girl answering a call in the middle of a conversation, but whatever!
10. They’ve moved the power button
Again, not a massive deal, but the HTC One (M8)’s power button has been repositioned, now sitting on the top right of the phone as you look at the display, making it easier to power on and off.