HTC has announced that they will be releasing their latest flagship smartphone, the One (M8). It will be a high performance device modeled after their last One effort, yet launched for a more affordable market.
The original One was a mixed bag. On one hand, it had a truly innovative and gorgeous design. The interface was nice, the overall sleekness was nice, and the price was nice. But some serious performance issues meant that it never took off. HTC was once again overshot by brands like Apple and Samsung, and it was back to the drawing board.
Now, they say that they have gotten things right.
The display is just over 5.5-inches, and seems to follow in Samsung’s footsteps with the resolution, maxing out at 1,920 x 1,080. With a 2.3 GHz quad-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processing chip, it should deliver some pretty smooth graphics.
Performance will be additionally served by the 2 GB RAM, which has become the latest standard in high end smartphones. It will come in both 16 GB and 32 GB hard drive space, which might be a slight turn off for those who were hoping to find a cheaper 8 GB with a microSD for improving storage space. Again, like Samsung’s Galaxy S5, you can expand storage up to 128 GB. Why is HTC following those specs so closely? Who knows.
Nevertheless, the price will be between $199 – $249. So you are definitely paying less than a model like this is worth. The HTC One M8 seems to be about high performance at a most budget friendly cost. The company has clearly learned their lesson from the iPhone 5s, and what that did to boost Apple sales.
The software will be decent, with a combo of Android 4.4 and Sense 6.0. It is also crazy thin, because everyone seems obsessed with skinny handsets lately.
Part of their marketing has been around features like fitness tracking, Sense TV and BlinkFeed…blah, blah, blah. Does anyone really care about those additions anymore? Apps have pretty much rendered on board services completely useless.
With that in mind, the HTC One M8 seems like a solid device in a line that’s had potential but proven ultimately disappointing. They may have finally managed to break through that rut and give us something really good.
Preorders are available now.