The HTC One (M8) lives: what it's got and where you can get one

The HTC One (M8) lives: what it's got and where you can get one

It's been leaked to death, and referred to as seemingly every name under the sun, but the HTC One M8 – the all new, 2014 edition One – has finally been announced.

And happily, after months and months of rumours and speculation, there's no wait at all for the new HTC One to go on sale – you can buy one right now.

Before we go any further, though, let's clear up one thing: HTC itself is calling its new flagship the HTC One (M8), so that's its official name as far as we're concerned. We might mix it up for the sake of variety, but HTC One (M8) is what's on its birth certificate, as it were.

So how has HTC gone about following up what for many was the best smartphone of 2013? It's probably done the most sensible thing: it's delivered the expected generational spec bump while continuing to play to the strengths that made the original One so popular in the first place.

That means it looks very similar to the model it replaces, which is fine by us. The aluminium unibody is present and correct, and actually covers more of the handset than before (90%), with HTC having done away with the plastic strips down the side.

The HTC One (M8) is also marginally bigger and heavier overall, and by more than you'd expect from the display size jumping from 4.7in to 5in. We suspect HTC will get away with it given the M8's build quality and solid feel in the hand, but 160g is getting towards the upper limit of what most people are willing to weigh their trouser pocket down by.

The headline specs have been heavily leaked in recent weeks, so we'll not waste too much time on them here: we're talking full HD display resolution, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage with microSD card, dual rear cameras, uprated BoomSound stereo speakers, Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 skin, and a larger 2600mAh battery which should give you longer talk and standby time than last year's One.

So what about those dual cameras – or the Duo Camera as HTC prefers to call it? Well, on the surface it's a doubling up of the existing 4.1MP UltraPixel camera which debuted on last year's One (M7). But that's only half the story, as it were.

When you take a photo using the Duo Camera, the second camera unit doesn't simply take a shot like the primary snapper, instead it captures additional information, which allows you to play around and adjust the focal point of the image after the fact.

The HTC One (M8) comes in three colour options: Metal Grey, Amber Gold and Arctic Silver, and as we reported the other day, is available to buy right now at a selection of Carphone Warehouse stores in London, and across the country from tomorrow. In the meantime CPW is taking orders by phone too.

All the main contract players are carrying the HTC One (M8) as you'd expect, with plans typically starting around the £40 per month mark if you're looking not to pay extra up front.

For a SIM-free deal, Phones4U's £529.95 price tag undercuts Carphone Warehouse by £20, and the retailer is also selling the M8 in store from this afternoon, with wider availability from tomorrow.

Also worth a mention is Vodafone's offer of a free HTC BoomBass for the first 3,000 customers who sign up for a Red 3G plan.

If you opt for an HTC One (M8) through the EE online shop before 10 April, meanwhile, you'll pick up a free return flight to one of 12 European destinations.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2014 at 21:21

from BGR:

"It is considered poor form to begin a review with the conclusion, but there's really no reason to drag this out: the HTC One (M8) is the best Android phone the world has ever seen. Period. Full stop. Of this, there is no doubt. In many ways, in fact, it is the best smartphone the world has ever seen. From the design of the device to the power of its components and everything in between, HTC's new One better than its predecessor. And its predecessor, as you might recall, was the best all-around Android phone the world had ever seen last year."

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2014 at 21:21

hahaha

mrT786  Mar. 25, 2014 at 22:24

The best new feature is the ability for micro sd card, this was one of the main reason alot of people went for the S4 last year over the One.

Will prob upgrade to the HTC one M8 this summer over the S5

It can finally go up against the Samsung, apart from the stupid names HTC keep coming up with, I was really hoping they would just go with one TWO and one THREE and so on.

Also a very quiet launch which lets it down a little, if they launched at the big event and more advertising it would be very popular handset.

Smithereens  Mar. 25, 2014 at 23:49

The best new feature is the ability for micro sd card, this was one of the main reason alot of people went for the S4 last year over the One.

Will prob upgrade to the HTC one M8 this summer over the S5

It can finally go up against the Samsung, apart from the stupid names HTC keep coming up with, I was really hoping they would just go with one TWO and one THREE and so on.

Also a very quiet launch which lets it down a little, if they launched at the big event and more advertising it would be very popular handset.


There's been plenty of leaks to build the hype. I bet it was intentional. Probably no need for a bigger launch because of it.

I agree that they need to set a better name for their flagship phone but the One Two, One Three doesn't sound right to me.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 26, 2014 at 00:17

@smithereens - apologies for the delay in getting your post out of the mod queue :)

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:33

Does the camera still have OIS? And is Blink/stink-feed gone?

mrT786  Mar. 26, 2014 at 13:59

Does the camera still have OIS? And is Blink/stink-feed gone?

Still got blink-feed, i think they dropped the OIS on the new one, dunno if that's good or bad

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 26, 2014 at 14:02

Hm... thanks. I just read it still has OIS - in fact, the front cam allegedly has OIS, too o_O

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 26, 2014 at 14:06

okay, scratch that. NO optical image stabilisation in the HTC One M8!

krogothnx  Mar. 26, 2014 at 14:47

from BGR:

"It is considered poor form to begin a review with the conclusion, but there's really no reason to drag this out: the HTC One (M8) is the best Android phone the world has ever seen. Period. Full stop. Of this, there is no doubt. In many ways, in fact, it is the best smartphone the world has ever seen. From the design of the device to the power of its components and everything in between, HTC's new One better than its predecessor. And its predecessor, as you might recall, was the best all-around Android phone the world had ever seen last year."


this review sponsored by HTC.

I don't like it. The increase in roundedness makes it look worse to me, so that and the dropping of OIS (essentially making the camera worse) in favour of a gimmick just... bleh.

If i were to get an HTC phone, i'd honestly go for the older One and save some money on what is otherwise almost the same phone. At least samsung adds some wacky crap.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 26, 2014 at 19:03

mrT786  Mar. 26, 2014 at 20:07

seems the Htc One M8 is a b*tch to repair http://news.softpedia.com/news/HTC-One-M8-Gets-Torn-to-Pieces-Is-Difficult-to-Repair-434202.shtml

Seems like its pretty durable to start with tho, according to this video:

All New HTC One (M8) Scratch & Hammer Test!

Also be interesting to see if HTC push their "free screen replacement in the first six months" trial beyond the States...

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