HTC One M8 now available in-stores: 10 things you need to know

by: Andrew GrushApril 11, 2014

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Although the HTC One M8 has been available through select carriers since day one, today the M8 arrived to several other networks across the globe, including T-Mobile.

We’ve talked about the HTC One in-depth over the last couple of weeks, but now that it’s here, let’s take a look at 10 things you might want to know about the HTC One (M8) before deciding if its the right device for you!

1. HTC One (M8) review

Before you run out and buy the HTC One (M8), be sure to check out our full review. This will give you a better idea of whether the HTC One is the perfect fit.

2. What’s new in software?

The HTC One (M8) is the first handset to feature the all new Sense 6.0. Sense might not be a major jump over Sense 5 and 5.5, but it does add UI improvements, a refined BlinkFeed experience and much more. Another big change with Sense 6.0 is the new Motion features, which allow you to answer calls, unlock your handset and open the camera using simple gestures.

HTC’s latest version of Sense also now includes a new Extreme Power Saving mode, designed to maximize your handset’s battery life in emergency situations when your battery is close to dying.

3. A premium device, not a plastic one

HTC has made it pretty clear that one of its stand-out features is that it offers a premium design, not a plastic one. It has also openly insulted Samsung for sticking to their plastic design approach.

4. HTC’s top features

In addition to an improved premium design and Sense 6.0, there are several other aspects where the HTC One (M8) including the camera, audio and improved battery life.

Speaking of the former, the HTC One (M8) continues HTC’s semi-controversial approach of using “UltraPixels” and focusing less on megapixel count and more on taking better low-light pictures and more. The HTC One’s back camera might only be 4MP, but it actually produces pretty solid pictures and now includes a dual-camera as well.

For a better look at the HTC’s top features, you’ll want to check out the below video, or head here for the written component.

5. The competition

The HTC One M8 is a solid handset, but maybe it’s not for you. Some of the other competition worth checking out includes the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and the Oppo Find 7.

6. Worth upgrading?

The HTC One (M8) is a very noticeable improvement over the original, but is it enough of an upgrade to merit trading in the previous-gen HTC One (M7)? Check out our hands-on quick comparison to get a better idea.

7. Where do I get it from in the US?

You can find the HTC One M8 through all the major carriers, both in-store and online.

AT&T – $199 on contract
Sprint – $199 on contract
T-Mobile – $0 with monthly installments
Verizon – $199 on contract

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8. Accessories

Probably the coolest accessory for the One (M8) is the new smart cover, called the Dot View case. The Dot View case not only keeps your phone protected — double tapping on the screen with the cover on will show the time, weather and notifications.

9. The color options

The HTC One (M8) will be offered in three colors initially: brushed Gunmetal gray, Glacial Silver or Amber Gold. Some of these colors will only be available through specific carriers.

10. There’s a Google Play Edition for stock Android fans

Finally, it’s worth noting that stock Android fans don’t have to settle for Sense 6.0 with the HTC One (M8). Officially, Google offers a Play Edition handset that comes with stock Android, and there’s also an unofficial way to convert existing models — though it’s obviously not directly supported by HTC.

  • MasterMuffin

    You should also know that there’s a dev (GalaxyUser) who is porting Sense 6 to Nexus 5 and it’s going really well :) I have it installed and many things work already, which is amazing, because porting Sense is 99% impossible. I hope he doesn’t give up like everyone else who has tried to port Sense. Only thing I need is front facing speakers, but I don’t think the dev can do miracles :D

    • Nice, MasterMuffin. Front facing speakers, how I long for thee, without compromising on the design. Oh the black bar, HTC.

      • MasterMuffin

        I don’t know how good the Z2’s speakers are, but I’d be happy with them

      • The-Sailor-Man

        I don’t know how the tech ppl here couldn’t realize yet, that front speakers for smartphones are BS?
        If you read litle about acoustic you would know that small speakers can never provide bass. You need box for that and turn them backward into the box to have bass.
        The hand palm makes this “box” when speakers are on the back of the device. And you have bass Try it.

        • Tomáš Hoffmann

          But it is not only about bass, the sound quality is more clear. It is the same for laptops. When you buy a cheap one the speakers sound like from a tin but if you buy a more expensive one with some implemented audio technology, it sounds much better.

  • Stranger from a Far Coast

    Not sure Android Authority or HTC Authority?

  • pilgrim4844

    Here in Australia we get the Asia-Pacific version of the HTC One M8 with the 2.5 cpu. Available in 3 Colors so why are you Yanks missing out with the 2.3 Cpu? Also the new S5 has download boost all carriers here, so why not for our buddies in the beautiful USA!!!!!!!!

  • pilgrim4844

    The HTC One M7 sold here in Australia as the Asia-Pacific model 801s. Had during November 3013 an update to Android 4.3 Jellybean together with The Sense 5.5 Update, with the Android 4.4 Kitkat coming in early January this year.
    what I”ve noticed is that since upgrading to Kitka the Audio playback volume has decreased by about 40% with Beats on together with the color change from Red to White for the symbol in the status bar with. The Beats Symbol intermittent at times???????

  • The-Sailor-Man

    So long pathetic article, just to convince the ppl not to buy the great S5.

  • Tommy

    If the HTC One (M8) isn’t the smartphone of 2014, I’m very, very excited to see what the competition will come up with as this handset strikes the perfect blend of design, performance and innovation without really compromising in any area. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.