What is the HTC M8? Everything you need to know about HTC’s latest smartphone
HTC must be wondering what went wrong. In April of 2013, they released what is widely considered being the best smartphone ever made – the HTC One. In terms of raw power, software design, and hardware design, the HTC One blew away the competition and picked up a number of awards in the process. And yet the last year has not been a good one for HTC. Amid reports of factory closures, quarterly losses, and dwindling demand, it seemed like the manufacturer of the world’s best smart-phone was running itself into the ground.
However, rumours have been steadily piling up regarding a new offering from HTC, codenamed the M8, and if the rumours are to be believed, this is going to be one hell of a phone.
So, what do we know so far? Well, the M8 will be HTC’s latest flagship phone – taking the mantel from the HTC One. Before its release, the HTC One was known as the M7, giving us a clear indication that MTC consider this new phone to be the One’s replacement.
What else do we know? We know that the HTC M8 will be released in 2014. We have a blunder by a UK judge to thank for this little bit of information. Judge Arnold accidentally revealed the release date of the HTC M8, while at the same time banning the HTC One Mini and HTC One Max for infringing Nokia patents. In his closing statement, Judge Arnold said that he saw no call to ban the phones as HTC ‘will shortly be launching a new flagship handset.’
There have also been reports regarding the M8’s display. Big screens are in fashion at the moment so expect something in the range of 5 inches. Although there have been suggestions that smartphones in 2014 will come with 2k and 4k screen resolutions, that is not something that is expected on the M8. Instead, reliable reports indicate that HTC will be instead sticking to the full HD screen of the One – a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution.
Several reports suggest that the M8 will feature a significant improvement over the One’s 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor. Several reports indicate that the M8 shall feature the Snapdragon 800 SoC, clocked at 2.26GHz. There are also rumours that the M8 will feature an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM, which, if true, would make the M8 the most powerful phone on the market. It is likely that the M8 will come with 2GB of RAM – the same as the HTC One – which is more than enough to run the Android operating system.
Talking of operating systems, the M8 will, undoubtedly run Android. What is slightly less clear however, is what version of Android. Luckily, the M8 is reported to run on the very latest iteration of Google’s software – Android KitKat 4.4. True to form, however, it is expected to be a very heavily modified version of KitKat, known as Sense. Again, Sense will be updated to version 6.0, but how it can be improved from the already very good 5.5 version remains to be seen.
Possibly one area where the HTC One didn’t do so well was its camera. It was touted as an ‘ultrapixel’ camera, but what this meant in reality was that it had the equivalent of a 4MP camera – a bit rubbish by today’s standards. Unfortunately, the latest reports seem to suggest that HCT is sticking to the megapixel.
That leaves the name. HTC has seemingly backed themselves into a bit of a marketing corner with the HTC One. The HTC One+ and the HTC One 2 have are the most popular names on the internet at the moment but, the truth is, no one really knows.
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