HTC revealed its much talked about smartphone, the new HTC One (M8), with a lot of pomp and show yesterday in London and New York simultaneously. The smartphone was also made available for retail at the same time in select markets, but India will have to wait. The company will be launching the new HTC One in India by the third week of April. HTC will be releasing the smartphone through a channel of 230 telecom operators in more than 100 countries.
The Indian arm of the company, HTC India confirmed that the new smartphone will reach the country in the third week of April, while it did not comment on the pricing of the smart device. Online speculations suggest that the new HTC One (M8) is likely to be priced around Rs 45,000.
According to an AndroidOS report, Peter Chou, CEO, HTC said, “In 2013 we introduced the best smartphone in the world, but we never stopped challenging ourselves and the status quo in this category. Today I’m proud to launch the most stunning, intuitive and advanced handset that the industry has seen to date, the new HTC One (M8).”
The new mobile phone features a 12.7-cm (5-inch) full HD display and runs on a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. The HTC One (M8) supports 4G LTE, and is powered by Android 4.4.2. The company has also debuted the Sense 6.0 interface in its latest smartphone along with Motion Launch. The Sense 6.0 feature will let users interact with the phone without turning on the display screen. HTC said, “A simple swipe will activate the device, Auto Answer allows you to answer a call by putting the phone to your ear without touching the screen.”
And yes, the new HTC One does have dual-cameras on the rear, which also has Ultrapixel technology accompanied by a 5 MP front camera. HTC said, “The Duo Camera boasts a depth sensor in addition to the main HTC UltraPixelTM module, capturing detailed depth information from a scene and enabling a range of beautiful and creative effects that allow you to do more with your images than ever before,” in a company release.
The HTC One (M8) will be available in colour variants of gunmetal gray, glacial silver and amber gold. The falling market likeability of HTC has made the company revert from its top position. The new HTC One (M8) smartphone is targeted to make up for the lost glory. It will compete with the likes of Google Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Sony Xperia Z2
The key specs of the HTC One (M8)
Display: 12.7-cm FHD 1920 × 1080 Super LCD 3
OS: Android 4.4 with Sense 6.0
Processor: 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core
Memory: 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal, microSD card supports up to 128 GB
Cameras: Duo Camera with 4.1 UltraPixel + 2MP depth cameras, and 5 MP front camera
Battery: 2600 mAh (talk time 21 hours, standby time 21 days)
Ports: 3.5mm headphone, microUSB (MHL)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), GPS, NFC
Other: BoomSound, IR Blaster
Size: 146.3 x 70.6 x 9.35mm, 160g
Colours: Amber Gold, Glacial Silver, and Gunmetal Gray