HTC officially unveils the all new HTC One M8

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It’s finally official, folks. The all new HTC One M8 — also known as the HTC M8 and HTC One 2014 — has been officially announced by the Taiwanese manufacturer. The surprise factor has been crushed by tons of leaks leading up to today’s happenings, but the details are finally official and this is the phone you can look forward to as early as today.

It’s an all-metal, zero-gap unibody chassis with a whole lot of goodness packed inside. HTC took special care to mention that their antenna is built into the rear of the device’s body, so the metal shouldn’t interfere with day-to-day usage. Let’s hop right into what makes its gears turn!

HTC One M8 Specs

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Standard affair for a high-end 2014 device, here. The all new HTC One doesn’t take many chances, but it’s still sitting at the height of the mobile totem pole. Here’s what’s going to be packed inside its unibody zero-gap frame:

  • 5-inch 1080p HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage w/ microSD slot up to 128GB
  • HTC UltraPixel Duo Camera
  • 5.0MP front camera
  • 2,600mAh battery (21 hours talk time, 40% longer than original HTC One)
  • Stereo BoomSound speakers with 25% louder sound
  • GPS, WiFi ac, NFC, IR Blaster
  • 146.3 x 70.6 x 9.35mm, 160g
  • Android 4.4.2 with HTC Sense 6.0

About what we expected, but it’s nice to see it all confirmed anyway. We did learn a lot more about the hardware, though, including the fact that the BoomSound speakers are now 25% louder, and you’ll be able to send the music playing through those speakers to any Bluetooth speaker with the swipe of three fingers.

The battery also delivers 40% longer battery life than the original HTC One despite only being just a smidgen larger in capacity.

HTC Sense 6.0 on the HTC One M8

HTC Sense on the all new HTC One will be upgraded to version 6.0, bringing some cool upgrades that should make for a thrilling experience. HTC hasn’t reinvented the wheel here, but the additions add to an already robust suite of features and services that we’ve come to know and love.

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HTC has implemented a new “extreme battery saver” mode that will allow your phone to stay alive for up to two weeks in standby mode on a full charge. They haven’t gone into great detail about how it does this, but we imagine they tone the processor down a ton and turn off a ton of battery-draining radios. HTC says you can enter this mode manually, or have your phone do it automatically whenever battery capacity reaches 5%, 10% or 15%.

Motion Launch is another new piece of equipment baked in, giving you some easy-to-use gestures for unlocking your smartphone straight to BlinkFeed, the camera or your favorite app. For instance, to unlock to your last activity you simply hold the device in an upright portrait-oriented position and double tap the display. Do the same in landscape mode and you’ll go to the camera instead.

HTC One M8 UltraPixel Duo Camera

Of noteworthy interest are the new camera features thanks to the aforementioned Duo Camera — consisting of HTC’s 4.1 UltraPixel camera and an accompanying 2.0 megapixel sensor — bringing the ability to refocus shots after the photo has already been taken, as well as applying 3D effects to your images.

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The depth information saved in each photo (thanks to the dual camera sensors) also allows the HTC One M8 to dynamically and easily remove a photo’s background so you can put your subjects in a new setting.

Zoe also brings us a more refined set of tools to put together video and photo highlights of our lives’ most memorable moments. More specifically, Zoe now has a beat-mapping feature that can put your highlights together to the sound of whatever soundtrack you selected. HTC has also enabled automatic cloud backups for all these clips.

Other improvements to the camera include 50% faster focus speed over the original HTC One, a brand new gallery app, quick access to modes such as selfies and slow motion video, and more.

HTC One M8 Dot View Case

HTC took a quick second to show off their Dot View case that gives you an interesting “smart view” of your world’s happenings without having to fully power the display on. You’re able to check  time, weather, new texts, emails and incoming / missed calls, and using the aforementioned Motion Launch feature you’ll be able to immediately answer a phone call simply by bringing it up to your ear.

HTC One M8 Availability

HTC has announced that the M8 is headed to more than 230 carriers in more than 100 carriers, many of which will go down before the end of April.

A lot of folks won’t have to wait that long, though, with HTC announcing that you’ll be able to go to Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Rogers, Bell and Telus websites starting at 1PM this afternoon, with phones arriving as early as tomorrow! Those on Verizon will also be able to head into their local store today and finagle one themselves starting at 1PM.

As for the rest of the pack, HTC says most launches will happen before April 10th, so it’s only a short couple of weeks before a vast majority of the mobile-loving world gets their hands on one of these.

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  • William D.

    Personally want more info on the One PlusOne. I’m really disappointed in the M8, as much as I loved the m7, to be honest.

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      I’m impressed with the M8, I just want more 1P1 info ;)

      • William D.

        The camera is cool as hell, but the rest of the package… Comments in other places may be right. The thing has an absolutely MASSIVE bevel/chin at the bottom.

        EDIT: When taking into account the removal of the home/back buttons and introduction of soft buttons.

        • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

          Agreed. I hate on the black bar with the HTC logo too.

          • Brakza

            And why move the buttons on screen? U loose screen size in general. Its like 1/6 of the phone goes away to home buttons….

    • Tim Work

      I am with you. I like my M7 but not excited about the M8. Waiting for the One+. I will miss the front facing speakers! April 24th come soon!

