The great war of the smartphones is always constant in the global mobile market. All the mobile giants such as Samsung, Apple, Sony, LG and the others are forever busy in the intense competition. The Taiwanese mobile giant HTC has managed to grab eyeballs in this massive market with its latest offering, the One (M8).
Obviously the HTC One (M8) is the successor of the very popular and able HTC One that launched last year and made HTC come into limelight. Though the name (One M8) is not impressive, this device is indeed fabulous in all aspects. While retaining the best qualities of the HTC One, the new One (M8) has come to charm the world with everything improved along with a super fast UI and smooth smartphone experience. Thus, HTC certainly has a reason to rejoice, as it has churned out yet another instant hit handset.
If one asks what’s the best part of the HTC One (M8)? The answer would be everything. It is really so considering its overall qualities. Starting from the great design and built quality to the superb functionalities, great features and the latest technology and of course the incorporation of a microSD card slot, the One (M8) is a marvelous smartphone to get hold of.
Nevertheless, its best features would be its evolutionary design that has bowled over all the smartphone aficionados and got praises from the market experts, and of course it’s much improved fast and smooth User Interface that offers superb smartphone experience.
Design & built
HTC has got one of the most significant changes in the evolved design in the One (M8) while keeping the basic design language of the HTC One. The One (M8) is more of a stunner though with an enhanced curvaceous design both at the rear and the sides. This does not only look good but feels great to hold, offering a superior usability.
The premium quality has definitely been taken to the next level by HTC in the One (M8) with its chassis now with 90 percent aluminum from the previous 70 percent of the One. The brushed aluminum finish is bound to win over your heart the moment to see it. It also looks more premium, stylish and alluring that the previous model. The HTC One (M8) is offered in three stunning color choices of Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold.
The HTC One (M8) offers a quality and crisp 5 inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixel screen resolution. The highly responsive touchscreen has a pixel density of 441 ppi. It is bright, sharp and really impressive making your smartphone usage a wholesome experience.
Specifications and performance
The HTC One (M8) has packed in the latest quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 processor along with 2GB of RAM. It runs on the latest Android OS version 4.4 KitKat. The real magic of the HTC One (M8) is its customized UI that the company has improved to make it even more fascinating. The smartphone offers a smooth and super fast Sense 6.0 UI of HTC that makes it a true pleasure to use every day. The Taiwanese mobile major has also made the UI much more visually refined than the original One from last year.
The HTC One (M8) offers a great primary camera at the back, which is a Duo Camera with an enhanced Ultrapixel technology. The camera actually uses two lenses to offer clear, crisp and high quality pictures. While the UltraPixel sensor lens captures the images, a secondary lens fathoms the depth of the images, and adds to the details offering great photos every time in any lighting condition. The rear camera is really fast and smart and offers good features as well.
HTC offers a great secondary front facing camera too with 5 megapixels, which is a delight for all those who enjoy taking tons of selfies. This great camera offers clear, detailed selfies apart from offering quality video chat sessions.
Connectivity and inbuilt storage
The HTC One (M8) offers all the latest connectivity capabilities including 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, Bluetooth Wi-Fi and NFC.
The HTC One (M8) is offered in the market in two versions of inbuilt storage space, namely a 16GB and a 32GB version. HTC has also offered the flexibility of a microSD card slot for the users to expand the device’s memory to up to 128GB.
The One (M8)’s great looking back panel is fixed, which means you can’t replace it with an additional battery pack that you may wish to carry around. The device draws its power from a non-removable Li-Po 2600 mAh battery that offers an impressive talk time of up to 20 hours (3G) and a standby time of up to 496 hours. This means you are at the liberty to use this phone whole day long for both work and play.
Apart from fast performance and smooth apps usage, the HTC One (M8) also offers better quality audio than its predecessor. HTC has incorporated its highly acclaimed, tried and tested Boomsound speakers in the front of the device. These great quality speakers have also been made louder than ever making it best in class when performance is concerned. It is the delight of the headphone ditchers and those who love to play their music loud and clear and share it with others.
The HTC One (M8) is certainly one of the best premium smartphones available in the market today. Pitched against the new Samsung Galaxy S5, it cannot be told how much the HTC One (M8) will do commercially and whether it can actually overtake the S5 in terms of sales or not. However, in terms of design, quality and built it surely is superior to the Galaxy S5. The HTC One (M8) is not for everyone though; priced at Rs. 49,532 it does feel worth of the hefty pocket pinch.
With its fast and smooth performance, awesome good looks and great features, the HTC One (M8) is here to stay and win over hearts.
Guest article written by: Rosy works with 91mobiles - an ecommerce mobile comparison company. Her passion for upgrading her knowledge puts her to research on topics relevant to her industry. Besides, she also likes to share her findings by writing about them in her free time.
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