I believe HTC Corporation has learned from their mistakes from 2013’s HTC One model, that having flashy new hardware isn’t going to always increase your sales numbers, because many of the current top-selling smartphones provide a simplistic yet user-friendly experience, since most people only use phones for primary uses (calls, text, web & apps). And HTC has mass-produced a device that really wasn’t selling as much as they thought it would, costing them lots of money & plenty of production problems.
Well in the first quarter of 2014 HTC has made a comeback (sort of) with the latest “One” model smartphone the HTC One M8.
The New HTC One M8 isn’t that much different from last year’s model. The hardware design is a bit familiar, with the increased screen size, newer CPU and the new camera that is (dare I say) better than last years. But the OS is mostly new generation, even though the basis is still the same, HTC is now trying to strategize ways to eliminate production issues and lower the costs.
The design is similar while tweaked to fit a screen that’s bigger, while the processor is newer, and they’ve introduced an even better camera. Yet a lot of the internals are based around the same platform as last year, a deliberate strategy to minimize problems and reduce costs.
With all of these changes and modifications will HTC have a turn-around sales year? We will have to wait and see.
Specs from HTC:
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, quad-core CPUs
Total storage: 16GB/32GB, capacity varies RAM: 2GB Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)
Accelerometer Proximity sensor Ambient light sensor Gyro sensor Barometer sensor
Duo camera Primary camera: HTC UltraPixel™ camera , BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens HTC ImageChip 2. 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video Secondary camera: capture depth information
Front camera 5MP, BSI sensor, wide angle lens. with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording Gallery with UFocus™, Dimension Plus™, Seasons, Foregrounder, Image match
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz DC output: 5 V and 1.5 A
Android™ with HTC Sense™ HTC BlinkFeed™
2G/2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
3G - WCDMA:
EMEA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
AT&T: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps
Sprint: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA up to 14.4 Mbps
Verizon: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps
TMUS: 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
4G - LTE:
EMEA: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
Asia: 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
AT&T: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz
Sprint: FDD 800/1900 MHz , TDD 2600 MHz
Verizon: 700/AWS/1800/2600 MHz
TMUS: 700/AWS MHz
3.5 mm stereo audio jack NFC Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz) DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer HTC Connect™ micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.) Support consumer infrared remote control
Audio supported formats: Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10) Recording: .aac Video supported formats: Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) Recording: .mp4
5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p
SIM Card Type
Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS Digital Compass
HTC BoomSound™ Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers Sense Voice
Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery Capacity: 2600 mAh Talk time: Up to 20 hours for 3G Standby time: Up to 496 hours for 3G
Sources: HTC, Weibo.com & Bloomberg