HTC One (M8) officially announced: here’s what you need to know

by: Andrew GrushMarch 25, 2014
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HTC has now officially unveiled the HTC One (M8) at a dual event in London and New York City, bringing us revamped specs and plenty of new features, wrapped in a visually pleasing package that borrows heavily from the design language of its predecessor.

Although the HTC One (M8) strongly resembles the original HTC One, it’s overall look is much more refined with a back that is slightly more curved with smooth rounded corners. The HTC One (M8) also ditches the capacitive keys found on its older brother in favor of software keys.

Turning to the device’s specs, the HTC One (M8) features a larger 5-inch Super LCD3 display with a 1080p resolution. Under the hood you’ll find a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU with 2GB of RAM. There’s also a 2,600 mAh battery, 16/32GB storage and a new ‘Duo Camera’.

So what exactly is the purpose of the Duo Camera? Basically the new HTC One adds a secondary rear camera that brings a depth sensor in addition to the main HTC UltraPixel cam. HTC says this will enable you to get more detailed depth information that can enable a range of creative effects that “allow you to do more with your images than ever before”.

That’s just the icing on the cake when it comes to improvements found on the all-new HTC One (M8). HTC also boasts a new Motion Launch gesture controlled shortcuts mode, improved BoomSound that delivers 25% louder sound than the M7, and an extreme power savings mode that allows the M8 to last 40% longer than its predecessor.

These new software and hardware improvements are covered in greater detail in the rest of our HTC One (M8) coverage, which we’ll be bringing you more in short order.

HTC One (M8) specs

Display5-inch Super LCD 3, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 442 ppi
Processor2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
CameraUltrapixel Duo Camera, dual-LED flash
5 MP front camera with wide-angle lens
Battery2,600 mAh
Storage16/32 GB, expandable
Networks3G, 4G LTE
ConnectivityGPS, GLONASS, microUSB 2.0, WiFi ac, NFC, IR Blaster, Bluetooth 4.0
SoftwareAndroid 4.4 Kitkat, Sense 6.0
Dimensions146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm, 160 grams
ColorsGunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold


Although the Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 were announced a month ahead of the HTC One (M8), HTC’s latest flagship has the advantage of landing in the United States and other major markets ahead of the competition. According to HTC, the handset will roll out to over 230 operators across the globe beginning today, March 25th.

In the UK, Carphone Warehouse has already stepped forward to announce they will carry the handset starting today. In the United States, you’ll be able to get your hands on the all-new HTC One through Verizon Stores starting today, and Big Red should be accepting online orders “soon”. As for other U.S. carriers and retailers? The handset should arrive sometime in the next few weeks.

For those in other regions, you’ll want to check with your individual carriers or favorite local retailer for more specifics regarding the HTC One M8’s arrival.

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  • Anon

    No Wifi ac or LTE Cat 4?

  • GG

    OK? So nothing really changed compared to the original One…

    • Mr Mop

      Bigger screen, new finish, larger battery, improved speakers, microSD card slot, improved camera along with a second rear one, faster processor. I think a lot of things changed

  • qwerty

    Stupid bazel and non water resist? Nope.

  • MasterMuffin

    No surprises, damn you leaks! Issss nice though :)

  • Brendon Brown

    Z2 wins, better battery, better ram and its thinner and waterproof… :| damn you leaks !

    • MadCowOnAStick

      I think even the S5 beat this too :/

      Oppo Find 7 >> everything else

      • Shark Bait

        in raw specs it does. But its not just about specs anymore….
        software is dog ugly, but PA will solve that.
        also the design is very mundane

      • Vincentius Phang

        waterproofing is a new must

    • Shark Bait

      I think it edges it too. Hoping for this as the nexus 6 (or 5.2)

  • Shark Bait

    Beats the s5!!

    This vs the Sony for phone of the year????

    • Brendon Brown

      Dont you dare forget about the Oppo Find 7 !

      • Shark Bait

        Maybe, but I have yet to be convinced about any Chinese brands yet

        • Jewbakka

          Especially their software holy fuckbags it’s ugly!

          • Shark Bait

            yep! but so is sammys and they still sell a shit tonne.
            I have found the quality to be lacking in the past too, thats my main concern

    • dandroid13

      How? It lacks a bigger camera sensor, OIS, IP67, removable battery and looks like its predecesso but is way uglier.

      • Shark Bait

        i think the camera will be a wait and see. Dual lenses are a real big deal! I agree IP67 but on the face the rest seems just as good if not better. Plus i think it looks way better

        • dandroid13

          No it’s just some gimmick, the GS5 can do the same focus effect with only one camera. And the fact that it’s still 4MP and lacks OIS is a big fail.

          • Shark Bait

            Gimmick?? How about optical zoom on a camera phone???? And better image quality

          • dandroid13

            Errr, you can’t do optical zoom…? The second camera is only for “3D” and bokeh pics, it lacks OIS. Simply put, it’s lame, probably will be another flop.

            You should read this:


          • Shark Bait

            HTC doesn’t use it for this, but their are many more applications for dual lenses. Do you research, dual lenses are probably the biggest deal since dual core for phones

          • dandroid13

            No, not really, stop being a fanboy for a sec and think why do you need them. Nokia does the best cameraphones out there and none has this gimmick.

          • Shark Bait

            I’m not a fan boy! I dont have a HTC! I work in electronics reaserch and their is a big buzz about these multiple lenses modules. Imagine 10x optical zoom and enchached zoom on a phone, as well as 3D mapping and depth effects, they are a big deal and just starting to mature

          • dandroid13

            You got a point, but the One isn’t the first to have dual camera and none before it was able to catch any eyes. Maybe by 2020 this will be the next big thing but Samsung’s ISOCELL seems much more innovative for now

          • Shark Bait

            what else has had dual cameras (not talking crappy 3d gimmic?)

    • mhanstz

      i wonder How…???

    • Jason Baroni

      Let Apple show the iPhone 6 first. M8 is actually a really nice phone, btw.

      • Shark Bait

        In terms of sales I guess it will be! bloody iSheep

        • Jason Baroni

          If I were an iSheep I wouldn’t give a sh*t to M8. Maybe you are an Apple hater, so don’t vomit your hate on me. If you can read what I wrote on M8 you will get my message.
          I just adviced you to wait for the next iPhone because you should consider phones of the same year to compete agains each other. Would you like me to compare the iPhone 5S with the Galaxy S4?
          Think twice next time.

          • Shark Bait

            dude, it was a joke calm down.
            People are so easily agitated around here lol

          • Jason Baroni

            You should think over it… I felt ofended with what you said. Maybe I am not the only one

  • Luis

    The HTC Butterfly S is better

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    Nothing really to write home about. An improvement over the previous One. Good upgrade if you like HTC. As for me, the s5 is still more interesting.

    • Vincentius Phang

      all phone this year is an upgrade from last years model

  • Austin

    does this new htc one comes with the purple hue camera too?

  • Tommy

    It’s a beautiful phone, metal clad and meaty, large and usable without being a monstrous phablet. The styling is great, the little accessories – like the hole-punched case that allows you to read the time and caller ID using an ingenious simulated LED system – are clever. 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.