    • nofearofimaginarymen

      I agree. I won’t be changing phones for a while but I am excited to see what one plus one brings to the table.

    • http://ENERDROID.COM IAN

      So what’s the official name???

  • DeezNutsR4U

    So is the end near for HTC.

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      The HTC One M7 won the best smartphone of the year. I think the M8 has the same chance. It’s a gorgeous phone with a gorgeous UI.

      (That said I hate Sense and cannot stand it and will never use it again.)

      • David Narada Brown

        So what ur saying is “sense” doesnt make sense! And since HTC still implements sense in their phones they wont make cents!

  • Robabobbob

    I’ll certainly put the HTC One Mate on my short list when I get a new phone.

  • DavidB23

    Camera is disappointing. According to this summary Still 4 Megapixel camera. Im not a pixel junkie and dont want the ridiculously high pixels counts which are useless. But I want more than 4 megapixels so crops dont look like crap. The post shot focusing is gimmicky. Id much rather have a decent single lens camera.

    • No_Nickname90

      I know what you’re talking about. I don’t normally crop, so that’s not an issue for me, but when I did… my god… I just gave up. =.[

  • skirlofthepipes

    Any word of it coming to T-Mobile?

    • No_Nickname90

      I don’t see it on their Website yet, so I’ll just wait. Gives me time to hear the reviews and make sure there aren’t any faults.

      Like the speakers blowing up or something. LoL!!

  • phinn

    146x70mm? 160g? Lol come on

  • MK2

    Was really hoping it would follow suit on the IP67 to solidify it as an industry standard :(

    • KOLIO

      You Tube search HTC ONE M8. There’s a video of a “soak test”. Seems to be legit & passes w/flying colors.

      • MK2

        You’d think they’d mention it if it had any kind of certification. I guess I’ll wait for a more legit review.

        • KOLIO

          The MOTO G has similar water-repelling qualities w/o so much a mention of it. (A nano-coating process,I’m guessing).

          I wouldn’t dunk any phone just to satisfy the curiosity, but, I’m guessing the M8 would be OK from the incidental exposure to spills/rain exposure/etc…..

          • MK2

            There was lots of mention of the nano coating on the Motorola.

          • KOLIO

            True, perhaps I misspoke, simce I learned of the MOTO-G water repellent properties on YOU TUBE.

            But, I don’t think it was a major selling point, as w/the Sony line-up or the GS5.
            Either way, still a nice piece of hardware that HTC has introduced today, whether one opts to buy it or not won’t take away from that one bit.

  • androidguy2222

    It’s amazing how people always find the negatives with every device that HTC releases. No one is stepping back and appreciating the device for what it is. It’s has a beautiful design, an awesome construction, and amazing specs. C’mon guys quit being so damn negative and appreciate the piece of tech that HTC just put in front of you. Seriously.

    • No_Nickname90

      If you get phones for media, this is like the best device.

      The only thing that would make this phone perfect for me is if it had a Qwerty Keyboard.

      I like heavy phones…
      Loud speakers…
      Good low-light camera…
      Less screen tapping to do simple functions…
      Video editing software…

      It’s like it’s tailored to me. =.P

    • Duong Duc Ngo

      Because people think it is cool to hate on HTC.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      I’d hardly call the specs on this thing ‘amazing’. Snapdragon 805 + 3gb RAM + a micro SD card slot — now THAT would be amazing. As it is, I wouldn’t call it disappointing either, as it is about what I expected. It’s about on par with other high-end smart phones, and unless you’re really into aluminum (I could care less), this phone is just… meh. As for Boomsound, if I can do a 3-finger swipe and have it playing music through my Big Jambox, why the hell do I need Boomsound?

      • Leo95

        Bro the 805 isn’t even available yet retard

        • Gideon Waxfarb

          I said WHEN IT IS AVAILALBE, nimrod :P

      • adam

        It does have an sd card slot

  • KOLIO

    Any mention of wireless charging? I stopped watching @ the 25 minute mark.

  • HeatFan786

    Why can’t the just explicitly state how many MP are in 1 UP?

  • Bill Braskyisme

    People might dog this phone for having worse specs than the Note 3 at a higher price, but those people must not be true bezel connoisseurs. This phone has more bezel than any Samsung phone has had in years. Take that Samsung fanbois

    • Duong Duc Ngo

      Look at the S5 and how does it have worsen then the spec 4. The Note 3 is more expensive then the HTC one.

  • Taylor Mauceri

    finally hardware buttons, THANK YOU

  • Abhay Sharma

    there will be a rocking competition between this and Samsung Galaxy S6 that will launch this year.
    http://www.edutechs.in/samsung-galaxy-s6-designfeaturespecificationpricerelease-rumorseverything/

  • Caezar07

    That’s such a nice phone. That said, it’s nice to not give a damn about it and to continue enjoying my affordable, quickly updated Nexus 5. I’m so done chasing the latest and greatest android phone.

  • siddarthdua2

    HTC rocks with such a nice smartphone !
    http://shoutaword.com/xperia-z3-a-piece-of-wonder

  • Jim DroidFan

    The HTC M8 looks great! But it could face stiff competition from Samsung Galaxy S6 . I read it here.
    http://www.galaxys6o.com/